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Canadian Rockies

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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Banff’s Spring Arts Festival

By Olivia Grecu

Spring in Banff National Park is a wonder to behold. The landscape starts to come alive, and the mountains seem to gleam against the wide blue skies.

Whether you’ve been waiting all winter for early season hiking or spring skiing, the mountains are calling, so get out here! While Mother Nature does her part to reawaken the landscape, the springstArt festival does the same for Banff’s arts and culture scene.

Photo: Banff Lake Louise Tourism / Paul Zizka Photography

Photo: Banff Lake Louise Tourism / Paul Zizka Photography

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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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Jasper’s Stunning Sights

Photo: Courtesy of SunDog Tours

Photo: Courtesy of SunDog Tours

By Afton Aikens & Jack Newton

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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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