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Travel partner to Banff AB

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I will be traveling solo to Banff AB beginning of Dec to before Christmas, haven't plan exactly which day but most likely the first and second week of Dec. Just wondering where can i find a trip partner other than the `tour guide`. Some of the activities such as the helicopter ride will require min two passengers...

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    If you are staying in a hotel or hostel, you can see if other guests might be interested in similar activities. Hostels often have a bulletin board in the lobby where you can post 'partner wanted' notices. Otherwise, there are forums for finding trip partners (MEC, the big outdoor gear store in Canada has a place on their website, and you can try the Lonely Planet message boards (thorntree).

    However, I would do more research into your planned activities. Most tour companies and activity companies are used to people traveling alone or in small groups, so will have open bookings for trips. I'd go to their website or call and see whether you can express interest in a particular date and/or time, and if they have others interested in that time, they'll combine the groups/persons to meet the trip minimum.

    For the helicopter ride, you are almost certainly going to be traveling to Canmore, or beyond as tourist helicopters aren't allowed to overfly the National Parks. Also, it could be hit or miss because they won't fly if the weather is bad or the clouds too low.

    There are also plenty of activities which don't require any minimum group size - winter hikes, skiing, snow shoeing, sleigh rides, ice skating, museums, hot springs, shopping, shuttle trip to see sights along the Icefields highway etc.

    If you want to join a group, and are really interested in the outdoors, some of the private guiding companies have half or whole day trips which are open for anyone to sign up for and run as long as they have the minimum number of people. These would probably be backcountry skiing, ice climbing etc. I'm sure there are along places that offer private or group lessons for skiing.

    Other options are to check out free or low cost trips or get togetherw run by local clubs (xc ski, outdoors, university). Some may require membership, others are open to all comers for no or small fee. The University of Calgary has an outdoors club which is open to open to all, and they run trips into the mountains. Also check out local outdoor gear shops, like MEC etc., which have places for people to post notices about trips, partners needed etc.

    if you are interested in a particular activity such as skiing, it can sometimes be worthwhile starting out with a group lesson. There you can meet people and get local info from the instructor.

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