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Canadian Rockies

Let it Snow! January Festivals in the Canadian Rockies

Jan. 13, 2017

By Keili Bartlett

Winter is well underway, but the fun is just getting started! January weather in the Canadian rockies creates the perfect conditions for winter festivals. Here’s a round-up of all the snow-packed fun at Jasper in January, Jan 12-29 and Banff’s SnowDays, Jan 13 – Feb 5.

Frozen fun is on the agenda at Lake Louise's Ice Magic. Photo by Kelly MacDonald.

Frozen fun is on the agenda at Lake Louise’s Ice Magic. Photo by Kelly MacDonald.

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Fall in Love with Winter in Jasper

Jan. 12, 2017

By Ashley Materi

This New Year marks Canada’s 150th birthday, and with it, the Discovery Pass that allows entry to national parks from coast to coast is free. This makes 2017 the perfect time to explore more of our beautiful country, and making a stop in Jasper National Park is a must.

Winter in Jasper

Water rushes underneath a layer of ice in Jasper. Photo: Ashley Materi

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Where to Eat in Banff this Winter

January 9, 2017
By Where Writers

From mountain-top venues with epic snowy views, to cozy patios downtown, Banff is packed with great places to eat. Here’s our round-up of the bars and restaurants to visit this winter.

Mountain-top Meals
Want a meal with a view? Sky Bistro won’t disappoint. Ride the Banff Gondola to the restaurant on Sulphur Mountain’s 2,281-m high ridge for snowy views Banff and delicious tastes of Canada. Choose from regional dishes with upscale twists, including bison burger (Alberta), duck poutine (Quebec), and lobster roll (Nova Scotia). And from the bar, sip locally crafted beers and spirits.

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5 Places to Discover Bow Valley Art

January 5, 2016
By Where writers

Add some culture to your Bow Valley vacation with these art galleries, exhibits and displays in Banff and Canmore.

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A Full block of Canadian Art

Peruse an oasis of art by local and nationally renowned artists at Canada House Gallery, now a block long after an expansion. “Our vast windows add colour and creativity to the Caribou St streetscape,” says owner Barbara Pelham. “Viewers can see how Banff inspires artists and affects their aesthetic.” Continue your browse through their 4,000 square foot gallery.

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Banff Upper Hot Springs vintage postcard by Mitchell Fenton

Pocket-sized Paintings

At the Banff Upper Hot Springs, pick up a free postcard print showcasing the art of Mitchell Fenton. “Featuring vintage cars and bathing suits, the cards celebrate 130 years of the Springs,” says Susan from Willock & Sax Gallery, where the original oil canvases are on display. “Fenton begins with historic photographs, then adds a twist.”

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Wildlife Work of Art 

Banff wildlife is honoured by historical posters, street names and art. Tom Hjorleifson’s bronze sculpture at Moose Hotel & Suites continues the tradition. “This life-size piece promotes wildlife conservation,” says the Canmore-based artist. “It also evokes my awe while viewing a bull moose in the wild.” See more of Hjorleifson’s work in Avens Gallery.

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Canmore ink drawings by Michael Vincent

Inked in History

Canmore’s past is alive within Michael Vincent’s touching pen and ink sketches. This local artist documents the town’s mining heritage, built environment and family life in a range of interesting styles and textures displayed at the Canmore Museum & Geoscience Centre.

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Canadian inspired images by Dianna Thorneycroft

Photography at the Whyte

At the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies’ Exposure Photography Festival, local students’ work is displayed alongside professional photographers such as Diana Throneycroft. Her O Canada (I’m Sorry) works use figurines to create iconic scenes that reinterpret what it means to be Canadian. Luis Fabini works interpret South American gauchos, horses and land.

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Age-Old Adventures: Icy Discoveries

December 30, 2016
By Naomi Witherick

Before hotels and ski hills, the Canadian Rockies were known, loved and lived in by First Nations. Frozen lakes were their hunting ground, snowy foothills their home. Connect with the mountains like the first inhabitants with unique experiences that resonate Aboriginal heritage.

Indigenous people have traversed Canadian landscapes for centuries. From Inuit nations in the north to the Plains tribes in southern Alberta, each had their own beliefs and traditions that are still alive.

Experience Aboriginal life-ways for yourself. From museum visits and snowshoeing to ice fishing and folklore (below) there are loads of ways to connect with native heritage in the Canadian Rockies.

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Image: Parks Canada – Ryan Bray

Icy Discoveries

Winter hunting meant tribes also had to venture out onto the ice. Inuit crafted wooden crampons for much-needed grip when tracking seals, and ice fishing was widespread among Canadian First Nations.

Walk in their footsteps on some of the mountains’ most breathtaking frozen features. Discover Banff’s Grotto Canyon tour follows a frozen creek to a place where guides point out ancient pictographs drawn by early inhabitants. On Jasper’s Maligne Canyon tour you’ll see towering icefalls and fossils on limestone walls.

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Or drop a line on a Spray Lakes ice fishing expedition with Banff Fishing Unlimited. “Ice fishing is easy, you don’t need experience,” says the company’s Anders Roussy. “We take a lot of families and it’s great fun for all ages.” Stay warm in a heated cabin and sip hot chocolate while waiting for a trout. Guides cook what you catch for a tasty lunch.

Also visit Lake Minnewanka, Stoney for Water Spirits. This 28-km long glacial lake, the largest in Banff National Park, has been a focal point of legends and folklore for centuries, with stories of mermen, thresholds to other worlds and supernatural encounters contributing to its lingering air of mystery. Take a scenic drive from Banff townsite to enjoy breathtaking views of the frozen mass and surrounding peaks. Watch for bighorn sheep and elk.

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Why We Love Jasper Restaurants

December 26, 2016
By Where writers

From overloaded plates at breakfast buffets to budget-friendly food specials, there are loads of reasons to love Jasper restaurants. Here’s our guide to where to eat in town.

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Banff’s Big Taste: January 18 – 22, 2017

December 22, 2016
By Where Writers

Join the fun at Banff’s Big Taste, a five-day festival designed to boost the culinary profile of Banff. Attend for a day, or schedule an entire vacation during this celebration of food and drink.

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Mountain Staycation

December 21, 2016
By Naomi Witherick

Imagine enjoying winter in the mountains whenever you want. Canmore vacation homes make the dream a reality.

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Age-Old Adventures: Sleds and Sleighs

December 17, 2016
By Naomi Witherick

Before hotels and ski hills, the Canadian Rockies were known, loved and lived in by First Nations. Frozen lakes were their hunting ground, snowy foothills their home. Connect with the mountains like the first inhabitants with unique experiences that resonate Aboriginal heritage.

Indigenous people have traversed Canadian landscapes for centuries. From Inuit nations in the north to the Plains tribes in southern Alberta, each had their own beliefs and traditions that are still alive.

Experience Aboriginal life-ways for yourself. From museum visits and snowshoeing to sleigh riding and dogsledding (below) there are loads of ways to connect with native heritage in the Canadian Rockies.

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Image: Jeff Bartlett – Tourism Jasper

Sleds and Sleighs

When travelling long distances in extreme conditions, horse-drawn sleighs were the go-to mode of transport for Stoney Nakoda families after the arrival of Europeans.

Jasper Riding Stables gives you taste of the experience. Cosy up in a horse-drawn sleigh that glides along the snowy, pine-forested trails by Pyramid Lake. “We go along the sunny side of the lake and turn at the boardwalk to Pyramid Island,” says the stables’ Mary Fuller. “It’s a really magical winter experience.”

Brewster Lake Louise Horse Drawn Sleigh Rides operates tours to the end of the famous lake, in the shadow of Victoria Glacier. Or take a sleigh ride with Banff Trail Riders. Their trip follows the icy course of the Bow River and includes a fireside warm-up stop to toast marshmallows and look for wildlife.

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Image: Darren Roberts Photography

In northern parts of Alberta, the Woodland Cree tackled the winter terrain on dog sled. Their flat-bottomed toboggans slid effortlessly through the snow while the dogs warded off predators.

“Dogsledding gets you back in touch with nature,” says Amanda Sinclair from Cold Fire Creek Dogsledding. ”Travel into the heart of the wilderness in the company of man’s best friend.”

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Mushing with Snowy Owl Dog Sled Tours, Canmore

Learn about Jasper’s history and sip hot apple cider on the Moonshiners of Whiskey Creek tour. Amanda says it’s a chance to step back in time and “surround yourself with beauty and freedom.”

Or dash through snow-coated plains near Canmore with Snowy Owl Sled Dog Tours, where you can get up close and personal with a classic dog team. “We have traditional breeds like the Seppala Siberian, which has been used in dogsledding for generations,” says the company’s Carlin Kimble. “The opportunity to drive your own dog team makes it feel very authentic.”

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What to do in the Canadian Rockies in Winter

December 14, 2016
By Where Writers

There are loads of things to do in Banff and Jasper national parks in the winter. Take a break from the ski hills to discover snowshoeing tours, ice walks, dogsledding, tobogganing and the best spots for a cozy fire pit picnic.

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7 Things to See in the Bow Valley this Winter

December 9, 2016
By Keili Bartlett & Naomi Witherick

Winter sightseeing in the Bow Valley is incredible. Think frozen waterfalls and overall icy paradise. And with helicopter tours and a new mountaintop building to view it from, it’s easy to see something epic in Banff, Canmore, Kananaskis and Lake Louise. Cameras at the ready…

Banff sightseeing

Image: Kelly MacDonald, Lake Louise Ice Magic Festival

Ice Sculptures 

Mountains capped with snow and ice. Turquoise waters frozen over. Lake Louise epitomizes winter wonderland. Celebrate with Ice Magic Jan 19-29, where you can watch professional ice carvers compete. Try it yourself at demo sessions, and revisit the displays until they melt away. Read more…

Age-Old Adventures: Winter Walks

December 2, 2016
By Naomi Witherick

Before hotels and ski hills, the Canadian Rockies were known, loved and lived in by First Nations. Frozen lakes were their hunting ground, snowy foothills their home. Connect with the mountains like the first inhabitants with wintery walks that resonate Aboriginal heritage.

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Image: Banff Lake Louise Tourism / Paul Zizka

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