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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 AccommodationsDeer Lodge

3 stars log, brick and stone hotel & conference centre between Lake Louise lake & town. 73 rooms are furnished with antiques, others have balconies. Hiking trails just across the street.

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Banff & Rockies AccommodationsNoah's Ark Resort

Nestled in tall cedar trees we have sixty-seven large RV sites. We have a variety of electrical services that were recently re-wired to grow with our client's needs. Some pull-through sites

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Banff & Rockies AccommodationsBanff Park Lodge

Convenient downtown location, Canada Selct 4 star hotel. 212 elegant air conditioned guest rooms. Complimentary inddor parking. First rate conference & meeting rooms, restaurants and lounge.

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Banff & Rockies AccommodationsQuality Resort Chateau Canmore

All suite resort that includes rustic charm with sophistication. Most rooms with fireplace, ridges microwaves & sitting rooms; otheres are 1 or 2 bedrooms, fireplace, full kitchen , living room., dining room, ensuite washer & dryer.

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Banff & Rockies AccommodationsElizabeth Lake Lodge

Stay our our wonderful campground, and enjoy the great outdoors… see our website for details

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Banff & Rockies Travel & AttractionsNational Car and Truck Rental

National Car Rental operates in over 3,000 locations, and operates over 275,000 quality vehicles that serve over 15 million business & leisure travelers annually.

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Banff & Rockies Travel & AttractionsAvis Car & Truck Rental

You get "we Try Harder" service at over 4,400 Avis Rent A Car Locations worldwide.

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Banff & Rockies Travel & AttractionsMountain Airport Shuttle

Private Calgary airport shuttle service to Canmore, Banff, Lake Louise, Golden, and Kananaskis, and transportation support for sightseeing tours and special events.

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Banff & Rockies Travel & AttractionsTrickle Creek Golf Resort

This Les Furber designed course, open since 1993, was given a 4.5 star , the highest in BC. Numerous elevated tees give extra hang time on tee shots, including the 3 eleventh, with a 50 foot drop to the green. Open May through October.

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Banff & Rockies Travel & AttractionsNakiska Resort Ltd.

Built for the 1988 Olympic Games, held in Calgary and area. Minutes from Kananaskis Village

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