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Canadian Rockies

Relax & Revive at Banff & Canmore Spas

July 29, 2016
By Where writers

Many visits to the Canadian Rockies are action-packed, and for good reason with the abundance of outdoor adventure at our doorstep. But you should also make time to unwind with these relaxing spa treatments. Your tired muscles will thank you!

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Spa Day in Canmore
Pamper your inner princess at spacious, upscale and boutiquey Rapunzel’s Salon & Spa. Settle in for hairstyling or a beauty treatment with natural Aveda products. Bring a friend to join you in the double massage room. After, relax in the cozy lounge area with mountain view.

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Fairmont Favourites
Revive tired toes after a day of hiking. The Ultimate Ascent treatment at Willow Stream Spa at the Fairmont Banff Springs includes a foot massage, footbath and scrub. The soothing Lavender Dreams experience at The Spa at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise finishes with an oil-infused foot rub.

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Extend Your Stay
The Rimrock Spa is a full service facility. After your massage or multi-treatment package, indulge further with a facial, wax or nail service. Work out in the fitness room, then relax in the indoor pool, steam room or whirlpool. Satisfy your appetite at the hotel’s Primrose or award-winning Eden restaurants.

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Summer Glow
Good complexions aren’t just for women. Treatments for men also cleanse, exfoliate and restore dry, weathered skin. Rimrock Spa’s 30-minute Micro-Zone Facial ($70) targets specific problem areas. The one-hour Refining Facial at Red Earth Spa (below; $145) includes a clarifying masque, plus hand, foot and scalp massage.

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Top Jasper Sights and Adventures

July 24, 2016
By Where writers

Jasper is an adventure playground – its wilderness beckons to many. Here are some ideas for your summer adventures:

Maligne Lake Cruise to Spirit Island

Maligne Lake Cruise to Spirit Island

Through the Lens
Spirit Island is one of the most photographed locations in Canada. On the Maligne Lake ‘Through the Lens’ Cruise snap incredible shots with the help of an on-board professional photographer. Learn to how to use filters, frame the scene, capture clouds and compensate for difficult light. Read more…

Summer Folk Festivals

Lying back on the grass listening to some of the best folk music in the world, breathing in the alpine air and relaxed atmosphere. What could be better? The Canmore Folk Festival and Japser Folk Festival are two events you don’t want to miss in the Canadian Rockies this summer.

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Mountain Lifestyle: Find Yours in Canmore

July 19, 2016
By Naomi Witherick

Waking up in the mountains with a choice of hiking trails or funky cafés out the front door is what attracts tourists and would-be residents to Canmore. But long-time locals will tell you the warm people and vibrant community make this place home.

Canmore epitomizes alpine village life. Main Street is dense with locally owned shops, quaint eateries, interesting galleries, and health and wellness facilities. Combine that with the great outdoors—superb hiking, biking, skiing, golfing and canoeing—and the picture of Canmore life is as bright as the weather (said to be 330 sunny days a year).

The Canmore Mountain Market (photo credit: Tourism Canmore Kananaskis)

The Canmore Mountain Market (photo: Tourism Canmore Kananaskis)

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Best Bow Valley Summer Entertainment

July 14, 2016
By Where writers

Summer in the Canadian Rockies isn’t just about hiking and cycling (although we do have an amazing outdoor playground). It’s also about live music backdropped by mountains, farmers’ markets with fresh local produce and gathering around a campfire with family and friends. Here are some ideas to get you stoked for summer fun!

The Banff Centre Shaw Amphitheatre (photo credit: Rita Taylor)

The Banff Centre Shaw Amphitheatre (photo credit: Rita Taylor)

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Iconic Adventures: Alpine Hikes & Via Ferrata Climbs

July 9, 2016
By Afton Aikens with notes from Where writers

In the Canadian Rockies we take our cues from the mountains—we go big. We also get creative. Our tour operators offer activities that allow everyone to explore our wild alpine playground. We’ll get you to the summit; you choose whether you want to ride, fly or climb.

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Sunshine Meadows (photo credit: Jack Newton)

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Banff by Horseback

July 6, 2016
By Naomi Witherick

I hadn’t been on a horse in years. So when I was invited on a horseback trip with Banff Trail Riders I could see it going one of two ways. I’d either be a natural or my horse would break into an unexpected trot hurling me from the saddle into pile of mud.

Despite that possibility of the latter, I was excited. I’ve been living in Banff for the last eight months and I hoped the trip would offer sights from new perspectives. And having written about early explorers’ use of horses to navigate the mountains for Where Canadian Rockies, I wondered if the trip would conjure a sense of discovery.

Warner Stables on Sundance Road is the starting point for Trail Riders' tours.

Warner Stables on Sundance Road is the starting point for Trail Riders’ tours.

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Facts & Legends: Alberta’s Ammolite Gemstone

July 4, 2016
By Jack Wennot

Ammolite gemstones are prized by tourists, First Nations and feng shui practitioners. Derived from the colourful shells of 70-million-year-old Alberta ammonite fossils, these rare gems have immense appeal to Rockies visitors.

Quality ammolite is found within the Bearpaw Formation near the St. Mary River. Although Indigenous peoples of southwestern Alberta have cherished ammonites for centuries, it was only in 1981 that ammolite was awarded official gem status by the World Jewellery Confederation.

Ammonite fossils make beautiful ammolite jewellery.

Ammonite fossils make beautiful ammolite jewellery.

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5 Summer Activities to try in Jasper

June 29, 2016
By Where writers

Jasper National Park is a wild land where adventure awaits; let us help you choose yours.

Photo Credit: Wild Current Outfitters

Photo Credit: Wild Current Outfitters

Canoe Camping
Rent two- to eight-person canoes, along with dry bags, a tent, sleeping bags and cookware from Wild Current Outfitters for a backcountry adventure on Maligne Lake. “Being all together in a bigger Voyageur canoe is really neat,” says guide Mike Lodge. “You don’t all have to paddle. Your daughter can play the ukulele. Your grandpa can go!”

Book campsites with Parks Canada before you reserve your canoe. Wild Current offers day canoeing, too. Read more…

Where to Dine in Banff this Summer

June 24, 2016
By Naomi Witherick

Banff not only has spectacular views–the food is great, too. Check out these restaurants on your next visit.

Cliffhouse Bistro at Mount Norquay

Cliffhouse Bistro at Mount Norquay

Hidden Gems with Character
The woodlands hold Banff’s best-kept dining secrets. Head to Waldhaus at the Fairmont Banff Springs, a Bavarian-style ‘cottage’ by the Spray River (accessible from Bow Falls parking lot). Enjoy fare from Swiss fondue to pub favourites.

Find mountainside Three Ravens restaurant and wine bar on The Banff Centre campus. Stellar views pair with inventive cuisine like elk tartar and Haida Gwaii scallops.

Ride the North American chairlift to Cliffhouse Bistro at Mount Norquay, a retro dining venue and spectacular Town of Banff views. Try the duck wings with crisp noodles. Read more…

Evolution of Mountain Clothing

June 19, 2016
By Naomi Witherick

Hiking, climbing and horseback riding in the Canadian Rockies in 1900 looked very different from today. Bulky apparel has evolved and become more practical. Here, we compare historic styles to modern adventure-savvy wear.

Ernst Feuz & Georgia Engelhard on Mt. Victoria, Banff National Park, 1931. Photo courtesy of the Glenbow Museum.

Ernst Feuz & Georgia Engelhard on Mt. Victoria, Banff National Park, 1931. Photo courtesy of the Glenbow Museum.

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Canmore to Get New Hotel & Conference Centre

June 16, 2016

For the first time in 20 years ground has broken on a new traditional hotel in Canmore. A ground-breaking ceremony on June 1 marked the start of construction on this $37-million hotel and conference centre located in the Spring Creek Mountain Village neighbourhood downtown.

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Left to right: Jason Ritchie for MP Blake Richards; Frank Kernick, developer, Spring Creek; John Borrowman, mayor, Town of Canmore; Andrew Nickerson, president and CEO, Tourism Canmore Kananaskis, Bill Marshall, architect. (Photo: Naomi Witherick)

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