Solo And Spirited: Alberta's Best Private Experiences

While many of us are drawn to the high-energy buzz of a large-group adventure, others crave the independent vibe of a small-group experience - and private is not only preferred, it's perfect.

Whether you're a solo explorer, happily introverted, or simply looking for a unique escape from the hustle and bustle, these real-deal Albertan experiences are the ideal way to carve out your private piece of paradise, or small-group sojourn.

UNDERGROUND, UNDISTURBED, UNFORGETTABLE

A wild, undeveloped cave under Grotto Mountain, Rat’s Nest Cave is a special place – and spending time underground here can be a life-changing experience. In 2017, Canmore Cave Tours launched Solitude, an opportunity to create your own fully customised experience inside Rat’s Nest Cave.

Perfect your plan with one-on-one conversations and planning sessions with an experienced cave guide, as you map-out your own privately-guided, underground discovery – or, leave the ideas to the team. Each Solitude adventure is uniquely tailored to your interests and personal wish-list.

Take on a series of squeeze challenges, meditate 100ft underground, channel your creativity with a cave photography session, plan an underground surprise for your beloved – or work with your guide to design a never-done-before-experience of your very own. Solitude is perfect for those who want to explore on their own terms – and it’s an open invitation for your imagination to run wild.

ENLIVEN YOUR SENSES IN THE ALPINE

For authentic solo and small-group hiking adventures off the beaten path, head to the mountains with the expertise of a smart, supportive and highly experienced guide. Get Outside Adventures specialises in private guided day hikes and backpacking tours, perfectly tailored for your experience and fitness level, so there’s something for everyone.

Craving connection with nature? Renew your senses with a scenic sunrise walk, a full-moon hike, or a custom day-trip framed by the backdrop of some of the most breathtaking vistas in Canada. Wanna work up a serious sweat? Challenge yourself to a multi-day backcountry trip, taking on high-level elevation gain for ultimate summit satisfaction.

So if the mountains are calling you, get ready to breathe in the fresh air, rejuvenate your soul, and feel the energising power of the wild with a memory-making private trip.

CHASE FURRY-AND-FOUR-LEGGED FUN

Stunning scenery? Check! Energised excitement? Check! Adorable animal friends? You better believe this is a check! For an unforgettable small-group or solo experience in breathtaking Kananaskis Country, just outside Banff National Park, few experiences beat dog sledding or skijöring along a snow-covered trail with the help of some canine companions.

Kananaskis-based and family-owned, Mad Dogs & Englishmen are known for their authentic, intimate, hands-on approach to their tours. Jump aboard a sturdy winter sled propelled by a pack of beautiful huskies, then hold on tight – you’ll soon be whisked away by wind-in-your-hair good vibes, and smiles as wide as those of your furry drivers. Or, try something a little different: skijöring – literally “ski driving” in Norwegian – is a unique way to ski, with the help of one or more dogs.

And the fun doesn’t have to end when the snow melts – animal lovers are in for a treat, year-round, with this dedicated local team. For solo summer fun with a difference, meet, play and learn about the adorable four-legged Mad Dogs crew with a hands-on kennel visit – husky cuddles guaranteed!

SIP AND SAVOUR ALL-ALBERTAN SPIRITS

Canmore's craft-spirit scene is shaking up a storm, with two local distilleries opening their doors in 2017 - RAW Distillery and Wild Life Distillery. Created and led by passionate, local entrepreneurs, both distilleries are Alberta-proud, and they're blending a whole lotta creativity into their seasonal creations, botanical infusions, and limited-edition blends (Peppercorn Gin, anyone?).

For a laidback solo or small-group experience at each distillery, get interactive with a daily guided tour and tasting, or a custom private tour. Explore the magic-making facilities while the teams walk you through their 100% locally-made production processes - from grain to bottle.

Get a taste of Alberta's past with RAW's newly-launched Heritage Select Whisky, made with the very rare Ollie variety of Alberta barley, or sip on Wild Life's just-released Alberta Botanical Gin, a completely novel spirit crafted from 100% Albertan ingredients. Perfect gift or souvenir: sorted!

ME, MYSELF AND THE MOUNTAINS

For a spontaneous solo adventure, experience true freedom and serenity in the backcountry, or, stay closer to town for easier access – and let someone else take care of the gear. As Canada’s only camping equipment rental company to offer a simple one-way-rental service, the passionate team of hikers, climbers, paddlers, bikers and of course, campers, at Rent-A-Tent Canada can make your next trip easy.

Effortlessly book online and collect at their retail location in Canmore, and you’re good-to-go with all the gear you’ll need. And if you’re a first-time camper, you’re in luck, too – you’ll receive a detailed info session on how to use the equipment, what to know about camping in the Rockies and how to be mindful and responsible of wildlife in the region (in camp and on trail).

Sleeping outside is an unforgettable way to immerse yourself in the stunning wilderness of the Canadian Rockies – so with your gear sorted and memories made, the hardest part of your trip will be the decision to head back home.

Which adventures will you choose?

These solo and small-group experiences are created, operated and led by some of savviest, most passionate, real-deal locals in Canmore and beyond – so they’ve got you covered for the trip of a lifetime.

Contact us today – we’ll make it happen!

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