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Canadian Rockies Festivals

Canadian Rockies Festivals
The big outdoors is the year-round playground for many of the festivals and other events that call the Canadian Rockies home. There’s something for everybody, from celebrations of the arts, a triathlon, bike race, golf, snowshoe fun run, and so much more.Banff National Park Snow Days, January 11 to February 9, 2014, beckons with outdoor activities, mountain films and stories, an ice carving...

Eco Tourism of the Canadian Rockies

Eco Tourism of the Canadian Rockies
The Canadian Rockies is a destination where adventure and wilderness beckons, and for those dedicated to going easier on the planet, non-motorized activities are abundant and engaging. Adventure choices here range from gentle and relaxing, all the way across the excitement spectrum to heart-pounding adrenaline rush. "We were not pioneers ourselves, but we journeyed over old trails that were...

Golfing in the Canadian Rockies

Golfing in the Canadian Rockies
Set in some of the most gorgeous and rugged locations, the golf courses of the Canadian Rockies should almost come with a warning: Spectacular scenery may be hazardous to your handicap. Focused golfers will find much to love in the challenging terrain, meticulous greens, and outstanding facilities. It's no wonder the courses here routinely make lists of the top golf experiences anywhere in the...

Heritage Tourism of the Canadian Rockies

Heritage Tourism of the Canadian Rockies
When two Canadian Pacific Railway employees looking for gold stumbled onto Banff's Cave and Basin natural hot springs in 1883, they triggered a chain of events that led to the establishment of Canada's first national park in 1885. This unique protected place was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site on its 100th anniversary. The 6,641 square kilometre (2,564 mile) park retains the spirit and...

Lakes & Rivers of the Canadian Rockies

Lakes & Rivers of the Canadian Rockies
What do Lake Louise, Moraine Lake, Peyto Lake and Maligne Lake all have in common? They're all world-famous lakes in the Canadian Rockies, they're all fed by mighty glaciers, and they all haven't changed much in more than 100 years. They're also part of a drainage system at the roof of the continent, as water from this region flows in three directions to the Pacific Ocean, the Arctic Ocean, and...

River Rafting in the Canadian Rockies

River Rafting in the Canadian Rockies
From mild to wild, the rivers of the Canadian Rockies are ideal for rafting. It's an ecologically-sensitive way to experience the scenery out on the water, and trips range from those for first-timers to experienced paddlers looking for challenge. Rafting outfitters operate out of Banff, Canmore, Jasper and Golden. Any of the local tour operators will assist with your excursion, offering...

Skiing in the Canadian Rockies

Skiing in the Canadian Rockies
The mountain resorts in the Rockies offer thousands of acres of open glades, bowls, steeps and runs for skiers of every experience level amid some of the most stunning scenery to be found anywhere. The slopes are blanketed with champagne powder and serviced by outstanding ski facilities that cater to skiers and snowboarders. Cross-country skiers will find miles of track-set trails just waiting...

Spas in the Canadian Rockies

Spas in the Canadian Rockies
After a heart-pounding day hiking, biking or skiing in the Rockies, there's nothing like a spa visit to rejuvenate your mind and body. Hot springs, massage for relaxation and well-being, cleansing wraps and facials, body scrubs, manicures and pedicures B it's all here, along with a few offerings unique to the Rockies. If you’re looking for an antidote for the stresses and pressures of daily...

Summer Activities of the Canadian Rockies

Summer Activities of the Canadian Rockies
The Canadian Rockies is a place where the saying “so many activities, so little time,” fits perfectly. The slopes, valleys and waterways in this part of the world tempt with some of the best and justifiably renowned adventures in the world. Long days allow ample time to explore and experience and warm weather tends to bring the wildlife out of hiding. Banff National Park has 1,500...

Wildlife of the Canadian Rockies

Wildlife of the Canadian Rockies
The park has thousands of elk and you will almost certainly see them wandering around town. Mule deer are also frequently spotted, usually on Mount Norquay or grazing along the Bow Valley Parkway. Moose sightings are rare, but stop by Waterfowl Lake on the Icefields Parkway for a chance to see one wading in the shallows. Without a lot of effort, you can see red squirrels and ground squirrels...

Winter Activities of the Canadian Rockies

Winter Activities of the Canadian Rockies
Wintertime offers an exciting array of mountain adventures and experiences: skiing, snowboarding, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, telemarking, skating, curling, toboganning, ice fishing, dog sledding and so much more. Snowcapped mountains, frozen lakes and rivers surround hundreds of fine shops and restaurants in the Banff townsite and the exquisite luxury hotels and mountain lodges of the...