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Canadian Rockies

Market on Your Calendar

By Kaitlyn Forde

Photo courtesy of Tourism Canmore Kananaskis

Photo courtesy of Tourism Canmore Kananaskis

“It’s like your soul wakes up,” says a juicing booth patron of the Canmore Mountain Market’s return on Thursdays. Or, visit Banff Farmer’s Market on Wednesdays. Both feature regionally grown produce, artisanal eats, handmade jewellery and crafts, and tunes courtesy of local musicians.

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A Toast to Craft Beer and Local Liquor

By Keili Bartlett

Something’s brewing in the Canadian Rockies, and it’s not just the bubbling hot springs. Local businesses have tapped into the fresh (and cold!) glacier-fed waterways to produce a more alcoholic type of liquid.

Park it here. Gleaming stills and tanks are prominently positioned for all to see at Park Distillery.

Park it here. Gleaming stills and tanks are prominently positioned for all to see at Park Distillery.

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Cowboy for the Evening

By Where writers

Photo: Brewster Lake Louise Stables

Dinner is served – cowboy style! Photo: Brewster Lake Louise Stables

The Brewster family has offered trail rides and western cookouts for over 100 years. The tradition continues Wednesday evenings with a horse or wagon ride to the barn dance in Lake Louise. Star of the buffet is a 35-pound hip of beef roast that is barbecued, basted in its own juices, transported by pitchfork to the table and custom carved for each guest. Dance the night away to the country and rock band.

 

What to Pack for a Day Hike in the Canadian Rockies

By Kaitlyn Forde

Step one: Find a trustworthy backpack to carry essentials.

Step one: Find a trustworthy backpack to carry essentials.

I came to Banff clad in Lululemon leggings, a blanket scarf, Sperries and no expectations. A recent university graduate, I planned to have one easygoing summer in the mountains before returning to my city-girl Toronto lifestyle. When I first arrived, I questioned the difference between a canoe and a kayak, didn’t understand the semantics of bear spray – let alone understood the possibility of seeing an actual bear – and had a pair of fashionable (not very functional) Nikes. Although athletic, I was the farthest thing from outdoorsy, and everyone let me know it.

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Canada 150: Reflections on People, Place and What the Country Means to Me

By Jack Newton

Canada, now celebrating its 150 anniversary, has been ‘my home and native land’ for 61 years. Indeed, I have fond memories of attending Canada’s 100th birthday celebrations at the Expo ’67 world fair in Montreal. Was that really 50 years ago?

Milestones provoke contemplation, and so I pause to reflect on the meaning of Canada. Laudable Canadian virtues include civility, responsibility and the rule of law. But I believe that our country is defined first and foremost by geography. And I have seen the glory.

Canoeing on a glacier lake in the Rockies. Can it get more Canadian? Photo by Travel Alberta.

Canoeing on a glacier lake in the Rockies. Can it get more Canadian? Photo by Travel Alberta.

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Summer Bucketlist: Top 10 Mountain Musts

By Kaitlyn Forde

Don’t have a bucket list for summer in the Canadian Rockies? Borrow ours!

1: Reach new heights: Ride Banff Gondola, Mount Norquay Chairlift, Lake Louise Gondola and Jasper Skytram for easy access to unbeatable views.

2. Snap a selfie at an iconic lake: Lake Louise, Moraine Lake, Bow Lake and Maligne Lake.

Time to update your profile photo with a glacier-blue background. Photo by Travel Alberta

Time to update your profile photo with a glacier-blue background. Photo by Travel Alberta

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Endless Vacation in Canmore

Small town; big adventure. Canmore is what mountain life is all about.

By Keili Bartlett

Mountains. Lakes. Wildlife.

With such access to natural wonders and outdoor recreation, it’s not hard to find a reason to visit Canmore. But once you’re here, it is hard to find a reason to leave.

Bike trails with dynamic mountain views. Photo provided by Canmore Nordic Centre.

Bike trails with dynamic mountain views. Photo provided by Canmore Nordic Centre.

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Drawn to Nature: Night at the Banff Park Museum

By Keili Bartlett

Although all of the museums in Banff National Park feature interesting exhibits, one of my favourites is the Banff Park Museum. Yes, the one filled with taxidermy. But before you write off the specimen as “creepy,” consider this: the collection housed here offers an invaluable look at the past.

The Banff Park Museum is one of the oldest in Photo by: Ian Holmes @irrationalcarny

The Banff Park Museum is the oldest natural history museum in western Canada. Photo by: Ian Holmes @irrationalcarny

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Girls Gone White Water Rafting in Golden

By Kaitlyn Forde

After living in the Canadian Rockies for more than two years, indulging in tourist attractions has lost its lustre. I did as much as I could during my first summer in the mountains: I canoed along the Bow River, went sightseeing in Jasper, checked out the dinosaurs in Drumheller, and made a very long daytrip to Waterton National Park. I thought I had absorbed everything Alberta had to offer.

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Food and Fun in the Canadian Rockies

By Keili Bartlett

You probably grew up hearing, “Don’t play with your food!” But in the Canadian Rockies, we recommend it! Satisfy your appetite for food served with a side of fun at these hot spots.

 

Let the good times roll at High Rollers.

A new addition to Banff Ave, High Rollers has stepped up the (bowling) game.

Let the Good Times Roll

Swap your ski boots for bowling shoes at High Rollers. Once the site of Aurora nightclub, co-manager Mai Yamagishi says: “It’s a completely different vibe. We’re family-friendly, but after 10 pm we have a DJ and nighttime crowd.”

Pizza, Pins and Pints

Serving up a good time, High Rollers offers weekly drink and dinner deals.

High Rollers has daily food and drink deals and a constant flow of free popcorn. The perfect piece of pizza hits the spot while you hit the pins. “Try the Canadian pizza,” suggests Yamagishi. “Drizzle maple syrup on top; it’s lovely.” Pair your pizza with beer; there are 48 varieties on tap.

Banff entertainment, Banff nightlife

You’re in for a wild ride at Wild Bill’s Legendary Saloon!

When in the West

Find fun at Banff’s saloon, live music venue and smokehouse. Wild Bill’s Legendary Saloon is the place to be Tuesday nights for karaoke and mechanical bull rides. Half the delight is watching others try to hold on!

After building your appetite, delve into a Cow Puncher’s Platter with ribs, brisket and sausage. Cocktails bring a taste of the south to the north, while Wild Bill’s all-Canadian Caesar is served with a strip of bacon.

Bands play often and DJs take to the stage Sunday nights. Two-step routines are honed to perfection at country performances.

Sidelines at Stoney Nakoda Casino

Put your money (and some chicken wings) where your mouth is!

Place Your Bets

Saddle up and ride to Sidelines Lounge; then put your money where your mouth is. The bar at Stoney Nakoda Casino has 12 big screens that stream live horse races from around the world. “It’s just like being at a track,” says events manager Chris Grimes. “You can bet on multiple races at the same time.”

With your wins (or remaining cash) invest in nightly food and drink specials every night; 35¢ wings on Wednesdays are the most popular. Or, continue to try your luck on the video lottery terminals. A 100-inch projection screen that shows live sports means you don’t have to leave your seat (or your wings) to get the score.

While the Sidelines Lounge is a smoker-friendly venue for ages 18+, the resort’s Ridge Buffet is non-smoking, open to all ages, and popular for Friday and Saturday rib and lobster buffets. The casino floor features 250 slot machines and classic games such as blackjack, roulette and poker.

Wet Your Whistle

Live like a local at the Whistle Stop Pub in Jasper. “It’s a great hangout with a laidback vibe,” says the bar’s Jeff Smith.

At The Stop you don’t have to blow the budget. Find $4.75 pints and $7 cheeseburgers anytime, free pool on Tuesdays and daily happy hours 4:30 to 7 pm. Catch the game on nine big TVs. Add live acoustic jams Saturdays from 3:30 pm to 6 pm, and it’s no wonder this is amongst Jasper’s favourite watering holes.

See more Banff, Canmore and Jasper restaurants.

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The Canadian Rockies From Above: A Helicopter Tour

By Naomi Witherick

Nursing half a cup of coffee in a heliport felt weird. Here I was doing something I did every day, minutes before a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

My stomach was full of butterflies and complimentary coffee as I boarded a helicopter for the first time. Photo by: Naomi Witherick

My stomach was full of butterflies and complimentary coffee as I boarded a helicopter for the first time. Photo by: Naomi Witherick

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Classy Keepsakes from Banff

By Where Writers

From the local crafts to the world renown coats, we’ve written your shopping list for souvenirs from Banff.

Banff Soap

Be transported back to Banff with the scents of organic soaps from Tanglewood.

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