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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 AccommodationsMystic Springs Chalets & Hot Pools

Mystic Springs is Canmore’s ultimate family accommodations; featuring Canmore’s largest outdoor hot pool, fully self-catering kitchen, two-bedroom chalets, meeting and event facilities and located minutes from downtown Canmore. Pet friendly.

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Banff & Rockies AccommodationsThree Sisters Provincial Recreation Area

36 sites no hookups, 24 ft width, 35 ft max RV size, tenting, non-flush only toilets, public phone, groceries, table, fire rings, grills, wood. No showers.

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Banff & Rockies AccommodationsBumper's Inn

Perfect for the budget conscious traveler looking for an Inn with a cozy mountain feel. Includes free Wi-Fi, parking and complimentary Banff ROAM transit passes. Pet-friendly.

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Banff & Rockies AccommodationsBest Western Coach House Motor Inn

Conveniently located on Cranbrook Street North (Hwy 3), opposite Tamarack Shopping Mall. Outdoor heated pool, meeting facilities, dining room and lounge. 27-inch television with 50 plus channels, well-equipped kitchen units avail.

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Banff & Rockies AccommodationsSpring Creek Mountain Village RV Park

Fully-serviced campground with the following amenities: • Each site has a picnic table and fire pit • Dump station and water fill points • Washrooms/showers are wheelchair accessible • Pop, Ice Cream and some RV Supplies

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Banff & Rockies Travel & AttractionsPrime Limos

Limousine service offering Airport limousine and wedding limousine services.

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Banff & Rockies Travel & AttractionsOld Entrance B 'n B Cabins & Trailrides

Quiet country vacation cabins, teepees and campsites along the Athabasca River near Jasper Park. Guided trail rides and overnight holding corrals for guests horses (bed & bale).

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Banff & Rockies Travel & AttractionsCastle Mountain Resort

Excellent deep snow skiing all winter long! Friendliest ski resort southwestern Alberta.

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Banff & Rockies Travel & AttractionsMarmot Basin

Only 20 minutes from the town of Jasper, Marmot Basin has 84 trails on over 1,675 acres of terrain supported by world class facilities. The mountain offers 3,000 vertical feet of skiing and snowboarding on 100% natural dry Rocky Mountain powder.

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Banff & Rockies Travel & AttractionsGreat Divide Nature Interpretation

Hike or snowshoe in Lake Louise! Walking against the dramatic backdrop of the Canadian Rockies or amidst the quiet beauty of winter, you will discover the stories behind the scenery of Banff National Park.

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