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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 AccommodationsSander Lake Campground and Cabins

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Banff & Rockies AccommodationsMountain Park Resort

RV Campground. Campers Paradise. Riverside sites. full hook-ups, free hot showers. enjoy fishing, hiking, gold panning

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Banff & Rockies AccommodationsPrestige Inn Golden

This elegant 4 1/2 star full service hotel with beautifully appointed guest rooms, deluxe furnishings & amenities. Revitalize in our indoor pool, work out in our fitness room, then relax in the soothing comfort of our hot tub

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Banff & Rockies AccommodationsRamada Hotel And Suites Golden

3 stars, with deluxe complimentary continental breakfast, indoor heated pool & hot tub, coin operated laundry, free high speed internet access & wireless internet. Some kitchenette rooms, two bedroom suites, jacuzzi suite.

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Banff & Rockies AccommodationsTimberline Lodge

The only Banff hotel you ski right into, at the base of Mount Norquay. 49 rooms, some chalets. Convention facilities. no charge for chilren under 16 sharing parents room.

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Banff & Rockies Travel & AttractionsKimberley Golf Club

This course is established in 1924, the first course in the Rockies. The course winds through ponderosa pines, high above the St Mary River. Open April to October

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Banff & Rockies Travel & AttractionsCoy's Par 3

The course meanders through the picturesque layout of an old farmstead. You will enjoy your walk through the corral as you go between green #1 and the second tee box. Coy's Par 3 is a picturesque, challenging, unique 9 hole course that you

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Banff & Rockies Travel & AttractionsSelkirk Tangiers Heli Skiing

Exclusive 200,000 hectares (half-a-million acres) of terrain in the Selkirk and Monashee Mountains using both the Eurocopter A-Star and Bell 205 helicopter to access our terrain.

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Banff & Rockies Travel & AttractionsPincher Creek Golf Club

The finest nine hole municipal public courses is noted for it's excellent greens, scenery and challenging holes. A driving range as well as a practice green are available. A fully stocked Pro Shop as well as an excellent Bar and Restaurant,

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Banff & Rockies Travel & AttractionsRevelstoke Golf Club

Founded in 1924, and located at the foot of Mount Revelstoke, this course has hosted many provincial and regional championships. The course lies alongside the Columbia River, provides incredible mountain views in all directions.The 6th hole

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