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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 AccommodationsCrandell Mountain Lodge

A cozy country lodge ideal for travelers looking for a quaint experience. Rooms with fireplaces, country décor and lots of character. It has the feeling of a country bed and breakfast and the comfort of a lodge, relax and explore.

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Banff & Rockies Accommodations711 Miette Ave.

A perfect spot for two in the heart of Jasper National Park and the Canadian Rockies.

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Banff & Rockies AccommodationsFairmont Banff Springs Hotel

This castle overlooking the Spray River & Bow River, has an adjoining conference centre, riding stables, tennis courts, indoor and outdoor pools, and golf course. It is THE place for the rich & famous to stay.

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Banff & Rockies AccommodationsMount Robson Inn

We are a family operated, 78 room innwho are constantly upgrading andmaking changes.

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Banff & Rockies AccommodationsHeritage Inn Cranbrook

AAA2 diamonds conference center/convention hotel, with comp parking & coffee. non smoking floors & small pets okay. Spa area which includes a heated indoor swimming pool, hot tub, sauna & weights.

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Banff & Rockies Travel & AttractionsEagle Pass Heliskiing

Heliskiing the Monashee through champagne powder on unspoiled and endless ski-paradise with talented and experienced guides, Exclusively flying A-Star helicopters that can land on tighter mountain features

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Banff & Rockies Travel & AttractionsFernie Wilderness

Snowcat skiing and boarding in bottomless powder on predominately gladed tree skiing, with occasional tree bands leading into open chute. Fly-fishing float trips on the scenic Elk and Flathead Rivers are world-class

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Banff & Rockies Travel & AttractionsCreston Golf Club

This course is across from the Creston Valley Wildlife Management Area, and regularly gets osprey and blue heron cruising the course and its several shimmering lakes. The par 3's range from 100 to 230 yards in length, par 4's from 300 to 47

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Banff & Rockies Travel & AttractionsMad Max's Go Karts & More

Brand new Go Kart track for people of all ages to come and enjoy some real good fun with Go Karts and Mini Golf

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Banff & Rockies Travel & AttractionsHertz Truck & Car Rentals

Great cars. Great rates. Great Srvice. Hertz is the preferred car rental company of CAA. Free customer pickup & return, Unlimited km rates. One-way rentals. daily, weekly, weekend rates.

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