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Why Visit Alberta's Rockies?

Close to international airports, but rugged in the extreme. Everything from stunning peaks to pretty lakes to huge icefields. Enjoy hiking, horseback riding, rafting, skiing, and snowboarding. And check out the wildlife!
Banff's Bow Rive boat docks on the west edge of town The Rockies are most likely the most beautiful part of the Trans-Canada Highway. The mountains are unique for a number of reasons. They managed to evade the flattening effect of the past several ice ages that covered most of the rest of North America. This makes the peaks very sharp and rugged, and they rise over a mile above the valley floor. The northerly position of the Banff also means that the snowcover stays on the mountain tops and the glaciers through the summer (its not snowy in the valleys!). The stunning beauty of the mountains here, the glaciers and the aqua blue-green lakes are the reason the Canadian Pacific Railway guilt a series of castle-like mountain hotels around the turn of the century.

Banff is the magnet of the Canadian Rockies and is the largest mountain community in the stunningly beautiful Rockies. To its north is the smaller town of Lake Louise, and to its east, just outside the national Park gates, is the town of Canmore. These three form the heart of tourism in the Alberta Rockies.

Canmore
The first hole at Canmore's Stewart Creek golf course, built around an abandoned coal mine Coming from the East, you approach Canmore first, just 5 kilometres east of the Banff National Park Gates, as the highway winds its way through the first range of mountains. Canmore is best known for the Canmore Nordic Centre, the host of the cross country and biathlon events in the 1988 Winter Olympic games. The town is also on the northern entrance to Kananaskis Country, a large mountainous provincial park. It is also known for the cheapest gas between Calgary and Vancouver (no BC sales taxes, no National Parks rents) and lots of hotels close to the Trans-Canada Highway and close to Banff's natural beauty. Canmore is a very relaxed town with many fine restaurants, small non-touristy shops,and lots to see and do in and around

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Banff
Take a carriage ride around town The town of Banff was established in 1883 when the trans-continental railway was built through the Bow River valley. The town is the centre of recreation, tourism, and dining in the Canadian Rockies and has an elevation of 1,395 m (4,580 ft), but is cradled by mountains that tower a mile above. Tourists are always surprised by the variety and proximity of wild animals around town: you'll often find elk, mountain goats, moose, and sometimes bears foraging on lawns and gardens around the town site. Many visitors stop and swim in the natural hot springs above the town, or take a ride up the Sulphur Mountain Gondola for an aerial view of the area.

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Lake Louise
View of Trans-Canada at Lake Louise Lake Louise is just a 40 minute drive northwest of Banff, and is much cozier and less commercial than Banff. It feels like the doorway to the ruggedness of the Rockies on both sides of the Albert-British Columbia border, as well as the Icefields Parkway to the north which winds past several stunning glaciers. Lake Louise itself has two parts: the town site in the Bow River Valley, and the famous Lake itself on a plateau up the road. Be sure to enjoy both parts of Lake Louise.
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Banff & Rockies AccommodationsBanff International Hotel

Convieniently located, so you can walk anywhere. Mountain Grill Restaurant & Lobby Lounge with central fireplace. Underground parking, individual ski lockers, soin operated guest laundry. Banquet facilities, gift shop.

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Banff & Rockies AccommodationsWaterton Lakes Lodge Resort

The Waterton Lakes Lodge Resort in Waterton Park boasts clean & comfortable rooms, ideal for all travellers. Conference centre great for weddings or corporate retreats. Onsite restaurant, pool and fitness centre. Pet friendly.

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Banff & Rockies AccommodationsSpring Creek Mountain Village RV Park

Fully-serviced campground with the following amenities: • Each site has a picnic table and fire pit • Dump station and water fill points • Washrooms/showers are wheelchair accessible • Pop, Ice Cream and some RV Supplies

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Banff & Rockies AccommodationsLake O'Hara Lodge

Located on the beautiful shores of Lake O'Hara amidst the breathtaking Canadian Rocky Mountains. These rustic all-inclusive cabins and lodge rooms in Yoho National Park offer fine dining and exhilarating excursions.

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Banff & Rockies AccommodationsThe Hostel Bear

Hotel has cozy lobby with rock fireplace, great mountain views. 30 tastefully decoprated rooms, some with fireplaces. Close to restaurnants, shops.

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Banff & Rockies Travel & AttractionsCanmore Golf & Curling Club

A beautiful golf course with the Rocky Mountains in the backdrop, Canmore is located one hour west of Calgary. The course opens with its most difficult hole first, a 504-yard 5 and finishes with the second most difficult, a 520-yard 5. In b

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Banff & Rockies Travel & AttractionsBudget Car & Truck Rentals

Budget has great deals on Compacts, Mid-sizes, Minivans, and Standard SUVs, even trucks for your move. With "Fastbreak" you have no lines, no paperwork, no signatures...and one-click online booking!

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Banff & Rockies Travel & AttractionsRocky Mountain Ropes Course

Speed along on a variety of Zip-lines on our course, for great recreation in a scenic outdoor environment. Individuals and groups books are both welcome.

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Banff & Rockies Travel & AttractionsSkytrek Adventure Park

Speed along on a variety of Zip-lines on our course, for great recreation in a scenic outdoor environment. Individuals and groups books are both welcome.

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Banff & Rockies Travel & AttractionsSnowwater Heli-Skiing

Spectacular mountain scenery, deep light powder and a private back country skiing on over 150,000 acres of majestic peaks and bowls. A skier to guide ratio of 4: using the Eurocopter B3 A-Star helicopter

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