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Canadian Rockies

Lake Louise is WonderFall!

WonderFall is a festival that celebrates the magic of autumn in Lake Louise. Events run from Sept. 5 to Oct. 12.

Photo courtesy Banff Lake Louise Tourism / Paul Zizka

Photo courtesy Banff Lake Louise Tourism / Paul Zizka

Lake Louise is a stunning destination year-round, but in fall, the golden larch trees glisten and the crisp mountain air beckons hikers to the trails before the first snow.

WonderFall offers opportunities for you to experience the region’s beauty, with special packages, seasonally-inspired restaurant menus and activities like canoeing on world-renowned Lake Louise, photography workshops to help you create lasting memories, hiking challenges (or just hiking!) and horseback riding adventures ranging from one hour to a full day.

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Canmore’s New Arts Centre Opens this Fall

By Afton Aikens

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The grand opening of Canmore’s new community arts centre, artsPlace, will be held Sept. 25 to 27 as part of the Canmore Festival of Art and Creativity, which coincides with Alberta Culture Days.

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Top Canadian Rockies Rivers to Raft

By Jack Newton & Afton Aikens

Get your feet wet on an aquatic adventure ranging from a white-knuckle ride to a family friendly float.

Photo: Rafting in Jasper

Photo: Rafting in Jasper

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5 Must-See Jasper Sights

By Where Staff

Photo: Courtesy of Brewster Travel Canada

Photo: Courtesy of Brewster Travel Canada

Award-Winning Design

Peer down 280 m (920 ft) through a glass floor to the base of the Sunwapta Valley at the Glacier Skywalk. This interpretive attraction has won awards for its architecture, engineering and sustainable practices (like accommodating mountain goat use of the site); it won Where Canadian Rockies’ Best New Attraction for 2014. The platform is cantilevered (anchored at one end) and suspended in the air for a thrilling view of the peaks, glaciers and waterfalls.

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Mountains of Art

Artists use uncommon techniques to capture local landscapes

By Lisa Stephens

Canadian Rockies galleries are full of mountain inspired art. Artists have always been drawn to the region to capture its rugged beauty.

According to Mountain Galleries owner Wendy Wacko, “The movement began in the 1920s with The Group of Seven, and original voices today are carrying it forward.”

While classic landscapes of lakes nestled between peaks are commonly found on gallery walls, some artists strive to express their unique visions of the mountains through original perspectives, techniques and media.

Stylistic Influences

Wacko notes three top painters in the Mountain Galleries stable who are truly original. Derived from his illustrator background, Brent Lynch’s oils have a unique perspective. “Lynch sees the world differently,” Wacko says.

Artist Brent Lynch

Artist Brent Lynch

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4 Fun Activities in Jasper

By Where Staff

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Biking with a Bonus

The family friendly 7.5-km combo of the Town Trail, Big Horn Alley and Trail 7 is minutes from Jasper bike rental shops. Follow historic train tracks and the Athabasca River to the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge. Double back for twice the fun or make it a loop. Tip: ride the shores of Lac Beauvert and stop for a hike at Old Fort Point.

Pampering Pleasure 

At Wild Orchid Salon & Spa, exfoliations and aromatherapy add-ons enhance your massage or pedicure experience. Treatments are customized. “We help each client achieve the results they’re seeking,” says co-owner Heather Johnson.

Super Hero Sensation

Zipline face first 200 feet above terra firma; don’t forget to breathe (and enjoy the Roche Miette mountain view). At Zip-line Adventure, adrenaline junkies ask for the cable to be loosened to create a base-jumping sensation, while anxious riders overcome nerves by riding tandem.

In-Flight Service 

The seven-minute Jasper SkyTram ride to the top of Whistlers Mountain offers more than a pretty view. ‘Flight attendants’ tell guests about the history, geography, plants and wildlife of Jasper National Park and answer questions. This personal service is unique to Canadian Rockies sightseeing lifts. The on-board guides also work as tramcar operators.

Banff & Jasper Wildlife Tours

By Afton Aikens & John Strugnell

This summer, check spotting wildlife in the Canadian Rockies off your bucket list on these guided tours. (If you’re wildlife watching on your own, just make sure it’s from a safe distance!)

Photo: Courtesy of Discover Banff Tours

Photo: Courtesy of Discover Banff Tours

Wildlife Safari

Grab your camera and join Discover Banff Tours’ Evening Wildlife Safari—their most popular excursion. This two-hour small group experience visits multiple Banff National Park locations; over 95% of trips spot wildlife. You’ll learn lots too, like how bighorn sheep horns are formed. (Spoiler alert: tiny hairs grow tightly together).

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A Photographer’s Take on Jasper National Park

Where Canadian Rockies social media fan and Spruce Grove, Alberta based photographer Tegan Thompson (blownawayphoto.com) shares why she loves Jasper National Park.

Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and tag your experiences and photos with #whererockies for a chance to be featured on our blog!

Photo by Tegan Thompson

Photo by Tegan Thompson

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4 Favourite Summer Activities in Banff & Area

By Where Staff

Photo: Fairmont Banff Springs Golf Course

Photo: Fairmont Banff Springs Golf Course

Golf: Elevate Your Game

Perched high above the Bow River Valley, Silvertip Golf Resort provides spectacular views of downtown Canmore, the Rundle Range and wildlife corridors where elk and bears roam.

At The Fairmont Banff Springs Golf Course, architect Stanley Thompson built fairways where shots toward the pin are back dropped by peaks. Looming mountains and bunkers far from greens play with golfers’ sense of distance; be careful your ball does not fall short of its intended mark. On the other hand, being almost a mile above sea level means balls travel far. “Play the lesser of the two clubs being considered for the shot,” suggests Banff Springs pro Steve Young.

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Favourite Lake Louise Patios

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By Olivia Grecu

  • Baker Creek Bistro (above): This log cabin has a flowered patio with colourful umbrellas. Play lawn volleyball.
  • Poppy Brasserie at Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise: Marvel at Lake Louise and its Victoria Glacier backdrop.
  • The Station Restaurant: Savour BBQ patio fare at this 1910 heritage building. Play croquet or bocce on the lawn.
  • Whitehorn Terrace at Lake Louise Gondola: Stellar views from 2,042-m. Glass panels shelter from wind.

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3 Stunning Walks to Water in the Canadian Rockies

By Afton Aikens

Photo: Maligne Canyon, courtesy of Travel Alberta

Photo: Maligne Canyon, courtesy of Travel Alberta

Hiking beside a rushing river or toward a thundering waterfall elevates the experience. Here are few of our favourite trails.

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6 Ways to get on the Water in the Canadian Rockies

By Where Staff

Photo: Courtesy of Brewster Travel Canada

Photo: Courtesy of Brewster Travel Canada

Cruise on Lake Minnewanka’s New Boat

This summer, Canadian-built Daughter of the Peaks II plies the pristine waters of Lake Minnewanka alongside her sister ship Alberta Explorer. 2015 enhancements include flexible seating. The new fiberglass hulled, diesel-driven craft was named for the wood hulled, steam-powered vessel Daughter of the Peaks. Launched by Captain Jack Standly in 1910, it was affectionately called “the boat that Jack built.”

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