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Canadian Rockies

Canmore Uncorked Food & Drink Festival

By Afton Aikens

Hang up your apron because there’ll be no need for home cooking during the second annual Canmore Uncorked festival, April 7 to 19.

The inaugural festival won an Alberta tourism award and was nominated for the Canadian Tourism Awards’ event of the year. Organizers are raising the bar this year, adding new events that will showcase the quality and creativity that drives Canmore’s dining scene, paired with tried and true favourites.

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6 Ways to Stay Warm in Style

By Where Staff

Wherever you’re shopping in the Canadian Rockies this winter, we’ve got you covered for cold weather style.

Photo: Courtesy of Hudson's Bay Banff

Photo: Courtesy of Hudson’s Bay Banff

Banff Shops

Stay cozy with a luxurious fitted down-filled jacket. This new design from Snowflake has a belted rouched waist and zipper details—the perfect mix of elegance and edginess. Soft fur frames the face, but can be removed for a different look.

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3 Places to get Great Food & Beer in Canmore

Photo: Courtesy of The Grizzly Paw Brewing Company

Photo: Courtesy of The Grizzly Paw Brewing Company

By Where Staff

Canmore has a great dining scene. Check out three of our favourites below and keep an eye on our dining blog through April for extensive coverage of the Canmore Uncorked food festival!

Brewery Tour with Benefits

Grizzly Paw Brewing Company beers have a solid local following. See why during Friday to Sunday tours of their 20,000-square foot Canmore microbrewery. Learn how hops, malt, mash, wort and tun become your favourite beer, and sample their tasty regular and seasonal brews.

Wood Smoked to Perfection

Valbella Gourmet Foods’ ‘Rohess Speck’ double smoked bacon is cured and hung to dry for two months, then spends 48 hours in the old-school wood chip-fired smokehouse—all on-site. “Other smokehouses are higher tech, but you really can’t compare the flavour,” says deli manager Chantal Von Rotz. Try the bacon wrapped around asparagus.

Three-Course Menu

Head to The Market Bistro at Three Sisters for casual ambiance and a new three-course meal every week. Inspired by the cooking of his native France, Chef Anthony Rabot’s menu features classics like cassoulet and French onion soup alongside adventurous fusion dishes of his own creation. Save room for the amazing lemon pie.

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Jasper’s Stunning Sights

Photo: Courtesy of SunDog Tours

Photo: Courtesy of SunDog Tours

By Afton Aikens & Jack Newton

Mountain Connector

SunDog Tours’ daily winter bus (to May) offers hassle-free travel to and from Jasper National Park. The Edmonton service accesses West Edmonton Mall or the International Airport. The Calgary/Banff/Lake Louise service cruises the famous Icefields Parkway, which offers spectacular views. Some highlights of this world renowned drive include:

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‘How to Banff': Tips from Park Animals

Do you want to embrace mountain culture but don’t know where to start?

If you want to try new things in the great outdoors of Banff National Park, let Bruno the Bear, Peyto the Porcupine and McCardell the Moose show you the way. A new video series follows these animals on a series of (mis)adventures in the park as they demonstrate how – and how not – to ‘Banff’.

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5 Best Natural Ice Skating Rinks

Photo: Craig Douce

Photo: Craig Douce

By Breanna Temple & Niki Wilson

Feel a rush of fresh air as you whirl around these magical mountain outdoor ice rinks.

Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise: Skate into an ice castle on picturesque Lake Louise with Victoria Glacier as the backdrop. Partake in impromptu shinny action at the adjacent hockey area.

The Pond, Canmore: Tranquility only three blocks from Main St. Find a gazebo with heaters, lighting to 10 pm and lots of family events.

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Winter Workout: Fat Tire Biking

By Jack Newton

Fat tire bikes are the winter toy you have to try. You float atop the snow thanks to the wide, large volume and low pressure tires.

Marc Vien at Jasper Source for Sports suggests sticking to packed trails like the Mina-Riley Lake Loop, the Athabasca River Trail on the river’s south bank or anywhere that is frequented by snowshoers. (Avoid cross-country ski trails.) Fat-biking is a great winter workout; even an hour will leave you “pretty pummeled,” Vien says.

Photo: Marc Vien

Photo: Marc Vien

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10 Delicious Banff Restaurants

Photo: Courtesy of the Fairmont Banff Springs

Photo: Courtesy of the Fairmont Banff Springs

By Where Staff

New on Banff’s Dining Scene

The newest restaurant at the Fairmont Banff Springs is 1888 Chop House. The trendy chop house concept is juxtaposed with elements from the past such as railway artifacts and a name that evokes the hotel’s opening year. Before your meal, take a seat at the cocktail bar that overlooks the Castle in the Rockies’ lobby.

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Winter Wildlife Watching

Photo: Tourism Jasper

Photo: Tourism Jasper

By Afton Aikens

What could be more picturesque than seeing a bighorn sheep with impressive horns against a snowy mountain backdrop? Wildlife add such character to the landscape of the Canadian Rockies. Perhaps you’ll be fortunate enough to spot some this winter!

The Bow Valley Parkway in Banff National Park is a slower, more scenic alternative to the Trans-Canada Highway between Banff and Lake Louise. Drive this route and you may be rewarded with more than mountain views. Aptly named Moose Meadows is an ideal habitat for these large mammals. Elk are more commonly spotted—watch for them east of Johnston Canyon. If you’re lucky, you might see wolves. Please don’t feed or get close to animals.

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Mountain Heli Adventures

Photo: Courtesy of Rockies Heli Canada

Photo: Courtesy of Rockies Heli Canada

By Jack Newton & Afton Aikens

Skiers, do photos of deep virgin powder stir your desire to heli-ski? Do you wonder if you have what it takes? Good news—you don’t have to be an expert. You’ll join a group with others of similar ability, get tips from your guide/instructor, ski terrain suited to your skills and use fat skis that make deep snow turns easier. Located southwest of the national parks, RK Heliski offers daily packages with a Banff shuttle.

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Ski Area Fun: No Skis Necessary

By Where Staff

Canadian Rockies’ ski resorts have been drawing crowds for nearly a century. If skiing or boarding isn’t for you, or if you just want to try something different, there’s still plenty of fun to be had on and off the slopes.

Photo: Banff Lake Louise Tourism / Paul Zizka Photography

Photo: Banff Lake Louise Tourism / Paul Zizka Photography

Tube Park Fun

The whole family can delight in speeding down the slopes on an inflatable tube. Groomed lanes ensure safe, smooth sliding. At Lake Louise Sunny Tube Park, slide for $22 (yth $20, ch $15, -5 free). Norquay’s Tube Town (night-lit Fri/Sat) has six chutes, two lifts and a play zone with a small sliding area ($35, yth/sr $25, ch $20). Nakiska Tube Park ($19, ch $15) has an additional lane this year.

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5 Alberta Rockies Ski Areas

By Where Staff

For nearly a century, skiers and boarders have flocked to the alpine paradise of the Canadian Rockies’ ski resorts. No wonder. Ours is a land where peaks outnumber people and the ski season is longer than any other in the country.

Photo: Banff Lake Louise Tourism / Paul Zizka Photography

Photo: Banff Lake Louise Tourism / Paul Zizka Photography

The impressive wilderness of Canada’s Mountain Parks (Banff and Jasper national parks, and Kananaskis Provincial Park) boasts an enviable combination of tree lined and open bowl terrain, high-speed lifts and on-hill amenities that summon skiers and boarders from around the world. Local ski enthusiasts dish out insider details to make your visit memorable.

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