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Canadian Rockies

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.

Canadian Rockies camping tips

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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Fun For Free

Sep. 2, 2016
By Afton Aikens

Exploring the Bow Valley doesn’t have to drain your wallet. There’s plenty of things to do that let you see the best of the area without costing a cent.

Take your bike on a scenic cycle path or go for a swim at a beautiful lake beach. Wander through local markets, historical sites and viewpoints and entertain the kids with activity packs and shows. Let the free fun commence!

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Top Things to Do in the Bow Valley

Aug. 30, 2016
By Where writers

The Bow Valley has tons of things to do. From hiking trails with quaint tea houses to fishing, watersports and visiting cute husky puppies there’s something of everyone.

Bow Valley Things to Do

Photo credit: Paul Zizka

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Stop and Stay in Fernie

Aug. 26, 2016
By Naomi Witherick

Tackle the whitewater or throw out a fishing line. With the Elk River flowing through its district, Fernie is the perfect spot for a vacation on the water. And now you can stay even closer.

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Iconic Images

Aug. 22, 2016
By Naomi Witherick

Striking and unforgettable. The Canadian Pacific Railway’s posters have the same characteristics as the mountains they advertise. Both have been significant in the history of Canada’s tourism industry in their own right. And while you can’t roll up and pocket the peaks, you can at least take the vintage artwork home.

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Attractive images promoted Banff and Lake Louise as stylish tourist destinations. Photo courtesy of About Canada.

But what’s the story behind the posters? When the company then known as CP Rail finished the railway in 1885, it had successfully connected the whole of Canada. From Ontario to British Columbia (with additional lines in places like Quebec and Lake Superior), the network opened the potential for trade, commerce and major economic growth. Read more…

Mountain Legends

Aug. 17, 2016
By Naomi Witherick

Exhibitions and gift shop books at the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies tell the stories of Banff’s historical figures. From the early explorers in the late 1800s to the people who established the towns’ businesses and ski hills, uncover the legacy of those who made Banff what it is today.

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A collection of stories in the museum gift shop. Photo courtesy of the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies.

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Western Adventures in Jasper

Aug. 10, 2016
By Naomi Witherick

For centuries Indigenous people navigated the Canadian Rockies on horseback. And when traders like David Thompson arrived in 1811, horses were used to negotiate northern trading routes and establish trade posts.

Follow in their footsteps and have an old time western adventure in Jasper. Here are the horseback rides, rodeo events and country style steakhouses not to miss this summer. Cowboy hats at the ready…

Jasper Horseback Riding

Escape to rugged wilderness with a horseback ride in the mountains. Photo from Jasper Stables.

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Escape to Calgary and Grey Eagle Resort & Casino

Aug. 5, 2016
By Naomi Witherick

Fancy a taste of the city during your mountain vacation? Calgary is a dynamic and friendly urban oasis at the foot of the Canadian Rockies.

Canadian Rockies, Calgary, places to stay

Why Calgary?

Just an hour and a half from Banff, Calgary is right on your doorstep if you’re staying in the national park. If you’re flying through Calgary International Airport, the city a great place to explore before or after your time in the mountains.

From historic sites to urban glitz, the city is pocketed with eclectic districts. Sample the unique shops, funky bistros and buzzing nightlife in Kensington Village, Stephen Ave Downtown Pedestrian Mall, Inglewood and 17th Avenue SW. With endless bike and walking paths (many along the Bow and Elbow Rivers), it’s very safe and child-friendly. Read more…

Photography Tips: Capturing the Rockies

A local photographer tells us how he got “the shot”

Aug. 3, 2016
By Afton Aikens 

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Amar Athwal’s interest in photography began when he moved to Banff in the 1990s and turned into a passion a few years ago. His repertoire has expanded from landscapes to include night skies and flora; his wildlife images include bears, wolves, elk, birds and cuddly looking pine martens. Read more…