Go Sailing on Ghost Lake
Located just a few km's from the highway, Ghost Lake offers sailing fun at the foot of the Rockies. Steady winds from the mountains make Ghost Lake an ideal spot for sailing in both the summer and winter. Yes, you read that right. The Ghost Lake Ice Sailing club operates each winter and provides an exhilarating experience with incredible views, kind of like the lazy version of skating. Not a "fan" of the wind? Motorized boating is also quite popular on Ghost Lake!
Play Some Disc Golf
Channel your inner beach bum / pro golfer and tackle some disc golf in Canmore! With three courses to choose from, you could skip the whole 'drive to Banff' thing and just disc all day. The Pirate and Nordic Centre courses offer 18 holes of mountainous beauty, while the Three Sisters course has 9. You'll need to either rent or buy some discs first (yes, they are different than regular old frisbees), however all 3 courses are free to play!
Visit the Canmore Museum and Geoscience Centre
You're driving from Calgary to Banff and experiencing the amazing scenery of the Rocky Mountains, why not stop and learn a little about the science behind their creation? You'll also experience over 10,000 artifacts that help paint the picture of early pioneer and mining life. When you're done, take a stroll to the Northwest Mounted Police Barracks, built way back in 1893!
Go for an E-Bike Ride
Bow Valley Provincial Park not only offers hiking and camping with amazing views of the mountains, it offers the future of mountain biking! Well, sort of. You can rent a pedal assisted electric bike from the park office and ride the 8km trail in style. The bikes won't peddle for you, so you'll still get a little exercise, but it makes it much easier.
Listen to a Free Driving Tour
Shameless plug here. Tripvia Tours is a free mobile app that offers free driving and walking tours across North America (did we mention it's free?). While you drive from Calgary to Banff, Lake Louise and Kananaskis, why not let our tour guides point out a bunch of interesting things to see and do while you drive?