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What to See Canadian Rockies

The Best 8 New Summer Attractions in Canada

Best New Summer Attractions Awards 2013: Calgary

Best New Summer Attractions Awards 2013: A shot of Calgary’s winner

Each year, the editors of Where from across Canada release their picks for the summer’s most anticipated attractions. Winners of the Best New Summer Attractions Awards could be brand new, significantly improved, or celebrating major milestones. From graceful sports temples to rich explorations of science and history, this year’s coast-to-coast list offers a set of thrilling diversions for travellers planning their summer vacations in Canada.

See the winners of the Best New Summer Attractions Awards for 2013 »

Top 10 Luxury Spas of the Canadian Rockies

By SARA SAMSON

Whether you’re looking for therapeutic benefits after a long day of skiing or hiking, or just pure relaxation, our spas have something for you. Here, we present our sampling of the top luxury spas in the Canadian Rockies region, each with their own techniques and strengths. Pick the one that’s perfect for you.

Willow Stream Spa (Photo: Fairmont Hotels & Resorts)

1. Willow Stream Spa at The Fairmont Banff Springs
This award-winning spa (Conde Nast Traveler’s third top spa in Canada) offers the ultimate in mountain luxury. Pulsating waterfalls and a mineral pool are reminiscent of the area’s natural features, while the steam room, outdoor whirlpool and eucalyptus inhalation room encourage relaxation. The spa has many signature treatments such as the Majestic Blue, which features organic mountain lavender (known as “blue magic”) and an invigorating mineral salt exfoliation, massage and luxurious wrap.
• Willow Stream Spa, The Fairmont Banff Springs, 405 Spray Ave., Banff, AB, 403-762-1772, website
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Hiking Canada’s 5 Highest Trails

By KAT TANCOCK

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Hiking Canada’s highest trails: a couple strolls near Whistler Summit (Photo: Paul Morrison)

Hiking Canada’s high-altitude trails has loads of advantages over trekking at sea level: the terrain is unusual, the views are spectacular and the thin air is refreshing. For adventurers interested in the extra challenge of mountain hike, we offer this visual tour of the best high-altitude trails in British Columbia and Alberta.

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Best Ski Areas of the Canadian Rockies

Best Ski Areas in the Canadian Rockies

Best Ski Areas in the Canadian Rockies

The best ski areas of the Canadian Rockies are all around the region—we suggest you try them all!—so it is difficult to claim one is better than another. The truth is that some ski areas are best for families and some ski areas are best for hard-core enthusiasts. This handy slideshow guide fills you in on each ski area’s claim to fame, and let’s you pick the best ski areas for you and your travel companions.

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Jasper National Park: Now & Then

In 1915 Morrison Parson Bridgland began surveying Jasper to produce the first topographical maps of the area. He also took 735 photos that are now a valuable visual record of the state of Jasper National Park in its early years. Those photographs, along with repeat photos taken in the last decade to show how fire has changed the landscape, are part of the Changes to the Land exhibit happening until December 31 at the Jasper-Yellowhead Museum. By Sara Samson

Father’s Day Activities in the Canadian Rockies

By JENNA NEWTON and KATE DEGLOW

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(Photo: Banff Lake Louise / Paul Zizka)

Father’s Day is around the corner and you need to find that perfect activity-filled day to let Dad know you love him. Take a breath and calm down. We have the 4-word solution that all dads love: DAY IN THE MOUNTAINS. It may rain, but remember that there’s no such thing as inappropriate weather, just inappropriate clothing. So get Dad to dress right and take on whatever the mountains throw at him while partaking in these activities.

 

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