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Canadian Rockies

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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Canmore Shopping: Top Picks

November 3, 2016
By Where writers

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Smart Toys

Hi Jinx owner Sonja Jovanovic believes fun and games should be healthy pursuits. “We hand-pick the most unique, engaging and safe toys,” she says. Brands for infants to pre-schoolers like Rolligo and Bugs in the Kitchen develop communication, cognitive, emotional, physical and sensory abilities. Read more…

Bottoms Up, Banff!

October 31, 2016
By Keili Bartlett

Many know the bubbling springs of Banff’s Cave and Basin as the birthplace of Canada’s first national park, but this November 25-26 it’s home to another kind of liquid wonder. Quench your thirst for craft beer and local spirits with more than 30 of Alberta’s breweries and distilleries at Banff Beerfest 2016.

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4 Reasons We Love Canmore’s Restaurants

October 18, 2016
By Where writers

Restaurants in Canmore pair food with great prices, open kitchens, international tastes and mountain views.

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Canmore’s pubs have unbeatable lunch specials.

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Best of the Fest

October 14, 2016
By Keili Bartlett

It’s that time of year again. The temperature is dropping and the excitement is building for the 2016 Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival, October 29 to November 6.

With more than 75 film presentations – not to mention the storytelling from world-class photographers, climbers and authors – deciding which events to attend won’t be easy.

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Climber Sonnie Trotter to deliver a presentation on some of his most difficult ascents. Image: Banff Centre

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Fall Shopping in Jasper

October 10, 2016
By Olivia Grecu & Naomi Witherick

Jasper shops have the perfect items to take you from summer to fall. Shop for practical jackets, on-trend dresses and durable sports shoes.

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Image by The North Face

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Banff Gondola Awarded Best New Attraction

October 7, 2017
By Naomi Witherick

Where Canadian Rockies is proud to announce Brewster’s Banff Gondola as the winner of our Best New or Improved Attraction of 2016 award.

It comes after the facility’s $26-million renovation, which saw the incredible transformation of the gondola’s upper terminal. After 13 months in the works, the summit complex was officially opened October 6, when we had the privilege of presenting the award to Brewster president, David McKenna.

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Jasper’s Dark Sky Magic

October 1, 2016
By Naomi Witherick

Jasper National Park is 11,000 square kilometres of epic mountains, valleys, forest and lakes. But above, there’s an equally breathtaking display: 11,000 square kilometres of vast, star-filled sky.

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Stargazing at Lake Annette. Image: Ryan Bray

The park was designated a Dark Sky Preserve in 2011 by the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada. With virtually no light pollution and ideal dark sky viewing conditions, Jasper has one of the most magical night skies in the world.

So look up and see the sky like never before. The Jasper Dark Sky Festival Oct 14-23 is the best time to discover the darkness. Be curious, be inspired, be awed.  Read more…

Banff’s Best Buys

Sep. 19, 2016
By Where writers

Treat yourself to stylish souvenirs or get ready for a day on the trails, with these best buys in Banff National Park.

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Image by Helly Hanson

Fall Style

Want a practical and stylish outfit? Helly Hansen’s Latitude 92 sneakers are on-trend and durable for walking or biking. Billabong’s (at Cascade Shops) light, ruffled dresses pair with loose-fit sweaters for cool nights. Whimsical jewellery from Cabin 108 (108 Banff Ave) finishes the look. Read more…

Experience the Out of this World

Sep. 13, 2016
By Naomi Witherick

Enormous vehicles roved in the distance, large notched tires gripping the icy ground. White clouds hung low in the air, veiling the giant grey mountains behind them. Their misty edges touched the horizon, blurring the line between the sky and the frozen white ground.

This could have been another planet. But I was right here in the Canadian Rockies on the Glacier Adventure and Skywalk tour at the Athabasca Glacier.

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Walking on the icy surface of the Athabasca Glacier.

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5 Insider Camping Tips

Sep. 9, 2016
By Naomi Witherick

Planning a camping trip in the Canadian Rockies but new to the wilderness? Take some advice from local pro Tom Coker.

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Coker appeared on Woods Canada to compete for the title of “Canada’s Greatest Explorer”. Image by Woods Canada.

The Canmore-based outdoor enthusiast and contestant on this summer’s Woods Canada knows what he’s talking about. As well as his recent appearance on the show, Coker has diploma in outdoors activities. Read more…

24 Hours in Jasper

Sep. 7, 2016
By Naomi Witherick

Planning a trip to Jasper National Park but pressed for time? Fitting it all in won’t be easy. It’d take a lifetime to explore this stretch of peaks, glaciers, waterfalls, lakes and pine forest.

But with a little local knowledge you can see the best bits in a day. Take a sky tram to mountaintop views and canoe on pristine emerald lakes. And don’t forget Jasper townsite, a quaint settlement rich in history and spoilt for choice when it comes to eating out. Here’s how to make the most of 24 hours in Jasper.

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Get an eye-full of Jasper’s sights on a one-day visit. Image: Jasper Skytram

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