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Canadian Rockies

Canadian Rockies Sightseeing Walks & Bike Routes

Photo: Mount Norquay's North American Chairlift

Photo: Mount Norquay’s North American Chairlift

By Afton Aikens & Olivia Grecu

These gondola and chairlift rides promise peak rewards for little effort:

  • Mount Norquay: The historic North American Chairlift glides to boardwalk views of Mount Rundle, the Banff townsite, the Bow and Spray valleys, and if you’re lucky, a resident bruin family.
  • Banff Gondola: Soar up Sulphur Mountain for a 1-km boardwalk stroll to the Cosmic Ray Station National Historic Site.
  • Lake Louise Gondola & Restaurant: Rise up Mount Whitehorn over grizzly habitat to an incredible Temple Mountain and Victoria Glacier view, and guided interpretive bear walks.

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Meet our Contributors

The summer issue of Where Canadian Rockies is almost all wrapped up and ready to hit stands! We thought we’d introduce our wonderful contributors who live and play in these mountains:

Olivia Grecu

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Our summer magazine editorial intern, Olivia was a fantastic addition to our team. We miss her around the office!

In addition to being a stellar writer and communications professional, Olivia is a Calgarian who loves having the Rockies in her backyard. This summer, after summiting Ha Ling Peak or Mount Yamnuska she plans to savour a house made brew on the Grizzly Paw patio.

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Top 5 Spring Activities for Families in Banff

By Karen Ung

Whether you have babies or big kids, Banff National Park is fun. We go at least once a month, so my four- and- five-year-old daughters have got packing down to an art, and are usually first in the car anticipating our next adventure. Here are some of my girls’ favourite spring things to do in Banff.

Image courtesy Banff Lake Louise Tourism / Paul Zizka Photography

Image courtesy Banff Lake Louise Tourism / Paul Zizka Photography

  1. Johnston Canyon 1.2 km to Lower Falls; 2.4 km to Upper Falls, 120 m elevation gain

Johnston Canyon is a beautiful destination year round with a series of picturesque waterfalls and catwalks. Children three and up can easily manage the flat hike to Lower Falls. Families with older children may continue on to Upper Falls to see even higher falls.

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4 Favourite Jasper Restaurants

Photo: Courtesy of Jasper's Earls in the Rockies

Photo: Courtesy of Jasper’s Earls in the Rockies

By Afton Aikens

Daily Brunch

Every day is like a weekend at Jasper’s Earls in the Rockies, the only local restaurant to offer a brunch menu alongside the regular menu seven days a week (10:30 am to 2 pm). “The top seller is chorizo mushroom hash,” says owner Rob Olson. Skip the coffee for one of three brunch drinks, including a Baesar with beer, clamato juice and signature Caesar spices.

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6 Canadian Rockies Galleries & Museums

Photo: Rundle After September Snow, by Wendy Bradley

Photo: Rundle After September Snow, by Wendy Bradley

By Afton Aikens & Lisa Stephens

Western Canadian Art 

Canada House Gallery in Banff displays paintings by Wendy Bradley (among many other artists). This third-generation Banffite hikes, climbs and snowshoes to vantage points where she paints en plein air, in temperatures that have dipped to –16°C.

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8 Ideas for Shoulder Season Fun

By Where Staff

Although the Canadian Rockies is a fantastic destination year round, we admit, sometimes the weather doesn’t cooperate when we want to ski or hike. Don’t let shoulder season conditions get you down! Here are some ways to ensure fun times, any time of year.

Photo: Banff Gondola

Photo: Banff Gondola

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Canmore Uncorked Long Table Dinner

By Olivia Grecu

Back by popular demand! After a breakout first year at the Canmore Uncorked food and drink festival in 2014, 130 lucky diners snagged tickets to this year’s coveted Long Table Dinner, which took place April 17.

As I arrived at the venue, a (you guessed it) long table set up under a tent on 7th Avenue, a small crowd had gathered. I could hear event-goers and passersby marveling at how beautiful the dinner tent looked against the mountain backdrop.

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Canmore Uncorked Ravenrock Craft Beer Festival

The Stewart Creek Golf Club was bustling with beer lovers at the Canmore Uncorked Ravenrock Craft Beer Festival on Saturday, April 11. With over 15 vendors and double the beer selection (as well as ciders, meads and more), the variety in product was impressive, not to mention delicious.

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Canmore Uncorked World Tour Progressive Dinner

By Afton Aikens

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The warm evening sun was beaming off the massive windows at the Grizzly Paw’s brewery when I arrived to embark on the Canmore Uncorked World Tour Progressive Dinner. The 20,000-sq. ft. building is impressive, with high vaulted ceilings and a wood trim exterior. I sampled one of my favourite beers—their Beavertail Raspberry Ale, as well as the new Chinook Red IPA.

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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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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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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.

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