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Banff National Park

Banff’s Sundance Lodge

Situated beside Brewster Creek and flanked by the Sundance Range, Sundance Lodge is the most accessible backcountry lodge in Banff National Park.

By Jack Newton

When the call of the wild beckons these days, cozy backcountry retreats come to mind. I guess my days of grand icefield traverses and winter camping are done. Hot meals, a comfortable bed and a soft seat beside a glowing wood stove have increasing appeal.

But I don’t want it too easy. I still revel in the sense of accomplishment that comes from earning creature comforts. So when the opportunity to make the 11.4-km (7.1-mi) trek to Banff’s Sundance Lodge presented itself, I did not hesitate.

The new bridge over Healy Creek was built after the old bridge was destroyed by the 2013 flood.

The new Healy Creek bridge was built in the aftermath of the 2013 flood.


5 Alberta Rockies Ski Areas

By Where Staff

For nearly a century, skiers and boarders have flocked to the alpine paradise of the Canadian Rockies’ ski resorts. No wonder. Ours is a land where peaks outnumber people and the ski season is longer than any other in the country.

Photo: Banff Lake Louise Tourism / Paul Zizka Photography

Photo: Banff Lake Louise Tourism / Paul Zizka Photography

The impressive wilderness of Canada’s Mountain Parks (Banff and Jasper national parks, and Kananaskis Provincial Park) boasts an enviable combination of tree lined and open bowl terrain, high-speed lifts and on-hill amenities that summon skiers and boarders from around the world. Local ski enthusiasts dish out insider details to make your visit memorable.


Support for the Return of Bison to Banff National Park

MP Blake Richards with Marie-Eve Marchand of Bison Belong and Bill Luxton of the Eleanor Luxton Historical Foundation in background.

MP Blake Richards with Marie-Eve Marchand of Bison Belong and Bill Luxton of the Eleanor Luxton Historical Foundation (background).

By Afton Aikens

Visitors to Banff National Park in 2015 may see a wider array of wildlife adorning the landscape. On January 23, Blake Richards, Member of Parliament for Alberta’s Wild Rose district, received nearly 3,000 signed postcards supporting the reintroduction of wild plains bison to the park.


9 Fabulous Fall Hiking Trails


One of our nine fabulous fall hiking trails: The Fundy Footpath (Photo: Dept. of Tourism & Parks, NB)

Head for the hills this fall and explore one of Canada’s many hiking trails, whether it’s tackling tough terrain on BC’s west coast or a slow sojourn on the Fundy Footpath (pictured). Well-trod trails accommodate any age or fitness level. Fall is an excellent time to get outside and capture the golden glow that softens the landscape. Proper hiking boots, water and snacks are a must. For organized outings with an experienced guide, contact cross-Canada hiking clubs or specific clubs in Atlantic Canada, Quebec, Ontario, the Prairies, Alberta and BC.

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Horned Gypsies – Banff, Alberta


Horned Gypsies

Horned Gypsies (Photo: Julius Reque)

We chose Julius Reque’s arresting photo because it shows the wildlife of Banff National Park in its natural habitat and allows us to see how these majestic bighorn sheep look up close. Of course, we don’t recommend getting this close to wildlife just to snap a photo—wild animals are unpredictable and you never know how they will react—but thanks to a zoom lens, “Horned Gypsies” reminds us of the beauty of nature and the species that inhabit the world around us.

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Hotel of the Week: Skoki Lodge—Lake Louise, Alberta


Opened in 1931, Skoki Lodge was Canada’s first commercial ski lodge. The National Historic Site in the Canadian Rockies‘ Banff National Park still retains an early 20th-century charm, due in no small part to its remote location. No roads lead to the log-cabin lodge, which is an 11-kilometre (three- to five-hour) steady, gradual uphill hike or ski from Lake Louise Ski Area, and you’ll have to trek in with all your gear—the lodge doesn’t provide any transport. (more…)

Insider’s Guide to Skiing Banff, Lake Louise, Jasper, Kananaksis, Golden & Panorama

Sunshine Village (Photo: Richard Hallman)

Sunshine Village (Photo: Richard Hallman)

Seven ski areas, tons of snow and a November through May ski season. A world-class combination of ski terrain, high-speed lifts and on-hill amenities. No wonder Banff, Jasper and area draws skiers and snowboarders from around the world. Read on for insider ideas to help you make the most of your time on the slopes. (more…)

Winterstart Festival Nov 28-Dec 6

Winterstart Festival (credit: Banff Lake Louise Tourism Bureau)

Winterstart Festival (credit: Banff Lake Louise Tourism Bureau)

Celebrate winter during the Winterstart Festival in Banff and Lake Louise. The event kicks off with the World Cup Alpine Ski Racing (men’s Nov 28-29; women’s Dec 4-6) at Lake Louise Mountain Resort—cheer on world-class athletes as they vie for the final positions on the Olympic team. There’s also free on-hill entertainment by the Mocking Shadows Rhythm and Blues Revue (Nov 28). If you can’t make it to the hill, you can watch live racing action via Jumbotron’s big screen in Banff Avenue Square (200 Banff Ave). The festival continues in Banff with the Castle Carolers roaming downtown streets (Nov 28/Dec 5), Warren Miller’s Dynasty film screening (Nov 30), retail window decorating contest (Dec 4), Christmas in the Rockies with face painting, cookie decorating and free wagon rides (Dec 5), Santa Claus Parade of Lights (Dec 5), performances of Parks Canada’s Mountain WIT Theatre Troupe’s “Imaginanation”—a tale of hope, inspiration and natural wonders explored through puppetry, masks and music (Dec 5), Stuart McLean and a Vinyl Café Christmas (Dec 5), Mountaintop Christmas Sing-Along (Dec 6), and Bow Valley Chorus’ Christmas musical concert (Dec 6). With all of these family fun events, come and celebrate the glorious winter season in Banff and Lake Louise.

Distinguished Dining

Seafood appetizer at Post Hotel
Seafood appetizer at Post Hotel

Wine Spectator Grand Award, Four Diamond recipient and a Distinguished Restaurants of North America designation—try the Post Hotel’s tasting menu for succulent samples of the restaurant’s signature cuisine. Offerings change daily under the direction of European-trained, executive chef Hans Sauter. —RM