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souvenirs Bring home a unique reminder of your trip to Canada and the Rockies By Lisa Stephens

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These mountains are home to talented artists; both Canmore and Jasper have artist guilds. Indeed, art has been a local mainstay since the railway commissioned artists in the 1880s as a marketing plan to entice tourists (see the Whyte Museum’s Picturing the Canadian Pacific Railway exhibit, p 56). Peaks, wildflowers and wildlife are prevalent themes in paintings, photography and sculptures that make great keepsakes.

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2 Ammolite Found only in southern Alberta, Ammolite is a rare gemstone made from the colouful shells of fossilized squid-like ammonites. Shop for beautiful jewellery as well as freestanding art pieces; an ammolite pendant, earrings or ring may prove to be the perfect memento.

There are great finds at our clothing stores; a cozy and fashionable Canadian designed and manufactured cape (available at Snowflake, p 94) may be the right choice. Capes are classic, travel well and fit everyone. Cashmere or alpaca capes come with or without fox or mink fur trim. Wrap yourself in Canadian luxury.

4 Books Books with superb photography, local insights and a sweet price simply scream souvenir. Browse for guides, coffee table gems, historic tomes and children’s stories; recommendations include Handbook of the Canadian Rockies by Ben Gadd, The Canadian Rockies by Andrew Hempstead, Canadian Rockies Explorer by Graeme Pole and Who Is Boo? The Terrific Tale of One Trickster Rabbit by Bridget Ryan; illustrated by Jason Carter (p 61).

5 Food Local delicacies are always great to bring home; our shops offers many tempting treats. Real Canadian maple syrup and smoked salmon are tourist staples, while Bear Paws (with cashew claws, caramel and chocolate covers) are made while-you-watch through candy store windows.

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ADVENTURE By Lisa Stephens


elcome to the Canadian Rocky Mountains where your adventure awaits. Indeed, you must take advantage of our rugged mountain playground during your stay. Opportunities abound for you to step out of the familiar and experience something completely new. Depending on your level of fitness and willingness for thrills this could mean anything from a lakeshore stroll to a multiday glacier traverse. You owe it to yourself to experience these peaks to the fullest of your ability (and even beyond). The old adage that magic happens outside of your comfort zone often proves to be true. Snowboarder Travis Rice says in the film The Art of Flight: “We will never know our full potential unless we push ourselves to discover it. And it is this self discovery that takes us to the wildest places on earth.” While you won’t be jumping out of a helicopter to snowboard an impossibly steep slope, you will inevitably experience the wild character of our mountains. Step outside of your hotel; you are surrounded by the glory of nature. Breathe the pinescented air, listen for the raven’s caw and pick an adventure (p 62, 138) that pushes you to discover your own potential. Discover Banff Tours’ Daymon Miller notes that those not familiar with mountains can find themselves outside of their comfort zone. “Civilization disappears quickly,” he says. The lack of cell service on backcountry trails is often disconcerting. Yamnuska guide Dave Stark suggests that romantic ideas of mountaineering and can lull people to be “unaware of the inherent risks.” The day may start sunny but turn rainy, so pack a waterproof shell. Dave’s clients may say they want to turn back when all they need is control over the elements. Give them a bite to eat or a fleece and they’re eager for more.

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Choose your own wilderness experience from serene to extreme Banff Fenland Trail

Photos: Boardwalk, Banff Lake Louise Tourism / Paul Zizka; Climbers, A. Greenberg

Fortunately, tastes of wilderness are accessible to all. There are excellent riverside paths in all our mountain towns, plus many roadside trailheads that lead to impressive waterfalls, lakes and glacier viewpoints within a half-day hike (p 44 and 134). Sightseeing lifts (p 79 and 148) rise to alpine strolls and panoramic views otherwise only attainable after hours of climbing. And the bus to Sunshine Meadows (p 74) accesses an easy to moderate hiking area that Lonely Planet rates as one of Canada’s five best. Guided walks and summit hikes (p 72 and 143) allow visitors to venture into wild and spectacular places that they should not go on their own. “Experienced guides provide reassurance and safety,” notes Daymon Miller. Jasper guide Peter Amman adds: “Guides want to share their world of mountains, vastness and remoteness and show clients it’s not beyond their reach.” Mountain guides and schools (p 68 and 143) even offer half- and full-day lessons for firsttime rock climbers as well as for those with experience that want to hone their skills. For some, mountain adventures require facing mental challenges. Peter Amann reminiscences about helping a tearful girl “afraid of the wide openness of the trail” to a mountaineering camp. Peter offered encouragement and engaged her in conversation to take her mind off the task at hand. Making it to camp that Yamnuska Mountain Adventures day was her first success, but there was more to come. “People adapt and overcome,” says Peter. While the girl continued to need coaching, she climbed several peaks that week. Daymon Miller recalls an older woman who felt like she was holding back the hiking group. Overwhelmed, she wanted to turn back. So Daymon slowed down the group and talked the hiker through her fears. The woman’s perceptions of her own ability changed and she finished the hike. “When she made it to the top, she felt a tremendous sense of accomplishment,” says Daymon. Similarly, Dave Stark tells of a man from the Armed Forces on a five-day rock climbing trip. He was fit, capable and able to manage a risky day job, “but terrified to get off the ground,” recalls Dave. The man would climb a short way before he had to descend back down. Dave patiently helped him through his fear of heights in small increments. “Once he broke through the barrier, he felt he could do absolutely anything,” adds Dave. Guides may double as therapists, but mostly they help mitigate risks of mountain travel. When asked about celebrating at the top, Dave sagely notes: “The summit is only half way.” Certainly, pushing the envelope on your own mountain adventure requires planning and prudence. So if you have a thirst for wilderness, try an activity either mild or wild. Take that step outside of your comfort zone to find your own potential for adventure, and experience the magic via a new sense of triumph and euphoria. w summer 2013 //


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The Fairmont Banff Springs hotel celebrates a milestone By Sara Samson


anff National Park is a fairy tale landscape with The Fairmont Banff Springs situated as ‘Castle in the Rockies’. For 125 years visitors from around the world have experienced a taste of life in the mountains while staying and playing at this iconic hotel. Traditions that made the hotel popular in its early days remain. Today, Castle visitors enjoy many of the same luxuries and activities patrons did over a century ago.

The Early Days In 1885 three railway workers’ discovery of natural hot springs led to the creation of Banff, Canada’s first national park. Canadian Pacific Railway manager Sir William Cornelius Van Horne quickly realized the area’s potential for tourism. Noting that “since we can’t export the scenery we’ll import the tourists,” he championed construction of a grand hotel in Scottish baronial style. On June 1, 1888 the Banff Springs opened its doors. As the hotel’s popularity grew the facility expanded. Major reconstruction occurred after a 1926 fire, and by 1928 the hotel had been rebuilt to its current exterior. During the golden era of the 1920s and 30s the world’s elite spent their summers at the Banff Springs. Stays by kings, prime ministers, captains of industry and movie stars made this hotel one of North America’s most iconic. Heritage Hall exhibits and historian David Moberg’s entertaining tour (p 55) provide opportunities to learn more about the hotel’s rich past. 20 // canadian rockies

Fun at the Castle The Fairmont Banff Springs’ many facilities cater to both overnight guests and day visitors. Twelve dining venues (p 108) serve everything from fine and casual Canadian to international cuisine. Options include elegant Afternoon Tea, fondue at the “house in the forest,” sumptuous buffets with Fairholme Range views and fine foods in a cozy wine bar. The Rundle Lounge and Waldhaus patios offer one of Banff ’s most outstanding panoramas, the Spray and Bow Rivers framed by Rundle and Tunnel mountains. Visitors can wander the hotel’s impressive

“since we can’t export the scenery we’ll import the tourists” shopping concourse with 17 unique stores that display golf wear, mountain art, Canadian wines, Canadian Pacific tourism posters, Fairmont hotel amenities and other unique items. The hotel is home to the Bow Valley’s only bowling alley (p 52). In 1928 Van Horne hired Canada’s master architect Stanley Thompson to create a worldclass golf course (p 71). The Stanley Thompson 18 cost $1 million to build, the most expensive of its time. Golfers never tire of its fairways that line the Bow River and tees that look out on snowcapped peaks. The Tunnel 9 was added in 1989.

Artists in Residence The central mineral pool, pulsating waterfall and rundlestone accents of the Willow Stream Spa (p 90) reflect the beauty and ambience of Banff. Patrons luxuriate in the steam and eucalyptus inhalation rooms. Expertly administered signature treatments such as Rockies Healing Retreat for two, Rose Renewal and Majestic Blue incorporate body wraps, lotions, essential massage oils and mineral salts made from local ingredients. The tradition of Canadian Rockies guiding was born at the Banff Springs Hotel. Swiss guides chaperoned patrons up mountains near Lake Louise while packers such as Jim Brewster led horseback rides along forested trails. Ride the same 125-year old routes on excursions that depart the Banff Spring’s Spray River Corral (p 76). You can also take a scenic walk to downtown Banff via trails that start at Bow Falls (Map 3, 19K) and parallel the Bow River. Or, admire the Bow River, Rundle cliff and hoodoo scenery during a Rocky Mountain Raft Tours float trip (p 78). Wander The Fairmont Banff Springs grounds for great photo opportunities. The best view (and picture) of the grand hotel is from ‘Surprise Corner’ on the opposite side of the Bow River off Buffalo St (Map 3, 18L).

Marilyn Monroe 125th Anniversary Events In honour of its milestone birthday The Fairmont Banff Springs is offering promotions and events: • $125 Banffshire Club 7-course table d’hôte • Castle Celebration Package: $125 daily resort credit for guests who stay two nights • Heritage tours of the Castle Tues-Sat 3 pm, p 55 • Willow Steam Spa ‘Diamond Radiance Facial’ for $279; hotel guests can indulge in a Mon-Thurs 45-min head/neck/shoulder massage for $125 • Stanley Thompson Heritage Golf experience with hickory shafted clubs and ‘heritage’ balls; hire your own personal caddy dressed in heritage clothing • ‘Artists in Residence’ with Mountain Galleries (p 60); each month an artist lives and works at The Fairmont Banff Springs; hotel guests can attend weekend welcome receptions and artist-led seminars June 16-23; July 14-21; Aug 25-Sept 1; Sept 15-22; Oct 13-20; Nov 17-24; Dec 15-22 • ‘Picturing the Canadian Pacific Railway’ exhibit at the Whyte Museum, June 8-Oct 13 (p 56) No visit to Banff is complete without a stop at this Canadian landmark. Offering the best of Banff for 125 years, The Fairmont Banff Springs captures the history and charm of mountain life. w summer 2013 //


Apparel to keep you dry and comfortable By Kate Deglow


hether you’re climbing a mountain or out for a stroll, you want clothing that keeps you comfortable. Good news. The waterproof and breathable jackets and pants by manufacturers such as Patagonia, The North Face and Helly Hansen have evolved to be highly effective and long lasting. It used to be difficult to find garments that were both waterproof and breathable without sacrificing a bit of one or the other. But technological advances have allowed companies to create fabrics that perform better than ever. Industry pioneer Gore-Tex offers laminates with pores 20,000 times smaller than a water drop, but 700 times bigger than a moisture vapour molecule. Liquid cannot penetrate the membrane, but vapour can escape. All waterproof and breathable fabrics are laminated with membranes that have similar properties. And all have a DWR (durable water repellent) exterior finish that causes water to bead and shed off rather than being absorbed. Jacket choices are many and prices range from $120 to $700. So find a model with the weight, durability and appearance best suited for your activities and budget. More breathable two-ply fabrics are good for travel, casual wear and day hikes; more robust 3-ply material is better for those who work outdoors or regularly foray into the backcountry. Construction features play a role in the weatherproof characteristics of garments. While sealed seams and waterproof zippers are standard, other features vary between models. Decide if you want an articulated and adjustable hood (perhaps helmet-compatible), hem cinch

cord and/or powder skirt, cuff tabs and/or gaskets, armpit gussets and ventilation zips. Such features add to jacket performance, but add weight, cost and impact appearance. Quality is important, so buy products engineered by a reputable company. Patagonia’s H2No garments are subjected to wet-flex (kneeling in water) and abrasion testing; their Deluge DWR will be 80% effective after ten years of use. Super Alpine is Patagonia’s high-end jacket for demanding weather, while their Torrentshell Jacket is a lightweight shell that packs into a zippered pocket. “It has a lot of useful features for a great price,” says Patagonia Banff store manager Tim Johnson. The North Face HyVent jackets are built for long-term performance; 20 wash cycles test ensure its waterproof characteristics. Their Alpine Project jacket is excellent for prolonged severe weather, while the Venture Jacket is a good all-around rain jacket. “We sell more of these than any other,” says The North Face store’s Jason Roberts. “Bright orange is to summit peaks; black looks good on city walks.” Helly Hansen’s Helly Tech fabric is subjected to laboratory spray tests that challenge its DWR’s ability to shed water. Their Odin Traverse Jacket is the choice of many mountain guides. But Helly Hansen store’s Jenna Villemaire suggests the Vancouver Jacket as rainwear for everyday outdoor activities since its lightweight fabric and venting zippers provide a high level of comfort and breathability. Rockies’ clothing and sports stores (p 93, 103, 101 and 157) cater to both extreme and casual outdoor enthusiasts. w

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Six Rivers: Family-friendly to white knucle thrilling By Jack Wennot

with a drop over Horseshoe Falls. This was the setting for movies including Legends of the Fall and Open Range.

The Kananaskis

The Kicking Horse

There used to be only riffles on the Kananaskis, so whitewater enthusiasts moved rocks to create class III rapids and a slalom course. Thanks to upriver dam controls, its class I to III rapids are consistent. It’s certainly exciting from ominously named Widow Maker to Canoe Meadows. But don't fear; the Kananaskis is a family-friendly ride.


The Bow

Put in below thunderous Bow Falls for a mellow glide down a pretty stretch of river beside The Fairmont Banff Springs Golf Course, hoodoos, Mount Rundle and Tunnel Mountain. One hour trips allow those on a tight schedule the opportunity to relax outdoors. But not all of the Bow River is quiet; the class III to IV stretch below Seebe east of Canmore includes an impressive 60 m canyon and big whitewater

In 1858, James Hector was knocked cold by a feisty horse and presumed dead. But Sir James recovered, and his men named the nearby river and pass after his misadventure. Today class I to IV Kicking Horse River, west of Lake Louise, is one of western Canada’s most popular and turbulent rafting rivers. Rafters thrill at class IV Portage and Shot Gun Rapids, while the Lower Canyon provides an almost continuous adrenalin-charged rush. Mountain goats often perch on Goat Rapid cliffs.

The Athabasca

Rafting the Athabasca River south of Jasper is a scenic step back in time; First Nations and fur traders used the river as a transportation corridor for centuries. Class I and II rapids and outstanding mountain views add to this Heritage River experience.

Evening trips are best for spotting wildlife on shore.

The Sunwapta

The Sunwapta River is a speedy class III mountain stream. South of Jasper, the section run offers 10 km of magnificent scenery, almost all of it accompanied by foaming whitewater. The best time to raft the Sunwapta is after a few days of hot summer weather; the upstream glacier melt ensures a challenging, fun and thrilling ride.

The Fraser

The mighty Fraser River runs 1370 km to the Pacific Ocean from its headwaters west of Jasper. Upper river rafters see majestic Mt Robson, highest peak in Canada’s Rockies. Big rolling waves offer a rollercoaster ride, and rafts come within metres of Rearguard Falls for maximum excitement before the short portage. In late summer/early fall, bright red salmon struggle up rapids to spawn. Rafting companies are listed on pages 76 and 146. w Summer 2013 //


By David McCracken

Many travel to the Kootenay descend to the scenic wilderRockies, the region that ness of Yoho National Park Radium Hot Springs borders Banff to the west (1-250-343-6783). and south, for the day or a • Lake O’Hara, 11 km/ multi-day vacation. Motor6.8 mi from Hwy 1, offers ized adventures restricted in many stunning hikes; try the national parks, such as Lake Oesa day-hike. Access ATV tours and lift-assisted is only by bus (summer June downhill mountain biking, 14-Sept 30); call 250-343are a big draw. Others visit 6433 early to reserve an unique sites such as the 8:30 am or 10:30 am ride. Burgess Shale fossil beds, • Spiral Tunnels roadside Columbia River Wetlands stop offers a look at the and Fort Steele Heritage spiraling railway that cuts Town. Whitewater rafting on through Mt Ogden and the Kicking Horse and Elk rivers is popular, Cathedral Mountain; the reduced rail gradias are the area’s many excellent golf courses ent enables trains to ease into the valley. and hot springs. • Takakkaw Falls is one of Canada’s highest at 384 m/1260 ft. Access is via Yoho Valley Rd. BANFF TO REVELSTOKE: 283 km/176 mi • Town of Field is 30 km/19 mi from Lake Take the Trans-Canada Hwy west of Lake Louise; find food, lodging and the Parks CanaLouise. Crest the Continental Divide and da Visitor Centre with a small fossil display. 26 // canadian rockies


Kootenay Rockies: British Columbia’s Mountain Playground

• Burgess Shale World Heritage Site quarries contain 500-million year old invertebrate fossils. Access by tour only; call 1-800-343-3006. • Emerald Lake is reached via Emerald Lake Rd; see the natural Rock Bridge en route. Circling the lake is a 5 km/3 mi trail; also try the short walk to Hamilton Falls. Dine or rent boats at Emerald Lake Lodge (1-800-663-6336). • Wapta Falls, 23 km/14 mi west of Field, is worth the 30-minute access hike for its 30 m/98 ft height, 150 m/490 ft width and Ottertail Range backdrop.

life enthusiasts take guided tours or rent boats for a self-guided paddle trip. • Kicking Horse Mountain Resort (1-866754-5425), 14 km/8 mi from town, offers the world’s largest grizzly bear refuge for resident ‘Boo’, and a sightseeing gondola that rises to Eagle Eye restaurant (Canada’s highest), lift-assisted downhill mountain biking and summit hiking trails. • Mount 7 at 1200 m/3937 ft is accessible by road. Enjoy the Columbia Valley view and watch the paragliders and mountain bikers. • Fishing at local lakes and streams offer


Kicking Horse Gondola Split by the boisterous Kicking Horse River and bordered by the Columbia River Wetlands, the Town of Golden (1-800-622-4653) is 83 km/52 mi west of Lake Louise. Discover a history steeped in railway construction, logging and the legendary Swiss guides who pioneered tourist forays into the Rocky Mountains. With full tourist amenities and close proximity to Yoho and glacier national parks, golden is a great staging area for hiking, sightseeing, backcountry adventure and family-friendly activities. • Kicking Horse Pedestrian Bridge in downtown golden is north America’s longest freestanding timber-frame river crossing. Watch for free summer concerts and the weekly farmer’s market at the adjacent Spirit Square. • Edelweiss Swiss Village is a historic area of town where the families of the Swiss guides were housed over a century ago. • Golden Museum & Archives (1-250-3445169) interprets early days through exhibits on the Swiss guides, the first Sikh people, geographer David Thompson and Columbia River riverboats. Travelling displays are presented. • Columbia Wetlands is the longest protected wetlands in north America. Birders and wild-

Golden Pedestrian Bridge cutthroat, brook and rainbow trout, kokanee salmon and smallmouth bass. Hardware stores and the Municipal Campground (1-866-538-6625) sell permits and lures, and recommend guides. • The Rotary Trails for pedestrians and cyclists run parallel to the Kicking Horse River before winding through residential areas and past golden’s Reflection Lake. • Moonraker Bike Trails offer 65 km of maintained cross-country cycling routes. • Thompson Falls on the Blaeberry River is 28 km/17 mi northwest of golden along gravel roads. Find its crystal waters on the 1.4 km/.9 mi Thompson Falls Trail loop. • Kicking Horse Whitewater Rafting (outfitters p 76) ranges from scenic family-friendly Upper Canyon tours to maximum thrills on class 4 rapids during Lower Canyon runs. • ATV Quad Tours (outfitters p 63) are an adrenaline-charged way to travel local trails. • Golden Golf Club (1-866-727-7222) offers two layouts (newis front 9 and Les Furber back 9) along the Columbia River between the Rocky and Purcell ranges. summer 2013 //




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Continue west on Hwy 1 through glacier national Park and over Rogers Pass, named to honour Albert Bowman Rogers’ expedition to find passage through the “impenetrable peaks” of the Selkirk Mountains. • Rogers Pass Historic Site offers hiking, picnicking and interpretive programs at the Rogers Pass Discovery Centre, 1-250-837-7500. • Self-guided trails include giant Cedars Boardwalk through old-growth trees 37 km/ 23 mi west of the pass and Skunk Cabbage Boardwalk over wetlands where signs identify plants and animals 2 km/1.2 mi further west. The paved pathways of Meadows-inthe-Sky trail lead through sub-alpine terrain abundant with wildflowers 42 km/ 26 mi west of the Pass. • Canyon Hot Springs (1-250-837-2420), located between glacier and Mount Revelstoke national parks, has a hot mineral soaking and swimming pool. Just south, Albert Canyon ghost town houses remains of a railway village. Surrounded by mountains, lakes and streams, the City of Revelstoke (1-800487-1493) is 147 km/91 mi west of golden. Enjoy live music nightly outdoors downtown at grizzly Plaza during the summer, and activities from extreme adventure to quiet encounters with nature. • Revelstoke Dam Visitor Centre (1-250814-6600) offers interactive exhibits, demonstrations on how water is turned into energy and a First nations gallery. • Outdoor Activities include hiking, climbing, fishing, rafting, mountain biking, paragliding and helicopter tours over spectacular Selkirk and Monashee mountains. • Revelstoke Golf Club 18-hole course (1-250-837-4276) runs alongside the Columbia River and weaves through mountain terrain. • The Enchanted Forest (1-866-944-9744), 10 km/6 mi west of the town, features 350 folk art figurines, Disney characters, BC’s tallest tree house and The Wildland interpretive nature Walk. • SkyTrek Adventure Park (1-866-944-

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9744) is 32 km/20 mi west of Revelstoke; challenges the adult high ropes courses, adventure tower and kid’s tree adventure. BANFF TO CRANBROOK (278 km/173 mi) South off Hwy 1 between Banff and Lake Louise, the Banff-Windermere Hwy 93 S rises to the BC border, descends into Kootenay National Park and ends at Radium Hot Springs. Amongst the mountain scenery and between the fast flowing Vermilion and Kootenay rivers are backpacking routes and these short hiking trails: • Fireweed Loop (.8 km/.5 mi) explores a 1968 fire and regenerating forest. • Marble Canyon (.8 km/.5 mi) boasts unique polished rock formations and seven footbridges over the 40 m/131 ft deep gorge and raging Tokumm Creek. • Paint Pots (1.5 km /.9 mi) trail leads to colourful springs and ochre beds used by First Nations for ornamentation. Exit Kootenay National Park through the red rocks of Sinclair Canyon to reach the Village of Radium Hot Springs (Visitor Centre 1-888-347-9331), 139 km/86 mi from Banff at the crossroads of Hwys 93 and 95. Motels, shops, restaurants and mini golf line Radium’s main streets where Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep often wander. • Radium Hot Springs (p 88) is situated amongst rust-red cliffs; it features Canada’s largest mineral springs pool, a 25-metre long cool pool, a plunge pool, steam rooms and spa services. • Queen of Peace station of the cross sculptures are located behind the Canadian Martyrs Church (7528 Main St East, two doors from the Radium Visitor Centre). • Backcountry Activities nearby include fishing, horseback riding, wildlife viewing, camping, canoeing and kayaking. • Hiking trails are abundant. Olive Lake (.5 km/.3 mi) boardwalk has bronze bear paw, tree bark and fish displays. Valley View (1.8 km /1.1 mi) is a Douglas fir-lined trail from Redearth Campground. Juniper Trail (3.2 km/2 mi) along swift flowing Sinclair 30 // canadian rockies

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Creek connects the town to the hot springs. • Columbia Wetlands prime wildlife habitat is popular with canoeists and bird watchers. • Biking trails that cover diverse terrain offer cyclists of all abilities a chance to enjoy the scenery. There are trails for cross-country and single-track bikers; tricks and air are found at Radium Pump & Jump Track. The Columbia Valley Cycling Society has recently released a trail map. • Backcountry travel by horseback is permitted. ATV and dirt bike riders must call 1-250-342-4222. • Whitewater Rafting Radium is the staging area for Kootenay River trips. Local outfitters also operate on the Kicking Horse and Columbia rivers, and Toby Creek. • Golf options include Radium Resort (1-800-667-6444) 18-hole courses The Springs (ranked one of BC’s best) and the Resort Course. There are seven other championship courses in the area as well as 9-hole short par courses. The Town of Invermere (1-250-342-2844) is 11 km /8 mi south of Radium via Hwy 93/95 on the north end of Lake Windermere. Both the Kinsmen Beach and James Chabot Park have sand beaches and shallow swimming areas that are ideal for children. Boat rental options include jet skis, water ski and wakeboard boats, fishing boats, kayaks and canoes. golf course options include Eagle Ranch (1-877-8773889) and Copper Point (1-877-418-4653).

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Detour 18 km/11 mi west of invermere to Panorama Mountain Village (1-800-6632929) to find Mile 1 sightseeing chairlift that accesses hiking and downhill mountain biking trails. greywolf golf Course is a scenic 18-hole mountain course, and there’s mini golf too. Paved hiking and bike trails run alongside Toby Creek, popular for whitewater rafting and kayaking. ATV tours are offered nearby. Eighteen km/11 mi south of invermere is Fairmont Hot Springs (Resort 1-800-663-4979), home to Canada’s largest mineral hot pools

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Eighty-four km/52 mi south of Fairmont via Hwy 93/95 and 95A is the City of Kimberley (1-866-913-3666) that bustles with activity during the summer. • The Platzl outdoor pedestrian area features shops, cafés, a museum and Canada’s largest freestanding cuckoo clock. • Cominco Gardens boasts 45,000 flowers and trees; it’s popular for a picnic or stroll.

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• Kimberley’s Underground Mining Railway (1-250-427-0022) travels through Mark Creek valley as a guide speaks about the history of Kimberley and the Sullivan Mine. Most trips include an interpretive mine tour. • Hiking options in the Purcell and Rocky mountains include easy strolls, walks to waterfalls and multi-day treks. • Wasa Lake is popular for swimming, boating and water skiing. nearby Premier Lake is a good spot for fishing. Local rivers are productive for fly fishing. • Golf Courses 18-hole course include: Bootleg gap golf Course (1-250-427-7077); Kimberley golf Course (1-877-427-4161); Trickle Creek golf Resort (1-888-874-2553). Thirty km/19 mi south of Kimberley is the City of Cranbrook (1-800-222-6174). Kootenay Rockies’ largest city was founded over a century ago following the arrival of the Crowsnest Railway. • St Eugene Golf Resort & Casino features 34 // canadian rockies

an 18-hole course (1-877-417-3133) and the only casino in the Kootenay Rockies. its history as a residential school for aboriginal children is honoured at the resort’s interpretive Centre where Ktunaxa nation stories, artifacts and handcrafts are displayed. • Fort Steele Heritage Town (1-250-4267352) recreates pioneer life as it was during the gold rush, railway and lumbering days of the late 1800s. Attractions include the Wild Horse Theatre, steam train and horse drawn carriage rides, and blacksmith and gold panning demonstrations. • The Canadian Museum of Railway Travel (1-250-4893918) showcases restored historic train cars and the beautiful 1906 Royal Alexandra Hall. • Kootenay Trout Hatchery (1-250429-3214) with exhibits, kid’s fishElk River Fly Fishing ing pond and moat with trophy size trout. Open year ‘round; guided tours and activities May-Aug. • Paved cycling trails 40+ km including north Star Trail connecting Cranbrook and Kimberley along a former rail line. • Outdoor activities in the area include hiking, boating, hunting, cycling and fishing. Located 87 km/54 mi east of Cranbrook via Hwy 3, the City of Fernie (1-250-4236868) draws visitors with the promise of outdoor activities and adventure. Fernie was founded in 1898 following construction of the railway and the opening of Coal Creek mine. This historic town is full of character; stroll its park trails along the Elk River and visit the grand 1899 courthouse. • Fernie Alpine Resort (1-250-423-4655) operates the Timber Express Chairlift that travels up the mountain to spectacular Elk Valley views, hiking trails, Lost Boys Café


complex. golfing is available at the 18-hole Mountainside and Riverside golf courses, while Creekside golf Course is a familyfriendly par-3 layout (1-800-665-2112).

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and an aerial playground with a rippin’ zipline. From the top, biking options include cross-country, downhill, single track and dual slalom trails; bike rentals are offered. • Island Lake Lodge (1-888-422-8754) sits on 7000 acres that includes a lovely lake, old growth ‘coastal-style’ forests and hiking trail. Overnight and day visitors enjoy fine dining, fly fishing and the spa. • Fernie Miners Walk City Hall garden pathways, interpretive displays and sculpture recognize the contribution of local miners. • Clawhammer Press (1-778-519-5010) Working downtown Fernie letterpress studio and gallery employs century-old equipment for design and printing. • Fernie Golf & Country Club (1-250-4237773) par-70 features strategically placed water and sand hazards, along with spectacular mountain views. • Coal Mine Tours of Elk Valley Coal’s Fording River and the Elkview mines are offered during the summer from visitor centres in nearby Elkford (1-877-355-9453) and Sparwood (1-877-485-8185). Sparwood also displays a Terex Titan, one of the world’s largest tandem axle dump trucks. • The Fernie Derrick, BC’s last wooden oil derrick, is located next to the Visitor Centre off Hwy 3. Its metal components were the first to drill oil wells in the province. • Ancient Cottonwood Trail Along a short Elk River trail 15 minutes west of Fernie are 400-year old black Cottonwood trees (the world’s biggest) and old-growth western red cedars. Watch for endangered western screech owls and songbirds. • Fly Fishing Fernie is a world-class ‘dry-fly’ fishing destination. The Elk River is full of westslope cutthroat trout and bull trout; use a drift boat or walk and wade this spectacular river. Guide services are available. • Hiking trails range from city riverside paths to high-alpine routes above treeline. Over 60 trails offer choices for all ages and fitness levels. • Whitewater Rafting companies offer trips that include the wild rapids of the Elk River as well as relaxing Bull River floats. 36 // canadian rockies

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Bucket List: Places you have to see in Banff

Lake Louise


• Lake Louise (Map 2, 14C): Emerald hues and famous glacial backdrop; stroll, canoe and horseback ride.

• Lake Minnewanka (Map 3, 2h; above): 20 min from downtown Banff; picnic, bike, hike, fish (p 70) or take a cruise (p 66).

• Lake agnes (below) and plain of six glaciers trails (Map 2, 14n): teahouse hikes (p 44).

• Banff Legacy trail (Map a, 5p): paved route for cycling and walking (p42).

• Moraine Lake (Map 2, 18a): Valley of the ten peaks hikes, paddling and views.

• Banff upper hot springs (Map 3, 6B, p 88): a tradition ever since Banff became Canada’s first national park in 1885. • Johnson Lake (Map 3, 5g): walk the 3 km loop (p 44), picnic, swim and canoe. • Vermilion Lakes (Map 3, 3B): wetlands with Mt rundle view (p 41); canoe (p 66). • Bow Valley parkway: Heritage road with viewpoints, picnic sites and walks (p 46). • Johnston Canyon trail (Map 1, 8C, p 44): Limestone walls and waterfalls.

Icefields Parkway • Bow summit and peyto Lake (Map a, 3D): take the short uphill walk for the best view of the turquoise glacial lake. • Crowfoot glacier (Map a, 3D): 100 years ago three ice ‘toes’ clung to the mountainside; the lower 'toe' has since melted and middle toe is slowly disappearing. • Bow Lake and glacier (Map a, 3D, right photo): picnic site and viewpoints with majestic views. 40 // banff, canmore, kananaskis, lake louise

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parks Canada identifies these sights as Banff national park’s best:


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Maps noted are on pages 169-175. DRIVING TOuRS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41 MOuNTAIN & ROAD BIKING . . . 42 NATuRE WALKS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44 PICNIC SITES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45 TOWNSITE WALKS . . . . . . . . . . . . 45

Driving Tours


Bow Valley Parkway This 58 km (35 mi) route between Banff and Lake Louise is more leisurely than the TransCanada Hwy 1 (Map 1). See page 46 for an in-depth description. Canmore to Canmore Via kananaskis Village Take a day to explore the 145 km (90 mi) route through Kananaskis Country (Map A). From Canmore, take the TransCanada Hwy east toward Calgary. At the 26 km (16 mi) mark is tiny Bow Valley Provincial Park, home to 2.8 km (1.7 mi) Many Springs Trail loop around cold springs and a riverside picnic area. Four km (2.5 mi) east, take Hwy 40 south to Kananaskis. At the junction of the two highways is Stoney Nakoda Resort & Casino. Cross grazing lands of the Stoney First Nation, then stop at Canoe Meadows; below the hill, look for kayakers running the Kananaskis River whitewater slalom course or rafters skirting the gates. Continuing south, Barrier Lake Visitor Centre (10 km/6 mi S of Hwy 1, 403-673-3985) provides maps. The centre’s namesake is farther south, a man-made lake overlooking aptly named Mt Baldy. Built for the 1988 Winter Olympics, Kananaskis Village has a hotel, restaurants, shops, bike rentals, and a visitor centre (403591-7555). Take the easy, scenic walk along the rim of the plateau. Across the Village access road is a pleasant 1.8 km (1.1 mi) walk to Troll Falls. Wedge Pond, farther along Hwy 40, is circled by a 1 km (.6 mi) walk and overlooked by a picnic site. Five km (3 mi) after, Hwy 40 enters Peter Lougheed Provincial Park, drive the 16 km (10 mi) Kananaskis Lakes Rd. Nature displays and travel information are at the Visitor Centre. At Elkwood and Boulton Creek Campgrounds interpreters host guided walks, kids’ programs and evening amphitheatre shows. The area boasts wetlands animal habitat, and walking and fishing at Upper Kananaskis Lake. Before returning to Hwy 40, turn left at SmithDorrien/Spray Tr. This leads back to Canmore, but most of the 60 km (37 mi) is not paved. A 4 km (2.5 mi) hike rises to pretty Chester Lake backed

by cliffs. The road follows Spray Lake for 20 km (12.5 mi), and descends to Canmore over Whiteman’s Pass. iCefields Parkway The spectacular 230 km (143 mi) Icefields Parkway (Hwy 93) connects Lake Louise with Jasper; the Columbia Icefields are 127 km (79 mi) north. This route traces the Continental Divide and showcases 100 glaciers on rugged peaks, wildlife, picnic sites, camping, hiking and climbing. Access the Parkway from Hwy 1 just west of Lake Louise. Going north, Hector Lake (16 km/10 mi) offers Mt Balfour and Waputik Range views. Above Bow Lake (33 km/21 mi), Bow Glacier meltwaters cascade down massive cliffs; to the left is Crowfoot Glacier, once shaped like a crow’s three toes. There’s lodging and meals at Num-TiJah Lodge. Bow Summit (40 km/25 mi) is the highest point on the Parkway (2068 m/6875 ft) with a viewpoint for Peyto Lake, shaped like a wolf’s head. Signs tell of Englishman Bill Peyto, who became a mountain man in the 1890s. Continue to Mistaya Canyon and Saskatchewan River Crossing (77 km/48 mi), where there’s gas, food and lodging near the confluence of the Saskatchewan, Howse and Mistaya rivers. Detour 45 km (28 mi) east on Hwy 11 to the staging area for Icefield Helicopters tours and heli-hikes (p 71). Distinctive Weeping Wall (103 km/64 mi) cliffs are streaked by waterfalls fed by Cirrus Mountain meltwaters. Walk the moderate 3 km (1.8 mi) trail up Parker Ridge (116 km/72 mi) for Saskatchewan Glacier views. A highlight of the Parkway is the Columbia Icefield (127 km/79 mi) that covers 215 sq km (83 sq mi) and is up to 365 m (1200 ft) deep. Its meltwaters flow west to the Pacific, north to the Arctic, and east to Hudson’s Bay and the Atlantic. This hydrological apex is one of two in the world (the other is in Siberia). Six major glaciers flow from the Icefield; at the Athabasca Glacier, visitors can walk to the glacier toe, take a guided icewalk and ride an all-terrain Ice Explorer to the glacier headwall and walkabout on ice (p 76). Across the road, the Icefield Centre offers interpretive displays, lodging and dining. From here, it’s 103 km (64 mi) to Jasper—see p 133 for a description of this part of the drive. kananaskis lakes trail to HigHwood Pass Via Hwy 40 (Closed Dec 1 to June 15) Follow Hwy 40 south past Kananaskis Lakes Tr (Map A) 18 km (11 mi) along Canada’s highest paved road to its

Sublime Sight Vermilion Lakes, an easy stroll from downtown Banff, offers Mt Rundle views, plus waterfowl and wildlife viewing. Part of Banff’s Legacy Trail (p 42), paved Vermilion Lakes Dr (Map 3, 11C) is popular with walkers, cyclists and drivers. New interpretive panels showcase: • Wetlands: life below and above the water • Archaeology: 13,000 years of human presence • Mount Rundle: a much photographed mountain • Birds: species you can see throughout the year • Peaks identifier: how mountains were named “Our new displays help visitors understand and appreciate the area’s ecological and cultural significance,” says Parks Canada’s Susan Staple. —Sara Samson most elevated point. From King Creek picnic site (with easy canyon walk), drive or cycle steadily uphill to Elpoca Viewpoint, a picturesque picnic area with a short walk to Opal Falls. Farther is Lakeview picnic area where Gap Mountain rises to the east and there is a view of Kananaskis Lakes to the west. Past Little Highwood Pass picnic site is Elbow Pass picnic area and the easy, rising 1.4 km (.9 mi) Summer 2013 //



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Top GPS Tour Trip Advisor contributors rave about GyPSy Guide (p 80), the sightseeing tour app and in-car device that enrich Rockies’ drives. “My worries of getting lost in the wild were eliminated because of this excellent program… Offers a wealth of information and tips… So easy to use!” —Kate Deglow trail to Elbow Lake; walk farther to Elbow Pass alpine meadows. Next is Rock Glacier; a 10-min interpretive walk that explains the massive, slowly moving rock pile. Next stop is the 3.6 km (2.2 mi) Ptarmigan Cirque trail; after a steep stretch reach the ridge ringed, wildflower meadow. Across the road is Highwood Meadows picnic tables and interpretive wetlands boardwalk. At 2206 m/7239 ft Highwood Pass, you’re 105 km (63 mi) south of Hwy 1; admire Mt Rae and Mt Arethusa peaks and look for mountain goats, furry marmots and bighorn sheep. Return the way you came or continue to Longview and Calgary. lake louise & area Located 57 km (35 mi) west of Banff, Lake Louise is a charming resort village (Map 2). Exit TransCanada Hwy 1 and turn left onto Lake Louise Dr. The first right leads to the Lake Louise Visitor Centre with geology and history 42

exhibits. Samson Mall boasts shops and restaurants; walking trails are on both sides of the Bow River. Continue 5 km (3 mi) on Lake Louise Dr to the lake and The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise; a grand hotel built in the late 1800s by the Canadian Pacific Railway. The lakeshore promenade offers world famous views of Lake Louise and Victoria Glacier; it’s a 3.5 km (2.2 mi) hike one-way to Lake Agnes Tea House. Two outfitters in the area offer horseback riding (p 74). Return towards the Village, go right at Moraine Lake Rd (closed Oct-May) and drive 12 km (7 mi) to Moraine Lake, once shown on Canada’s $20 bill. Scamper .5 km (.3 mi) up the Rockpile for the best view of the lake and Valley of the Ten Peaks. The café, patio and restaurant at Moraine Lake Lodge offer respite; several walks begin here. Backtrack over Hwy 1 and along Whitehorn Rd to the Lake Louise Ski Area. The Lake Louise Sightseeing Lift & Gondola (p 79) offers views, plus dining, hiking and interpretive displays. Fact: The rich hues of Lake Louise and Moraine Lake result from light reflecting off glacial ‘rock flour’ suspended in the water. minnewanka looP This 16 km (10 mi) circuit for motorists and cyclists accesses Lake Minnewanka, largest lake in Banff National Park, as well as historic sites, trails and picnic sites (Map 3). From downtown, take Banff Ave north past the TransCanada Hwy interchange to Cascade Ponds, a picnic spot with shelters beside waters where locals swim. Continue clockwise to Lower Bankhead 1.1 km (0.7 mi) interpretive trail to abandoned coal mine ruins. Upper Bankhead at 2.9 km (1.8 mi) was the site of miners’ homes; it now offers picnic tables and a shelter. Walk the 3.9 km (2.4 mi) C Level Cirque Trail past mine ruins and the Lake Minnewanka viewpoint to a Cascade Mountain basin (cirque) ringed by cliffs. Another 2 km (1.2 mi) along is Lake Minnewanka with cruise, boat rentals and fishing. Bighorn sheep reside here, and there’s a scuba dive site to a submerged dam and town ruins. On the north shore is Lake Minnewanka Trail, popular for hiking and mountain biking. Continue south and east to Two Jack Lake with picnic sites. Detour left to shallow Johnson Lake with picnic sites, short trails and swimming. Note: The Loop's north section is closed Nov 15-Apr 15 to facilitate wildlife travel. // banff, canmore, kananaSkiS, lake louiSe

MounTain/roaD Biking Rental outlets p 63. Lake Minnewanka Loop (left) and Bow Valley Parkway (p 41) are popular with road cyclists. Banff legaCy trail (26 km/16 mi; easy; west end Map 1, 10C and east end Map 1, 7I) Paved trail from the Bow Valley Parkway west of Banff townsite to the Park gate near Canmore parallels the TransCanada Hwy, weaves in and out of trees, and offers Bow River and Rundle Range views. Canmore nordiC Centre (Map 4, 9B) Bike trails vary in length and difficulty. Stick to paved trails for a fast ride; choose a hard-core single-track; or gain confidence at the Skills Park. Trail Sports offers rentals and lessons. eVan tHomas Bike PatH (9.7 km/ 6 mi; easy; Map A, 8K) Start 24 km/ 15 mi south of Hwy 1 at Kananaskis Village (bike rentals available). Ride the paved, family-friendly route down the bench, across the Kananaskis River, by the golf course and into the forest (with surprise views) to Wedge Pond. goat Creek trail (18 km/11 mi; moderate; Map 4, 11A) Canmore to Banff backcountry. Begin 9 km (5.6 mi) west of Canmore via Spray Lakes Rd. Mostly downhill route goes by pretty rivers on old fire roads. Picnic at the stream crossing after a big descent; end at The Fairmont Banff Springs. Have a car at each end, or book a oneway trailhead shuttle (p 64) instead. sundanCe trail (2 km/1.2 mi; easy; Map 3, 19B) Paved route starts at the Cave & Basin near downtown Banff. Cycle or walk beside the Bow River with Mt Edith views. An easy 1 km (.6 mi) climb ends at a picnic area. Then walk 20 min into eroded Sundance Canyon (no bikes allowed). tHree sisters Village multiuse trail (6 km/4 mi; easy; Map 4, 10E) Mostly paved Bow River trail starts south of Canmore's Bow River bridge and goes east to Stewart Creek Golf Course. Views of Three Sisters, Lady Macdonald and Grotto mountains, plus high-class homes. tramline trail (5 km/3 mi; moderate; Map 2, 19M) Follows the 1913 tram route gently uphill from the historic Lake Louise railway station (now a restaurant), across Louise Creek to The Fairmount Chateau Lake Louise and famous Victoria Glacier

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Cookout Sites Pack smokies, firewood and roasting sticks. Then, enjoy an old fashioned campfire at a picnic site equipped with fire rings. Choices include Cascade Ponds and Johnston Lake (Banff), Corral Creek (Lake Louise) and Canoe Meadows (Kananaskis). —James Kallenbach view. Enjoy the speedy return along the same trail. Vermilion lakes (5 km/3 mi; easy; Map 3, 11C) Accessed from Banff townsite. Ride the paved road along the three lakes to prime wildlife wetlands framed by Rundle Mountain.

naTure Walks Barrier lake forestry trails (2.3 km/1.4 mi loop; easy; no bikes; Map A, 10N) Start at Kananaskis Field Station, Hwy 40 10 km (6.2 mi) S of Hwy 1. Two joined loops interpret trees and birds. WWII POW camp remains; commander cabin and tower. CHester lake (4 km/2.5 mi; moderate; bikes the first 2 km/1.2 mi only; Map A, 6I) Start off on SmithDorrien/Spray Lakes Tr, 20 km/12 mi from Kananaskis Lakes Tr. Switchback up an old logging road to a forested valley and open meadow. The lovely lake is flanked south and east by huge cliffs. Scout for fossils on the scree. Consolation lakes (3 km/1.9 mi; easy; no bikes; Map 2, 18A) Walk from Moraine Lake to the two Consolation Lakes backed by glacier-draped Bident and Quadra Mountains. Scramble up rockslide boulders for the best view of the lower lake. Mount Temple commands the view on the way back. 44

grassi lakes (2 km/1.2 mi; easy; no bikes; Map 4, 11A) Starting beyond the Canmore Nordic Centre, this trail (keep left) rises to an impressive cliff face. Rock stairs cut by trail builder Lawrence Grassi lead to a bridge over Canmore Creek and Ha Ling Peak view. The trail levels and goes to two clear, springfed lakes framed by mountains. Behind upper Lake is an uphill walk to ancient Native rock paintings and climbing cliffs. grotto Canyon trail (4 km/2.5 mi; easy; no bikes; Map A, 8O) Hike along a limestone walled creek bed to Grotto Falls (and beyond to a sandstone cave). See Native pictographs and rock climbers. Avoid during heavy rainfalls or when waters are high. JoHnson lake trail (3 km/1.9 mi; easy; no bikes; Map 3, 5G) From the picnic site and beach (popular for swimming on hot days), this gentle loop meanders around the lake and goes by old-growth Douglas firs. Revel in views of Cascade Mountain, Mt Rundle and wetland wildlife. JoHnston Canyon (1.1 km/.7 mi; easy; no bikes; Map 1, 8C) From Johnston Canyon Resort, walk the interpretive trail that follows the swift creek along catwalks anchored to limestone walls. Through a natural rock arch is Lower Falls. Continue 1.6 km (1 mi) to impressive upper Falls, then 3 km (1.9 mi) to Ink Pot springs. kananaskis Village rim & terraCe trails (loop; easy; Map A, 8L) Start at Kananaskis Village, 24 km/15 mi south of Hwy 1. The trail follows the rim of the elevated bench and provides great golf course, Mt Kidd and Fisher Range views. There are benches and picnic tables along the trail, and Village amenities are always only steps away.

marBle Canyon (.8 km/.5 mi; easy; no bikes; Map 1, 6I) Follow the pounding, glacier-fresh Tokumm Creek from Hwy 93S (13 km/8 mi south of Hwy 1) over 7 footbridges that offer startling views of the smooth and narrow limestone and dolomite chasm that is up to 39 m (128 ft) deep. marl lake (3.6 km/2.2 mi loop; easy; no bikes; Map A, 9E) Start at Elkwood Campgroud off Kananaskis Lakes Tr Rd, 56 km (35 mi) south of Hwy 1. The paved trail interprets lodgepole pine. Lakeside viewing platforms with mountain vistas; look for wildlife like moose and birds. Check notice boards for guided birdwatching walks. marsH Boardwalk (.5 km/.3 mi; easy; no bikes; Map 3, 19B) Start to the right of Cave & Basin. An interpretive loop winds through wetlands with interesting plants, birds and fish. Continue on .4 km/.25 mi Discovery Boardwalk Trail to see a cave vent and hot springs with colourful bacteria, algae and aquatic critters. You can walk 4.3 km (2.7 km) farther along the Bow River to eroded Sundance Canyon. Plain of six glaCiers (5.3 km/ 3.3 mi; moderate; no bikes; Map 2, 14N) Walk from Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise via the Highline trail to Plain of Six Glaciers teahouse. See quartzite cliffs, terminal moraine left by the retreating glacier, and the ice cave by the toe of the glacier. riBBon Creek to riBBon falls (10 km/6.2 mi; moderate; bikes the first 3.6 km/2.2 mi only; Map A, 8K) Start 24 km/15 mi south of Hwy 1 off the Kananaskis Village access road. Follow Ribbon Creek; see Dipper Canyon, Ribbon Peak, Mt Kidd and several falls en route; end where Ribbon Falls plunge from a pool into a canyon.

lake agnes (3.5 km/2.2 mi; moderate; Map 2, 14N) From Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, walk to a lovely hanging valley above Lake Louise. The trail rises through a subalpine forest to tiny Mirror Lake. Then it’s a short, steep hike by a waterfall to Lake Agnes. Continue higher to Beehive Mountain lookouts for views of Lake Louise, or snack at Lake Agnes Tea House.

sunsHine meadows (2.5 km/1.6 mi; easy/moderate; no bikes; Map 1, 10A) Bus (p 74) from Banff or Sunshine Village parking lot to high alpine areas inaccessible by public road. Once at the top, walk to idyllic Rock Isle Lake in the midst of Continental Divide peaks. The meadows filled with wildflowers in mid-summer are a lovely site.

lake louise sHore walk (2 km/ 1.2 mi or less; easy; no bikes; Map 2, 14C) Start at Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise. The lake, mountain and Victoria Glacier views are sublime. Continue to Lake Agnes or Plain of Six Glaciers.

troll falls (1.8 km/1.1 mi; easy; no bikes; Map A, 8L) Start at Nakiska Rd across from Kananaskis Village, 24 km/15 mi south of Hwy 1. Walk through forests and meadows to the falls that plunge over a cliff into a pool. // banff, canmore, kananaSkiS, lake louiSe




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tunnel mountain (2.3 km/1.4 mi; moderate; no bikes; Map 3, 15K) From downtown Banff, climb from St Julien Rd parking lot through an open forest to a ridge below the summit. See the Fairmont Banff Springs and golf course. The best Bow Valley and town views are from the top of the summit ridge. uPPer kananaskis lake (16 km/ 10 mi loop; easy; no bikes; Map A, 8E) Start at Kananaskis Lakes Tr road, 51 km/32 mi south of Hwy 1. Walk the gravel trail around the stunning lake, or go as far as you like and return. Look east to see Mt Sarrail and Mt Putnik. A 3 km (1.9 km) spur at the south end of the lake climbs to beautiful Rawson Lake, surrounded by towering cliffs.

Picnic siTes Bow lake 33 km (21 mi) north of Lake Louise via the Icefields Parkway (Map A, 3D). Breathtaking Crowfoot Glacier and Waputik Range views. CasCade Ponds Across Hwy 1 from Banff townsite (Map 3, 3F). Pretty spot with shelters, fire rings, Rundle Mountain view, and walking and biking trails. Swim here on hot days. Central Park Downtown Banff by the Bow River (Map 3, 19N). Musicians often perform in the gazebo. Walk riverside trails to Fenland Loop, Fairmont Banff Springs or Sundance Canyon Corral Creek South of Lake Louise village via the Bow Valley Pkwy (Map 2, 22A). uncrowded gem by a stream, with fire pits and Temple Mtn view. JoHnson lake Minnewanka Loop across Hwy 1 from Banff townsite (Map 3, 5G). Lakeside trail and view; swim in shallow waters on hot days.


lake minnewanka Minnewanka Loop across Hwy 1 from Banff townsite (Map 3, 2H). Views of Canadian Rockies' longest lake, snack bar, cruises, and boat rentals. Bighorn sheep. Quarry lake Spray Lakes Rd between downtown Canmore and the Nordic Centre (Map 4, 14D). Sandy beach, swimming, walking trails and Ha Ling Peak and Rundle Range views. riVerside Park By the Bow River near downtown Canmore (Map 4, 9E). Watch for osprey and gaze at White Man's Pass. Riverside trails include Larch Island Loop; walk NW to access the footbridge (Map 4, 8D).

Lakeside Fun Banff: A popular spot for picnicking, fishing and canoeing, Johnson Lake (Map 3, 5G) boasts one of Banff’s few sand beaches. Admire Fairholme Range views while swimming shallow waters that warm on sunny days. Stroll the lakeshore trail past the babbling brook at the lake’s north end. Canmore: Quarry Lake (Map 4, 14D, photo above) offers cool respite on a hot day. Access these spring-fed, up to 100 m deep waters from the sandy beach or by jumping off limestone cliffs. Picnic while enjoying the stunning Ha Ling Peak and Rundle Range view. —Jack Newton wedge Pond Hwy 40, 34 km/21 mi south of Hwy 1 (Map A, 9J). There's fishing, interpretive signs, trail circling the pond and views of The Wedge.

ToWnsiTe Walks Banff walking tour Discover the tranquil and scenic side of town (Map 3). Begin at Central Park where Banff Ave meets the Bow River; enjoy riverside picnic sites and Banff Park Museum; a National Historic Site with 100 year old animal displays. Take a peaceful stroll north along the mostly paved Bow River Promenade past the Blue Canoe Docks with boat rentals. Continue to the 2 km (1.2 mi) Fenland Loop Trail that follows Echo Creek and Vermilion Lake wetlands bird and animal habitat. Return to Central Park and cross Bow River Bridge. By the stately Parks Administration Building are Cascades of Time Gardens with flagstone paths, ponds, streams and flowers. Return to the river; if you go right (east); it’s a 1.2 km (.8 mi) riverwalk to Bow Falls and then historic Fairmont Banff Springs hotel. Alternatively, go left (west) and walk the Sundance Trail along the river 1.5 km (.9 mi) to the Cave & Basin with birth-of-Banff exhibits (reopens this summer), and boardwalk trails to springs, the cave vent and warm water marsh. En route to the Cave is the fort-like Buffalo Nations Luxton Museum with First Nations displays, the Recreation Grounds with playground, picnic sites and Warner Stables horseback tours (p 76). Pick up free brochure maps for self-guided

town tours at the Banff Visitor Centre, 224 Banff Ave (or other outlets). Banff Historic Walking Tour is a 25-block (1.5 hr) route to 57 residences that date back to 1887; museums, churches, public buildings and a cemetery—all flagged with blue interpretive plaques. Banff Culture Walk includes 16 art galleries, museums and historic sites. Canmore walking tour Discover Canmore’s history and natural beauty with this downtown walking tour (Map 4). Start at the Northwest Mounted Police Barracks (609 Main St), a 1893 log cabin, tea room and heritage garden restored to its 1921 state with period furniture and exhibits on the NWMP’s arrival. Head west on Main St to Ralph Connor Memorial United Church built in 1891 by Presbyterian minister Charles W Gordon, Canada’s first bestselling author under the pen-name Ralph Connor. Turn right at 6 Ave, then left at 9 St to find the Canmore Museum & Geoscience Centre, with exhibits on the town’s coal mining history and geology. Next, go south on 7 Ave and turn left on 7 St to find 1913 Miners Union Hall that is today a community hall and cultural centre. Farther up 7 St is St Michael’s Anglican Church, a classic turn of the 20th century Canadian church with pitched roof, belfry and spire. Return to Main St, and go west to its end at Riverside Park with Bow River strolls. At the park’s north end is the 1919 CPR Trestle Bridge that links the town to its abandoned mountainside coal mines. Summer 2013 //



Parkway Parkway For a slower-paced, more interesting drive between Banff and Lake Louise, turn off the busy Trans-Canada Hwy 5.6 km/ 3.5 mi west of Banff townsite to explore the Bow Valley Parkway. This scenic paved road that winds along the sunny side of the Bow River valley offers your best chance in Banff National Park to see a wolf family, a herd of bighorn sheep and bears feeding peacefully beside the road. You can even watch a thundering waterfall from inside a cave. What makes the Parkway an exceptional place for wildlife? Mountains are scenic, but high elevations are cold and windy. Steep slopes shed water and cliffs permanently shade areas. Survival challenges abound for wildlife. But the sunny, low elevation of the Bow River valley is different. Water is abundant, winter snows shallow and spring arrives early. Summers are warm. The lush, diverse vegetation includes shady spruce and aspen forests, dense willow thickets, and grassland. Elk, bighorn sheep and mule deer thrive on the Parkway’s montane slopes. Indeed, the Bow Valley is a critical winter range for many of Banff’s wild animals. Grizzly and black bears appear early in the spring when the rest of the mountains are under snow. They dig roots, eat ants and, as the seasons progress, graze on dandelions and buffaloberries in sunny spots along the road. Since the 1980s, one or two wolf packs have raised their pups annually in the meadows and forests along the Parkway. The abundance of deer, elk and sheep offers them good hunting, and

the road’s slow speed limit keeps them safe when travelling on the pavement, as they often do. Today’s Bow Valley Parkway follows the routes of ancient aboriginal trails. Archaeologists have found campsites that show a 12,000-year history of continuous human occupation. Aboriginal people knew this to be a place of abundant food and good hunting. Now visitors continue to celebrate the ecological richness of this special place. Of course, the paved road makes travel by bicycle, automobile or tour bus easier. Scenic viewpoints are plentiful, while trails offer easy access to Johnston Canyon (p 44), Silverton Falls and other places of rare beauty. Interpretive signs and exhibits explain the human and natural history at frequent intervals. Modern campsites and some of Banff’s most traditional guest lodging enable visitors to stay and explore longer. The Bow Valley Parkway area is also a source of inspiration and hope because it reveals some of Parks Canada’s most successful ecological restoration initiatives: • Woodpeckers, chipmunks and even bears thrive in the openings created by prescribed fires, some of the first and most successful ignited in Canada’s national parks. • Protection of wolf den sites and a spring dusk-to-dawn travel restriction ensures that sensitive animals like wolves and bears can move about, feed and raise young without being disturbed. • Regular sightings of wild bears is a tribute to decades of effort to protect them from the temptation of human food and garbage. The Bow Valley Parkway is a living model of ecosystem stewardship, and visitors are part of

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the story. Drivers who respect the 60 km/h speed limit keep wolf pups and other animals safe. Visitors now know to stay well back from wildlife so they can forage in peace; their restraint also reduces the risk of an attack by a nervous or stressed animal. The Bow Valley Parkway offers access to some of the parks best history, scenic and outdoor adventure options. Here is what you can see and do en route: • Fireside (.5 km/.3 mi; picnic, trail) Access by short side road. Edith Pass and Cory Lake hikes. • Point of Interest (.9 km/.6 km; exhibit). The original road between Banff and Lake Louise was completed in 1920. • Backswamp (3.1 km/1.9 mi; exhibit) Swampy area popular with bird watchers. • Muleshoe (5.5 km/3.4 mi; exhibit, picnic) Wetland bird and wildlife habitat. See mountainside Hole-in-the-Wall solution cave. • Prescribed Burn (7.5 km/4.7 mi; exhibit) 1993 fire renewed lodgepole pines and biodiversity. • Sawback (11 km/6.8 mi; exhibit, picnic) Sawback Range was named for its peak profile. • Hillsdale Meadow (12.3 km/7.6 mi; exhibit) Once a railway construction camp. • Pilot Pond (15 km/9.3 mi; exhibit) Stroll to a small kettle pond and Pilot Mountain view.

• Johnston Canyon Campground (17.3 km/10.8 mi) 132 sites for tents and small RVs. • Johnston Canyon & Resort (17.7 km/11 mi; resort, restaurant, trail, exhibit, toilets) Hike 1.1 km to 30 m Lower Falls, 2.7 km to 120 m Upper Falls, 5.8 km to seven Ink Pot springs. • Moose Meadows (20.2 km/12.6 mi; exhibit) Pilot Mountain view. • Silver City (20.9 km/14.2 mi; exhibit) Site of a 1883-1885 mining boomtown. • Castle Mountain Campground (23.7 km/14.7 mi) 43 self-registration campsites. • Silverton Falls/Rockbound Lake (24 km/14.9 mi; trail) Short walk to a ‘staircase’ waterfall; 8.4 km hike to the rock enclosed lake. • Castle Junction, Chalets & Hostel (25 km/15.5 mi; lodging, gas, store, exhibit, picnic) Access to Trans-Canada Highway. • Castle Cliff (25.1 km/15.6 mi; viewpoint, exhibit) Mountain with distinctive cliff and ledge profile. • Castle Lookout (29 km/18 mi; hike) Walk 3.8 km to old fire lookout site and Bow Valley view. • Storm Mountain (31.5 km/ 16.4 mi; viewpoint, exhibit, picnic) • Protection Mountain Campground (35.4 km/22 mi) 89 selfregistration campsites. • Baker Creek (38.5 km/23.8 mi; picnic, exhibit, hike) Named after an 1800s prospector. • Baker Creek Resort & Bistro (38.7 km /24 mi; Lodging, restaurant with lounge and deck) Hike 5.6 km to Baker Creek Crossing and Baker Mountain views. • Outlet Creek / Morant’s Curve (45.8 km/28.5 mi; viewpoint, exhibit) Famous railway and mountain photo stop. • Corral Creek (47 km/29.2 mi; picnic, fire rings) Walk 1 km down the closed road to McNair Pond. • Point of Interest (49.9 km/31 mi; exhibit) Go left to Lake Louise, right to the Sightseeing Gondola.

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Bow Valley Parkway | The Scenic Heritage Drive 14 km from Lake Louise | Lodging 403-522-3761 | Dining 403-522-2182 summer 2013 //


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Tried, True and New now in its 12th year, oh Canada eh dinner Show (p 49) remains a vibrant tribute to kitschy, crowd pleasing Canadiana through song and story featuring a mountie, anne of Green Gables and French Canadian trapper pierre (played by Joe morris for 10 consecutive years). For 2013, director tarra Lois riley and music director dean Caplan integrate new actors, scenes and songs including Leonard Cohen’s popular hallelujah. —Lisa Stephens

Canadian Composition every third year, the juried Banff international String Quartet Competition (p 50, aug 26Sept 1) celebrates the art of chamber music by bringing ten talented quartets to the Banff Centre. A new work by a Canadian composer is commissioned, this year by edmonton born, Juilliard doctorate Vivian Fung who merges western forms with world influences like Balinese and Javaese gamelan, and Chinese folk songs. on aug 30 (1 pm), hear violinist and teacher Barry Shiffman converse with Vivian; afterward all ten quartets perform her new composition. —Lisa Stephens

the Canmore Folk music Festival (aug 3-5, p 49) offers a unique, small town atmosphere that attracts musicians and music lovers from near and far. Complementing main stage headliners are workshop stage performances that pair musicians in eclectic combinations and produce oncein-a-lifetime fusions of instruments and vocals. towering mountains that surround the Festival’s park venue create an extraordinary backdrop. —Jenna newton

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hone your saddle skills on Wild Bill’s Legendary Saloon (p 52) mechanical bull ebenezer. Buck Up & Sing Tues combines bull riding (8 pm) with karaoke (10 pm). Stampede Thurs includes free line dancing lessons (7:30 pm), bull rides and live music. during Local Loonie Sun pay a buck to buck! —Kate deglow

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Casino Stoney Nakoda Resort & CASINO Vegas-style games. Smoking and nonsmoking areas. Gaming floor liquor service. Off-track betting. UFC nights. Golf simulator. Dining room/buffet, pub and shop. Occasional live music. Free Banff/Canmore shuttle (p 91) Fri-Sat. Hwy 1 at Hwy 40, 15 min E of Canmore, 1-888-862-5632. Map A, 10O

Dance, Theatre, Opera The Banff Centre: SUMMER ARTS FESTIVAL July 3 Twelfth Night: The 52nd Street Project New York adaptation of Shakespeare’s comedy; teenage actors (7:30 pm). July 13 Measha Brueggergosman Famous soprano collaborates with celebrated Canadian musicians (7 pm). Jul 17 Philippe Sly Prize-winning French-Canadian bassbaritone (7:30 pm). Jul 27 Romeo & Juliet: Shakespeare in the Park Theatre Calgary and Mt Royal University production (2 pm, outdoor). Jul 31 Adrian Thompson English tenor sings Benjamin Britten’s Five Canticles (7:30 pm). Aug 4 Ben Heppner Canadian tenor with pianist Thomas Muraco (7:30 pm). Aug 8, 9, 11 Owen Wingrave by Benjamin Britten Story of a pacifist born into a military family; originally an opera for television (Thurs, Fri 7:30 pm, Sun 2 pm). Jul 23, 24, 25, 26 Dance Masters Tchaikovsky pas de deux, Apollo, Four Last Songs and a new work by Donald Sales; professional ballet dancers (7:30 pm). Jul 27 Mikhail Baryshnikov Showcase by Baryshnikov protege, Aszure Barton with Ian Brown talk (7:30 pm). Aug 23, 24 Indigenous Dance Premiere of new work by Canadian and international aboriginal dancers (7:30 pm). St Julien Rd, 403-762-6301. Map 3, 16J Saturday Nights on Main at the Carter-Ryan A Comedy Cabaret! Here’s To The Ladies Who Laugh Evening of song and story performed by Bridget Ryan. Saturdays 7:30 pm, $20. Schedule online. Canmore: 705 Main St, reserve 403-621-1000. Map 4, 20E

Dinner SHOWS Cornerstone Theatre & Restaurant To Oct 15 Oh Canada Eh? Dinner

Show Mountie, voyageur, hockey player, Anne of Green Gables and band perform upbeat songs by Michael Bublé, Brian Adams, Shania Twain, Barenaked Ladies, Anne Murray, Gordon Lightfoot, Leonard Cohen and other Canadian musicians (2-hour show). Performers serve a 4-course Canadian family-style meal. $75, sen $69; child 2-12 free with adult, extra child $42, -2 free. 6:15 pm; show 7 pm. Free Banff shuttle. Hot tip p 48. Canmore: 125 Kananaskis Way, 403-609-0004. Map 4, 10K Greek Night Tues/Thurs Belly dancing, Zorba dance and plate smashing from 8:30 pm. Sidebar p 50. Banff’s only dinner show. Balkan Restaurant, 120 Banff Ave, 403-762-3454. Map 3, 16O

Festivals & Events Banff Mountain Festivals Oct 28-Nov 3 Film Festival International films on mountain sports, culture and ecology; art/craft sale. Book Festival Mountain adventure and culture speakers, readings, book fair and trade show. The Banff Centre, 403-762-6675. Map 3, 16J Banff Summer Arts Festival Jun 27-Aug 25 Music, theatre, opera, dance and visual arts; 100+ events. Many shows are listed elsewhere in this section. The Banff Centre, St Julien Rd. Box office: 403-762-6301. Map 3, 16J Banff World Media Festival Jun 9-12 Private events, but watch for celebrities. Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, 403-678-1216. Map 3, 20L Bon appetit Banff Nov 14-24 Festival of food. Banff restaurants offer special, value-priced 3-course meals. Fixe prix: $25, $25 or $45. Map 3 Bow Valley Roller Derby Jun 22 Lady Macs vs DAMNsels of Distress. Aug 24 Lady Macs vs Derailers. $20, ch $5. The Fenlands Banff Recreation Centre, 100 Norquay Rd. Map 3, 17H Canada Day July 1 Free Park entry, pancake breakfasts, parades, concerts, family events, fireworks. Banff 403762-8421. Canmore 403-678-1878. Canmore Artspeak Sept 27-29 Arts festival with workshops and evening social as part of Canadian Culture Days. Info: 403-609-2623. Map 4 Canmore Folk Festival Aug 3-5 Three stages of music; artisan and food vendors. Family area with crafts, clowns, climbing wall and storytelling.

Market Day At Banff Farmers Market (Wed, 201 Buffalo St parking lot, 403-762-1901, Map 3, 16G) find bustle, music and fragrant foods. Chat with the merchants and admire displays of organic fruits and vegetables, homemade bacon bread, specialty tea, honey, tie-dye shirts and art. —James Kallenbach Hot tip p 48. Jim Cuddy (singer/songwriter), Spirit of the West (Celtic rock), Matt Andersen (blues/guitar), Great Lake Swimmers (modern folk), Chic Gamine (rhythm/blues/soul), Rose Cousins (east coast folk), Alex Cuba (Latin funk/pop), Alpha Yaya Diallo (African/guitar). Full line-up online. Doors: Sat 4 pm, Sun/Mon 10 am. 1-day $45, yth $38, sen $35, ch $11; 3-days $100, yth $70, sen $55, ch $23; -6 free; family rates. Onsite: Sat-Mon Evening mainstage shows. Sun-Mon Daytime workshops. Offsite: Fri Free Festival Live Celtic Show broadcast (6-8 pm) and Folk Routes music (8-9 pm) at Canmore Civic Ctr, 902 7 Ave. Sat-Mon Stage 4 Pub Local and festival music; Union Hall, 7 St at 7 Ave. Sat Kid’s Concert, 1-2 pm, child free, adult $2. Youth Songwriting Workshop, 1-4 pm, free, register; Seniors Ctr, 600 9 St. Mon Pancake Breakfast 8:30-10:30 am, free; Union Hall, 7 St at 7 Ave. Centennial Park, 403-678-2524 Map 4, 10G Canmore Highland Games Sept 1 Heavy sports, piping, drumming, dancing, sheep dog demos, Celtic vendors, food, beer garden, 7 am-5 pm. Pancake breakfast with music. $22, 65+/13-17 $18, 6-12 $7.50, -6 free. Ceilidh party with live Celtic music 6-11 pm, $40, 6-12 $20. Centennial Park. 403-678-9454, tickets 1-888-655-9090. Map 4, 10G Summer 2013 //



banff•Lake Louise•Canmore• Louise•Canmore•kananaskis entertainment Canmore Centennial Park, free. $20 car entry. 403-678-1878. Map 4, 10G VIC LeWIS Band feStIVaL Nov 2-4 International student music concerts. Canmore, 403-688-0283. Map 4 WInteRStaRt feStIVaL Nov 1-Dec 8 Street party, Lake Louise World Cup alpine ski races, Christmas in the Rockies, Santa Claus parade, ice carving, wagon rides. Info: 403-762-8421. Map 2 & 3

Greek Night Opa! Tuesdays and Thursdays at The Balkan (p 114) feature belly dancers Maysa and Hala Jamal, Arni Psito (roasted lamb), ouzo and plate smashing. —Kate Deglow CULtURe dayS Sept 27-29 Art demos and exhibits, workshops, street music, guided cultural venue tours; free. Banff: 403-762-8421. Map 3 dooRS open Banff Aug 11 Guided tours of Whyte Foundation and other heritage buildings, 1-4 pm. Whyte Museum, 403-762-2291. Map 3, 16N feStIVaL of eagLeS Oct 18-19 Talks, walks and performances celebrate the annual golden eagle migration. Canmore, 403-678-1878. Map 4 kananaSkIS RIVeR WhIteWateR feStIVaL Aug 9-11 Canoe and kayak clinics and guided river runs. On-water: freestyle rodeo, boatercross, team ball race. Off-water: BBQ, music, yoga, auction. Register: Map A Lake LoUISe faLL feStIVaL Aug 31-Oct 14 Golden larches. Guided hikes, bikes, canoes and horses, festival menus at restaurants, photo workshop, Tea House Challenge. Info: Visitor Centre, 403-522-3833. Map 2, 20M MoUntaIn CaBIn QUILteRS’ gUILd faLL QUILt ShoW Oct 19-20 100+ quilts; traditional bed quilts to original art quilts. Demos and small merchant mall. Tea, silent auction and craft sale. $7, stu $2, -5 free, family $15; weekend $10. Canmore Recreation Centre, 1900 8 Ave, 403-678-9603. Map 4, 5F RoLLIng SCULptURe ShoW & ShIne Jun 16 Classic cars noon-4 pm. 50

WoRdfeSt: Banff-CaLgaRy InteRnatIonaL WRIteRS feStIVaL Oct 14-20 Readings and showcase. Banff Centre, 403-762-6301. Map 3, 16J

inTerpreTaTion paRkS day July 20 Sanson Stroll Hike to the top of Sulphur Mountain. Teddy Bear Picnic Bring a lunch and your favourite stuffed animal. Info: Parks Canada, 403-762-1550. Map 3 paRkS Canada MoUntaIn WIt theatRe July-Aug, Fridays Free, funny interpretive shows poolside 3-5 pm at Banff Upper Hot Springs (p 88); 7:30 pm at Banff Ave Square, 208 Banff Ave Map 3, 14P. Info 403-760-1328. paRkS InteRpReteR CaMpgRoUnd pRogRaMS Free, fun shows: July-Aug Lake Louise Theatre, 8 pm, 403-5223833, Map 2, 20I. July-Sept 1 ThursSun 8 pm Tunnel Mountain Outdoor and Indoor Theatre (watch for daytime art programs); 403-762-1550, Map 3, 4E. July-Sept 1 Two Jack Lake Campground fireside programs, WedSat 8 pm, 403-762-1550, Map 3, 3G.

MusiC the Banff CentRe: CLaSSICaL ConCeRtS Jun 14, 15, 20, 21, 22, 26, 28; July 4, 5, 6, 10, 11, 12, 17, 18, 19, 25, 26; Aug 1, 2, 8, 9 Music for a Summer Evening (7:30 pm). Jun 21; Jul 12; Aug 2 Open Masterclass Series Step inside a music masterclass (10 am). Jun 27, 28 Roots & Rhizomes Percussion Concerts Cage and His Echo, Jun 27, and At the Edge of Imagination, Jun 28 (7:30 pm). Jul 5 John Corigliano Celebration Concert Afiara String Quartet (7:30 pm). July 11, 18, 25, Aug 1 Casual Afternoons Thur concerts (4:30 pm). Jul 28 Banff Festival Orchestra Schubert and Mahler Symphony No 4s (7:30 pm). Aug 3, 4 Banff Festival Orchestra Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No 1 and Symphony No 8 (Sat 7:30 pm, Sun 2 pm). Aug 10, 11, 17 Banff Festival Orchestra Mahler, Kindertotenlieder and more (7:30 pm). St Julien Rd, tickets 403-762-6301. Map 3, 16J // banff, canmore, kananaSkiS, lake louiSe

the Banff CentRe: In the CLUB Intimate concerts in a licensed venue (age 14+). Jun 26 Roots & Rhizomes Percussion Concert Xenakis Cabaret; percussion students with Steven Schick (10 pm). Jul 18, 19 Cold Specs Canadian singer-songwriter’s soulful music (9 pm). Jul 24 Danny Michel with the Garifuna Collective Canadian singer-songwriter with Belize AfroAmerindian group (9:30 pm). Aug 11 Shakey Graves with the Abramson Singers Texan singer-songwriter's bad ass blues with Banff indie band opening (8 pm). St Julien Rd, tickets 403-7626301. Map 3, 16J the Banff CentRe: IndIgenoUS aRtS July 11, 12 Diverse as this Land Australian singer-songwriter Emma Donovan and Northern Canadian multidisciplinary artist Elisapie Isaac (7:30 pm). St Julien Rd, tickets 403762-6301. Map 3, 16J the Banff CentRe: Jazz June 1, 8 Saturday Night Jazz featuring faculty and participants (7:30 pm). June 4, 5, 6, 7 Jazz Club (8 pm, age 14+, donation). June 1, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 Late Night Jazz (11 pm, donation). St Julien Rd, tickets 403-762-6301. Map 3, 16J the Banff CentRe: ShaW aMphItheatRe oUtdooR ConCeRtS Jun 30 Classified Canadian hip hop with rockers Zeus, Canmore's The Eerie Green and Banff’s Elk Run and Riot (5 pm). Jul 6 Blue Rodeo Top Canadian roots-rock band (6:30 pm). Jul 21 Brassfire with Jens Lindemann Blues/jazz trumpeter Jens Lindmann and trombonist Wycliffe Gordon (1 pm). Aug 7 Feist Award winning Canadian songstress with Snowblink (6:30 pm). Aug 18 Whitehorse Luke Doucet and Melissa McClelland; gritty guitar and love-knot lyrics (5 pm). St Julien Rd, tickets 403-762-6301. Map 3, 16J the Banff InteRnatIonaL StRIng QUaRtet CoMpetItIon Aug 26-Sept 1 Ten quartets compete. Rounds: recitals, Hayden, Canadian Commission (see hot tip p 48), romantic and finals. A Late Quartet film (Aug 29). Alumni Gala concert (Aug 30) with Cecilia and Afiara quartets plus pianist Angela Cheng and cellist Shauna Rolston. St Julien Rd, tickets 403-762-6301. Map 3, 16J CanMoRe MondayS Jun 24; Jul 8, 15, 29 Banff Centre musician chamber music (8 pm, donation). Seniors Ctr, 600 9 St, 403-762-6301. Map 4, 19E


banff•Lake Louise•Canmore•Kananaskis Entertainment Hoodoo Lounge Nightclub with DJ. Mon hip hop/funk. Locals Tue. Thurs Jagerbombs. Fri Kokanee bottles/Burt Reynolds. Sat ladies night/ double Malibu slush. Closed Wed/ Sun. 137 Banff Ave (off Caribou St), 403-760-8636. Map 3, 15O Juniper Bistro Lounge Amazing view, patio, fireplace, soft seats. Drink specials. Off Mt Norquay Rd across Hwy 1, 403-762-2281. Map 3, 11A

Roma’s Renos Tony Roma’s (p 110) renovated lounge off Banff's Mount Royal Hotel lobby offers a warmer, more ‘mountain’ atmosphere. With fireplace, armchairs and big screens, it’s a great spot for sports. Kids are welcome. —KD Music in the Gallery Jul 13, 27; Aug 3 Sat afternoon concerts by Banff Centre musicians (4 pm, donation). Banff: Whyte Museum, 111 Bear St, 403-762-2291. Map 3, 16N PERFORMANCE IN THE PARK June 22 Juno winning Serena Ryder with Montreal’s Coeur de Pirate and indie rockers Said The Whale (3 pm, $35, 2-12 $12.50). Cascade of Time Gardens Map 3, 21N. Tickets 403-762-6301. Serenade at St. George’s Jun 18, 25; Jul 9, 16, 23, 30; Aug 6 Tues classical concerts with Banff Centre musicians (7:30 pm, donation). Banff: St. George’sin-the-Pines Anglican Church, 100 Beaver St, 403-762-6301. Map 3, 15H

Movies & Bowling Bowling Centre 5-pin lanes, darts, games room, internet café. Mon-Thurs 3-10 pm, lane $40/hr; Fri-Sat 1-11 pm, glow bowl lane $55/hr; Sun 1-7 pm, lane $42/hr. Shoe rentals. Fairmont Banff Springs, 403-762-6892. Map 3, 20L CANMORE MOVIE THEATRE Indie/ art house films some Wed/Thur 7 and 9 pm, $9. Solara Resort, 187 Kananaskis Way Map 4, 11K. Lux Cinema First run movies. Four screens; Dolby/DTS video/sound; 3D in two. Bear at Wolf St, 24-hr current shows, 403-762-8595. Map 3, 13N Banff Mountain Film Festival Screenings Jul 16, 23, 30 Best of the Film Fest Different program each week (7:30 pm). Aug 16 Under the Stars See mountain films at the Shaw Amphitheatre (9 pm: outdoor show). Oct 28-Nov 3 Banff Mountain Film Festival (see p 49). The Banff Centre, St Julien Rd, tickets 403-762-6301. Map 3, 16J 52

Nightlife Banff: Aurora Spirited club with DJ and dancing plus conversation-friendly lounge. Wed-Sun 9 pm-2 am. 110 Banff Ave, 403-760-5300. Map 3, 17P Banff Ave Brewing co Brewer’s Pub with big screens and pool table. Beer made on-site; free brewery tours. Upstairs, Clock Tower Mall, 110 Banff Ave, 403-762-1003. Map 3, 17P Boston pizza Sports memorabilia and 7 HD plasmas. Drink deals; game day jug and food specials. 2nd Fl, 225 Banff Ave, 403-762-2192. Map 3, 14O Brunos Mon trivia 9 pm. Tues jug specials and half price wings. Thurs karaoke. Fri open mic from 10 pm. Sun local musicians. TVs for sports. 304 Caribou St, 403-762-8115. Map 3, 15P Dancing Sasquatch Canadian cabin theme bar with mine shaft entrance and dance floor wall sasquatch. DJs nightly. Special events. 120 Banff Ave, 403-762-4002. Map 3, 16P Elk & Oarsman Big-screen sports, fireplace and rooftop patio. Food specials p 108. Drink specials: MonThurs beer, Fri cocktails and happy hr 4-7 pm, Sat martinis and pints, Sun Caesars, jugs and vodka bombs. Live music Sun from 10 pm. Upstairs, 119 Banff Ave, 403-762-4616. Map 3, 16O The Fairmont Banff Springs Rundle Lounge: great view, baronial decor and blues guitarist/singer FriSat 9 pm. Waldhaus Pub: house in the forest; free pool, darts and sports on huge HD TV. Ramsay Lounge: cocktails, single malts and port. Spray Ave, 403762-6860. Map 3, 20L // banff, canmore, kananaskis, lake louise

The Lik Lounge Plasmas, fireplace and patio. Happy hr Mon-Fri, 4-7 pm. Mon $15 burger and beer. Tues half price wine. Wed $15 Prime sirloin steak. Thurs $15 mussels and beer. 221 Bear St, 403-762-2467. Map 3, 14N Melissa’s Upstairs Bar Local character and games: Darts, pool, pinball, 11 TVs (four 60” screens); wireless tabletop speakers for your game. Happy hr 4-7 pm. $2.75 highballs; $3.75 PBR super cans; $4.25 Old Milwaukee pints. Steak sandwich $9 Mon-Fri. 218 Lynx St, 403-762-5776. Map 3, 15N Pump & Tap Big screen sports. Happy hr noon-6 pm. Mon acoustic jam. Tues pool tourney 8 pm. Buck Hunter, pool, foosball, table hockey, pinball, VLTs. Bsm’t, Sundance Mall, 215 Banff Ave, 403-760-6610. Map 3, 14O Rimrock Resort Hotel Divas Martini Lounge: 30s era movie actress decor; unique cocktails. Elegant Larkspur Lobby Lounge: incredible view; seasonal pianist Fri/Sat 7-11 pm. 300 Mountain Ave, 403-762-3356. Map 3, 21H Rose & Crown Live music 10:30 pm. Tue-Sat: blues, reggae, pop or top 40. Maritime Mon: guitarist/singer plays songbook requests. Sun: host band with guests. Games room: pool, foosball. Rooftop patio. Upstairs, 202 Banff Ave, 403-762-2121. Map 3, 15O St James’s Gate Olde Irish Pub Authentic Dublin decor; 24 beer taps; 30+ scotches; 8 Irish whiskeys. Happy hr Mon-Fri 3-6 pm. Bands Fri-Sat from 9:30 pm; often Celtic or classic rock. Thurs Irish Night: $9 Irish fare, live music. 2 for 1 appies Mon-Wed 3-6 pm. Sun carved roast dinner $15. 207 Wolf St, 403-762-9355. Map 3, 13O Wild Bill’s Lively saloon; western decor and smokehouse cuisine. Downtown Banff’s premier entertainment venue: top bands (Fri, Sat and most Thurs; schedule online), occasional

Steak Sandwich $8.95

comedy shows, Tues karaoke, Thurs free line dancing lessons and Tues/ Thurs/Sun mechanical bull rides. 201 Banff Ave, 403-762-0333. Map 3, 15O

Crits and Banff Ave Cruise for a Cause costumed races. Castle Mountain Chalets bike and BBQ. $21,000 purse. 403-762-0284. Maps 2 & 3

Canmore: BoSton pIzza Sports decor; 8 big HD TVs; daily drink specials. 1704 Bow Valley Tr, 403-678-3300. Map 4, 6G CanMoRe hoteL Punk rock bingo Tue; band Fri-Sat, some Th; jam Sun. Happy hr 4-8 pm, all Sun. Roof patio. 738 Main St, 403-678-5181. Map 4, 20C

Banff to JaSpeR ReLay June 1 Teams of 15 run. Map A

fRenCh QUaRteR Cafe Cooking classes every second Tues. Occasional live jazz. 1005 Cougar Creek Dr, 403678-3612. Map 4, 13O

CanMoRe noRdIC CentRe Jun 1 Kid’s Bicycle Rodeo Canmore Museum event. Jun 8 Barebones Orienteering. Jun 8; Sep 14 5 Peaks running: 10.6 km, 6 km, 1 km. Jun 8-9 Iron Maiden & Organ Grinder mountain biking. Jun 22-23 Rundle’s Revenge mountain bike and trail running. Jun 30-July 1 Kananaskiker III mountain biking. Juy 13-14 Rundle Mt Cycling Club Stage Race. July 20-21 24 Hrs of Adrenaline solo/team mountain biking. Aug 2 TransRockies Mountain Bike Race ends in Canmore. Aug 4 Grizzly Canmore Triathlon Festival. Aug 24-25 MS Bike Tour. Sep 7 Tour of Alberta Stage 4 Finish. Oct 6, 13 Grizzly Canmore/ Ultra Mountain Bike Enduro & Relay 50 km. 403-678-2400. Map 4, 9A

the RoSe & CRoWn 16 drafts, TVs, pool, darts, Buck Hunter and PGA golf. Separate restaurant. Patio. 749 Railway Ave, 403-678-5168. Map 4, 19H

CaUSe Canada RoCky MoUntaIn haLf MaRathon Sept 8 Half marathon, 10 km and 5 km run or walk. Canmore, 403-678-3332. Map 4

Lake Louise: the faIRMont ChateaU Lake LoUISe Lakeview Lounge: view, afternoon tea and occasional harpist. Glacier Saloon: pool table, satellite tunes and dance floor. 403-522-3511. Map 2, 14C

gRanfondo hIghWood paSS Jul 13 Bike Canada’s highest paved road 147 km (91 mi). 1-866-373-3376. Map 1

CoMMUnItea Cafe Indie band and singers/songwriter events. 1001 6 Ave, 403-678-6818. Map 4, 19E the dRake Karaoke Mon. Rock bands Fri/Sat. DJ Thurs. 909 Railway Ave, 403-678-5131. Map 4, 20H

Lake LoUISe Inn Explorer’s Lounge: fireplace, shuffleboard, pool, darts and plasma for sports/UFC. Thurs dance night. Occasional bands. 403-5223791. Map 2, 20N poSt hoteL & Spa Lounge: pianist Thurs-Sun 6:30 pm-10 pm. 403-5223989. Map 2, 20M

raCes Banff ekIden ReLay Oct 19 Teams of 5 compete in a marathon-length run. Register 403-283-7064. Map 3 Banff MaRathon June 23 42 km (26 mi) Loop: Banff, Vermilion Lakes, Legacy Trail and Bow Valley Parkway. Also half marathon, Sat expo and free kids run. Info 403-762-8421 Map 3 Banff natIonaL paRk BIke feSt Jun 13-16 Minnewanka Loop time trial, downtown criterium, elite/pro Lake Louise road race, Cascade Plaza prologue, Tunnel Mountain road race. Family events: Balkan Restaurant Little

Mon-Fri: AAA Alberta beef on garlic toast with fries & coleslaw

Everyday Drink Specials

Highballs $2.75 • King Cans $3.75

Most Sports in Town 11 TVs • 60 inch plasmas Wireless speakers at your table Open Mic Tues • Bands Thurs Pool table • Darts • Pinball Open Daily 11:30 am –1 am Breakfast available to 4 pm

Meet the Locals at Banff’s Favourite Bar

Upstairs Bar

Downtown, 218 Lynx Street Two blocks from Banff Ave 403-762-5776

kananaSkIS 100-MILe ReLay Jun 22 Teams run from Longview to Nakiska. 403-283-7064. Map A MeLISSa’S Road RaCe Sept 28 10 km and 22 km runs through town and beyond. Banff, 403-762-5511. Map 3 RBC gRanfondo Banff Aug 24 142 km (88 mi) scenic ride; cyclists of all skills. Starts/ends in town. 403762-8421; register online. Map 3 SUBaRU Banff InteRnatIonaL tRIathLon Sept 7 Olympic, Sprint, Super Sprint and Relay categories. Two Jack Lake swim, Lake Minnewanka Loop bike and Banff Ave run. Weekend festivities. Info: 403-762-8421. Map 3 tRanSRoCkIeS ChaLLenge July 27-Aug 2 Wilderness mountain bike relay race Fernie to Canmore Nordic Ctr. Info: 403-668-7537. Map 4, 9A toUR of aLBeRta Sept 3-8 5-stage 850 km (530 mi) professional bike race. Stage 4 (Sept 7): Racing the Rockies; Black Diamond to Canmore Nordic Ctr. 587-523-0280 Map 4, 9A Summer 2013 //


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hot MuseuMs Modern Plein Air You may think that plein air artists simply paint ‘in the open air’ to recreate the scene they see. But the Pleinairism exhibit (July 13-Sept 15) at The Walter Phillips Gallery (p 55) exposes current protocols through paintings, works on paper and moving images by artists rarely associated with plein air. While some continue to represent the world they inhabit, others reinvent plein air in more contemporary forms. —Lisa Stephens

Railway Art the picturing the Canadian pacific railway exhibit at the Whyte Museum (p 55) includes captivating, seldom displayed works from the time of the Cpr’s construction, including:

• rogers pass painting by george horne russell (shown) from the Canadian embassy in Washington makes its first Canadian public appearance. • Chinaman’s peak: Walking the Mountain film by paul Wong honours Chinese workers who toiled (and sometimes died) while building the railway. —jenna newton

Cross-Country Collection olympian Dave rees and the Alberta nordic Ski Museum Society collaborated on the new nordic Museum with inaugural displays of cross-country ski equipment, waxes and athlete memorabilia at the tourism Canmore Kananaskis Visitor Centre (p 85) and Canmore nordic Centre (p 42). one ski dates back 100 years. “i’ve collected so many artifacts over 65 years that i felt compelled to put them out there for people to enjoy,” says Dave. —Kate Deglow 54 // banff, canmore, kananaskis, lake louise

photoS: plein Air ArtiSt rAgnAr KjArtAnSSon, DAniel Wong

• Castle Mountain painting by William Brymner offers a glimpse of Silver City boomtown that went bust after rumors of riches proved false.


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Public Museums Banff: The Banff Centre Public space exhibits. To June 16 Les Choses: Celia Perrin Sidarous Photographs of objects and people set against a backdrop of everyday occurrences and peculiar events; Eric Harvie Theatre West Lobby. Other shows TBA. St Julien Rd, 403-762-6301. Map 3, 16J Banff Park Museum National Historic Site Western Canada’s oldest natural history museum. The elegant 1903 building and Victorian displays that date from 1860 offer an enchanting way to see Banff’s mammals, birds, insects and other curiosities. Interpreters, reading room and hands-on discovery room. To June 30/Sept 4-Oct 13, Wed-Sun 10 am-5 pm; July 1-Sept 2, daily 10 am-6 pm; Oct 14-May 18/2014 closed. $3.90, sen $3.40, yth $1.90, family $9.80. 91 Banff Ave, 403-762-1558. Map 3, 18O Buffalo Nations Luxton Museum Recalls when Native people followed buffalo herds into the Bow Valley, hauling belongings by travois. Life sized scenes interpret clothing, hunting and legends. Ornamented costumes, teepees and quill work, and historic hunting equipment. The cultural life and resilience of First Nations are celebrated. Daily tours if guide is on-site. Native crafts shop. $10, stu/ sen $8, 6-12 $3.50, -6 free, family $18.50. Summer 10 am-6 pm. 1 Birch Ave, 403-762-2388. Map 3, 20N

photo: 'Full Moon' by Page Ough

Canadian Ski Museum West Banff’s ski heritage and Canada’s great skiers. Displays: Swiss mountain guides, gear evolution, backcountry lodges, ski areas and local Olympic skier memorabilia. 9 am-9 pm. Free. Throughout Cascade Plaza, 317 Banff Ave, 403-762-8484. Map 3, 13O Cave & Basin National Historic Site Place where railway workers discovered thermal springs and set events into motion that resulted in the creation of Banff National Park, Canada’s first, in 1885. Reopened after a two-year $13.8M renewal (see ‘Renovated History’ mini-feature on p 120): new programming and interpretive media exhibits provide fascinating glimpse into the heritage of the protected thermal waters. Welcome Centre with gift shop. Giant fourscreen HD short video on Canada's network of national parks, historic sites and marine conservation areas.

Story Hall with images, artifacts and photo booths. Galletly special events theatre. Replica 1887 bathhouse and bathing pavilion. Café. Walk interpretive boardwalk trails (free) to the cave vent, hillside springs, unique plants, and pools with fish and the Banff Springs snail (found only here). To June 30, Tues-Sun 10 am-5 pm; July 1-Sept 2, daily 10 am-5 pm; Sept 4-Oct 13, Wed-Sun 10 am-5 pm; after Wed-Sun noon-4 pm. $3.90, sen $3.40, yth $1.90, family $9.80. Events: June 21 National Aboriginal Day story telling and tours. July 1 Canada Day. July 13 Drawn to Nature Plein Air workshop with The Banff Centre. Aug 11 Doors Open Banff Behind the scenes tour. Aug 17-18 Parks Canada Collection “Fur Trade era camps”. Aug 30; Sept 1, 2 Lantern Tours. Sept 8 Outdoor Photo Workshop. Sept 21 Stargazing with the Royal Astronomical Society. Sept 27-19 Culture Days. 311 Cave Ave, 403-7621566. Map 3, 19B Heritage Hall The Fairmont Banff Springs is more than a hotel. Known as ‘the castle’ or ‘the Springs’, it is an icon of Banff and a gracious representation of an earlier age. This year, The Springs is celebrating its 125th anniversary (p 20). ‘Museum within a museum’ exhibits chronicle the hotel’s role in the history and culture of the mountain parks. Free. Daily to 10 pm. Hotel Tour: Join a historian and learn about Banff and the hotel's architecture, celebrity guests and ghosts (Tues-Sat 3 pm; $15). Mezzanine, The Fairmont Banff Springs, 403-762-2211. Map 3, 20L Walter Phillips Gallery Canadian and international exhibitions explore contemporary culture. WedSun 12:30 pm-5 pm (to 8 pm Thurs). Donations. Exhibits: To June 23 Bottles Under the Influence: Julia Feyrer and Tamara Henderson 16 mm film is made with bottles from the Historical Museum of Wine & Spirits in Stockholm; bottles are documented, staged, positioned, studied, projected on, tucked in bed, drunk from and shot at; plus a drinking songbook and a series of blown glass bottles embedded as props within gallery film sets; guided tours are every Thursday at 7 pm. July 13-Sept 15 Pleinairism Contemporary artists interpret the plein air practice (see "Modern Plein Air" hot tip p 54); guided tours every Thursday at 7 pm; opening reception Jul 12, 7 pm. Glyde Hall, The Banff Centre, St Julien Rd, 403-762-6281. Map 3, 16J

Art Inspired by Nature Page Ough draws inspiration from her love of the outdoors. Her wildlife paintings capture the personalities of animals through expressive portrayals of their faces, while her use of color in floral paintings brings attention to shadows and light. She is a perennial favourite at Canada House Gallery (p 58) and the feature artist (with Terry McCue) during the gallery’s Sept 28– Oct 9 exhibit that coincides with Canada Culture and Alberta Arts Days. —Jenna Newton Whyte Museum Of The Canadian Rockies Art, culture, and human and natural history of the Canadian Rockies is interpreted in four galleries, archive and library, heritage homes, shops and guided tours. Free Museo Packs have activities for kids 6-12. The museum was founded in 1968 by artists, philanthropists and world travellers Peter and Catharine Summer 2013 //


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Whyte. June 1-Sept 15, 9:30 am-6 pm; after 10 am-5 pm. Admission by donation. Exhibits: Ongoing Gateway to the Rockies Events and people who shaped the history and culture of the Canadian Rockies using artifacts, art, archival photographs, recordings and documents; interactive exhibits include full-size helicopter, Brewster touring car and railway snowshed. To June 2 Landbuoys: Tony Bloom Sculpture buoys stranded by vanishing lakes, reservoirs or glaciers warn of impending danger to the environment. To June 2 Oscar Cahén: Canada's Groundbreaking Illustrator Exiled German-Jewish artist came to Canada in 1940 and became our country’s best commercial illustrator; see the nationally significant collection of his works. To June 2 John Hartman: The Columbia in Canada Small intimate watercolours accurately detail characteristics of the Columbia River’s path through BC. June 8-Oct 13 Picturing the Canadian Pacific Railway The CPR’s influence on the cultural and historic fabric of Canada is immeasurable. CPR president Sir William Cornelius Van Horne fostered a successful marketing campaign for Western Canadian tourism by inviting prominent artists and photographers to capture its beauty. He offered them free rail passage, railcar studio use, mountain lodge stays and promotion of their work. Features artists from the historic CPR ‘pass program‘ alongside evocative new contemporary artists Peter von Tiesenhausen, Ciprian Muresan, Michael Cameron, Jeff Spalding and Kristopher Weinmann; opening reception June 8, 7 pm (see "Railway Art" hot tip p 54). Oct 18-Dec 1 Association of Canadian Mountain Guides 50th Anniversary Celebrations. Guided Tours (June 1-Sept 2; revised schedule after): Gateway to the Rockies Tour Discover the stories behind the people who shaped the history of these mountains (11 am, 1 pm and 3 pm; free with admission). Picturing the Canadian Pacific Railway Tour Discover Canadian historic treasures and contemporary art relating to the railway's mainline from Calgary to Glacier House (from June 22; noon and 2 pm; free with admission). Heritage Homes Visits Walk to the 1907 Moore home and 1931 Whyte home (every hour 10:30 am-3:30 pm; free with admission). Luxton Open House Self guided trip to Luxton’s 1905 home on Beaver St (Fri-Sun, Jun 28-Sept 1, 11 am-3 pm; free with admission). Art Shows & Sales (opening receptions 1-4 pm): To July 9 Stoney: First Nation 56

Canmore’s Outdoor Art for All Canmore boasts famous mountain backdrops, but you can also admire its many interesting public art exhibits. • Ceannmore (Alan Henderson; Main St at Policeman’s Creek, Map 4, 20G): The ‘Big Head’ (photo above) reflects mountain enormity and serenity. • Plantagenet (Peter Hide; Riverside Park, Map 4, 10F): Anguish of the human figure in an unstable steel pose. • Chinook (Pascale Ouellet; south of Bow River Bridge, Map 4, 11E): Sculpture represents nature’s cycles with a flowing ribbon. • Canmore Miner’s Bronze (Lorne Wall; Canmore Hotel, Map 4, 20D): Tribute to the town’s immigrant workers. • Touchstone (Peter Powning; Elevation Place, Map 4, 9I): Golden eagle and raven silhouettes plus bronzed artifacts honour Canmore’s history and ecology. —Sara Samson Portraits by Byron Harmon Copies of early 20th century portraits. July 13-Sept 3 Trains & Mountains Contemporary art pays homage to the first artists who stepped off the trains and captured these peaks. Sept 7-Nov 12 Christine Ford: Echos of Home Rockies landscapes in pen and ink, oil and acrylic by this 4th generation Banffite. Events: June 16 Back to Banff Day Refreshments at the Museum, Windy Cabin and newly refurbished Abegweit heritage home (1-4 pm; free). July 1 Canada Day Sidewalk Art Express your artistic flair (10:30 am; free). July 13, 27; Aug 3 Music in the Galleries Banff Centre performances (4 pm; donation). Aug 11 Doors Open Banff Self-guided walk to historic homes (1-4 pm; free). Sept 28 Picturing the // banff, canmore, kananaSkiS, lake louiSe

Canadian Pacific Railway: Curator Tour Anne Ewen leads a tour of the exhibit (2:30 pm; by donation). 111 Bear St, 403-762-2291. Map 3, 16N

Canmore: CanMore MuseuM & geosCienCe CenTre Explore Canmore’s railway and coal mining history through artifacts, photographs and videos. The Geoscience Centre has displays and videos describing the formation of the Rockies, Rat’s Nest Cave, the Devonian reef, fossils and Canmore coal. Gift shop includes books, rocks, fossils, educational toys, archival reproductions and local art. Grant Mossop Research Library by appt. Late May-Sept: Mon-Tue noon-5 pm, Wed-Sun 10 am-5 pm. Sept-late




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May: Mon-Fri noon-5 pm, Sat-Sun 11 am-5 pm. Adult $5, sen/ch $3, -7 free, family (up to 2 adults, 5 children) $10. Exhibits: To Sept Through the Lens Photographs by Canmore, Banff and Morely students who participated in the 2013 Whyte Museum’s program that fosters creativity in youth; images are the results of field trips, workshops and darkroom time. To April 2014 Canmore Then and Now Historical photos from the archives paired with modern re-photographs by Rob Alexander (see the "Then and Now" sidebar p 58). Events: June 1 Bicycle Safety Rodeo at the Nordic Centre. June 20, 27; Sept 5, 19 Historic Walking Tours Led by author Rob Alexander. June 23; July 7; Aug 18 Car Caravans Drive your own car and follow naturalist/author Ben Gadd to geological sites. June 30; July 14, 28; Aug 25 Mine Site Tours Led by Gerry Stephenson. Wed, July-Aug GeoKidz Geological kids program every Wed. July 4, 18; Aug 8 Diggin’ Rocks half-day science camp, ages 6-8. July 13 Miner’s Day Anniversary of ‘Black Friday’ when Canmore Mines closed its doors; parade and BBQ. July 20 Geoscience Open House. July 22-26 Stones 'n' Bones 1-week geology camp, ages 9-11. Aug 1, 6, 10, 11, 24 Burgess Shale Hikes. Aug 10 Heritage Open House. Aug 15 Earth Science Explorers. Civic Centre, 902B 7 Ave, 403-6782462. Map 4, 19D

donation. Events: May-Oct Art in the Park Local artists and artisans showcase their works (Sat-Sun). July 11, Aug 22 Pioneers in the Park Heritage day camps, ages 6-10. 609 Main St, 403-678-1955/2462. Map 4, 20G

Lake Louise:

natural landscape. Programs include: 30-min Interpretive Presentations 10 am, noon and 2 pm (free). 45-min Trail of the Great Bear guided walks are 11 am, 1 pm and 3 pm ($5). Gondola ride fees apply. May 17-Sep 29. North side of Hwy 1, Whitehorn Rd, 403522-3555. Map 2, 18P

Lake Louise Sightseeing Lift & Gondola Wildlife Interpretation Centre The Centre at the top of the lift hosts wildlife exhibits with an emphasis on grizzly bears and

Lake Louise Visitor Centre Displays on the Rockies’ natural and human history. To June 13, 9 am5 pm; June 14-Sept 2, 8:30 am-7 pm;

Canmore Art Guild Gallery Mainly shows Canmore Art Guild (CAG) member works. Fri-Sun 11 am-5 pm, Mon-Thurs 11 am-7 pm. Free. Exhibits: May 24-June 4 Student Art Canmore High School artworks. June 7-25 Group show. June 2-July 9 Patricia Langevin & Julia Schumacher abstract paintings and ceramic art. July 12-30 Group show. Aug 2-13 TBA. Aug 16Sept 3 Lake O'Hara Theme group show. Sept 6-17 Deborah Sears. Sept 20Oct 8 Group exhibit. Oct 11-29 Annual 3D exhibit. Nov 1-12 Group show. Nov 15-Dec 24 Small Gems group show. Elevation Place, 700 Railway Ave, 403-678-8920. Map 4, 19B Northwest Mounted Police Barracks Provincial Historic Site This 1893 building was built as a response to early Canmore’s law and order problems (mostly bootlegging). Visit the restored mud-chinked log barracks with historic furnishings, heritage garden, tea room and gift shop. To Sept: Mon-Tues 1-4 pm, Wed-Sun 10 am-5 pm. After: Sat-Sun 1-4 pm. By summer 2013 //



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Sept 3-Oct 14, 9am-5 pm; after Oct 1, 9 am-4:30 pm. Lake Louise Samson Mall, 403-522-3833. Map 2, 20M

coMMercial Galleries Banff: aBouT Canada gallery & gifTs Canadian paintings and giclées. Limited edition prints by Denis Mayer. Native stone and bone sculptures, wood carvings, ceramics, fused glass and raku. Local photography by Bruno Engler. Original art by Mark Sharp, Thep Thavonsouk and Marianna Mikhaylyan. Clothing by Vancouver’s Graham Howard Designs. 105 Banff Ave, 403-760-2996. Map 3, 17O

Then and Now Photographer Rob Alexander has documented remarkable changes to the human and geographic landscape of the eastern Bow Valley. See his new images of 79 locations superimposed with old photos from Canmore Museum (p 56) archives during the museum’s Canmore Then and Now exhibit. —Lisa Stephens all in The Wild gallery Jason Leo Bantle exquisite wildlife images include polar and grizzly bears, Arctic fox and wolves. Photographs (framed, matted or on canvas), books, calendars, art cards, t-shirt and puzzles. 105 Banff Ave, 403760-3141. Map 3, 17O

Canmore Museum Archives

History Never Sleeps

Canmore Museum & Geoscience Centre Open daily • Civic Ctr, 902B - 7 Ave 403-678-2462 • 58 // banff, canmore, kananaSkiS, lake louiSe

Canada house gallery An iconic Banff art gallery where friendly, well informed gallerists present original paintings and sculptures by Canada’s leading artists. The diversity of art and always fresh vibe make Canada House a hot destination for regulars and first-time visitors. Worldwide shipping. Website (updated daily) shows all works and upcoming exhibits. Exhibits (artist receptions usually first Sat 1-3 pm): June 8-18 Sheila Kernan: Memories and Impressions Mountain, prairie and urban landscapes using stencils, texture, glitter and airbrush. Aug 10 Dynamic Demo Day Watch as artists create jewellery, paintings and pounded steel sculptures (10 am4 pm). Sept 14 Susan Kun: Exotic Stones Exceptional Design Award winning designer and goldsmith; work with her to design a custom piece of jewellery (10 am-4 pm; appt recommended). Sept 28-Oct 9 Page Ough & Terry McCue: 2 Friends Acrylic painters; Ough's work features wildlife, massive florals and still life (see ‘Art Inspried by Nature’ sidebar p 55); McCue's art portrays animals and people within their aboriginal context with bold palettes. Oct 18 Dorset Graphics & Carpets Annual Inuit art exhibit features stone cuts, stencils, etchings, stone lithographs and hand tuffed carpets (special 7 am gallery opening). Oct 19-29 Rod Charlesworth: New Work Rugged and raw Canadian landscapes in oil. Nov 2-12 Robert Genn: New Work Detailed, graphic and simplified landscapes; the high alpine, west coast and Lake of the Woods. Nov 23 JOY Annual Christmas celebration with 20+ artists and funky music (noon-4 pm). 201 Bear St, 403-762-3757. Map 3, 15N


yoho visiTor CenTre Small interactive display interprets 505-million year old Burgess Shale fossils. Dinosaur exhibit with sandbox ‘dig’ for kids. Spiral Tunnel train model. Reading corner. Friends of yoho store. To June 20, 9 am-5 pm; June 21-Sept 1, 8:30 am-7 pm; Sept 2-Oct 14, 9 am-5 pm; closed Oct 15 to spring 2014. Hwy 1, 30 km (19 mi) W of Lake Louise at Field, 250-343-6783. Map 1, 6J


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gallery aT The sPrings Landscapes and other art by local artists. Limited editions and originals by Canadian folk artist Linda Evans. Native crafts and collectible bears. Convention Ctr, Fairmont Banff Springs, 403-762-8736. Map 3, 20L The MounTain arT gallery By Banff PhoTograPhy Beautiful mountain photography. Landscapes and wildlife—framed, unframed and as canvas prints. Glass, pottery and jewellery. Moderate pricing. Worldwide shipping. 101 Banff Ave, 403762-3562 ext 28. Map 3, 17O

MounTain galleries aT The fairMonT—Banff sPrings Canadian fine art since 1992. Owner/curator Wendy Wacko (also an accomplished artist) conveys a unique perspective through the collection of paintings that range from abstract impressionism to magic realism with a focus on wilderness landscapes. Museum quality glass, clay, stone and bronze sculptures. Inuit prints and carvings. Guaranteed worldwide shipping. Wild & Sacred Places is their ongoing theme. Fairmont Banff Springs, main building by the wine boutique, 403-760-2382. Map 3, 20L

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PerfeCT iMage sTudio Original tattoo inspired wall art. Skateboard decks. Body piercing jewellery. 226 Bear St, 403-762-8882. Map 3, 14N The QuesT gallery Canadian art and crafts since 1958 including unique works. First Nations art, Inuit sculptures, antler carvings, paintings, artistic jewellery, and fossils and minerals from around the world. Worldwide shipping. Fairmont Banff Springs, 403-762-4422. Map 3, 17O WhyTe MuseuM shoP Most items are local. Changing Art Shows & Sales. Works by local artists; paintings, bronze and clay sculptures, pottery and photography. Wildlife and mountain themes predominate. Historical Banff and Canadian Rockies photos from the archives. Books, stationery, cards and posters. Locally handcrafted jewellery. Heritage trading beads. Browse online. 111 Bear St, 403-762-2291 ext 340. Map 3, 16N WilloCk & sax gallery Historic and contemporary western Canadian artists. Paintings, sculptures, drawings, block prints, photography and fine art ceramics. Exhibits: July 23 Lane Lytton-Gooch: ‘Mount Robson-Spiral Road of Art’ Book Signing Celebrates Mt Robson Provincial Park centennial with a century of paintings inspired by the region. Oct 26-Nov 16 Mitchell Fenton: The Ways of Mountains Explore magnificent landscapes through paintings (reception Oct 26, 3-5 pm). Nov The Makings IV Annual ceramics exhibit, both sculptural and functional pieces (reception, Nov 2, 3-5 pm). Dec 1-30 Christmas Prints & Drawings Annual exhibit of contemporary and historic prints and drawings (reception Dec 7, 3-5 pm). 210 Bear St, 403762-2214. Map 3, 14N

Canmore: all in The Wild gallery Jason Leo Bantle wildlife images include polar and grizzly bears, arctic fox and wolves. Photographs (framed, matted or on canvas), books, calendars, art cards, t-shirt and puzzles. 712A Main St, 403-609-3141. Map 4, 20B The arTisTs of elk run The “creative edge of Canmore” features ten artist studios (call to confirm hours): Of Cabbages and Kings pottery, 129 Bow Meadows Cres, 403678-1922; Tony Bloom Studios metal sculptures, 129 Bow Meadows Cres, 403-609-7087; Rudi Peet Goldsmith,

10B, 102 Bow Meadows Cres, 403678-6131; Peig Abbott Sculpture stone carvings, 10A, 102 Bow Meadows Cres, 403-830-2820; Rayne Maker Pottery, 131 Bow Meadows Cres, 403-679-1265; Fireweed Glass Studio, 8, 111 Bow Meadows Cres, 403-6099333; Sunny Raven Gallery picture framing, original art and photography, 156, 105 Bow Meadows Cres, 403-678-6113; Barb Fyvie Studio paintings, 3rd floor, 105 Bow Meadows Cres, 403-688-0662; Linda Cote Studio printmaking, 3rd floor, 105 Bow Meadows Cres, 403-678-7797; Elizabeth Wiltzen Studio original oils and watercolour prints, 132, 105 Bow Meadows Cres, 403-763-9035. Elk Run Industrial Park. Map 4, 13P

jugs, salt and pepper rocks, dinner sets, sinks and tiles. Sculptural and one-of-a-kind pieces. Commissions. Tues-Sat 10 am-noon and 1:30 pm5:30 pm or by appt. 129 Bow Meadows Cres, 403-678-1922. Map 4, 13P Sunny Raven Gallery Custom and preservation framing since 1983. PPFA certified; 2000+ frames. Mixed media art, and black and white landscape photography including regional themed works by gallery owners

Meg Nicks and Paul Goutiere. Art supplies, gifts, vintage cameras and postcards. 156, 105 Bow Meadows Cres, 403-678-6113. Map 4, 13P Virginia Ann Hemingson Art Gallery Vibrant watercolor, oil, gouache and gold foil paintings by Virginia Ann. Inspired, often folksy interpretations of travels, scenery, buildings and people enjoying life. Tues-Sat 1-4 pm. 517 Spring Creek Dr, 403-678-1905. Map 4, 11I

Arty Farty Paintings by Canmore artist Libby: botanicals, wildlife, landscapes and more with an emphasis on the whimsical. Commissions, including pet portraits. Libby’s handpainted pottery, plus jewellery and ceramics by others. 702 Main St, 403-678-6655. Map 4, 20E The Avens Gallery Exceptional Canadian art for over 20 years; a wide range of styles and subject matter. Fresh new paintings from David Zimmerman, Zelda Nelson and Curtis Golomb. Worldclass photography, bronze, glass and woodwork. The Avens specializes in partnering clients with the right art. Many events with artists in attendance. 104, 709 Main St, 403-6784471. Map 4, 20D Carter-Ryan Gallery Bold carvings and paintings by aboriginal artist Jason Carter with on-site carving demos every weekend. From June 29 Continuation of WHO IS BOO with the launch of Jason’s twenty-one canvas representations of Who is Boo TWO: The Continued Adventures of One Trickster Rabbit that accompany the story by Bridget Ryan. Book for purchase in-gallery. Readings weekly. Theatre events, usually Sat. 705 Main St, 403-621-1000. Map 4, 20E Elevation Gallery Figurative to abstract art: paintings, sculptures and custom designed jewellery. Exhibits with artist receptions. 729 Main St, 403-609-3324. Map 4, 20D of Cabbages & Kings Working studio where John Borrowman and daughter Katie handmake beautiful functional pottery: mugs, teapots,

“Honeymoon Suite” by Angie Rees

Acrylic on board 60” x 30”

Acclaimed Regional and International Artists 104-709 Main Street, Canmore

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banff area hot activities

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One-Way Cycling Hike & Bike Shuttle (p 64) makes one-way bike trips possible for those without two cars: • Paved Banff Legacy Trail (p 42), links downtown Banff to the Park gate; connectors go to Canmore and Lake Louise. Although it parallels Hwy 1, traffic rarely detracts from the ride since the trail weaves into the trees and offers river and mountain views. • For a more rugged ride, take Goat Creek Trail (p 42) from Spray Lakes Rd south of Canmore. The mostly downhill route follows two rivers along old fire roads to The Fairmont Banff Springs. Lunch at the river crossing after a big downhill. —Jack Wennot

Staple outdoor choices for families include hiking (p 72), biking (p 63) and canoeing (p 66). There’s bowling at the Fairmont Banff Springs (p 52), movies at the Lux Cinema (p 52) and candy made-while-you-watch at Banff Ave storefronts. Kids also love: • Voyageur Canoe Tour (p 68): Paddle in hand, learn the voyageur salute and song. • Banff Gondola (p 79): Soar above trees, find your home on the giant compass, see bighorn sheep and stroll the boardwalk. • Museum Visits (p 55): Marvel at Banff Park Museum historic animal mounts, sign out a museo funpack at the Whyte Museum, and engage with interactive Canmore Geoscience Centre displays. • Parks Canada Xplorers Club (p 80): Complete wildlife drawings, play driving Bingo and try the Bow River scavenger hunt to earn an official Xplorers Certificate.

• Elevation Place (p 87): Try Canmore’s new climbing wall, swimming pool, lazy river and waterslides. There’s waterslides at Banff Douglas Fir resort (p 79), too. • Banff Cryptex Treasure Hunt (p 72): Use maps and solve clues to reveal cryptex combinations and ‘hidden’ town locations. • Upper Hot Springs (p 88): Find the pool inflows and discover why waters rise from under the mountain. —James Kallenbach

Fun at the Top

The above tree-top ride on the Lake Louise Sightseeing Gondola (p 79) is only half the fun. At the top are incredible views, Trail of the Great Bear guided walks, a new trail to the top of Mt Whithorn and expanded indoor displays including 15 full-size animal mounts at the Wildlife Interpretive Centre. Ride n’ Dine dinner packages include salad bar, choice of chicken, steak or salmon, and a dessert buffet (Aug 1-Sept 8; $25, kids eat free). —Kate Deglow

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Scenic ATV Trail Highlights Quad tours (below) are known for speed, river crossings and mud pits. But there are pastoral pleasures too: • Awesome All Season Adventures: Banff ATV Tours excursions offer knock-your-socks off views of Wapta Falls in yoho national Park. A short walk from the quad trail is the wide ledge framed by jagged ottertail Range peaks where the Kicking Horse River tumbles 30 m (100 ft). • Banff Quad Tours offers trips to lovely Margaret Lake with Devil’s Head and Black Rock mountains in the background. A lakeshore trail offers ATVers the opportunity to stretch their legs, while cool waters beckon swimmers on hot days. —Jack Wennot

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explore rockies activity centre Tickets: Banff Gondola, Banff Lake Cruise, Glacier Adventure, Explore Rockies Tours, Canadian Rockies attraction value packages, heli-tours, horse riding, rafting and museums. 138 Banff Ave Map 3, 15P; Banff Gondola Map 3, 21J; Brewster Transportation Centre, 100 Gopher St Map 3, 13E; Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise Map 2, 14N 1-800-760-6934.

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Banff adventures Rafting, cruise, canoe rentals, sightseeing, wildlife tours, kayaking, climbing, fishing, air tours, heli-hiking, hot springs, sightseeing lifts, golf, kennel tour, zipline, sky diving, bike rentals, ATVing, hiking, caving and trail rides. Summer Activity Pass: discounted gondola, hot springs and horse ride. Lodging. Airport transfers. Bison Courtyard, 211 Bear St, 403-762-4554. Map 3, 14N

awesome all season adventures: Banff atv tours Guided wilderness ATV tours with snacks; ride your own machine (passengers half price). Forest & Falls waterfalls, historic trappers cabin, wildlife habitat, viewpoints (3 hrs; 9:30 am/12:30 pm; $189). Mountain & Meadows adds alpine meadows, lakes, creeks (5 hrs; $249). Golden Twilight (1.5 hrs; 5 pm; $125). Free Canmore/Banff/ Lake Louise shuttle. Zipline and rafting combos. 65 min west of Banff via Hwy 1, 403-760-3394. Map 1, 5I

discover Banff tours Sightseeing, hikes, wildlife watching, rafting, ATVing, heli-tours, fishing, horseback riding, cave tours, canoe/kayak and bike rentals, Voyageur canoe tour and self-guided driving tours. Valuepriced combo packages. Visitor information. Sundance Mall, 215 Banff Ave, 403-760-5007. Map 3, 14O



Banff Quad tours Explore 4000 acres of foothills terrain on the edge of the Rockies east of Banff aboard a powerful ATV. Cross rivers, forests and meadows. Full day and half day tours (from $195) go to destinations

like Margaret Falls, Lost Knife Creek and Waiparous Tower. Passengers free; can share driving (conditions apply). All skill levels welcome. ATV operation/safety instruction included. Trailhead change rooms. Private tours can be arranged. 1-866-853-4433.

BAckcountry lodges Banff sundance lodge 16 km Sundance Canyon trail horseback or hike from Banff townsite. Meals, solar power, indoor washrooms, showers. 403-762-4551. Map 1, 10B Brewster’s shadow lake lodge 20 km W of Banff is Red Earth Creek trail; then it’s 14 km by foot. Log cabins, historic day lodge, dining cabin, heated washroom building. Homestyle meals. Guided access option. 403-762-0116. Map 1, 8B skoki Backcountry lodge 11 km hike from Lake Louise Ski Area. Shuttle from parking lot to trailhead. Homecooked meals. 1930s log cabins and lodge. 403-522-1347. Map 2, 22D

Bike tours & rentAls There are many paved and dirt bike routes in Banff, Lake Louise, Canmore and Kananaskis; see page 42. Bike rental outlets are noted below.

Staff at Banff activity desks (above) suggest great trip options and money saving, multi-adventure packages. Bonus: you never get pitched to buy time-share condos! Summer 2013 //



banff•Lake Louise•Canmore•Kananaskis ACTivities late May-mid June, daily to late Sept. Reserve. 403-762-4453. Blue Canoe Cruiser bikes ($12 hr) with helmet and lock. 4-person side-by-side bikes. Banff: Dock, end of Wolf St, 403-760-5465. Map 3, 14E Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise Cruiser bike rentals (half day $20, full day $35). 403-522-3511. Map 2, 14C GearUp Full suspension Giant mountain bike $18 hr, $55 day. ‘Legacy Trail’ bike $15 hr, $45 day. Rentals include helmet. Canmore: 1302 Bow Valley Tr, 403-678-1636. Map 4, 81

Best Golf Course Views Course managers claim these holes have “the best views in the Rockies.” Good luck keeping your eye on the ball. • 15th Hole, The Fairmont Banff Springs: The original first hole of the historic Stanley Thompson course is a par 4 with elevated tees by the old clubhouse, now Waldhaus Restaurant. Drive the Spray River 'at’ the Fairholme Range. • 4th Hole, Kananaskis Country Mt Kidd Course: This photogenic par 3 (shown) offers impressive views of Mts Lorette and Kidd, and crystal clear Kananaskis River. The large, receptive green is surrounded by water and sand. • 18th Hole, Silvertip Resort: Tees on this par 4 finish are perched at the highest point on the course. A doglegleft drops dramatically to Timbers Clubhouse; golfers and patio diners have great mountain and golf shot views. • 10th Hole, Canmore Golf & Curling Club: This par 5 that parallels the 1st hole is between two mountain ranges. A large bunker between the two holes guards the approach.

photo: KananaSkis Country Golf Course

• 3rd Hole, Brewster’s Kananaskis Ranch Golf Course: The tee and rest of this par 4 play 'into' the cliff face of Mt Yamnuska; lay up short or try to drive the pond that pushes into the right side of the fairway. —JW Bactrax Bike & Moped Rentals Norco full suspension, 29ers and hardtail mountain bikes, carbon fibre road, steel frame touring and kids bikes $5-$16 hr, $19-$60 day. Guided 1-4 hr tours on paved routes to Vermilion Lakes, the hoodoos, Legacy Trail and Lake Minnewanka ($20 hr includes bike). Van shuttles to Stoney Squaw ($12.50-$7.50 person, 1-4 people), and Canmore and Goat Creek ($25-$15 person, 1-4 people) trails; ride mostly downhill to Banff. Mopeds $26 hr, $95 day. 225 Bear St by Lux Theatre, 403-762-8177. Map 3, 14N 64

Banff Adventures Front and full suspension Marin mountain bikes ($14/$16 hr, $42/$55 day) with helmet, map, lock. Bison Courtyard, 211 Bear St, 403-762-4554. Map 3, 14N Bike ‘n Hike Shuttle Transport to popular biking trails including Canmore to Banff on Legacy Trail (paved), Goat Creek Tr (double track) and Rundle Riverside Tr (single track) and Canmore Nordic Centre. Multiple departures daily from Banff and Canmore; $10-$25 one-way, $15$45 return, less for children. Sat/Sun // banff, canmore, kananaskis, lake louise

Inside Out Experience Guided Kananaskis backcountry biking with bike and lesson. Half day (9:30 am, 1:30 pm; $110, $100 yth). Full day with lunch (9:30 am; $169, $159 yth). Bike/raft combo. 1-877-999-7238. Kananaskis Outfitters Mountain bikes ($15 hr, $45 day; child $25 day), trail-a-bikes and chariot trailers. Kananaskis Village, 403-5917000. Map A, 8L Kicking Horse Mountain Resort Downhill biking; access long trails by Golden Eagle Gondola and chairlift. $45, $34 65+/13-17, $23 6-12; chairlift only, twilight and 2-day discounts. Bike rentals. June 28-Sept 1, daily 10 am-4:30 pm. 1 hr west of Lake Louise near Golden, 1-866-754-5425. Map 1, 5J Sports Experts 29er mountain bikes $15 hr, $45 day. Tandem mountain bike with road tires and power assisted E-hybrid bikes $20 hr, $60 day. Kids bikes $8 hr, $24 day. Kids trailers and trail-a-bikes. Helmet included. Canmore: 1080 Railway Ave, 403-609-3030. Map 4, 8H Trail Sports Road bike $15 hr, $45 day; full suspension $18 hr, $55 day; high-end x-country/downhill $90 day. 1.5 hr Nordic Centre trail tour or lesson $60. Kids bikes, burley, bobtrailer $9 hr, $25 day. Canmore Nordic Ctr, 403-678-6764. Map 4, 9A Ultimate Ski & Ride Kona mountain bikes with helmet and lock $12 hr, $40 day; full suspension $15 hr, $50 day. Road bikes $14 hr, $48 day. Cruiser $10 hr, $35 day. Tandem $25 hr, $80 day. Junior $5 hr, $20 day. Chariot $12 hr, $40 day. 206 Banff Ave, 403-762-0547. Map 3, 12O

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The Bow Valley’s

Only Shuttle for Bikers & Hikers

wilson mountain sports devinci front suspension hybrid or mountain bike $15 hr/$39 day, full suspension x-country bikes $25 hr/$59 day. devinci XC1 carbon fibre road bikes $20 hr/$49 day. Tandem bikes $19 hr/$49 day. Chariot, kids bikes, trail-a-bike, bob tailers $10 hr/$20 day. Repairs. Lake Louise Samson Mall, 403-522-3636. Map 2, 20M

Transportation to popular trails •

BoAt tours & rentAls Banff Boat rentals Aluminum boats with 8 hp motors $55 first hr, $30 extra hr; 4.5 hrs $120. Fishing licenses at the boathouse. To Sept 16. Lake Minnewanka, Minnewanka Loop dr (15 min from downtown Banff), 1-800-760-6934. Map 3, 2H

Legacy Trail between Banff & Canmore


Grassi Lakes, Goat Creek & Canmore Nordic Centre

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Reservations Required 403-762-HIKE (4453)

Banff lake cruise Glass-enclosed cruisers take visitors the length of 27 km/17 mi Lake Minnewanka. Guides provide heritage interpretation: geology, history, wildlife, folklore. 10 am6 pm. To Jun 7 Mon-Fri every 2nd hour, Sat-Sun every hour. Jun 8-oct 6 hourly on the hour. $45, 6-15 $20, -5 free. Groups must pre-book. Snack bar. Bus pick-up; extra fee. Minnewanka Loop dr (15 min from downtown), 1-800-760-6934. Map 3, 2H Blue canoe - Bow river canoe docks Canoe or kayak rentals with instruction ($36 first hr, $20 extra hr) three blocks west of Banff Ave. Paddle gentle sections of the Bow River or 40 Mile Creek to Vermilion Lakes. Wildlife habitat; mountain views. Voyageur canoe tours. Bike rentals. Mid May-mid oct: 10 am-6 pm. Mid June-early Sept 9 am-9 pm. End of Wolf St, 403-760-5465. Map 3, 14E the fairmont chateau lake louise Emerald waters and Victoria Glacier view. Canoe rentals from $45 hr. Sunrise Canoe 1.5 hr rental, coffee/ tea and muffin, $54 (reserve 12 hrs ahead). Voyageur Canoe Experience with guide on a 26’ cedar strip/canvas canoe; learn about canoe history (1.5 hrs; $39, 8-12 $15; reserve with concierge). 403-522-3511. Map 2, 14C

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kananaskis outfitters Canoes and 2-seat kayaks rentals with car tie-down kits $55 day. Single kayak $45 day. Kananaskis Village Centre, 403-591-7000. Map A, 8L moraine lake lodge Canoes $45 hr. Lovely lake in the Valley of the Ten Peaks near Lake Louise. Moraine Lk Rd, 403-522-3733. Map 2, 18A

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banff•Lake Louise•Canmore•Kananaskis ACTivities Yamnuska Mountain Adventures Trips and lessons with ACMG certified guides. Half and full day outdoor rock climbing from $115 with gear. Alpine hiking, backpacking, mountaineering, scrambling, and mountain or glacier hut-to-hut trips. Scheduled and private day and multiday activities; options for first-timers and those with skills. Canmore: 50 Lincoln Pk, 403-678-4164. Map 4, 12K

Dog Kennel Tours

You can sightsee on your own. But go with a guide (p 79) to learn more about local sites and lore, such as: • There isn’t a tunnel in Tunnel Mountain. Surveyors in 1882 overlooked the valley to the north when planning for the railway. The tunnel wasn’t built, but the name stuck! • Those annoying, hard-to-open garbage cans aren’t tourist proof. They're bear proof! • Although The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise dates back to 1890, this famous hotel caught fire twice! The hotel exterior you see is mostly from 1925. In fact, the 1910 Lake Louise Railway Station (now a restaurant, p 122) is the oldest building in town. —Kate Deglow Voyageur Canoe Tour Paddle a replica 12-person Voyageur canoe reminiscent of Canadian fur trading era with a costumed, story-telling guide ($39, 6-12 $15, -6 free; 1.5 hrs; 11 am and 1 pm plus 3:30 pm during peak times). Mountain views and wildlife watching. No experience needed; suitable for families. Reserve: Discover Banff Tours, Sundance Mall, 215 Banff Ave, 403-760-5007 Map 3, 14O. Meet: Blue Canoe Dock, end of Wolf St, 403-760-5465. Map 3, 14E

Carriage Tours Banff Carriage Service Elegant horse-drawn carriage rides along town roads, the Bow River or other destination 15 min, $16 person; 2 person min; longer tours available). Pick-ups arranged. 132 Banff Ave, 403-762-4551. Map 3, 16O Rafter Six Ranch Resort Horsedrawn carriage ride ($99 half hr, to 4 people). Wagon ride ($159 half hr, to 15 people). Forest and meadow trails. Hwy 1, Rafter Six exit, 15 min E of Canmore, 1-888-267-2624. Map A, 11O 68

Cave Tour Canmore Cave Tours Guided Rat’s Nest Cave tours near Canmore (4.5-hour $115, min 10 yrs; 6-hour with big rappel and ‘Laundry Chute’ $145, min 12 yrs). Times include walk to the cave. Coveralls, helmet, light, gloves, kneepads provided. Strenuous, but no experience required. Cave is 5°C/41°F. 403-678-8819. Map 1, 8I

Climbing The Banff Centre Climbing Gym 4500 sq ft of indoor climbing space; 16 top-rope routes, lead wall arch, bouldering routes. $10, $4 yth with use of pool and exercise facilities. Lessons. Gear rentals. 2 pm-10 pm; Tues/Thurs noon-10 pm. St Julien Rd, 403-762-6450. Map 3, 16K Elevation Place Climbing Wall 7000 sq ft of indoor climbing; wall heights 15-45 ft. Three Sisters Mountain views. Rental gear. Drop in: $15, $12 65-79/18-25, $8 12-17, $5 3-11, -3/80+ free; with aquatics and fitness centre use. Canmore: 700 Railway Ave, 403-678-8920. Map 4, 9I // banff, canmore, kananaskis, lake louise

Fishing Fish the Bow River for brown, brook, cutthroat and bull trout (mostly catch and release). Trophy-sized lake trout can be caught in Lake Minnewanka; the average is 1-2 kg (2-5 lbs). There is also good fishing at Spray Lakes, Mt Lorette and Barrier Lake ponds, Kananaskis River and Lakes, and Chief Hector Lake (Band permit $25 day). Provincial fishing licenses ($25.66 yr, WIN $8, non Canadian $26.63 day) from Rusticana Grocery, Canmore: 801 Main St, 403-6784465 Map 4, 20C and Kananaskis Outfitters, Kananaskis Village, 403591-7000 Map A, 8L. Parks Canada fishing licenses ($9.80 day; $34.30 yr) from Banff’s Home Hardware, 223 Bear St, 403-762-2080 Map 3, 14N (also provincial licenses); Banff Visitor Centre, 224 Banff Ave, 403-762-1550 Map 3, 14P; Lake Louise Visitor Centre, Samson Mall, 403-522-3833 Map 2, 20M and Lake Minnewanka Boathouse, 403-762-3473 Map 3, 2H. Wilson Mountain Sports, Lake Louise Samson Mall, 403-522-3636 Map 2, 20M and Kananaskis Outfitters, Kananaskis Village, 403-591-7000 Map A, 8L rent fishing gear. Boat rentals p 66. Banff Fishing Unlimited Private, fully outfitted trips with licensed guide; comprehensive services for novices and experts for 29 years. Charters for Lake Minnewanka 'lunker' lake trout; jig or fly fish from

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Snowy Owl Sled Dog Kennel Tour Dog Daze of Summer (JuneNov): Delightful interpretive activity for those interested in Canada’s authentic heritage and traditional husky sled dogs (1.5 hr; 10:30 am daily except Tues/Wed; $45, -9 $30). Interact with friendly huskies including adorable puppies. Learn about breeds, dog team dynamics and sledding gear. Depart by shuttle from their downtown Canmore shop. Adventure Dog Outfitters, Canmore: 109, 829 10 St, 403-678-4369. Map 4, 19B

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covered 6-7 m/20-24 ft cruisers. Bow River floats and walks: fly-fishing and spin casting for wild brown trout and whitefish along 30 km/20 mi of catch and release waters. 403-762-4936.

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Banff guided fishing 7 m (22 ft) heated cabin cruisers with fish-finding sonar, downriggers, trolling motors and 2-way radios on Lake Minnewanka. Trips with licensed guides and tackle to Sept 2. Fishing Experience (3 hrs; 8 am, 1 pm , 5:30 pm; $149, $89 6-15). Fishing charters: 4 hours (8 am, 1 pm , 5:30 pm; $395 1 or 2 people) and 6.5 hours (8 am, 1 pm; $500 1 or 2 people); $75 extra adult, $50 extra child 6-15; max 5 per boat. Reserve ahead. 8 hp boat rentals for do-it-yourself. Minnewanka Loop Rd (15 min from downtown Banff), 1-800-760-6934. Map 3, 2H icefield helicopter tours Helifishing (from $199 person) to remote trout lakes. Camping option. Hwy 11 between Jasper and Lake Louise, Cline River, 1-888-844-3514. Map 1, 6L

golF courses Brewster’s kananaskis ranch golf course Scenic 18 holes where foothills meet the Rockies on the Brewster family homestead by Mt yamnuska. Experienced golfers, families and novices enjoy this fun, casual course. Log pro shop with snack bar, tournament room and group BBQs. $52; $59 Fri-Sun; $44 Tues. 9-holes $36; $46 Fri-Sun. Junior, senior and twilight rates. All inclusive packages with power cart, club rentals, balls, tees, lunch and drink. 35 min E of Banff; 15 min E of Canmore off Hwy 1; exit 114 (Seebe/Exshaw), 1-877-6732700. Map A, 9O canmore golf & curling cluB By the Bow River, with well manicured fairways, greens and tees. Pro shop, putting green, driving range. Restaurant with lovely patio and banquet facilities for 400. Green fee $80/$82.50. Cart rental $35. Twilight rates. Semi-private. 2000 8 Ave, 403-678-4785. Map 4, 4E kananaskis country golf course 36-hole Robert Trent Jones course with water on 20 holes, 142 sand traps, and 4 tee positions. Golf Digest rates this a top north America course; ScoreGolf magazine readers rank it ‘best’ for destination golf and value. dining room, lounge, lockers/ showers, banquet pavilion, pro shop

and valet parking. First class service. $98 (Albertans $78), $65 sen/yth; twilight with cart $70. Cart $17 per person. 26 km (16 mi) S of Hwy 1 on Hwy 40, 1-877-591-2525. Map A, 8K silvertip golf resort Les Furber 5100-7300 yard 18-hole course. Hanging tees and greens, distinctive views, sand on all holes, water on 5 holes. Restaurants, lessons, pro shop. $165; to June 2 and after Sept 23 $129; twilight $115; junior $60; rates include GPS and practice green/ driving range use. nine and dine packages. Canmore: 1000 Silvertip Tr, 403-678-1600. Map 4, 3K simulated indoor golf at stoney nakoda resort using real clubs, shoot into a 14’ by 21’ screen showing fairways, hazards, greens and scenery. 30 golf courses choices include Pebble Beach, Spyglass and Spanish Bay. Ball position uses missile tracking technology; weather, mulligans and contests can be added. $25/hr ($30/hr Fri-Sun after 4 pm) regardless of group size. optional catering and private poker. Casino adjacent. Free Banff/Canmore shuttle. Hwy 1 at Hwy 40, 15 min E of Canmore, 1-888-862-5632. Map A, 10O stanley thompson course at the Banff springs Golf Digest “5th best golf resort in n America.” Challenging courses with large greens, lots of water and sand, and stimulating terrain. Green fees include cart and practice facilities: Stanley Thompson 18: May/oct $155, June/ Sept $225, July/Aug $230; junior half price with adult. Specials from $160/$155; $100 off peak. The Tunnel 9: June-Sept $80, May/oct $60, 2nd nine 50% off, junior free with adult. Spray Ave, 403-762-6801. Map 3, 5D

helicopter tours alpine helicopters Flightseeing and heli-hiking. Canmore: 91 Bow Valley Tr, 403-678-4802. Map 4, 12L




















icefield helicopter tours Cline Glacier Explorer (20 min, $189): 6 glaciers, peaks and waterfall. Wilson Icefield Discovery (25 min, $249): 6 glaciers, alpine lakes and Wilson icefield. Columbia Icefield Ultimate (55 min, $549): Snow dome plus Columbia, Lyle and Wilson icefields. Add 1 hr stopover for $69. Heli-Hike with lunch ($429/$589). Rates are per person. Heli picnics, fishing, yoga, horseback, weddings. Commentary in 7 languagSummer 2013 //



Take a Hike...on Ice at the Columbia Icefield

Guided 3 & 5 hour interpretive hikes Information & reservations call

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Columbia Icefield Centre Front Desk Jasper Adventure Centre Downtown, 611 Patricia Street

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es. Hwy 11 between Lake Louise and Jasper, 1-888-844-3514. Map 1, 6L kananaskis helicopter tours Breathtaking scenery and live commentary on flights from their TransCanada Hwy base. Introductory Tour ($69). Summit Tour to 2300 m/7000 ft (12 min, $119). First Nations Heritage Kananaskis and Bow Valleys (20 min, $189). Lake Minnewanka & Three Sisters past yamnuska (25 min, $249). Stoney First Nations Signature Rockies is their most popular tour (30 min, $319). Mt Assiniboine & Continental Divide to Canada’s ‘Matterhorn’ (42 min, $459). Ultimate Assiniboine circles the 3618 m/11,870 ft peak, Haig Glacier and Kananaskis Lakes (55 min, $599). Wilderness stops, romance packages, heli-weddings and other activity combos. Free Banff/ Canmore shuttle for tours 20+ min. Hwy 1 at Hwy 40, 15 min east of Canmore, 1-877-591-0222. Map A, 10O

hikes & WAlks Trail information and camping permits are at visitor centres, p 85; see p 44 for route suggestions. Backpacking gear rentals are at Bactrax, 225 Bear St, Banff, 403-762-8177 Map 3, 14N; Wilson Mountain Sports, Lake Louise Samson Mall, 403-522-3636 Map 2, 20M and GearUp, 1302 Bow Valley Tr, Canmore, 403-678-1636 Map 4, 8I. Banff culture walk Self-guided walk to galleries, museums, cultural sites. Free map at venues and visitor centre, 224 Banff Ave. Map 3, 14P

Design Your Ride! Personalized Trail Rides 10 min - 10 days Children age 1 - 99 Special Events

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Banff historical walking tour Self-guided 25 block, 1.5 hr route to 42 heritage residences, museums, churches, public buildings and cemetery. Blue interpretive plaques flag sites. Free map/guide at the Visitor Centre, 224 Banff Ave, Map 3, 14P, museums, library and Town Hall. Bike ‘n hike shuttle Transport to top-rated trails from Banff and Canmore. Multiple departures daily; $10$25 one-way, $15-$45 return, less for children. Suggested hiking routes: Ha Ling Peak, Grassi Lakes and Goat Creek Tr. Sat/Sun late May-mid June, daily to late Sept. Reserve 403762-4453. the Burgess shale See 505 million year old Cambrian fossils that challenge darwin theories. Burgess Shale Geoscience Foundation conducts vigorous 8 and 10.5 hour // banff, canmore, kananaSkiS, lake louiSe

tours to restricted access fossil beds (1-800-343-3006; reserve ahead). Geo-Walks from Field Visitor Ctr with fossil presentations (Tue/Thurs, 10 am, 2:30 pm, 1.5 hr). View the small fossil collection at the Centre anytime. Hwy 1, 30 km (19 mi) W of Lake Louise, 1-866-787-6221. Map 1, 6J canadian rockies alpine dave Honeyman and associates lead half and full day hikes ($50/$80) for all skill levels. Kids rates. Private trips $360/day. 403-762-9131. canmore historic walking tour Self-guided walk. Churches, police barracks, mines, museums, residences. Free guide/map at Canmore Museum Map 4, 19C, nWMP Barracks Map 4, 20F and visitor centres. discover Banff tours Signature Hikes day trips with certified guides (8:30 am from Banff; $79) with hotel pick-up, hiking poles, binoculars, lunch: spring wildflowers, summer glaciers, fall colours (popular trails like Plain of Six Glaciers and Larch Valley). Banff Cryptex Treasure Hunt self directed walk and learning about Banff; includes cryptex, challenge booklet, puzzles, clues, map ($39, pick-up 8 am-5 pm, small prize for completion). Sundance Mall, 215 Banff Ave, 403-760-5007. Map 3, 14O fairmont mountain heritage program in 1899 The Chateau Lake Louise introduced professional mountain guiding to the Rockies. Current program: daily First to Claim; First to Name. Half-day hikes to Lake Agnes & Teahouse, Consolation Lakes or Saddleback Pass ($49, 8-12 $25). Full day Plain of Six Glaciers, Larch Valley & Sentinel Pass, Helen Lake or Mt Fairview ($69, 8-12 $34). Reserve with concierge. Private hikes with 7-days notice. The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, 403-522-1601. Map 2, 14C great divide nature interpretation Half-day and full-day hikes with accredited guides ($69/$89; ch $49/$64). Chocolate fondue hike, theme hikes and private trips. Lake Louise: 403-522-2735. inside out experience Guided hikes in Kananaskis. Half day (9:30 am and 1 pm; $69, $59 yth); full day with lunch (9:30 am; $139, $129 yth). Hike with survival skills learning (half day $79, $69 yth; full day $139, $129 yth). 1-877-999-7238.

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Hands on interaction with our lovable huskies Interpretive presentation on dog sledding

Since 1983

1.5 hour tours • 10:30 am Thurs to Mon • June to November Depart Adventure Dog Outfitters #109 - 829 10th St, downtown Canmore

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lake louise summer sightseeing gondola From the interpretation Centre: 45-min guided walks with grizzly bear education focus (11 am, 1 pm and 3 pm, $5); 30-min interpretive presentations (10 am, 12 pm and 2 pm, free). Lift fees apply. To Sept 29. Call for details. n side of Hwy 1, across from Lake Louise Village, 403-522-3555. Map 2, 18P

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sunshine meadows Bus a restricted-access road with White Mountain Adventures to an alpine setting of wildflowers, wildlife and views above treeline. indoor ecology displays, gift shop, deli, observation decks and maintained trails. Explore on your own or with a guide. From Sunshine Village parking lot 15 min west of Banff, hourly departures begin 8 am ($27; -13 yrs $16); from Banff depart 8:15 am and return 2:30 pm or 5:30 pm ($55; -13 yrs $30). Sunshine Vistas guided walk (approx 9:30 am-2 pm; $35, shuttle extra); private guides and Sunset Nature Walk (1-7 people, $420). June 21-oct 6. 403-7627889/403-760-4403. Map 1, 10A white mountain adventures Private hikes, interpretive walks, backpacking, heli-hiking. 14-day Parks & Mountains of Western Canada, 4-day Mt Assiniboine. 403-760-4403.

horseBAck riding Explore Rocky Mountain foothills east of Banff with a certified guide. View peaks, backcountry lakes, waterfalls & wildlife. Passenger ride free & can share the driving (conditions apply).

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Boundary ranch Guided trail rides on Kananaskis trails from one hour to multi-day pack trips. no lodging at the ranch. Hwy 40 just south of Kananaskis Village junction, 1-877-591-7177. Map A, 9K Brewster lake louise staBles Guided rides along scenic and historic trails. Destination Lakehead with shoreline views (2 hrs, $90). Lake Agnes Teahouse (3 hrs, $150). Plain of Six Glaciers Teahouse with closer view of Victoria Glacier (4 hrs, $185). Paradise Valley, Giant Steps, Lake Annette & Horseshoe Glacier (7 hrs, $285). High Line Trail to both Lake Agnes and Six Glaciers teahouses (full day with lunch, $250). Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, 403-522-1608. Map 2, 14C Brewster mountain pack trains overnight and 4-day trips with backcountry cabin lodging and bedding ($225/day). Amazing scenery. Flexible schedule accommodates late bookings and longer trips. E of Canmore off Hwy 1 (exit 114), Kananaskis, 1-800-691-5085. Map A, 9O

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holiday on horseBack Guided trail rides by the hour (from $45), day, or week—to late oct. Breakfast Ride and Evening Steakfry ($114; by covered wagon $93, $80 4-12). The Explorer ($212) is a full day ride with BBQ lunch. Rundle Mountain Ride ($171, 1-6 pm) in the Spray Valley includes a snack break. Rates include GST. Backcountry lodge and tent pack trips. Book at The Trail Rider Store: 132 Banff Ave, 403-762-4551. Map 3, 16O rafter six ranch resort Guided trail rides by the Kananaskis River 1 hour $49; 2 hr $79. Half hour pony ride $25. Full day ride $210 with lunch. 1.5 hour rides for intermediate and advanced riders. Combos with 2 hr ride and BBQ steak lunch $165: Raft & Ride and Ropes & Ride with adventure ropes course. Sunset Supper Ride with steak and trout dinner 3 hrs, $129. Saddlebag Supper Ride with smokies over fire, $99. overnight trips. East of Canmore off Hwy 1, south at Rafter Six Ranch exit, 1-888-267-2624. Map A, 11O spray river corral Beside The Fairmont Banff Springs: Spray River Ride ($52, 1 hour; on the hour, 9 am-5 pm) and Sulphur Mtn/Spray River Ride ($127, 3 hours) go 9 am and 2 pm. Rates include GST. The Trail Rider, 132 Banff Ave, 403-762-4551. Map 3, 16O timBerline tours design your ride; average 5 riders per group for personalized service. Rides from 10 min; 1.5 hour Lake Louise ride; 3+ hours to Lake Agnes and Plain of Six Glaciers Teahouses; full day to Baker Lake and other locales ($15-$189 with GST). Private and costumed theme rides. Multi-day trips. Pony rides $15. Lake Louise Corral behind deer Lodge, 403-522-3743. Map 2, 15C warner staBles From their Sundace Rd stables (Map 3, 16E): one hour trip to all day horseback ride with BBQ steak lunch $45-$212. Lone Rider 7-hour private ride with backcountry lodge BBQ steak lunch $375. Forest, canyon and riverside trails. Rates include GST. departure point for most Holiday on Horseback programs. Book at The Trail Rider, 132 Banff Ave, 403-762-4551. Map 3, 16O

iceField tours columBia icefield 1.5 hrs north of Lake Louise beside the 230 km (143 mi) long icefields Parkway is the Columbia icefield, one of the // banff, canmore, kananaSkiS, lake louiSe

largest accumulations of ice south of the Arctic Circle. Take a guided tour on the glacier by foot or ice Explorer. Caution: unguided walks on the icefield can be dangerous. athaBasca glacier icewalks Visit the Columbia icefield world of millwells, seracs and crevasses with naturalist Peter Lemieux. June 1-Sept 30 at 10 am 3-hr tours ($70, -17 $35) depart Toe of the Glacier parking lot except Sun and Thur, when the tour is 5 hrs ($85, -17 $45). other tour times online. icefields Ctr, icefields Pkwy, 1-877-852-5595. Map A, 3I glacier adventure 5 km (3 mi) 80-min tour via ice Explorer all-terrain vehicle onto the Athabasca Glacier is the Rockies' most popular tour ($50, 6-15 $25, -5 free; to oct 20). Below the glacier headwall participants can step onto ice 400 years old and 300 m (1000 ft) thick. Guided Columbia Icefield Scenic Walk is a 2-hr educational trip along the retreating path of the Athabasca Glacier ($38, 6-15 $19; 9 am, 11 am, 2:30 pm, 5 pm, 7:30 pm; to Sep 29). Groups must pre-book. dining options. icefields Parkway (Hwy 93), 80 min n of Lake Louise, 1-800-760-6934. Map A, 3I

photos & lessons Banff photography Professional photographers shoot family photos amidst mountain splendor (call for prices). Walkabout with a Pro to learn camera and photo-taking tips (1-hr; $75 with 8” X 10” canvas print of your best image). Private photography lessons ($150/hr). 101 Banff Ave, 403-762-3562 Map 3, 17O; Fairmont Banff Springs, 405 Spray Ave, 403-762-2413 Map 3, 20L; Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, 111 Lake Louise dr, 403-522-3653 Map 2, 14C.

rAFting For scenery and excitement, book a river rafting tour. The Bow River has float trips and thrilling Horseshoe Canyon whitewater. The Kananaskis River offers plenty of excitement for novices. The turbulent Kicking Horse River with adventurous Lower Canyon is a true whitewater adventure. alpine rafting Kicking Horse Classic ($109) from calm to class 4. Afternoon Whitewater ($79) runs big rapids of the Classic. Ultimate Whitewater ($119; cataraft $129) combines Afternoon Whitewater and class 4 Lower Canyon. Kicking Horse

Float Trips Sit back, relax and take in the serenity and peaceful beauty of the Canadian Rockies! Rocky Mountain Raft Tours offers environmentally friendly, scenic, guided float trips on the Bow River within Banff National Park. Families, seniors and children are all welcome. Our rafts are customized with elevated floorboards, so your shoes even stay dry! Please dress for the weather and remember that warm casual clothing is appropriate for our tours. Bring your camera as the scenery is fantastic and wildlife, waterfowl and wildflowers are abundant on this section of the Bow River. It’s also a good idea to bring a daypack, sunglasses, and a water bottle. We issue life jackets for each passenger to wear. Shuttle service from the Banff Park Lodge and the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel is provided.

The Hoodoo Tour (mid May - late Sept) approx 1hr. $45/adult, $20/child (15 & under) River start times: 9:20 am, 11:20 am, 1:20 pm, 3:20 pm & 5:20 pm

The Bow River Safari (July - Aug) approx 3hrs. River start time: 3:30 pm • $85/adult, $40/youth (15 & under)

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bAnff•LAke Louise•cAnmore•kAnAnAskis AcTiviTies Challenge ($149; cataraft $159) is 35 km (22 mi) down the full river. Family Whitewater ($29) tackles three family friendly rapids. day trips include BBQ lunch. Quality gear; licensed guides. Golden, 1-888-599-5299. Map 1, 5J

Bison Stroll Learn more about these enormous animals that are soon to be reintroduced to the National Park. Go to to discover many bison symbols in Banff townsite. “This interactive activity is a creative way to discover our bison heritage,” notes Bison Belongs’ Julia Lynx. —Kate deglow

chinook rafting Half day adventures from nakoda Lodge, 35 min east of Banff (Banff/Canmore shuttle $10). Bow River Horseshoe Canyon with class 4 rapids stretch and cliff jumping option (8:15 am; $82). Kananaskis River with grade 2/3 rapids; fun introduction to whitewater suitable for families (1:45 pm; $79, 5-15 $52). Sundance Mall, 215 Banff Ave, 403-763-2007. Map 3, 14O hydra river guides Rockies’ best whitewater; the Kicking Horse River with rapids to class 4. Enjoy thrills on Kicking Horse Classic (9:15 am/1 pm; $119) or challenge yourself on Ultimate Whitewater Adventure (1 pm; $159) with the turbulent upper and Lower Canyon. Mild Whitewater Adventure (9:15 am; $74, $49 5-11) rafts more gentle sections. Licensed guide, gear, BBQ lunch and private riv-

erside facility use. Shuttle from Banff/ Canmore/Lake Louise available. 211 Bear St, 403-762-4554. Map 3, 14N rainBow riders rafting Kananaskis River (class 1-3 rapids, $75) suitable for first-timers and families (age 6+). Riverboarding; rapids on a boogie board using flippers ($89). Two hour trips 10 am, 2 pm and 6 pm. indoor change facility. Hwy 1X (off Hwy 1), 15 min east of Canmore, at Rafter Six Ranch Resort, 403-678-7238. Map A, 11O rocky mountain raft tours Scenic float trips on the Bow River below Bow Falls aboard comfortable oar rafts are for all ages. 1-hr Hoodoo Tour departs daily 9:20 am, 11:20 am, 1:20 pm, 3:20 pm and 5:20 pm ($45, -16 $20). Return shuttle (free) leaves Banff Park Lodge 20 min prior with Fairmont Banff Springs hotel pick-up. 3-hr Bow River Safari departs 3:30 pm daily June-late Aug ($85, 6-15 $40). Bring a warm layer, hat, water, sunglasses and camera. Tickets at the launch where the Spray and Bow rivers meet. 403-762-3632. Map 3, 19L

Hiking on Top of the World!

Sunshine Meadows Trails for all abilities • Family friendly • Licensed café • Daily guided hikes

Hourly shuttles to the best hiking & walking trails in the Rockies 15 minutes west of Banff

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sightseeing liFts Banff gondola View “more mountains in a moment than most see in a lifetime.” Enclosed boarding area with gift shop and Starbucks café. 4-seat gondolas afford all a window seat. 8-min ride to the 2281 m/7486 ft upper terminal with 2 restaurants, Banff Summit Walk to Sanson Peak Cosmic Ray Station national Historic Site, giant interactive compass and observation decks with 360° Banff and Bow Valley view. $35, 6-15 $17, -5 free. Groups must pre-book. 5 min from downtown (Banff Transit #1), Mountain Ave, 1-800-760-6934. Map 3, 21J golden eagle express gondola 8 passenger gondolas climb 18-min to a 2350 m (7705 ft) ridge overlooking Rocky, Selkirk and Purcell mountains. on top: Eagle's Eye (Canada's highest restaurant), hiking, downhill biking (rentals at base). Access the Grizzly Bear Refuge by chairlift to see Boo and hear hourly bear talks; pre-book the Ranger Assist program. Gondola (10:30 am-4:30 pm): $30, $18 13-17/65+, $14 6-12; bear refuge (10 am-4 pm): $23, $17 13-17/65+, $12 6-12; combo $35, $27 13-17/65+, $18 6-12; family discounts; -6 free. June 28-Sept 1. Discover Banff Tours (403-760-5007) runs sightseeing trips from Banff. Kicking Horse Resort near Golden, 1 hr west of Lake Louise, 1-866-754-5425. Map 1, 5J lake louise summer sightseeing lift & gondola 14-min gondola or chairlift ride rises over grizzly habitat to 2088 m (6850 ft) on Mt Whitehorn. on top: deck with panoramic view of Lake Louise and glaciated peaks; licensed snack bar; Wildlife Interpretation Centre displays and presentations; guided and self-guided subalpine meadow walks. At the base: Lodge of the Ten Peaks breakfast and lunch buffets; self-serve restaurant. To June 21, 9:30 am-4 pm (from 9 am Sat/Sun); June 22-July 31, 9 am-5:30 pm; Aug 1-Sept 8, 9 am-6:30 pm; Sept 9-29, 9:30 am-4:30 pm. $28.75, $14.25 6-15, -6 free; ride and dine rates. north side of Hwy 1 across from Lake Louise Village, 403-522-3555. Map 2, 18P

sightseeing tours Bactrax van & Bike tours Custom tours aboard 6-passenger vans (bike racks available); guides help plan rewarding itineraries. Bike tours $20/person/hour with guide, bike, helmet and lock. one-way shuttles

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legendary golf. breathtaking scenery. Renowned for its panoramic beauty, our Stanley Thompson designed golf course has thrilled and challenged golfers for over 100 years. Call today and ask about our Golf For Free or Heritage Golf Experience packages. 403-762-6801 |


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to Canmore, Stoney Squaw and Goat Creek trails; bike back to Banff. Advance booking appreciated. 225 Bear St, 403-762-8177. Map 3, 14N

Scenic 18-hole course Restaurant, lounge, deck & banquet facilities for 400 CPGA professional instructors & fully stocked pro-shop Voted “Best Course & Deck in Canmore” by local newspaper readers Public welcome

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car rental agencies Rent a car to explore on your own. outlets: Banff: Avis, Cascade Plaza, 403-7623222 Map 3 13O; Budget, 208 Caribou St (Bear St access), 403-7624565 Map 3, 15N; Enterprise, Lynx St at Caribou Ave, 403-762-2688 Map 3, 15N; Hertz, Fairmont Banff Springs, 403-762-2027 Map 3, 10L. Canmore: Budget, Ramada inn, 1402 Bow Valley Tr, 1-800-267-0505 Map 4, 7H; Enterprise, 514 Bow Valley Tr, 403-609-3070 Map 4, 10J; PractiCar, Ford, 101 Bow Valley Tr, 403679-2253 Map 4, 12K. Lake Louise: National, Samson Mall, 403-522-3870 Map 2, 20M children’s xplorer’s cluB Free activity booklet for kids 6-11 with 16 explore Banff activities like match-thetrack-with-the-animal and Bow River scavenger hunt. Finish 6 activities for Parks Canada certificate and souvenir. Booklets at park gates, Banff and Lake Louise visitor centres (Map 3, 14P/ Map 2, 20M), Banff Park Museum (Map 3, 18o). 403-762-1550. discover Banff tours Sightseeing to scenic places and cultural venues with wildlife viewing. 24 person mini-buses with binoculars, snacks and hot chocolate. Knowledgeable guides. To mid oct: Discover Banff & its Wildlife 3-hr town and vicinity (8:30 am; $54, 6-12 $30, -6 free). Lake Louise & Moraine Lake 4 hrs (1:30 pm; $64, 6-12 $35, -6 free). Full Day Explore Lake Louise 10-hr tour with 5 hrs to explore on your own (8:30 am; $65, 6-12 $35, -6 free). Evening Wildlife Safari 2 hr (5:30-7:30 pm departures depend on date; $42, 6-12 $25, -6 free). Icefields Pkwy 9 hrs with sightseeing stops and ice Explorer ride (8:30 am; $159, 6-15 $81, -6 free). Discover Grizzly Bears 10 hr to Kicking Horse Mountain Resort with sightseeing stops, bear refuge tour, gondola ride and mountain-top lunch (8:30 am; $159, 6-12 $89, -6 free). Signature Hikes and Banff Cryptex Treasure Hunt. Private tours. Two tour Discover Banff and Lake Louise $99. Sundance Mall, 215 Banff Ave, 403760-5007. Map 3, 14O explore rockies tours Guided motorcoach tours with knowledgeable driver/guides (May-oct): // banff, canmore, kananaSkiS, lake louiSe

Mountain Lakes & Waterfalls (9 hrs; $109, 6-15 $54.50) to Lake Louise, Moraine Lake, Emerald Lake, natural rock bridge and Takakkaw Falls. Explore Banff includes Banff Gondola, Banff Lake Cruise, Tunnel Mtn drive, surprise corner, hoodoos and Bow Falls (6 hrs; $124, 6-15 $60). Columbia Icefield Discovery & Glacier Adventure with ice Explorer ride (from Banff 9 hrs; $169, 6-15 $84.50). Rockies Discovery & Glacier Adventure from Banff to Jasper with Columbia icefield stop and ice Explorer ride (9 hrs one-way, $165, 6-15 $84.50). Free hotel pick-up. Child -6 free with parent. Some Lake Louise and Jasper departures. Multi-day vacation packages. Tickets at Explore Rockies outlets: 138 Banff Ave Map 3, 15P; Banff Gondola Map 3, 21J; Brewster Transportation Centre, 100 Gopher St Map 3, 13E; Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise Map 2, 14N; and some hotels; or call 1-800-760-6934. gypsy guide self drive tours Enhance your Rockies drive with entertaining and informative tours. Commentary (sites, pioneers, photo stops, wildlife) automatically plays at 1500+ GPS activation points. download the iPhone/iPad or Android app; Rockies tours are $3 to $5. or, rent a small device that plays on your car radio. First day $39; multi-day discounts; one-way rentals. Banff: discover Banff Tours, Sundance Mall, 215 Banff Ave, Map 3, 14O. 1-866-477-4171.

Zipline & rope tours awesome all season adventures: Banff Zipline tours Three dual ziplines descend the mountain and cross the Kicking Horse River. Comfortable harnesses; engineered cable system. Short trail and ramp interpretive walks between ziplines add an educational element to tours ($99). no experience required; gear provided. ATV and rafting combos. off Hwy 1, 30 min west of 403-760-3394. Map 1, 5I rocky mountain ropes course Ladders, bridges and other features between forest canopy platforms. 18 obstacles and zipline. 2.5 hrs ($75) with guide and gear. Kids over 130 cm/48 in welcome; runs in all weather; min 4 people. Combo packages: Rafter Six steak lunch, horseback riding on ranch trails or Kananaskis River rafting. Rafter Six Ranch Resort, Hwy 1 exit Hwy 1X, 15 min E of Canmore, 1-888-267-2624. Map A, 11O

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Arrow Motel, 337 Banff Ave Banff Alpine Centre, Tunnel Mtn Rd Banff Aspen Lodge, 401 Banff Ave

403-762-4496 403-762-4123 403-762-4401

§Banff Caribou Lodge & Spa, 521 Banff Ave The Banff Centre, 107 Tunnel Mountain Dr Banff Inn, 501 Banff Ave

403-762-5887 403-762-6308 403-762-8844

Banff International Hotel, 333 Banff Ave Banff Park Lodge Resort Hotel, 222 Lynx St §Banff Ptarmigan Inn, 337 Banff Ave

403-762-5666 165 S/M S/W/E R/B 403-762-4433 211 C/M I S/W/E R/B 403-762-2207 134 C S/W/E R/B

§Banff Rocky Mtn Resort, 1029 Banff Ave §Banff Voyager Inn, 555 Banff Ave Banff Y Mountain Lodge, 102 Spray Ave

403-762-5531 171 C/M I S/W/E R/B K/F 403-762-3301 88 C O S/W R/B 403-762-3560 42 R/B

W/L M 245 W/L M/H 279 W/L M/H 229† W/L M 179 W/L M 139 W/L M 135

99 1-800-665-5666 159 1-800-661-9266 109† 1-800-563-8764

§Best Western Siding 29 Lodge, 453 Marten St 403-762-5575 56 C/M I W Bow View Lodge, 228 Bow Ave 403-762-2261 58 C I S/W/E Brewster’s Mountain Lodge, 208 Caribou St 403-762-2900 77 C S/W/E

100† n/a 89 1-800-661-1565 99† 1-888-762-2900

Buffalo Mountain Lodge, 700 Tunnel Mtn Rd 403-762-2400 108 C/M §Bumper’s Inn, 250 Marmot Crs 403-762-3386 39 S/M §Castle Mountain Chalets, Hwy 1A & Hwy 93S 403-762-3868 21 S/M

K A/P W/L 249† P W/L M/H 179 P W/L M/H 179† S/W/E R/B K/F P W/L M 279 P W 135 W/L M/H 259 W/E K/F I S/W K/F A/P W 219 I S/W/E R/B F A/P W/L M 288 K/F A/P W/L M 195 I S/W/E S/W/E R/B P W/L 159 W K/F 139 I/O S/W/E R/B F A/P W/H M/H 469

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Charlton’s Cedar Court, 513 Banff Ave 403-762-4485 57 Delta Royal Canadian Lodge, 459 Banff Ave 403-762-3307 99 §Douglas Fir Resort & Chalets, Tunnel Mtn Rd 403-762-5591 130 §Driftwood Inn, 337 Banff Ave Elkhorn Lodge, 124 Spray Ave §The Fairmont Banff Springs, 405 Spray Ave


403-762-4496 32 C 403-762-2299 8 C 403-762-2211 768 C/M

The Fox Hotel & Suites, 461 Banff Ave 403-760-8500 116 §Hidden Ridge Condo Resort, Hidden Rdg Wy 403-762-3544 107 High Country Inn, 419 Banff Ave 403-762-2236 70


§Homestead Inn, 217 Lynx St §Inns of Banff, 600 Banff Ave §Irwin’s Mountain Inn, 429 Banff Ave


403-762-4471 27 403-762-4581 244 403-762-4566 65

403-762-3331 403-762-4184 403-762-3356

Rundle Manor Apt Hotel, 348 Marten St Rundlestone Lodge, 537 Banff Ave SameSun Backpacker, 433 Banff Ave

403-762-5544 403-762-2201 403-762-4499



*Johnston Canyon Resort, Hwy 1A E of Hwy 93S 403-762-2971 42 M §The Juniper Hotel, 1 Juniper Way 403-762-2281 52 S/M 403-985-3734 21 C King Edward Hotel, 137 Banff Ave

§Mount Royal Hotel, 138 Banff Ave §Red Carpet Inn, 425 Banff Ave §Rimrock Resort Hotel, 300 Mountain Ave


99 1-800-563-8764 119 1-800-879-1991 69 1-800-813-4138

162 1-800-661-1225 168 1-800-661-1379 99 1-800-661-9267 89 1-800-563-8764 100 n/a 359 1-800-441-1414

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1-800-661-1021 1-800-563-8764 1-800-661-1721

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Spruce Grove Inn, 545 Banff Ave 403-762-3301 §Storm Mtn Lodge & Cabins, Hwy 93S, S of Hwy 1 403-762-4155 16 ***Sunshine Mountain Lodge, Sunshine Ski Area 403-762-6500 84


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Luxurious, rustic cabins & elegant, spacious suites Non-smoking rooms 15 Alberta Housekeeping Awards Open mid May to mid September Central gas barbeque & picnic table Children’s playground & coin laundry 105 Lake Louise Drive Only 1.5 km from Lake Louise 403-522-3595 • SuMMER 2013 //


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403-678-6699 93 403-678-0303 68 403-609-5522 12


§Delta Lodge at Kananaskis, Kananaskis Village 403-591-7711 412 C/M §The Drake Inn, 909 Railway Ave 403-678-5131 26 C 403-678-5488 60 C §Econo Lodge Canmore, 1602-2 Ave




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Falcon Crest Lodge, 190 Kananaskis Way §Fire Mountain Lodge, 121 Kananaskis Way §The Georgetown Inn, 1101 Bow Valley Tr

403-678-6150 73 C/M 403-609-9949 22 C 403-678-3439 20 C/M

Grande Rockies Resort, 901 Mountain St Holiday Inn Canmore, 1 Silvertip Tr The Lady Macdonald Country Inn, 1201 BVT §The Lodges at Canmore, 107 Montane Rd §Mt Engadine Lodge, 40 km S of Canmore, off Hwy 742 Mountain View Inn, 100 Kananaskis Way §Mystic Springs Chalets/Hot Pools, 140 Kananaskis Wy Paintbox Lodge, 629 10 St §Radisson Hotel & Conference Ctr, 511 Bow Valley Tr Rafter Six Ranch Resort, 81130 Ranche Rd E §Ramada Inn & Suites, 1402 Bow Valley Tr

403-678-8880 403-609-4422 403-678-3665 403-678-9350 403-678-4080 403-678-0992 403-609-0333 403-609-0482 403-678-3625 403-673-3622 403-609-4656

150 C/M 99 S/M 10 C 56 C/M 9 44 C 44 C/M 8 C/M 164 C/M 29 189 S/C/M

§Rocky Mountain Ski Lodge, 1711 Bow Valley Tr §Rundle Mountain Lodge, 1723 Bow Valley Tr §Rundle Ridge Chalets, 1100 Harvie Heights Rd §Silver Creek Lodge, 1818 Mountain Ave §Solara Resort & Spa, 187 Kananaskis Wy Stoneridge Mountain Resort, 30 Lincoln Park

403-678-5445 403-678-5322 403-609-8118 403-678-4242 403-609-3600 403-675-5000

83 C S/W K/F A/P 61 C I W K/F P 44 C K/F 70 S/C S/W/E R/B K/F A/P 214 C I W K/F A/P 86 C O W/E K/F A/P

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§Stoney Nakoda Resort, Hwy 1 and Hwy 40 403-881-2830 111 S/M I Sunset Resorts Canmore, 109, 1151 Sydney St 403-675-7861 37 C/M §Windtower Mountain Lodge, 160 Kananaskis Way 403-609-6600 103 C/M





M 209 149 1-877-223-3398 M/H 189 109 1-888-609-4422 M/H 150† 125† 1-800-567-3919 179 119 1-866-678-9350 420†† 390†† includes 3 meals 109 49 1-888-849-5445 M 295 199 1-866-446-9784 M/H 210† 159† 1-888-678-6100 M/H 199 109 1-800-263-3625 M 199† 149† 1-888-267-2624 M/H 159† 99† 1-888-678-4656

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LA K E LO U ISE h o t e l s Baker Creek Chalets, Hwy 1A E *§Cathedral Mountain Lodge, Yoho Nat Park *§The Crossing Resort, Icefields Parkway

403-522-3761 35 250-343-6442 31 403-761-7000 66

Deer Lodge, 109 Lake Louise Dr §Emerald Lake Lodge, Yoho Nat Park §The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise

403-522-3991 71 S/W R/B 250-343-6321 85 S/W/E R/B 403-522-3511 554 C/M I S/W/E R/B

*§Glacier View Inn, Columbia Icefields, Hwy 93 780-852-6550 32 Great Divide Lodge, Yoho Nat Park 250-343-6001 26 HI - Lake Louise Alpine Centre, 203 Village Rd 403-522-2202 45



§Lake Louise Inn, 210 Village Rd *Moraine Lake Lodge, 1 Moraine Lake Rd *Mountaineer Lodge, 101 Village Rd

403-522-3791 247 S 403-522-3733 33 403-522-3844 78 S/M

*Num-Ti-Jah Lodge, Hwy 93 N *Paradise Lodge & Bungalows, Lake Louise Dr Post Hotel & Spa, 200 Pipestone Rd

403-522-2167 16 403-522-3595 45 S 403-522-3989 97 S/M

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P W/L M 175 114 1-800-661-1595 P W/L M 380 170 1-800-663-6336 P W/L M/H 499 289 1-800-441-1414 P P

L H 249 154 1-877-442-2623 W 119 109 1-888-682-2212 W/L M/H 44‡ 30‡ 1-866-762-4122

I S/W/E R/B K/F P W/L M/H 179 149 1-800-661-9237 R F W/L 419† 315† 1-877-522-2777 S/W W/L H 199 129 n/a S




275 205 Call Collect 229 189 n/a 385 325 1-800-661-1586

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EMERGENCY Fire/Police/Medical............................911 Police/RCMP.....................403-762-2228 Road Report .......................403-762-1450 Trail Report .........................403-762-1305 Weather ..............................403-762-2088

Banks/CurrenCy Banff: ATB Financial, Cascade Plaza, 317 Banff Ave, 403-762-8505. Bank of Montreal, 107 Banff Ave, 403-7622275. Bow Valley Credit Union, 216 Banff Ave, 403-762-3368. CIBC, 98 Banff Ave, 403-762-3317. Freya's Currency Exchange (lottery tickets), Clock Tower Mall, 108 Banff Ave, 403-762-4714. Canmore: ATB Financial, 1240 Railway Ave, 403-678-6868. Bank of Montreal, 701 Main St, 403-678-5568. Bow Valley Credit Union, 810 Main St, 403-6785549. CIBC, 730 Main St, 403-6096200. Royal Bank, 1000 Railway Ave, 403-678-3180. Scotiabank, 1160 Railway Ave, 403-609-4250. TD Canada Trust, 1350 Railway Ave, 403-609-4750. Lake Louise: ATB Financial, The Depot, Samson Mall, 403-522-3678.

Business serviCes Banff: Banff Library, 403-762-2661; Bow Valley Basics, 403-762-4228. Canmore: Bow Valley Basics, 403-6782728; Canmore Library, 403-6782468; Rogers Wireless, 403-678-0031; Sigma Computer & Print, 403-6782555; The UPS Store, 403-609-3224. Lake Louise: The Depot, Samson Mall, 403-522-3870. Also contact hotels.

ChiLD Care Day Care Society of Banff, 403-762-3339. Banff YWCA Childcare Registry (babysitters), 403-760-3200. Childcare Connections (hotel sitting), 403-760-4443. Canmore Day Care, 403-678-5762.

ChurChes Banff: Anglican, 403-762-2128; Banff Park, 403-762-3225; Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 403-762-3113; Christian Science, 403-762-0458; Full Gospel, 403-762-2740; United, 403762-2075; Catholic, 403-678-5022; Presbyterian, 403-762-3279. Canmore: Alpine Christian Fellowship, 403-609-0832; Anglican, 403-6785191; Baptist, 403-678-2861; Catholic, 403-678-5022; Jehovah's Witnesses, 403-678-4121; Lutheran, 403-6786700; Rocky Mountain Victory, 403-678-9801; Trinity Bible, 403-6785063; United, 403-678-5354.

Best Friends Welcome Bylaws say dogs must be leashed. But three off-leash dog parks in Canmore (Map 4: 13D north of Quarry Lake/12O Elk Run Park/14L south of Cougar Creek between Hwy 1 and Bow Valley Tr) and a 1.5 acre off-leash park in Banff (Map 3, 7J; Industrial Area, south side of Hawk Ave) “allow dogs to run free and get the exercise they need,” notes Banff communications manager Diana Waltmann. Many hotels are pet-friendly too (p 82). After all, our region has always been a haven for animals! —James Kallenbach info/visitor Centres Banff/Lake Louise: Banff/Lake Louise Tourism Bureau (lodging, activities, events, 403-762-8421) and Parks Canada (facilities, trails, permits, 403762-1550) are at Banff Information Centre (May 16-Jun 13 9 am-5 pm; Jun 14-Sept 19 9 am-7 pm; Sept 20-May 15/2014 10 am-5 pm), 224 Banff Ave Map 3, 14P; and Lake Louise Visitor Centre (May 1-Jun 13 9 am-5 pm; Jun 14-Sept 1 8:30 am-7 pm; Oct 15-Apr 30/2014 9 am-4:30 pm), Samson Mall, 403-522-3833 Map 2, 20M. Canmore: Tourism Canmore Kananaskis (9 am-5 pm), 907 7 Ave, 403678-1295 Map 4, 19C; Travel Alberta (8 am-8 pm to Sept; after TBA), Hwy 1 and Bow Valley Tr, 1-800-252-3782 Map 4, 3E. Kananaskis: Kananaskis Village Centre (9-11:30 am/12:30-5 pm), 403-591-7555 Map A, 8L; Barrier Lake Info Ctr (To June 27 Mon-Fri 9 am-4 pm, Sat/Sun to 5 pm; after TBA), Hwy 40, 10 km/6 mi S of Hwy 1, 403-673-3985 Map A, 10N; Peter Lougheed Park Info Centre (To June 27 Thurs-Mon 9:30 am-4:30 pm, closed Tues/Wed; after TBA), Kananaskis Lakes Tr, 403-591-6322 Map A, 9F. Parks Radio 101.1 FM Banff trail reports, hourly weather, activities, history/nature and music. Web podcasts.

MeDiCaL serviCes Hospitals Banff Mineral Springs, 305

Lynx St, 403-762-2222 Map 3, 14E. Canmore, 1100 Hospital Place off Bow Valley Tr, 403-678-5536 Map 4, 7I. Walk-in Clinics Banff: Bear Street Family Physicians, 302, 220 Bear St, 403-762-4846 Map 3, 15N. Alpine Medical Clinic (daily), 201, 211 Bear St, 403-762-3155 Map 3, 14N. Canmore: Associate Medical Clinic, 124, 1151 Sidney St, 403-678-5585 (by appointment) Map 4, 8I; and Ridgeview Medical Clinic, 212-1240 Railway Ave, 403-609-8333 Map 4, 8G. Lake Louise: Medical Clinic, 200 Hector St, 403-522-2184 Map 2, 20M. Canmore Veterinary Hospital (MonSat; 24-hr 403-678-8343), 502 Bow Valley Tr, 403-678-4425 Map 4, 10J.

PostaL serviCes Banff: Canada Post, 204 Buffalo St, 403-762-2586 Map 3, 17N. Canmore: Canada Post, 801 Main St, 403-678-4377 Map 4, 20C; Sobeys, 950 Railway Ave, 403-678-4404 Map 4, 8H; The UPS Store, 743 Railway Ave, 403-609-3224 Map 4, 9H. Lake Louise: The Depot, Samson Mall, 403-522-3870 Map 2, 20M.

serviCe CLuBs Banff: Rotary Club, 403-762-4367. Canmore: Lions Club, 403-678-2949; Rotary Club, 403-707-8878.

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Just for Men The spa isn’t reserved for women; men can be pampered too. Services include: • Up-to-Par Body Experience at Willow Stream Spa (p 90) tones and hydrates sunexposed skin with an avocado wrap, scalp and hair treatment, and massage. • Gentleman’s Facial at Chateau Lake Louise Spa (p 90) unblocks pores and provides hydration with a deep cleanse, exfoliation, light moisturizer, and scalp/hand massage. • Men’s Hand/Foot Treatment at the Rimrock Spa (p 90) revitalizes with a soak, paraffin treatment, cuticle work and massage. • Red Earth Spa’s (p 88) popular half-day Signature Package includes a massage, facial and sports pedicure. —Sara Samson

Soothing Waters

Immerse in the elegant thermal pool at The Fairmont Banff Springs Willow Stream Spa (p 90). Underwater music provides a calming effect; every plunge is filled with harmony! Minerals add a softening quality to your skin. Look up; you can see the sky through the domed glass ceiling. —Kate Deglow

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Scaling to New Heights The new 11,000 square foot climbing wall at Canmore’s Elevation Place (p 87) has routes for all skill levels; it’s the biggest in the Bow Valley. The Rocktopia wall simulates real outdoor rock; features include cracks and pocket holes, and there’s a speed wall with auto belay system. The facility even allows crevasse rescue training. “People are excited; we’ve been busy since we opened,” notes coordinator Scott Mckay. Drop-ins are welcome. —Kate Deglow


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Fitness & Recreation Banff Recreation Grounds Ball diamonds, running track, soccer/ rugby pitch, tennis and basketball courts, skateboard park, playground, picnic tables and shelters. Facilities can be booked for private use. Cave Ave, 403-762-1238. Map 3, 17E Banff Skateboard Park Unsupervised park for all abilities of skateboarders, BMXers and inline skaters. Mini-ramps, boxes, pyramids and rails. Helmets mandatory. Mid MayOct. Banff Recreation Grounds, Cave Ave, 403-762-1251. Map 3, 17E Bill Warren Training Centre Olympic-class fitness centre; weights and machines. Drop-in $11. MonThurs 8 am-8 pm, Fri to 6 pm, Sat to 4 pm, Sun closed. Canmore Nordic Ctr, 403-678-5759 ext 12. Map 4, 9A Canmore Recreation Centre Gymnastic room, community hall, ice arenas and skateboard park. 1900 8 Ave, 403-678-1537. Map 4, 5F Douglas Fir Resort Waterslide Big slides. Steam room, whirlpool and kiddie pool. $20, -6 free with adult. Wkdys 4-9:30 pm, Sat/Sun/ hol 10 am-9:30 pm. Banff: Tunnel Mtn Rd, 403-762-5591. Map 3, 10M Elevation Place Indoor 25 m (82 ft) pool, leisure pool, lazy river, waterslides, hot tub and steam room (swim only: $8, $6 65-79/18-25, $5 12-17, $4 3-11, -3/80+ free). Climbing walls (15-45 ft), fitness centre and classes (full facility drop-in with aquatics: $15, $12 65-79/18-25, $8 12-17, $5 3-11, -3/80+ free). Library, Canmore Art Guild gallery, atrium with stage and food services. Canmore: 700 Railway Ave, 403-678-8920. Map 4, 9I Embody Pilates Improve core strength, balance and flexibility. Pri-

Origins of Water During a soak in the normally 40°C (104°F) Banff Upper Hot Springs (p 88), you might wonder how these waters came to be. Precipitation that seeps into Rundle Mountain’s western slope descends through 3 km (2 mi) of sedimentary rock where it’s heated, pressurized and mineral enriched. After hundreds of years it surfaces via the Sulphur Mountain Thrust Fault. Enjoy the 1930s bathhouse (upgraded in 1996), rent a historic suit (shown), have a spa treatment, and visit the café, interpretive displays and gift shop. —Raekha Merner vate sessions, mat classes, advanced equipment. Canmore: 101, 830 Main St, 403-678-6765. Map 4, 20B Gaia Collaborative Medicine & Yoga Studio MD, brain health, massage, acupuncture, osteopathy, chiropractic, psychology, naturopath and restorative health. Yoga (by donation) and chi kung. Canmore: 75 Dyrgas Gate, 403-675-4242. Map 4, 19O Lifeworks Gym: weights, strength circuit, sauna. Classes: yoga, kickboxing, spin, TRX, boot camp. Drop-

ins welcome. Canmore: 1412 Railway Ave, 403-609-2019. Map 4, 7G Mountain Health & Fitness Club Squash, tennis, weight room, pool, sauna, hot tubs. 7 am-10:30 pm (pool from 8 am). $10 drop-in. Pool $3.50, ch $1.50. Banff Rocky Mountain Resort, Banff Ave and Tunnel Mtn Rd, 403-762-7464. Map 3, 10M Rimrock Spa & Fitness Pool, whirlpools, sauna, steam rooms, squash, weights and machines. 6:30 am-10:30 pm; adults only after Summer 2013 //



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9:30 pm. Drop in $10, child swim $3. Banff: 300 Mountain Ave, 403-7621835. Map 3, 21H Rocky mountain yoGa Dropin and registered classes. Upstairs, Banff: Bison Courtyard, 201B, 211 Bear St, 403-762-5686. Map 3, 14N sally BoRden fitness & RecReation Climbing gym, 25-m pool, steam rooms, 2500 sq ft fitness centre, squash, gym. Drop-in fitness and yoga classes. Personal training, massage, physical therapy. Mon-Fri 6 am-10 pm, Sat-Sun 7 am-10 pm. $10. Swim (call for hrs) $5, yth/sen $3. Banff: St Julien Rd, 403-762-6450. Map 3, 16K summit sPa & fitness at tHe delta lodGe at kananaskis Machines and weights. 17-m indoor pool, indoor/outdoor whirlpool, steam room and sauna. Spa services. Kananaskis Village, 403-591-7711. Map 1, 8I tHe yoGa lounGe Ashtanga and Hatha—all levels. Canmore: 200, 826 Main St, 403-678-6687. Map 4, 20B


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Banff uPPeR Hot sPRinGs Naturally heated springs on Sulphur Mtn feed the outdoor pool with soothing, normally 40°C (104°F) waters. Restored heritage bathhouse, café, gift shop, interpretive exhibits, day spa (403-760-2500) and Mt Rundle view. Swim/historic suit, towel and locker rentals. To Oct 14, daily 9 am-11 pm; after Sun-Thurs 10 am-10 pm, Fri/Sat 10 am-11 pm. $7.30, 3-17/65+ $6.30. Family/group rates. 1 Mountain Ave (Banff Transit bus #1), Banff, 403-762-1515. Map 3, 21H

one Wellness & sPa Massage, body scrubs and wraps, facials, manicure, pedicures, personal training, Pilates and physiotherapy. Fitness studio, therapeutic sauna and steam. Herbal tea by the fireplace in the Relaxation Lounge. Canmore: Solara Resort & Spa, 187 Kananaskis Way, 403-679-7179. Map 4, 11K

Radium Hot sPRinGs Large outdoor mineral pool (40°C/104°F), 25 m/85 ft cool pool 29°C/84°F and jetted plunge pool in a serene canyon setting. Café. Day spa (250347-2100). To Oct 14, daily 9 am-11 pm; after Sun-Thur noon-9 pm, Fri-Sat noon-10 pm. Cool pool hours reduced off-season. $6.30, 3-17/65+ $5.40. Family/group rates. 2013: Glass art show to Sept 30. Hwy 93S, 3 km (2 mi) east of Radium (80 minutes from Banff or Lake Louise), 1-800-767-1611. Map 1, 6H // banff, canmore, kananaSkiS, lake louiSe

Pleiades massaGe & sPa Massage: therapeutic, relaxation, shiatsu and reflexology. Body Treatment exfoliates, rehydrates and replenishes skin; includes scrub, warm herbal splash, aromatherapy massage and facial. Handmade natural skin care products. Banff: Wrapture with aromatic steam, gentle massage and wrap. Couples massage. Banff: Mountain Ave, 403760-2500 Map 3, 21H; Radium Hot Springs, 250-347-2100. Map 1, 6H Red eaRtH sPa at Banff caRiBou lodGe Luxurious 7-room spa with wood and stone accents. Massage from $70: relaxation, hot stone, shiatsu and therapeutic. Skinceuticals facials from $135. Nail services from


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$69. Body wraps, waxing and treatments for couples and men. Hot pool and steam room. Skinceuticals and Eminence Organic skin care. Banff: 521 Banff Ave, 403-762-9292. Map 3, 10J RimRock sPa & fitness Treatments by registered therapists. Massage: aromatherapy, sport, therapeutic, relaxation, deep tissue, hot stone, couples. Facials, manicures, pedicures, Vichy shower, body scrubs, wraps. Spa packages. Services for men. Fitness facility. Banff: 300 Mountain Ave, 403-762-1835 ext 1. Map 3, 21H summit sPa & fitness at tHe delta lodGe at kananaskis Massage, hot stone, body polish, wraps, Caribbean therapy, facials, manicures/pedicures, waxing. Eucalyptus steam, dry sauna, whirlpool, indoor pool, fitness room. Kananaskis Village, 403-591-6226. Map 1, 8I temPle mountain sPa at tHe Post Hotel Steam rooms, whirlpool and 8 treatment rooms (1 for couples). Massage options include therapeutic, aromatherapy and hot stone. Facials, manicures, pedicures. Body wraps, scrubs, polishes. Spa packages. Lake Louise: 200 Pipestone Rd, 403-522-3989. Map 2, 20M

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tHe sPa at tHe faiRmont cHateau lake louise Massage: relaxation, couples, sports, hot stone, aromatherapy. Mud, mineral and seaweed baths. Wraps, scrubs, facials, manicures, pedicures. Waxing. Hair salon. 403-522-1545. Map 2, 14C

Massage, aromatherapy, and more. 403-760-2500

Banff Upper Hot Springs 403-762-1515

Miette Hot Springs Jasper National Park Open May 10 to Oct 14 780-866-3939

tHe WilloW stReam sPa at tHe faiRmont Banff sPRinGs Luxury resort spa with waterfalls, whirlpools, indoor swimming pool, thermal mineral pool, outdoor heated pool, fireplace lounges, steam and inhalation rooms, saunas, fitness and aerobics rooms, couples room. Body treatments $179-$359; spa packages $195-$709. Access is limited; reserve ahead. Banff: 405 Spray Ave, 403-762-1772. Map 3, 20L WildfloWeR massaGe & estHetics Massage: therapeutic/ sports, cupping, myofascial therapy release, reflexology, aromatherapy ($50-$125), hot rock and couples. Body treatments like scrubs and wraps $95-$169. Facials, manicures, pedicure. Packages. Waxing and tinting. Reiki. Canmore: 2nd fl, 713 Main St, 403-678-4644. Map 4, 20D

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Brewster Lake Louise- Banff Bus ($24, 6-15 $12; 403-762-6751) Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise 6:15 am, 7:15 am, 8:15 am, 10:15 am, 12:15 pm, 2 pm, 4:45 pm. Banff Bus Station 8:30 am, 2 pm, 4:15 pm, 5:45 pm, 7:30 pm, 8:45 pm. Confirm times. Calgary AirporT SERVICE Banff Airporter, 1-888-449-2901; Brewster 403-762-6767. Car Rentals See p 80 for Banff, Canmore and Lake Louise agencies. Car Repair depots Canmore: Canadian Tire, 1110 Gateway Ave, 403-678-4222 Map 4, 8H; Canmore Lube & Muffler, 1556 Railway Ave, 403-678-6670 Map 4, 7G; Speedy Auto Glass, 1558 Railway Ave, 403678-6621 Map 4, 7G. Casino Shuttle To Stoney Nakoda Lodge Fri-Sat; free; 1-888-8625632. Depart: Casino, Map 1, 8I, 6 pm, 9 pm, mid, 2:15 am; Fairmont Banff Springs, Map 3, 20L, 5 pm, 7 pm, 10 pm, 1 am, 3 am; Mt Royal Hotel, Map 3, 15G, 5:10 pm, 7:10 pm, 10:10 pm, 1:10 am, 3:10 am; Canmore Safeway, Map 4, 8H, 5:30 pm, 7:30 pm, 10:30 pm, 1:30 am, 2:45 am. Arrive casino 6 pm, 8 pm, 11 pm, 2 am. CHARTER SERVICES Banff Transportation, 403-762-8400; Brewster, 403-762-6700; Grayline, 403-7629102; Pinnacle, 403-762-5844; SunDog Transportation, 1-888-786-3641. GREYHOUND Banff, 403-762-1091, Lake Louise, 403-522-3870. ROAM Public Transit Banff Public Transit Signed stops Map 3 (many have GPS real-time arrivals; schedules posted ($2, ch/sen $1, -6 free, day pass $5, 3-day pass $12; 403-7620606). Banff-Canmore Regional ($6, ch/sen $3, -6 free; book of ten $50, ch/sen $25; 403-762-0606) MonFri: Depart Banff Ave Stop #18, N of the high school, Map 3, 13G, 6-11 am and 3-10 pm on the hour; depart Canmore Stop #68, near Holiday Inn on Palliser Tr, Map 4, 7J, 6:20-11:20 am and 3:20-10:20 pm every hour. Sat/ Sun/hol: Depart Banff noon-9 pm on the hour; depart Canmore 12:309:30 pm every hour. Confirm times. Taxi Service Banff 403-7624444; Canmore 403-996-0656. Lake Louise 403-522-2700. summer 2013 //



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Sunglasses for Every Face polarized sunglasses with uV protection are mountain staples, notes Shades on Caribou (p 100) manager Lindsay Gregorash. He recommends stylish yet functional brands like Oakley, Julbo and Maui Jim. Choose a style to fit your face shape: • Round: Straight lines complement; buy a rectangular frame. • Heart: Balance is key, so find rimless or butterfly (slightly wider at bottom) styles to flatter your narrow jaw line. • Square: Contrast with curves, so find a round frame or aviator. • Oval: Lucky you; almost any style suits your shape. But cat eye frames will be especially flattering. —Sara Samson

Rare, brilliantly coloured ammolite is made from fossilized ammonites that inhabited a southern Alberta inland sea 75-million years ago. First Nations gathered ammonite centuries ago and in 1908 the Canadian Geological Survey reported a find, but it was only in 1981 that the stone received World Jewellery Confederation gem status. Today ammolite is affectionately (but not officially) called Alberta’s gemstone because of its exclusive and historic ties to the province. —Twyla Kowalchuk

Goin’ Fishing At Home Hardware (p 98), fishers can buy trout lures, rods, reels and beginner kits; and get fishing permits and do-ityourself advice. Or, go with a guide (p 68) on an all-inclusive trip to Lake Minnewanka or the Bow River. —Kate Deglow

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Natural Fibre Before 1940, clothing was made from all natural fibre, but today most are synthetic. Jacques Cartier Clothier (p 93) bucks this trend. Elegantly classic garments are knit from the world’s most luxurious natural fibres, including Canadian qiviuk spun from the warm, soft down of the Arctic muskox. Custom qiviuk orders with worldwide shipping appeals to those that don’t fit off-theshelf sizes. —Kate Deglow


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Listings are for advertisers and other worthy shops. Map is on pgs 172-173. BOOKS & MAPS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 93 CAMERA SHOPS. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 93 CHILDREN'S STORE . . . . . . . . . . . . 93 CLOTHING . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 93 DEPARTMENT STORE . . . . . . . . . . 94 FOOD . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 94 GALLERIES. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 96 GIFTS & KEEPSAKES . . . . . . . . . . . 96 HARDWARE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 98 HEALTH & BEAUTY . . . . . . . . . . . . 98 JEWELLERY/WATCHES . . . . . . . . . 98 SHOPPING MALL . . . . . . . . . . . . . 100 SPORTS OUTFITTERS . . . . . . . . . 100 TATTOOS & PIERCING. . . . . . . . . 100 WESTERN WEAR . . . . . . . . . . . . . 100 WINE & SPIRITS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 100

to CD, books, shirts, cards and gifts. Photographer for hire. Camera lessons. Fine art. Fairmont Banff Springs, 403-762-2413. Map 3, 20L; 101 Banff Ave, 403-762-3562. Map 3, 17O

Children’s store scallywaGs Banff’s only onestop shopping store for kids. Stylish clothing for infants to size 12, including shoes, boots, outerwear and accessories. Toys, books, games and puzzles for all ages, featuring Melissa and Doug, Lego, Playmobil, John Deere, Schleich and more. Brewster Mountain Lodge, 208 Caribou St, 403-762-4882. Map 3, 15N

Clothing Banff adVentures unliMited Fila active wear, and Rip Zone and Powder Room sportswear. Bison Courtyard, 211 Bear St, 403-7624554. Map 3, 13O Banff wearhouse Value-priced outer, sports and golf wear. Shells, jackets, fleece, sweat pants, shirts, hats and blankets. Stormtech, Trimark, Ash City, Nike, North End and Ojio. 226 Bear St (at Wolf St), 403760-3111. Map 3, 13N

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Books & Maps Mooseprint Books & Gifts Mountain theme titles: trail guides, plants, animals, photos and history. Fiction and kids books. Their own jigsaw puzzles, cards, bookmarks and calendars with local scenery. Unique metal prints. Water bottles with builtin filter. 208 Buffalo St (W of Banff Ave), 403-762-3355. Map 3, 170 the Viewpoint Guides for nature lovers, hikers, skiers, climbers, fishers and canoeists. Souvenir photo books, local histories and bestsellers. Big selection of Canadian Rockies’ topographic and road maps. Quality postcards, posters and photographs. Competitive prices. 201 Banff Ave, 403-762-0405. Map 3, 14O

CaMera shops Banff photoGraphy Photofinishing. Cameras: Nikon, Canon, Pentax, Panasonic, Olympus, Fuji and Sony. Memory cards. Photo transfers



Boulder Menswear Stylish apparel; casual to dressy. Shirts by Bugatchi, Robert Graham, Georg Roth, Klauss Boehler, English Laundry and Point Zero. Pants, jeans, jackets, suits, sweaters, belts, ties, cuff links, shoes. Tux rentals. Cascade Plaza, 317 Banff Ave, 403-760-2800. Map 3, 13O explore rockies Souvenir clothing with creative logos of Banff, the Canadian Rockies and local attractions such as Banff Cruise, Banff Gondola and Columbia Icefield. Styles for men, ladies and kids; t-shirts, hoodies and polo shirts. Travel games, souvenir mugs and plates, books, DVDs and Paul Zizka photography. Activity booking desk. 130 Banff Ave, (also Banff International Hotel, 333 Banff Ave), 1-800-764-6934. Map 3, 15O helly hansen High performance outdoor apparel for 135+ years: outerwear, sportswear, underwear, mid-layers and footwear. Outfitters for hiking, climbing, running, cycling and golfing, plus casual styles. Rugged and technical Odin Collection. H2 Flow body heat regulating jackets. Children’s

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Water Fit to Drink The lightweight and easy-to-use Pristine Water Bottle & Microbiological Filter ($40 from Mooseprint Books, left) eliminates micro-organisms and makes local river water potable. Simply fill the bottle, insert the tortuosity filter and drink. —Sara Samson styles. Helly Hansen bags, Dakine and Osprey packs, Smith eyewear, Nikwax waterproofing/cleaning agents, Hydro Flask insulated bottles. 201 Banff Ave, 403-760-8282. Map 3, 15O Jacques cartier clothier The world’s finest fibres: hand-knit designer sweaters, coats, vests and accessories. Exclusive yarns include Canadian Qiviuk muskox down (softer than cashmere), alpaca, suri alpaca, vicuña and guanaco. Bison leather collection. Jewellery. 131A Banff Ave, 403-762-5445. Map 3, 16O the north face Canadian Rockies only signature The North Face store. 4500 sq ft of apparel, footwear and gear. Shop for technical outerwear, base layers, activity specific products (hiking, climbing, running, biking, yoga) and casual wear. Tents, backpacks and sleeping bags. Products for infants, children and youth. 124 Banff Ave, 403-762-0775. Map 3, 14P open country clothinG co Brand name apparel for ladies and men. Casual wear, denim, outerwear, footwear, swimwear and accessories. Joseph Ribkoff, Desigual, Emu, NYDJ, Husdon, Bugatti, Lipson, Marshall Artist, Napapijri, Art, Neosens and Timberland. Lobby lvl, Fairmont Banff Springs, 403-760-3991. Map 3, 20L pataGonia World renowned Patagonia clothing for those who embrace an outdoor lifestyle, including styles

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for travel, climbing, hiking, yoga and running. Baselayers, fleece, down jackets, breathable/waterproof shells, casual wear, footwear and accessories. Products from organic fibres and recycled materials. Travel bags, books and kid’s section. 94 Banff Ave, 403985-5588. Map 3, 18P qiViuk Traditionally styled and fashion forward designs: sweaters, coats and accessories of softer-thancashmere qiviuk yarn from the insulating down of the Canadian Arctic muskox, world’s rarest natural fibre. International appeal; available only in Banff, Lake Louise and New York. Custom orders. Buffalo leather bags, wallets and purses. Muskox gloves. Fairmont Banff Springs, 403-7624460. Map 3, 20L quiksilVer Casual Quiksilver and Roxy styles for young-minded men and women. Snowboard and surf apparel. Swimwear, board shorts, skirts, shirts, pants and shoes. Jackets, sweaters, vests, thermals, scarves, hats and gloves. Souvenir shirts. Clothes for boys 8+. Acces-

sories: bags, belts, phone and iPod cases, GoPro cameras, helmets, sunglasses and goggles. 114 Banff Ave, 403-762-5566. Map 3, 16P roots canada Canadian genuine leathers: boots, shoes, wallets, belts and bags. Men and women’s authentic athletic wear: heavy cotton sweats and Ts; some with exclusive Banff logos. Yoga line. Accessories, including watches. 227 Banff Ave, 403-762-9434. Map 3, 14O snowflake “Simply the best in great Canadian design.” Furs, leathers, boots and accessories. Wolfie and Nobel furs, Paula Lishman and Il Fait Froid fur knits, Lyn Leathers and Gimpex shearlings. Unique fur muff/ purses, stylish hats and gloves and Pajar boots. Shop online. The Fairmont Banff Springs, 403-762-8770, Map 3, 20L; and downtown 215 Banff Ave, 403-762-3633. Map 3, 14O ultiMate ski & ride Clothing, footwear and accessories for an active lifestyle. Salomon, Sugoi, Deuter, Gramicci, Columbia and Message

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Factory. Bike rentals. 206 Banff Ave, 403-762-0547. Map 3, 15P w. thoMson Boutique Golf and resort wear and accessories for men and women. Gifts. Fairmont Banff Springs, 403-760-6386. Map 3, 20L westrock Jean co Mavi, Silver, Junk Food, Puma, Iron Fist, American Apparel, Penguin, Obey, Gentle Fawn, Only, Ben Sherman, Dex, Levis, Miss Me—casual fashions for men and women. Big selection of jeans complemented by seasonal fashions. Lower level, Cascade Plaza, 317 Banff Ave, 403-762-5868. Map 3, 13O

departMent store the Bay Canada’s oldest retailer, established 1670. Department store mix includes many products of interest to visitors. Their Canadiana selection showcases famous Hudson’s Bay wool blankets. Also shop for men's and ladies' fashions, cosmetics, jewellery, luggage and bedding. 125 Banff Ave, 403-762-5525. Map 3, 16O

Food the canadian pacific store Exclusive china, custom-made leather goods, gifts and CP posters. Take the Fairmont home with in-room amenities: bedding, robes, tea and Le Labo bath products. The Fairmont Banff Springs, lobby level (opposite the elevators), 403-760-6396. Map 3, 20L chalet Grocery Groceries, liquor and laundry. Online ordering/delivery available. Douglas Fir Resort, Tunnel Mtn Rd, 403-762-5447. Map 3, 9M chocolaterie Bernard calleBaut Cococo Chocolatiers, owner of the Chocolaterie Bernard Callebaut company, handcraft the best in chocolate treats at their downtown Calgary facility. 300 products from 80 recipes incorporate all natural, often organic ingredients with no artificial preservatives. Chocolate assortments in European style copper foil boxes make an elegant (and delicious) presentation. Harmony Lane, 111 Banff Ave, 403-762-4106. Map 3, 16O

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cows Canada’s best ice cream according to Reader’s Digest. Over 32 flavours of super premium ice cream served in handmade waffle cones, plus original cow theme design T-shirts and sweats that make great gifts and souvenirs. 134 Banff Ave, 403-760-3493. Map 3, 16P


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the fairMont store The grand hotel’s signature gift store features Banff Springs logo items, fashions, accessories, books and convenience items. The Fairmont Banff Springs, Lobby Level (beside Willow Stream Spa), 403-760-6383. Map 3, 20L nesters Market Supermarket with bakery, deli, produce and meat. Free delivery Mon and Fri. Ice. Cash machine. 8 am-11 pm. 122 Bear St, 403-762-3663. Map 3, 16N safeway Supermarket with pharmacy, floral dept, bakery, deli counter and fresh produce, dairy and meats. Starbucks. 8 am-11 pm. 318 Marten St (corner Banff Ave and Elk St), 403-762-5329. Map 3, 12O


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giFts & souvenirs Banff Gondola Gift shops Upper and lower terminal (with Starbucks) sells apparel (sweaters, jackets, shirts), souvenirs and singleuse cameras. Mountain Ave, 1-800760-6934. Map 3, 21J

Happy children’s clothing, toys, books & much, much more Infants to age 12 Brewster’s Mountain Lodge Corner of Caribou & Bear Streets


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Banff indian tradinG post Century old railway pagoda-style log building. Early 1900s animal mounts, unique 1915 Merman display, First Nations handcrafts, gifts and souvenirs. Birch Ave at Cave Ave (south end of the Bow River bridge), 403-762-2456. Map 3, 20N Buffalo nations luxton MuseuM shop Fort-like museum with gift shop dedicated to the First Nations of the Northern Plains and Canadian Rockies. Handemade Native crafts—carvings, jewellery, replica weapons, ceremonial objects and clothing. Summer 10 am-6 pm. 1 Birch Ave (across the Bow River bridge, turn right), 403-762-2388. Map 3, 20N cows Fun store filled with original cow-theme T-shirts, sweats and souvenirs. Premium ice cream, served in handmade waffle cones is ‘Canada’s Best’ says Reader’s Digest. 134 Banff Ave, 403-760-3493. Map 3, 16P ct style “Fun with accessories.” Funky hats and toques for women, men and kids. Tights, wraps and scarves. Fashion jewellery. Unique gifts and eyewear. 110 Banff Ave, 403-762-3554. Map 3, 17P

banff’s premiere destination for

shopping & eating Great Place to Shop Banff’s Only Food Court Canadian Ski Museum West Downtown Banff, 317 Banff Ave Banff Ave & Wolf St, 403-762-8484

Fashion - Ladies, Mens & Specialty Items Banking Services / Drug Store & Pharmacy Electronics-Computers-Telephones / Books Cameras & Photofinishing / Western Wear Liquor Store / Natural Soaps & Cosmetics Laundry Services / Specialty Coffee Bar Full Service Restaurant / Food Court Ski Heritage Exhibits


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ok Gift shop 500 sq m (5300 sq ft) of gifts and souvenirs. Hello Kitty items, Canadian furs and leathers, Native art, wood carvings, plush toys, souvenir shirts, bags, jewellery, books and postcards. Canadian icewine chocolates, smoked salmon, maple syrup and candy. 209 Banff Ave, 403-762-3133. Map 3, 14O pika VillaGe Canadian products. Maple syrup, smoked salmon and icewine chocolates. Native carvings and jade figurines. Sweaters and souvenir shirts. Ammolite and Canadian diamond jewellery, bags, Roots accessories and bath items. Reasonable prices. 221 Banff Ave, 403-7602622. Map 3, 14O

Multistripe Point Blanket 100% woven wool, double, 4 points, 72” x 90” 125 Banff Ave • 403.762.5525 •

Fine Chocolates proudly made in Canada by

sGt. preston’s outpost RCMP logo items licensed by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Foundation; sales support community projects. Clothing, hats, red serge dolls, accessories, pins. Clock Tower Mall, 108 Banff Ave, 403-762-4652. Map 3, 17P the spirit of christMas Thousands of Christmas ornaments, plus home decor, Rogers chocolates, Pandora jewellery, plush toys and travel games. 133 Banff Ave, 403762-2501. Map 3, 15O whyte MuseuM shop Changing Art Shows & Sales. Works by local artists: paintings, bronze and clay sculptures, pottery and photography (wildlife and mountain themes predominate). Historical Banff and Canadian Rockies photos from the archives. Books, stationery, cards and posters. Locally handcrafted jewellery include heritage trading beads. Browse online. 111 Bear St, 403-7622291 ext 340. Map 3, 16N wild aBout nature Nature theme items: minerals, fossils, walking sticks, plush wildlife. Fairmont Banff Springs, 403-762-2962. Map 3, 20L


A Gift for All Reasons Food • Art • Books • Plush • Bags Jewellery • Watches • Apparel

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hoMe hardware Camping, fishing and RV gear: tackle, fuel, Coleman gear, fishing permits and bear spray. Electrical and auto supplies, housewares, tarps, locks, dog leashes, paint, plumbing supplies. Keys cut. 223 Bear St, 403-762-2080. Map 3, 14N

health & Beauty Banff aVenue pharMacy & conVenience Modern version of an old time, full service drug store

with pharmacy. Cosmetics, souvenirs, greeting cards, magazines and books. Frozen and snack foods, sandwiches, dairy section and fruit. Soda fountain with soft ice cream, fruit smoothies, slushies and coffee. 115 Banff Ave, 403-762-4412. Map 3, 16O Banff’s rexall druG store Banff’s largest drug store. Remedies, cosmetics, skin care, bath products, sun and reading glasses, magazines, stationery, toys, cards, stamps. Wheelchair rentals. Supports and braces. Photo kiosks: instant prints and CDs. Cascade Plaza, lower level, 317 Banff Ave, 403-762-2245. Map 3, 13O Gourlay’s pharMacy Complete drug store. Vitamins, homeopathic remedies and skin products. Sports rehabilitation supports and braces. Custom-fitted compression stockings. Rentals: wheelchairs, crutches, canes, walkers and bath/shower seats. Wolf & Bear Mall, 229 Bear St, 403-762-2516. Map 3, 14G

Jewellery/watChes aMMolite in the rockies Displays on the origins and processing of colourful Alberta ammolite gemstones; guided tour on request (big groups are requested to call ahead). Ammonite fossils, loose stones and jewellery. Canadian diamonds. Unique dinosaur skulls. Clock Tower Mall, 108 Banff Ave, 403-762-4698. Map 3, 17P castle Jewels A beautiful collection of fine designer jewellery with ammolite, pearls and gemstones. The Fairmont Banff Springs, Lobby Level, 403-760-6381. Map 3, 20L freya’s Jewellery & currency exchanGe Canadian collectibles and silver jewellery. Crack-your-owngeode rock to expose the crystal and mineral centre. Victorinox Swiss Army travel gear, watches, pocket knives, cutlery and apparel. Freya’s Native Art gallery of museum-quality artifacts (by appointment). 108 Banff Ave, 403-762-4652. Map 3, 17P stone’s Jewellery, park aVenue Mall Fine handmade jewellery in 18k gold set with alexandrite, opal cats eye, sapphire, tsavorite, black opal, tourmaline, African amethyst, Burmese peridot, South Sea pearls and star-rubies. Summer 11 am-10 pm. 211 Banff Ave, 403-762-5588. Map 3, 14O

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stone’s Jewellery, riMrock resort hotel Rare gemstones. Fine jewellery, handmade in 18k gold. Gemstone carvings. Summer 8 am-10 am and 5-10 pm. 300 Mountain Ave, 403-762-4808. Map 3, 21H stratton’s Jewellery Owned and operated by David Stratton who showcases Canadian, international and private label designs in all prices. Canadian diamonds (including Sirius Star), Simon G rings, 1000 charms (including Thomas Sabo), gold earrings and chains. Wedding and diamond anniversary bands. Seiko, Reactor and Storm of London watches. Watch batteries and minor repairs. Popular with locals. 202 Banff Ave, 403-762-4367. Map 3, 15P

A Gift for All Reasons Food • Art • Books • Plush • Watches Jewellery • Bags • Apparel • Footwear 209 Banff Ave, 403-762-3133

Fishing & camping gear Fishing permits Small appliances Auto & RV accessories Electrical adapters A great selection at reasonable prices

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Specialty wine room Best selection, service & price Delivery service Tastings • Gifts Daily 10 am-11 pm Downstairs, 302 Caribou St East of Banff Ave • 403-762-3465 100 // banFF

touchstones Canadian diamond, ammolite, sterling silver and gold jewellery. Designs by Korite, Aurora, Chamilia and Ice925. BC jade carvings. Swarovski crystal figurines. 117 Banff Ave, 403-762-3938. Map 3, 16O

shopping Mall cascade plaza Banff’s biggest indoor shopping centre with multistorey domed atrium: stores, restaurants, food court and services on 4 levels. Shop for fashions, cameras, photofinishing, pharmacy items, books, electronics, natural bath items and more. Bank and laundry. Canadian Ski Museum West displays. 317 Banff Ave (at Wolf St). Map 3, 13O

sports outFitters Bactrax Bike rentals Adult and kid bikes, child trailers, trail alongs, mopeds, camping gear, rain suits, duffle bags, hiking poles, binoculars, baby backpacks and strollers. Guided cycle tours and trailhead shuttles. Trail maps and advice. 8 am-8 pm. 225 Bear St (beside Lux Theatre), 403-762-8177. Map 3, 14N Monod sports Since 1949: sportswear, casual wear, footwear and gear—hiking, climbing, fishing and camping. Canada Goose, Dale of Norway, Keen, Carhart, Royal Robbins, Marmot, The North Face, Patagonia and Arc’Teryx. Top end fly-fishing gear and guided trips. 129 Banff Ave, 403-762-4571. Map 3, 16O Mountain MaGic sports Gear for hikers, backpackers, mountain bikers and climbers—La Sportiva, Black Diamond and Scarpa. Louis Garneau mountain, road and cruiser bikes.

Rentals include bikes, camping and climbing gear (no ropes). 216 Banff Ave, 403-762-2591. Map 3, 14P shades on cariBou Sunglasses by Ray Ban, Serengeti, Smith, Maui Jim, D&G, Carrera, Arnette, Ralph Lauren, Vuarnet, Versace, Spy, Revo, Julbo, Burberry, Gucci and Oakley. Clip-on, fit-over and kid’s styles. Repairs/fittings. Sundance Mall, 215 Banff Ave, 403-762-8991. Map 3, 14O

tattoos & pierCings perfect iMaGe studio Talented artists: custom tattoos and piercings with aftercare (walk-ins welcome). Original tattoo-inspired wall art. Jewellery. Fresh water aquarium. 226 Bear St, 403-762-8882. Map 3, 14N

western wear the trail rider Cowboy boots, hats, belts, shirts, vests and other western accessories and souvenirs. Stetson, Boulet, Panhandle Slim apparel, and Montana silver. Fishing licenses. Holiday on Horseback information and reservations for trail rides, carriage rides, western BBQs and pack trips. 132 Banff Ave, 403762-4551. Map 3, 16P

wine & spirits Banff wine store Knowledgeable staff introduce new labels for all budgets from over a dozen countries. Canadian VQA wines (including icewines). Temperature controlled specialty wine room. Chilled wines. Gifts. Tastings. Delivery. 10 am-11 pm. Downstairs, 302 Caribou St (E of Banff Ave), 403-762-3465. Map 3, 15P park aVenue wine & spirits Cold beer, wine, icewine, Champagne, spirits and liqueurs. Competitive prices. 11 am-2 am. Park Ave Mall, 211 Banff Ave, 403-985-7022. Map 3, 14O tunnel Mountain Beer & wine Wine, beer and liquor. Summer 3-11 pm. Douglas Fir Resort, Tunnel Mountain Rd, 403-762-3306. Map 3, 6M VoyaGer inn liquor store Cold beer, wine and spirits. Fresh limes, lemons, juice, Clamato and mix. Low prices. Noon-10 pm. Voyager Inn, 555 Banff Ave, 403-760-7791. Map 3, 6K wines of canada Ontario and British Columbia labels. International wines. Tastings. Fairmont Banff Springs, 403-760-6391. Map 3, 20L


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Trilobite fossils at Pipestone Quarry are 360 to 550 million years old and hail from Canada, the US, Morocco, the UK and Russia. —JW Art of MAn GAllery Canadian bronze, jade and soapstone sculptures, west coast masks and mountain paintings. Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, 403-522-3684. Map 2, 14C BAnff PhotoGrAPhy foto Source Photofinishing. Cameras: Nikon, Canon, Pentax, Panasonic, Fuji, Olympus, Sony. Memory cards. Photos to CD, shirts, cards and gifts. Photographer for hire. Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, 403-522-3653. Map 2, 14C BeAr huG Children’s clothing, sleepwear and souvenir shirts. Plush toys. Main Lobby, Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, 403-522-3508. Map 2, 14C Bow river trAdinG co Lake Louise logo apparel. Plush and toys. Glassware, china and souvenir plates. Aromatherapy and bath items. Samson Mall, 403-522-3826. Map 2, 20M chAteAu MountAin SPortS Casual clothing, technical outerwear and accessories. Sweaters, fleece, Gore-Tex jackets, pants, shirts, hats and hiking footwear. Arc’teryx, Icebreaker, The North Face, Merrel, Tilley. Oakley sunglasses, knives, hiking poles, day packs. Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, 403-522-3837. Map 2, 14C

lAke louiSe SiGhtSeeinG lift & GondolA AlPine Store Lake Louise and Canadian Rockies logo apparel and souvenirs, technical clothing, books, postcards, maps and prints. To Sept 29. North of Hwy 1, 403-522-3555. Map 2, 18P olde tyMe cAndy ShoPPe Homemade chocolates and fudge. Maple syrup souvenirs. Ice cream. Samson Mall, 403-522-3967. Map 2, 20M PiPeStone QuArry Rocks, minerals and fossils from around the world with a focus on local finds. Jasper, Labradorite, tumblestone and geodes. Rare crystals. Jewellery. Rockies geology maps and guide books. Samson Mall, 403-522-3020. Map 2, 20M Qiviuk Traditional and fashion forward designs—sweaters, coats and accessories of softer-than-cashmere qiviuk yarn from the insulating down of the Canadian Arctic muskox, world’s rarest natural fibre. Available only in Banff, Lake Louise and New York. Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, 403-522-2622. Map 2, 14C

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SAMSon nAtive GAllery First Nations arts and crafts. Paintings, sculpture, photography, clothing, quilts and jewellery. Samson Mall, 403-522-3617. Map 2, 20M StAtion ShoP Railway antique silver and china, books (some rare), shirts, tea and teddy bears. 200 Sentinel Rd, 403-522-2600. Map 2, 19N Stone’S Jewellery Fine collection of handmade, original design jewellery set with rare gems such as alexandrites, black opals, star sapphires and rubies. 9 am-11 pm in summer. Lobby, Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, 403-522-3800. Map 2, 14C

creek Side chriStMAS & GiftS Christmas decor, apparel, crafts, jewellery, bath and body items, board/ travel games and toys. Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, (near Lago Italian Kitchen), 403-522-2359. Map 2, 14C

the viewPoint Guidebooks: nature, hiking, climbing, fishing and boating. Souvenir photo books, histories and bestsellers. Topographic and road maps. Cards, posters and DVDs. Worldwide mail orders. Samson Mall, 403-522-3020. Map 2, 20M

lAke louiSe SAMSon MAll Shops: gift, gallery, book, rock/fossil, sport, clothing, food, liquor, bakery, candy. Bank, post office and car rentals. Cafés, restaurant and bar. Parking. Village Rd and Lake Louise Dr. Map 2, 20M

wilSon MountAin SPortS Rent or purchase mountain bikes (plus repairs), fishing tackle and backpacking gear. Outdoor footwear and clothing sold. Summer 8 am-8 pm. Samson Mall, 403-522-3636. Map 2, 20M

• Guides, local histories, bestsellers & photo books • Canadian Rockies topographic & road maps • Quality postcards, posters & photographs Banff: 201 Banff Ave 403 762 0405 Lake Louise: Samson Mall 403 522 3020

Hundreds of rocks, minerals & fossils from local & worldwide sources Canadian Rockies geology maps & guide books Samson Mall, Lake Louise 403-522-3020 summer 2013 //



canmore hot shops Artists of Elk Run Main Street is famous for its galleries (p 60), but lesser known are Canmore’s unique industrial area studios (Map 4, 13P). To establish greater profile, 10 artisans have joined together as The Artists of Elk Run (p 60). These painters, potters, sculptors, jewellery makers, picture framers and glassblowers host drop-ins, tours and events; check their Facebook page for details. —Sara Samson

Custom Jewellery Rudi Peet (p 105) is both a talented jeweller and a philosopher. “Jewellery is bought for emotional reasons, and to truly understand that emotion I work closely with each customer,” he says. “My pieces reflect the wearer’s personality; this gives my work meaning.” Rudi enjoys crafting engagement rings, wedding bands and other jewellery that is inspired by love, nature and the human form. —Kate Deglow Tin Box (p 105) wine racks come in many distinctive shapes and sizes. Chrome ‘industrial’ and rope ‘organic’ styles complement modern and mountain lifestyles; both are great conversation starters. “It’s fun to show off your wines,” notes store owner Sean Meggs. “Our humorous designs make great gifts.” —Kate Deglow

Pure Art Canadian designed Pure Handknit cotton sweaters are ethically hand crafted by women knitters in Thailand. Whimsical shell, coconut, hand-punched tin and unique ceramic buttons add to the appeal. These distinctive garments are truly works of art. Visit Wild Goose Trading (p 103) to pick out your own look- and feelgood style. —Lisa Stephens 102 // canmore


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Listings are for advertisers and other shops. Maps are on pgs 170, 174-175. BOOKS & MAPS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .103 CLOTHING & SHOES . . . . . . . . . . .103 DOG BOUTIQUE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .103 FABRICS/QUILTS/YARN . . . . . . . .103 FOOD & DRUG STORES . . . . . . . .103 GALLERIES. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 104 GIFTS & HOME DECOR. . . . . . . . 104 JEWELLERY/WATCHES . . . . . . . . .105 SPORTS OUTFITTERS . . . . . . . . . 106 TOYS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 106 WINE & SPIRITS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 106

GlaCier’s edGe Clothing for active kids sizes 0-16. Point Zero, Mexx, Deux Par Deux, Columbia, Merrell, Spyder. Footwear. Unique gifts. 737 Main St, 403-678-4779. Map 4, 20D shades on CariBou Sunglasses by Ray Ban, Serengeti, Smith, Maui Jim, Versace, Adidas, Julbo, Spy, D&G, Gucci, Ralph Lauren and Oakley. All prices—100s of styles. Goggles. Clip-on and fit-over sunglasses. Repairs and fittings. 112, 737 7 Ave, 403-678-3344. Map 4, 20C shoes T’ BooT Footwear for men and women offer comfort and fashion. Fly London, Naot, Joseph Seibel, Keen, Hush Puppies, Hispanitas, Art, Alegria, Dansko, Mephisto, Timberland, Sorel, Reiker, Bogs. Handbags including Fly London and Italian imports. Women’s socks and tights. 105, 713 Main St, 403-675-0017. Map 4, 20E

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Books & Maps Cafe Books Nostalgic, comfortable atmosphere with passionate, knowledgeable staff. Escape to a world of adventure and imagination. Fiction, non-fiction, local guides and souvenir books. Maps, cards and postcards. Canadian and local crafts, art and jewellery. Author events. 100, 826 Main St, 403-678-0908. Map 4, 20B The seCond sTory 45,000 used books; buy, sell, trade. Reasonable prices. New hiking and climbing guide books and maps. Downstairs, 713 Main St, 403-609-2368. Map 4, 20D

Clothing & shoes Boulder Menswear Stylish apparel; casual to dressy. Shirts by Bugatchi, Robert Graham, Georg Roth, Klauss Boehler, English Laundry and Point Zero. Pants, jeans, jackets, suits, sweaters, coats, belts, ties, cuff links and shoes. Tux rentals. 802 Main St, 403-678-2828. Map 4, 20C eMBody aCTivewear Yoga and Pilates clothing and accessories by Karma, Tonic, T by Tension, Be Present, Zobha, Manduka, Om Girl, Halfmoon, Jade, Toesox and Yoga Sandals. Many styles, fits and fabrics. 101, 830 Main St, 403-678-6765. Map 4, 20B

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valhalla Pure ouTfiTTers Outdoor clothing, footwear and gear. Merrell, Mountain Hardwear, Marmot, Patagonia, Arc’teryx, Icebreaker, The North Face, Prana, Rab, Black Diamond and Lolë. 726 Main St, 403-678-5610. Map 4, 20D w.a.n.T. Acronym for Wrists, Ankles, Necks, Toes. Accessories with a vintage feel: most handmade in Canada. Hats, jewellery, bags, gloves, scarfs, ladies casual fashions, cards, soaps and fragrances. 737 Main St, 403-678-6116. Map 4, 20C wild Goose TradinG Rugged Woolrich outdoor wear for all seasons: outerwear, sweaters, pants, capris, shorts, shirts, Ts and accessories XS to XXL plus famous blankets. FDJ French Dressing Jeans and tops: a great fit for every woman. Pure handmade knits. Mountain khakis for men. Manitobah Mukluks. Barnwood gifts. 102, 820 Main St, 403-6783566. Map 4, 20B

Dog Boutique advenTure doG ouTfiTTers Products for dogs: leashes, collars, booties, climbing and pulling harnesses, packs and travel/camping gear. Best friend attire by The North Face. Native crafts, dog sledding gear, skijoring sets, and mushing hats and mitts. Plush husky puppies and sled dog photos. Mushing courses. New downtown location: 109, 829 10 St, 403-678-6949. Map 4, 19B

Community Charm Café Books (left) owner Joy McLean is proud to run an independent bookstore that doubles as a community hub. Not only do folks browse for books, art and gifts, they also catch up with neighbours, and attend local author readings and book signings. So drop by for a taste of the ‘real’ Canmore while finding that perfect read. —Lisa Stephens FaBriCs/quilts/Yarn kniT & CaBoodle yarn shoP Designer yarns from Malabrigo, Lorna’s Laces, Madelinetosh, Cascade, Manos del Uruguay, SweetGeorgia Yarns, Berroco, Diamond Luxury Collection and more. Unique local hand-dyed yarns. Accessories and books. Gifts for knitters. 105, 717 9 St, 403-609-5582. Map 4, 19D The suGar Pine Co Award-winning quilting shop. 8000 designer cotton fabrics; 1000 batiks. Quilting kits, knitting yarns, souvenirs and gifts. Featured in Quilt Sampler Magazine. Host of quilting and fibre art workshops. Open daily. 737 10 St, 403-678-9603. Map 4, 19C

FooD & Drug stores le ChoColaTier Handcrafted treats from Belgium chocolate; watch through windows. Truffles, moulded bonbons, bars and seasonal novelties. Samples. 121, 701 Benchlands Tr, 403-679-3351. Map 4, 9N Gourlay’s PharMaCy Complete drug store. Vitamins, homeopathic Summer 2013 //



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remedies and skin products. Sports rehabilitation supports and braces. Custom-fitted compression stockings. Rentals: wheelchairs, crutches, canes, walkers, bath/shower seats. 120, 1151 Sidney St, 403-678-5288. Map 4, 8J


rusTiCana GroCery Magazines, snacks, sandwiches, groceries, coffee. Lottery centre, Western Union agency. Daily 6 am-mid. 2, 801 Main St, 403-678-4465. Map 4, 20C safeway Supermarket with pharmacy, floral dept, bakery, deli counter, and fresh produce, dairy and meats. Starbucks. Daily 8 am-11 pm. Pharmacy Mon-Fri 9 am-9 pm, Sat 9 am-6 pm, Sun 10 am-6 pm. 1200 Railway Ave, 403-609-2955. Map 4, 8G

Wild Goose Trading

shoPPers druG MarT Prescriptions, natural remedies, toys, seasonal gifts, cards, magazines, snacks. Cosmetics, fragrances and skin care. Travel size items. 933 Railway Ave, 403-678-8750. Map 4, 8G

820 Main Street 403.678.3566

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soBeys CanMore CrossinG Supermarket with produce, fish, meat, groceries, deli, bakery and pharmacy. Photofinishing and post office. Daily 8 am-11 pm. Pharmacy Mon-Fri 9 am-9 pm, Sat-Sun 9 am-5 pm. 950 Railway Ave, 403-678-6326. Map 4, 8H valBella’s deli, Bakery & Cafe Homemade sausages, charcuterie, meat pies, burgers, hams, bison, elk, breads and pies. Pan/oven ready meals. BBQ and camping supplies. Café serves sandwiches, wraps and soup. Closed Sun/hol. 104 Elk Run Blvd, 403-678-9989. Map 4, 13O

galleries See Museums & Galleries section p 60.

giFts & hoMe DeCor CanMore MuseuM & GeosCienCe CenTre GifT shoP Fossils, rocks, books, educational toys and local art. Summer Mon-Tues noon-5 pm, Wed-Sun 10 am-5 pm. 902B 7 Ave, 403-678-2462. Map 4, 19C

712B Main Street 403-678-2068 • 104 // Canmore, KananaSKiS

rafTer six ranCh resorT Western clothing, art, jewellery, tack, Native beadwork, leather accessories. Wildlife and western heritage books. 8 am-8 pm summer. E of Canmore, S of Hwy 1 at Rafter Six Ranch exit, 403-673-3622. Map A 110 roCky MounTain soaP Co Toxinfree store with 'living wall'. Natural

soap, skin care, body and bath products handmade in Canmore— paraben, phthalate and sulfate free. Renowned body and foot butters heal dry cracked skin and treat eczema. Massage oils. Baby products. 820 Main St, 403-678-9873. Map 4, 20B sPiriT of The earTh Crystals, rocks, gems, jewellery, smudges, candles, books, cards and interesting home decor. 630 Main St, 403-6094456. Map 4, 20E The Tin Box “Go-to shop for funky gifts.” Eclectic home decor: decorative plates, candle holders, vases and picture frames. For three years running Rocky Mountain Outlook readers voted Tin Box as best place to buy jewellery: sterling silver classics to trendy diva wear. Cheeky fridge magnets. Colourful socks, scarves and bags. Thyme body care items. 3000+ humorous cards. (Also in Edmonton.) 837 Main St, 403-678-9666. Map 4, 20B wildhorse GifTs First Nation art crafts and jewellery. Logo apparel and Casino souvenirs. Newspapers, magazines, snacks, travel items, cards. Stoney Nakoda Lodge, Hwy 1 and Hwy 40, 15 min east of Canmore, 1-888-862-5632. Map A, 10O

JewellerY/watChes aMMoniTe faCTory & showrooM Colourful and rare Ammolite gemstone production from fossils mined in Alberta. Custom jewellery, designed and made on-site. Loose stones and whole fossils. Factory tours Mon-Sat 10 am, 11 am and noon ($5 +GST). 106 Bow Meadows Cres, 403-678-1786. Map 4, 14P rudi PeeT, GoldsMiTh Art inspired by nature. Contemporary, fluid, award winning designs incorporate 18k gold, silver and gems from around the world including Canadian diamonds. Rings reflect the relationship’s significance. Junghans, Max Bill and St Moritz watches. 10, 102 Bow Meadows Cres, off Elk Run Blvd, 403-678-6131. Map 4, 13P sTraTTon’s Jewellery Owner David Stratton displays designer silver charms, beads and other jewellery by Thomas Sabo, Misaki, Story by Kranz & Ziegler and Frederic Duclos. Clik Jewels and Simon G diamond jewellery. Watches, earrings, chains, and wedding and anniversary bands. 802 Main St, 403-678-9999. Map 4, 20C

837 Main St • 403-678-9666 • gifts • decor • housewares • body care • jewelry

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Adult suspension 29er with helmet $15/hr, $45/day Kids bikes from $8/hr, $24/day Kids trailer & power assisted E-bike available

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Large selection of outerwear Bikes, golf, camping & tennis equipment Footwear & fashions

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sports outFitters Canadian Tire Sports, camping, fishing, hardware, tools, paint, storage, luggage, housewares, cookware, small appliances and seasonal products. Full automotive service and repairs. 1110 Gateway Ave, 403-6783295. Map 4, 8H kananaskis ouTfiTTers Rent bikes, canoes, kayaks, hiking packs/ poles. Buy active lifestyle clothing, footwear, trail guides, maps, sunglasses and bike/hike accessories. Solomon, Kuhl, Mammut, Isis, Sugoi. Bike repairs. Hiking tours. Kananaskis Village Ctr, 403-591-7000. Map A, 8L sPorTs exPerTs “Canmore’s best sporting goods store,” Canmore Leader. 7000 sq ft of top brand name golf, camping and tennis gear; and athletic and outdoor footwear and apparel. Bike sales and rentals. Repairs. Emphasizes customer service. 1080 Railway Ave, 403-609-3030. Map 4, 8H unliMiTed skaTe & snow Locally owned skateboard and snowboard shop. Hardgoods from Burton, Capita, Jones, Forum, Ride, Stepchild, Arbor,

Rome, Prior, ThirtyTwo, Deathwish, Baker, Element, Independent, Plan B, Girl and Chocolate. Clothing from Krew, Vans, Altamont, Nike, Emerica, Nomis, Volcom, DC, Insight, Nixon, Comune, Nikita, Supra and Circa. 801 Main St, 403-678-6605. Map 4, 20C

toYs hi Jinx Toy shoP “The funnest toy shop in the Rockies!” Favourite toys and games: Playmobil, Thomas and Chuggington Wooden Railway, Calico Critters, Corolle dolls, Lego and Schleich. 100s of puzzles, board games, educational/science toys, crafts and puppets. 712B Main St, 403-678-2068. Map 4, 20D

wine & spirits CanMore wine MerChanTs “Life is too short to drink bad wine.” Locally owned purveyors of wine, spirits and beer, many exclusive. Staff is knowledgeable and helpful. Sat tastings; some hosted by winemakers. Fri night wine class 8-10 pm; reserve ahead. Mon-Sat 10 am-8 pm, Sun noon-7 pm. 836 Main St (beneath The Wood restaurant), 403-678-4999. Map 4, 20A

Cellar door Boutique wine shop with focus on value and service—100 wines under $20, plus premium selections; case discounts. Spirits and craft beer. All day free tastings. In-store private functions. 109, 701 Benchlands Tr (next to Iron Goat Pub), 403-675-1100. Map 4, 10N liquor PoinT Big imported beer selection, plus local and domestic brands. Large choice of wine and spirits. Walk-in cold room. Competitive prices; regular specials. Knowledgeable staff. AGLC event permits. 10 am-mid (summer to 1 am). 1702 Bow Valley Tr, 403-678-5775. Map 4, 6G safeway liquor sTore Cold beer, wines, spirits and liqueurs. 10 am-11 pm. 1200 Railway Ave, 403609-4655. Map 4, 8G soBeys sPiriTs wine Cold Beer Spirits, liqueurs, wines and cold beer. Special orders, weekly specials, case discounts, tastings. Event permits and planning. Mon-Thurs 10 am-11 pm, Fri-Sat to mid, Sun to 10 pm. 1040 Railway Ave (across parking lot from Sobeys), 403-609-6636. Map 4, 8H

Museum Shop

A great selection: rocks, fossils, local art & books, archival reproductions. Gifts for all ages!

Purveyors of Uncommon Wines, Spirits & Beers

Canmore Museum & Geoscience Centre

836 Main St, Canmore

Open daily • Civic Ctr, 902B - 7 Ave 403-678-2462 • • 403-678-4999

Lose Yourself in the Stories New fiction & non-fiction Local books & hiking guides

YARN SHOP Wild Goose Trading

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102 - 820 Main St • 403 678 3566 Open daily • // Canmore, KananaSKiS

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Banff Hot Dining Keeping it Local Many Banff restaurants use ingredients raised by Alberta and BC farms:

Mixed Menu of Asian Delights If you’d like to sample a variety of Asian cuisines try dining at Bamboo Garden (p 110). Owner Eagle Ling enjoys introducing popular dishes from Thailand, Malaysia, Japan, China, Korea and Vietnam to the uninitiated. When asked how he decides what to add to his menu, Eagle simply responds: “It tastes good.” And you can’t argue with that. —Lisa Stephens


New Location for a Venerable Steakhouse

• The Bison Bistro’s (p 108) rosemary rack of lamb from Ewe-nique Farms is accompanied by caponata made with tomatoes and eggplant from Broxburn Farms. “Knowing the farmers leads to extra respect for the food and appreciation of the quality,” says executive chef Liz Gagnon. • Eden’s (p 114) chef de cuisine David hassel loves “utilizing local ingredients able to ignite all of our guests’ senses.” high Country’s bison tenderloin is served with Fairwinds Farm’s organic goat’s milk and barley porridge. Vegetables supplied by Alberta farm representative Galimax allow hassel to “have a relationship with farmers while being part of a reliable delivery network.” —Kate Deglow

Bumper’s The Beef house (p 119) may have a new location at the Rundlestone Lodge but its reputation as a Banff tradition since 1975 lives on. Its fun, casual character remains as does the popular all-you-caneat salad bar and prime cuts of Alberta AAA steaks. new is a breakfast buffet and fireplace lounge with big-screens and nightly drink specials. —Sara Samson

Surf n’ Turf

They may be ugly, but they sure are tasty! At Melissa’s Steakhouse & Family Restaurant (p 120) pick your crustacean from the only live lobster tank in the Bow Valley. These Canadian delicacies are flown in to Calgary from the Atlantic coast daily. Enjoy lobster on its own, or lobsters-for-two with a succulent filet of Alberta beef to share. —Kate Deglow Summer 2013 //


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Canadian Banffshire CluB Relaxed elegance in a cozy room surrounded by an extensive wine selection. The chef continually innovates to offer modern western Canadian cuisine that incorporates fresh local seasonal produce. Open-to-view wine cellar with 2000 labels. AAA/CAA Four Diamond and Mobile Four Star awards. Mains $37$59. Multi-course options with wine pairing available. The Fairmont Banff Springs, 403-762-6860. Map 3, 20L The Bison resTauranT & TerraCe Regional seasonal and Canadian cuisine from locally sourced farms. Chef Liz Gagnon features Carmen Creek bison, Ewe-Nique Farms lamb and wood fired appetizers. Mains $19-$45. Douglas fir finished room with open copper kitchen and patio with mountain views. Daily from 5 pm; Sun brunch 10 am-2 pm. 211 Bear St, 403-762-5550. Map 3, 14N Bow Valley Grill Fresh market cuisine from an open kitchen overlooking the Fairholme Range. Baking on-site; tantalizing grilled meats, sal108 // banff

ads, seafoods and decadent desserts. Mains ($28-$54): prime rib; espresso crusted venison medallions with three grain risotto and root beer glazed carrots; and pan fried trout with tarragon cream sauce with potato rissole. Generous buffets including à la minute omelettes: breakfast $29, Sat brunch $43, Sun brunch $45. Family friendly; buffets half price for kids 6-12 (-6 free). The Fairmont Banff Springs, 403-762-6860. Map 3, 20L Buffalo MounTain lodGe Made of hand-hewn timber, Sleeping Buffalo Dining Room offers signature Rocky Mountain Cuisine. Menus incorporate local produce including buffalo, elk and caribou from their own farm: charcuterie board; foie gras with gingersnap loaf and warm fruit; ribeye steak with banyuls jus. Lounge with fireplace. Wine Spectator award. Mains $21-$39, breakfast/lunch $11$19. Cilantro features an open kitchen, wood fired oven and patio; pasta, pizzas and grilled meats are served (mains $16-$30). Tunnel Mountain Rd, 403-762-2400. Map 3, 10L Chinook resTauranT aT Banff Park lodGe Relaxed, family atmosphere with comfy booths by big windows that overlook the Sundance Range. All-day breakfasts, meal salads, sandwiches, prime rib burger, curry bowls and buffalo lasagna ($11-$18). Additional dinner mains: Hollandaise salmon, pecan crusted stuffed chicken and Guinness braised beef ($17-$22). Child menus. Huge Sun brunch buffet ($26, sen $21, 6-12 $16, -6 free). 2nd Fl, 222 Lynx St, 403-762-4433. Map 3, 14F CluBhouse resTauranT & lounGe Golf course dining open to the public with 360° views of mountains, fairways, wildlife and Bow River. All day menu: steak sandwich, par 5 burger, fresh salads, homemade sandwiches and great share plates. Breakfast, lunch and dinner. Hotel shuttle. May-Oct. The Fairmont Banff Springs, 403-762-6860. Map 3, 19M earls A favourite in Western Canada with upbeat atmosphere and global menu. Finger foods, salads, burgers, sandwiches, Canadian Angus beef, pasta, tender chicken, fresh BC salmon and prawns. Thin crust pizza. Mains $14-$34. Nightly drink specials. Mountain views. Upstairs, 229 Banff Ave (enter off Wolf St), 403-762-4414. Map 3, 13O

Exotic Eats Ready to walk on the wild side? Interested in eclectic eating? Try a ‘hot rock’ fondue of shark, alligator, rattlesnake, ostrich, frog legs, buffalo and venison at Grizzly House (p 112). Less ‘epicurious’ fondue choices include steak, seafood, cheese and chocolate. —kate Deglow elk & oarsMan PuB & resTauranT Mountain decor with large fireplaces. Steaks (elk, bison and Certified Angus beef), burgers, gourmet pizza, ribs and pub fare like ale battered haddock and chips, nachos and wings. Locals love the value-priced daily specials: Mon $10 pizzas, Tues $8 steak sandwich, Everything Elk Wed, Thurs baby back ribs $13/$17. Happy hr Fri (4-6 pm) with 2-for-1 appies. 11 big screens show sports. Rooftop patio with 360° view. Most mains $12-$32. Food 11 am-1 am; drinks to late. Occasional live music. 119 Banff Ave (above The Ski Hub), 403-762-4616. Map 3, 16O The eVerGreen “Casual fine dining” and regional Alberta cuisine: organic produce and meats in partnership with local farms. From the open kitchen come Paddle River elk marinated with espresso and maple syrup; classic Brome Lake duck à l’orange; and handmade fettucini with mussels, scallops, shrimp and lobster. In-house desserts like English toffee pudding and vanilla poached pear. Vegetarian/ vegan menu. Mains $17-$36; breakfast $12-$20; lunch $13-$22. Canadian VQA wines; big cocktail menu. Lounge with full menu. 459 Banff Ave, 403-762-3307. Map 3, 11I GraPes wine Bar & BisTro This intimate hideaway with rustic dark wood decor is a hidden gem. Their chef prepares local meats grilled to



perfection, great fondues (try the Emmental and Swiss cheese fondue laced with kirsch) and plates to share such as duck confit flatbread and charcuterie with cheeses. Mains $22$44. Extensive Canadian and international wine list. The Fairmont Banff Springs, 403-762-6860. Map 3, 20L JuniPer BisTro Elevated location with great mountain views; big windows and huge patio. Canadian ‘cross roads’ cuisine with ethnic influences by chef Stephane Provost: food from the prairies and BC including Oceanwise seafood and local produce. Mains $22-$32; breakfast $9-$16; lunch $12-$22. Fireplace lounge. Mt Norquay Rd (across Hwy 1), 403-762-2281. Map 3, 11A MaPle leaf Grill Lodge-style interior with rock and wood features. Chef Morne Burger offers creative Canadian cuisine using Brome Lake duck, Alberta beef tenderloin and bison, fresh seafood and game. Wine Spectator Best of Award of Excellence. Private dining rooms. Mains $24-$45. Lunch/brunch $10-$21. 137 Banff Ave, 403-760-7680. Map 3, 15O nourish BisTro Organic, vegan, gluten-free choices, $10-$30. 215 Banff Ave Map 3, 14O. Moving July to 211 Bear St Map 3, 14N. 403-760-3933 The PriMrose Elegant yet casual dining room with Bow and Spray Valley and Mt Rundle views. Creations from Chef Ralf Wollmann’s Italian menu: steamed mussels in white wine; penne with Italian sausage and scampi; lobster, salmon and crab pappardelle with mascarpone reduction; wild mushroom risotto, ossobucco, bacon wrapped filet mignon; Italian sausage and portobello flatbread. Mains $19-$38, child $8-$9. Breakfast $12-$20, child $5-$12, plus Sat-Sun buffet. Rimrock Resort, 300 Mountain Ave, 403-762-1865. Map 3, 21H rundle lounGe Elegant decor with breathtaking views of the Bow Valley and 4-season patio with fire pits. All day menu: French onion soup, pizza and hearty ‘comfort food’ entrées. Afternoon Tea: 12 exclusive loose leaf teas, finger sandwiches and delectable pastries, noon-5 pm ($41, $51 with sparkling wine). Signature cocktails with fresh squeezed juices. Singer/guitarist or pianist Fri-Sat. The Fairmont Banff Springs, 403-762-6860. Map 3, 20L

Dine at Canada’s “Castle in the Rockies” legendary cuisine since 1888 Join us on an epicurean journey at The Fairmont Banff Springs, featuring authentic Canadian, Italian, Japanese and Alpine cuisine. 403-762-6860 |

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NK sTorM MounTain lodGe 1922 log building with fireplace and Sawback Range views. All Canadian cuisine (mains $26-$44): Alberta bison tenderloin, organic chicken, wild fresh fish and Alberta lamb. Homemade desserts. Breakfast and lunch ($11$18): salads, sandwiches and bison burger. 25 min W of Banff off Hwy 93 South, 403-762-4155. Map 1, 7B

Banff’s Original Steakhouse & Family Restaurant Locally Owned & Operated Since 1930 Enjoy Canadian home-style cooking in a heritage log dining room. Savour breakfasts from scratch, AAA Alberta steaks & prime rib. Our casual upstairs bar serves to late, with happy hour 4–7 pm. Breakfast (to 4 pm) • Lunch • Dinner Dinner reservations 403-762-5511 • Downtown, 218 Lynx St, two blocks from Banff Ave

Regional cuisine embracing the best of Canada

TerraCe dininG rooM aT Banff Park lodGe Stylishly casual atmosphere with white linen and a glass atrium that offers a panoramic mountain view. Sterling Silver AAA Canadian steaks, elk with port poivrade sauce, lime grilled king salmon and fettuccini fruita de mar. Chateaubriand carved at your table. Mains $25-$37; 5-course tasting menu $75, wine pairing options. Private functions. 222 Lynx St, 403762-4433. Map 3, 14F Tony roMa’s Pioneer of back ribs with 200 restaurants in 33 countries. The newly renovated Banff outlet features wood decor and window tables overlooking Banff Ave. Certified Angus AAA Alberta steaks and prime rib. Slow roasted BBQ chicken and pork sandwiches. Burgers, pastas and full-meal salads. Grilled shrimp, salmon and mahi mahi. Signature onion loaf and sauces. Mains $10$32; combos $23-$32. Classic lunch $10-$16. Big buffet breakfast $16; Continental $12; kids $5 (May-Sept). 7 am-11 pm; from 6 am June-Sept. Banquet rooms. Fireside lounge. 138 Banff Ave, 403-760-8540. Map 3, 15O wildfire Grill Mountain views and Canadian comfort food made from scratch. Burgers, pizzas, fresh pastas and vegetarian dishes. Dinner/ lunch mains $13-$25; breakfast buffet $14 (or à la carte). 7 am-10 pm. Bears Den Pub with full menu, 54” TV, pool table and juke box. Inns of Banff, 600 Banff Ave, 403-762-4581. Map 3, 9K

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& the Lik lounge 459 Banff Ave 403-762-3307 110 // banff

221 bear street reserve 403-762-2467

BaMBoo Garden Family-friendly restaurant with main street and mountain views. A wide variety of Asian cuisine is served: Pad Thai, Thai curries and roasted chicken, Vietnamese spring rolls, Malaysian crêpes and pineapple fried rice, and korean BBQ ribs. Noodle and vegetarian dishes. No MSG. Mains $12-$20. Lunch/dinner. Patio. 2nd fl, Park Ave Mall, 211 Banff Ave, 403985-6688. Map 3, 14O

Lotus Lotus Chinese Cuisine Lemon chicken, sweet and sour pork, ginger beef, vegetables, noodles and specials. Build-your-own-meal from many choices. Counter service; eatin/take-out. Delivery (free $25+). Cascade Plaza Food Court, 317 Banff Ave, 403-762-4388. Map 3, 13O Silver Dragon Authentic Cantonese, Peking and Szechuan cuisine. Pleasant decor with skylight, patio and mountain view. Spring rolls; ginger fried beef; almond and crispy chicken; seafood chow mein; Peking duck; lobster in ginger, black bean or creamy butter sauce. Mains $14-$30. Weekday multi-course lunch $10-$11. Tables for groups. Take-out/delivery. 11:30 am-10 pm. Owned by the same family that runs well-regarded Silver Dragon in Calgary (106 3 Ave SE, 403-264-5326). 211 Banff Ave, 403762-3939. Map 3, 14O

Family Dining & Cafes Boston Pizza Classic, gourmet and create-your-own pizzas and pastas. Steaks, seafood, chicken, burgers, salads and sandwiches; nutritious Health Check options. Mains $8-$25; lunches $8-$15; Tues pasta from $7; kid’s meals; take-out; delivery. Woodfinished dining room with and rundlestone accents. Sports lounge with 11 big screen HDs. 2nd Fl, 225 Banff Ave, 403-762-2192. Map 3, 14O Cake Company Cafe Sandwiches, wraps and fresh baking. Specialty coffees. Take-out/eat-in. 7 am-5 pm. 220 Bear St, 403-762-8642. Map 3, 14N

Superb Chinese Cuisine

Cascade Plaza Food Court Rock floor, fireplace and domed atrium. Edo Japan: teriyaki chicken or shrimp, sukiyaki or yakisoba beef, and ginger pork made as you watch. Lotus Lotus Chinese Cuisine: classic chicken, pork, beef and vegetable dishes. Mrs Vanelli’s Fresh Italian Foods: pizza, panzerotti, pasta and salads. Taste of Sri Lanka: samosa, satay and curry. Booster Juice: fruit smoothies and panini. Dairy Queen: ice milk treats, burgers and breakfast. Subway: subs, wraps and salads. Second Cup: espresso bar, baking and soft seats (street level). 317 Banff Ave. Map 3, 13O The Castle Pantry Self serve café, bakery and deli. Homemade breads, pastries, chowder, salads, chili and sandwiches ($8-$15). Espresso and cappuccino made to order. The Fairmont Banff Springs. Map 3, 20L

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Cows (Take-Out) Canada’s best ice cream says Reader’s Digest. Over 32 flavours of super premium ice cream in handmade waffle cones. Sundaes and milkshakes. Original cow theme shirts and souvenirs. 134 Banff Ave, 403-760-3493. Map 3, 16O MCdonald’s McCafe espresso coffees, McBistro chicken sandwiches, Angus 1/3 pounders and healthy Happy Meals for kids are additions to the familiar menu. Lighter choice

options include salads and oatmeal. Real fruit smoothies. Value items like coffee and muffin for $1.39. Open 24 hrs, breakfast 4-11 am. Locally owned/operated. Free WiFi. 116 Banff Ave, 403-762-5232. Map 3, 16O riCky’s all day Grill Casual family dining at a comfortable, modern restaurant. Ricky’s is known for hearty breakfasts (until 4 pm): yukon Big Bite, Grand Forks, omelettes, breakfast bowls and seven kinds

of eggs Benedict. Mains ($10.50$26.50): thin crust pizza, certified Angus beef or veggie burgers, huge salads, slow roasted turkey, poached halibut and BBQ back ribs with Bull’sEye Guinness sauce option. kid’s menu. 7 am-10 pm, lounge to later. Banff International Hotel, 333 Banff Ave, 403-760-3298. Map 3, 13G shakes Nathan’s World Famous all beef hot dogs, poutine (fries with cheese curds and gravy), Vietnamese subs, hot and cold bubble tea, milkshakes from real ice cream and fruit purée, sundaes, frozen yogurt and fresh squeezed lemonade. Take-out/ eat-in. 201 Banff Ave (Caribou St access), 403-762-9148. Map 3, 14O suBway Sub sandwiches made to order on choice of fresh bread. Toasted, heated or cold. Low fat, kids packs, salads and value meals. Take out/eat in. 7 am- 3 am. 9, 137 Banff Ave, 403-985-5589. Map 3, 15O; Cascade Plaza Food Court, 317 Banff Ave, 403-985-5599. Map 3, 13O


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wild flour Bakery Fresh pastries, cakes, cookies, muffins and artisan bread. Open-to-view kitchen. Gluten-free, vegan and raw options. Breakfast all day, grilled sandwiches, salads, soups and espresso drinks. 211 Bear St, 403-760-5074. Map 3, 14N

Fondue & german Grizzly house “For lovers and hedonists.” Eclectic, rustic decor. Oil and hot rock fondues: beef, buffalo, chicken, snake, lobster, shark, cheese and chocolate. Wild game and .5 kg (18 oz) Alberta steaks. 100 wines; 40 Canadian. Big beer and liquor selection. Dinners $24-$48; exotic fondues $42-$80; lunch $9-$22. 11:30 ammidnight. Sidewalk patio. 207 Banff Ave, 403-762-4055. Map 3, 15O

If You Haven’t Had Tony Roma’s You Haven’t Had Ribs!! Visit our Newly Renovated Banff Restaurant for Breakfast (á la carte plus daily buffet May through September), Lunch & Dinner!

403-760-8540 • 138 Banff Ave Mount Royal Hotel, Corner of Banff Avenue & Caribou Street 112 // banff

waldhaus resTauranT “House in the Forest”; the original golf course clubhouse with fireplace and elegant, recently renovated decor. Authentic alpine cuisine: try the wiener schnitzel or fabulous Fondue Experience. Mains $32-$45. The Fairmont Banff Springs, 403-762-6860. Map 3, 20L

FrenCh BisTro Cafe de Paris Casual bistro offers classic fare (entrées $15$28): trout almandine, coq au vin, vegetarian gnocchi and roasted leg of lamb. Steak entrecôte is finished table side ($32 with pomme frites). Weekly


onight, steak therapy.

Caribou Lodge Keg - 521 Banff Avenue (403) 762-4442

Downtown Keg - 117 Banff Avenue (403) 760-3030

PEPPER IN SOME FUN Serving Baby Back Ribs, Sizzling Fajitas Big Mouth Burgers速 & More! In The he Fox Fox Hotel & Suite Suites ites ite tes - 461 Banff Ave. 403-760403-760-8502 7 8502 760summer 2013 //




Serving Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner 333 Banff Avenue Banff International Hotel 403.760.3298

Authentic Indian Cuisine

BamBoo Garden Asian Cuisine

Butter chicken, vindaloos, korma, chicken tikka masala, vegetarian dishes, seekh kabobs & naan breads Traditional tandoori oven Dinner 5 pm–10 pm, to 11 pm Fri–Sat Lunch Buffet noon–2:30 pm Wed–Sun

229 Bear St, Wolf & Bear Mall Banff 403-760-6612 114 // banff

Pad Thai • Thai Curries Vietnamese Spring Rolls Pineapple Fried Rice Malaysian Crêpes Korean BBQ Ribs Fully Licensed Open Daily for Lunch & Dinner 2nd Floor, 211 Banff Ave Reservations: 403-985-6688

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Wine Picks menu. Separate wine bar. Dinner from 5 pm. Upstairs beside Le Beaujolais, corner Buffalo St and Banff Ave, 403-762-5365. Map 3, 17O eden 5-Diamond award, one of 5 in Canada. Wine Spectator Best of Award of Excellence 1200 label/17,000 bottle wine list is easily navigated with the help of 5 sommeliers. 2- to 4-course table d’hôte ($64, $84, $99; $103, $135, $167 with wine pairing) showcase chef David Hassel’s creations: sea urchin velouté with prawn, samphire, fennel and cucumber; Angus beef ribeye with wild leek and oxtail; rabbit with nuts, berries, morels, fava beans and guanciale; Brome Lake duck with chococate, beetroot and gingerbread gnocchi. Chef’s Grand Degustation 10-course tasting is a quintessential dining experience. Elegant decor; mountain views. Rimrock Resort, 300 Mountain Ave (near Upper Hot Springs), 403-762-1865. Map 3, 21H le BeauJolais Classic French restaurant with window tables and elegant decor. A la carte menu (entrées $26-$40) and 6-course chef’s surprise $95 ($155 with wine pairing): Arctic char, butter poached lobster, braised elk osso bucco, Dover sole meunière, duck, steak and beef tenderloin with seared foie gras. Extensive wine list. From 5 pm (resort casual dress). Upstairs, Buffalo St and Banff Ave, 403-762-2712. Map 3, 17O

greek Balkan Family owned and operated, pride shows in their authentic Greek cuisine, decor and hospitality. Arni psito (roast lamb), souvlaki, lamb lollipops, moussaka and kalamari. Pikilia hot starters combo. Panko crusted fried feta. 3-course Greek Platter for two or three. Steaks, seafood, pasta, vegetarian items. Mains $14-$33. Lunch $8-$15; try pulled lamb ciabatta with Greek salad. Greek Night with belly dancing and plate smashing Tues and Thurs. 120 Banff Ave, 403-762-3454. Map 3, 16O

indian Masala Traditional and innovative Indian dishes, many from the wood-fired tandoori oven. Mains ($15-$20): butter chicken, chicken tikka, lamb vindaloo, beef korma and biryani. Many vegetarian selections. Chef Anand Singh is Indian trained. Dinner from 5 pm. Lunch buffet Wed-Sun noon-2:30 pm. 229 Bear St, 403-760-6612. Map 3, 13N

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iTalian & swiss

Fondue & Hot Rocks for Lovers & Hedonists

EST 1967 Seating 11:30 am to Midnight Reservations Appreciated 207 Banff Ave • 403-762-4055

LOTUS LOTUS Chinese Cuisine • Lemon chicken, sweet & sour pork, ginger beef, vegetables, noodles & rice • Daily specials • Eat-in & take-out • Delivery (free over $25)

Cascade Plaza Food Court Lower level, 317 Banff Ave 403-762-4388

CasTello risToranTe Elegant Italian courtyard setting paired with a menu and fine service that transports patrons to Italy. Grilled swordfish with olives and caper vinaigrette, pappardelle with braised veal cheeks, pork tenderloin, lamb two ways, veal Saltimbocca, pasta and pizza. Vegetarian and gluten-free options. Mains $21-$40. The Fairmont Banff Springs, 403-762-6860. Map 3, 20L GiorGio’s TraTToria Charming decor with gables and beam ceiling. Thin-crust pizzas, pasta, steaks, pollo parmesan, catch of the day and daily risotto. 100+ wines. Mains $17-$33. Patio. 5-10 pm. 219 Banff Ave, 403762-5114. Map 3, 14O The MeaTBall Pizza & PasTa Warm decor and Italian/Canadian cuisine: House-made appetizers, flavourful stone-oven pizzas, hearty pastas, and tantalizing meat and vegetarian entrées; mains $15-$29. Breakfast buffet $14.75. Lunch $9-$14. Lounge and patio with scenic views. 6:30 am-10 pm. Banff Ptarmigan Inn, 337 Banff Ave, 403-762-3667. Map 3, 13G Mrs. Vanellis Pizza (whole or by the slice), pasta (your choice of sauce), lasagna, salads, wings and soups. Delivery ($25+ free). Cascade Plaza Food Court, 317 Banff Ave, 403-762-4388. Map 3, 13O



old sPaGheTTi faCTory Antiques and memorabilia characteristic of 1900 Banff. Many pasta specialties plus steak, chicken, seafood and vegetarian dishes. Sautéed mushrooms, calamari and mozza stix appetizers. Meals ($10-$18, $5-$7 child) include hot sourdough bread, soup or salad, ice cream, and coffee/ tea at no extra charge. From 11:30 am. Reservations accepted. 317 Banff Ave, 403-760-2779. Map 3, 13O TiCino swiss-iTalian resTauranT Rack of veal, hazelnut chicken stuffed with goat cheese, fresh halibut, lamb loin with figs and dates, pasta, raclette and fondue. Rustic/elegant decor. Mains $18-$38. 415 Banff Ave, 403-762-3848. Map 3, 12H

Japanese Sundance Mall 215 Banff Ave 403-762-4941

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JaPanese resTauranT Miki Japanese foods and mountain views. Sushi and sashimi, vegetable and seafood tempura, beef hot pots and Alberta steaks. Frequent all-you-can-

eat specials. Mains $16-$35. From 5 pm; last seating 9 pm. 2nd flr, 600 Banff Ave, 403-762-0600. Map 3, 9K saMurai sushi Bar & resTauranT Authentic and fresh nigiri and rolled sushi, and sashimi. Interactive hot pots for two: yosenabe, shabushabu and sukiyaki ($65). Shrimp and vegetable tempura ($14). Seasonal 5-course menu $38. Japanese sake, beer and plum wine. Charming, intimate room. The Fairmont Banff Springs, 403-762-6860. Map 3, 20L

korean seoul CounTry Family owned and operated; over 30 years experience. Healthy, authentic cuisine from Alberta meats and fresh vegetables. Dinner size soups and stews. Meats grilled on your table top BBQ. kal-bi (marinated short ribs), bul-gogi (sliced beef ribeye), bi-bim-bab (rice bowl with meat and vegetable medley), kim-chi (spicy, pickled cabbage). 11:30 am10 pm. Mains $13-$28. 215 Banff Ave, 403-762-4941. Map 3, 14O

pubs Banff aVe BrewinG Co. On-site brewery; free tours. Crispy lobster roll, burgers, fish and chips, bacon wrap meatloaf, banana panko crusted chicken; mains $12-$27. kids menu. Lounge with soft seats, pool and big screen. 2nd floor, Clock Tower Mall, 110 Banff Ave, 403-762-1003. Map 3, 17P The Bear sTreeT TaVern ‘Ridiculously good’ pizza, sandwiches, cast iron specialties and local beer. Cozy seating in a casual atmosphere. Big TVs for sports. Courtyard patio. Mains $14-$23. From 11:30 am. Street level below The Bison Restaurant, 211 Bear St, 403-762-2021. Map 3, 14N Melissa’s uPsTairs Bar 1930 log decor and food from Melissa’s Restaurant menu—eggs Benedict, hot beef and turkey, ribs and Cajun chicken Caesar (mains $8-$20). Steak sandwich platter $8 Mon-Fri. Darts, pool, 11 TVs (4 satellite; 60” plasmas) for sports (most games in town) and video games. PBR king cans $3.75, pints $4.25. Happy hr 4-7 pm. 218 Lynx St, 403-762-5776. Map 3, 15N PePPer’s TV, pool and darts. Breakfast, burgers, sandwiches, pizza, pasta, fish and chips, steaks and ribs; mains $10-$25. Child menu. 7 am-mid; food to 10:30 pm. Banff Ave at Tunnel Mtn Rd, 403-762-5531. Map 3, 1O

Banff’s ONLY Food Court Edo Japan • Mrs. Vanellis • Booster Juice • Dairy Queen • Subway Second Cup • Lotus Lotus Chinese Food • Taste of Sri Lanka The Old Spaghetti Factory Full Service Restaurant

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sT JaMes’s GaTe olde irish PuB Built in Dublin; assembled in Banff. 24 beers on tap, 30 single malt scotches and Irish whiskeys. Certified Angus beef steaks, Irish stew, steak and Guinness pie, shepherd’s pie, liver and onions, seafood, pastas, sandwiches and burgers. Unique Guinness, crab and asparagus soup. Thurs Irish Night: $9 Irish fare, $1 off Irish pints. Sunday Carvery: roast of the day with soup or salad (from 4 pm, $15). Live music Thurs-Sat. Big screen sports. Mains $11-$25. Daily 11 am–mid or later. 207 Wolf St, 403-762-9355. Map 3, 13O ToMMy’s ‘British’ pub with plasmas and darts. Wings, sandwiches, fish and chips, shepherd’s pie, chowder, burgers (beef, elk, chicken, buffalo, veggie), $8-$13; steak sandwich $9. Patio. Families welcome. Open mic with instruments Wed from 10 pm. 11 am-2 am; food to 11 pm. 120 Banff Ave, 403-762-8888. Map 3, 16O


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waldhaus PuB Lower level of 1927 Bavarian-style ‘cottage’ recently renovated with patio, authentic beer taps, free pool, darts and 2 giant 80” HD TVs. Pub and alpine cuisine: wings, ribeye salad, skillet nachos, burgers and fondue. Wing Wed. Mains $16-$24. Fairmont Banff Springs (by the golf course), 403762-6860. Map 3, 20L wild Bill’s leGendary saloon Cookhouse classics: hickory smoked beef brisket, hearty beef ribs, roast chicken, pulled pork, stuffed portabello mushroom and ‘cowboy’ sirloins. ‘Chuck wagon’ sandwiches, elk burger, BBQ cobb salad and Grandma’s berry cobbler. Mains $13-$27. Downtown Banff’s premier entertainment venue at night: top bands (Fri, Sat and most Thurs), occasional comedy shows, Tues karaoke, Thurs free line dancing lessons and Tues/Thurs/Sun mechanical bull rides. Western decor; just renovated. 11 am-2 am. 201 Banff Ave, 403-762-0333. Map 3, 15O

sighTseeing liFT Banff Gondola Incredible view at Summit Restaurant with self-serve fare for breakfast, lunch or dinner. To Oct 18: Alpine Lights Fri and Sat night prime rib dinner (with a vegetarian option), $55, ch $30. June-Sept: Panorama Restaurant for full service lunch and dinner. End of Mountain Ave (near the Upper Hot Springs), Banff, 1-800-760-6934. Map 3, 21J

souThwesT & spanish Chili’s Their motto: “Pepper in some fun at Chili’s Texas Grill!”. Bold, smokey flavours dominate and entice in a menu featuring Big Mouth burgers, fire-grilled steaks, entrée sized salads and new southwestern pasta selection. Lighter Choice options are available for all items. Mains $12-$26. Continental breakfast buffet. Wood decor; many booths and window seats. 7 am -11 pm; Fri/Sat to mid. 461 Banff Ave, 403-760-8502. Map 3, 11I CoyoTes souThwesTern Grill Healthy southwest, west coast and Mediterranean cuisine: grilled meats and salmon, corn crusted pizza, homemade pasta and vegetarian dishes. AAA beef tenderloin with roast red pepper and green chile relish, chimayo honey glazed salmon, spicy vegetable and black bean burrito, and daily specials. Breakfast ingredients include free-range organic eggs, local Valbella meats and real Canadian maple syrup. Santa Fe decor and open kitchen. Candlelit at dinner. Mains $16-$29; breakfast/lunch from $8.50. 7:30 am-10 pm. 206 Caribou St, 403-762-3963. Map 3, 15O el Toro Tapas $6-$13: tequila cream prawns, homemade empanadillas, Manchego cheese flambé. Mains $17-$30: braised lamb shoulder, butternut squash ravioli, bison chorizo penne. Mexican dishes $14$20: tostadas, quesadillas, fajitas. Chateaubriand carved tableside. Children welcome. 10% of Sunday sales to charity. Breakfast/dinner. 429 Banff Ave, 403-762-2520. Map 3, 12H MaGPie & sTuMP Rustic restaurant and late night cantina. Mexican and Tex-Mex fare: tamale pie, fajitas and burritos. Canadian fare: steaks, BBQ chicken and pizza. Generous portions. Occasional live music. Patio. Noon2 am (full menu to closing). Mains $14-$26; lunch $10-$15. 203 Caribou St, 403-762-4067. Map 3, 15N

A tAste of IrelAnd Authentic dublin decor - diverse Cuisine 24 draught Beers - 30 scotches - 8 Irish Whiskeys 207 Wolf st

(west of Banff Ave)

403.762.9355 Live entertainment

BAnFF’s Best PuBs!! A tAste of tHe roCKIes Pub & steakhouse - families Welcome Great rooftop Patio - sports on Plasmas in Pub 119 Banff Ave (above ski Hub)

403.762.4616 Call for reservations

sTeaks BuMPers The Beef house "If you haven’t been to Bumpers, you haven’t been to Banff” says this family restaurant (a tradition since 1975). Alberta beef specialties and Banff’s only salad bar. Favourites: prime rib (many cuts), ribeye and tenderloin steaks, chicken, baby back ribs and trout. Mains $14$49. kid menu. Dinner from 5 pm, breakfast 6:30 am-10 am. Fireside lounge with HD TVs, from 4 pm. New summer 2013 //



banff dining

location: Rundlestone Lodge, 537 Banff Ave, 403-762-2622. Map 3, 10J The keG sTeakhouse & Bar “Great Steaks. Good Friends.” Friendly service in a casual atmosphere. AAA Alberta beef aged for tenderness and seared over high heat to lock in juices. Tasty seafood, chicken and ribs, plus signature keg desserts. Entrées $20-$47. Impressive breakfast buffet ($14.75) and lunch ($11-$32) at the Caribou Lodge location. Caribou Lodge, 521 Banff Ave, 403-762-4442 Map 3, 10J; Downtown keg, 117 Banff Ave, 403-760-3030. Map 3, 17O Melissa’s sTeakhouse & faMily resTauranT In a 1930 log building with patio, locally owned Melissa’s has made quality food from scratch for 35 years. Breakfast: Swiss apple pancakes, omelettes and eggs Benedict, most $7-$14. Lunch: Joe Canadian burgers, hot turkey sandwich, brunch plates and deep dish pizza, most $8-$14. Mains ($17-$39; housemade burgers from $11; choose-yourown live lobster $45): AAA Alberta steaks (7 cuts; 4 sauces) and prime rib, salmon and pasta. Child menu. $5 off wine bottles on Wed. 7 am10 pm. 218 Lynx St, (2 blocks W of Banff Ave), 403-762-5511. Map 3, 15N salTlik a rare sTeakhouse Black Angus, AAA and Prime grade steaks from a 1200°F infrared oven for tender, flavourful results. Fresh salmon, BBQ ribs, hunter chicken and kobe beef burgers. Mains $17-$38; sides/starters $5-$15. Lunch/lounge menu: salads, sandwiches and steaks (mains $14-$27). Open-to-view wine cellar; 16 wines by the glass; 10 beers on tap. Attractive dining room with vaulted ceiling and fireplace. Booths, semi-private room and patios. Main floor lounge with fireplace. 221 Bear St, 403-762-2467. Map 3, 14N

wilderness CookouT holiday on horseBaCk Backcountry solitude, horseback or covered wagon ride, and hearty western meal with steak BBQ’d to your order. Leisurely trail ride to the scenic picnic site with horseshoe pits and ‘calf’ roping. Sheltered seating. Mountain Breakfast Ride: steak, eggs, fresh rolls and fruit. Evening Steakfry: steak, spuds, cowboy beans, salad and homestyle dessert. $114; by covered wagon $93, $80 4-12. GST included. Dietary requests accommodated. 132 Banff Ave, 403-762-4551. Map 3, 16P 120 // banff


History By Kate Deglow


he Cave & Basin National Historic Site (p 55) is open after a two-year, $13.8M renewal. Don’t miss:

• The incredible subterranean chamber with thermal springs and sulphurous steam vent. Discovery of this site by railway workers led to the creation of Canada’s national park system in 1885. • Interactive programs, exhibits and giant 4-screen HD experience that takes you on a journey of Canada’s national parks, historic sites and marine conservation areas. • Pictures, artifacts and entertaining photo booths at Story Hall featuring its newly uncovered 1914 ceiling. • Café with tasty treats, and Galletly event theatre. • Marsh Loop and Discovery Trail boardwalks and paths through a unique wetlands and springs ecosystem (p 44). Also, engage with the displays and costumed guides that interpret 125 years of Cave & Basin and CPR rail worker history at the Discovery Tent outside Banff Park Museum National Historic Site (p 55). “We want to enhance the vibrancy of downtown Banff and to motivate folks to check out the new Cave & Basin,” says John Bowden of Banff Heritage Tourism.


lAke loUISe UISe dININg

Baker Creek Bistro Quaint log cabin restaurant, fireplace lounge and patio amongst pines. Chef Nigel Walker’s housemade cuisine from local ingredients (mains $19-$38): coffee and beer braised bison short ribs, blueberry and sunflower seed pickerel, and creamy tomato Roselline with ham and mozzarella. Lounge and lunch menus ($10-$26): duck poutine, bison calzone and watermelon mint arugula salad. Breakfast: waffles, muesli and eggs Benedict. Gluten-free and vegetarian options. Fresh fruit pies. Canmore’s Grizzly Paw beer. Ice cream cone take-out. Summer 7:30 am-10 pm. Bow Valley Pkwy, 10 km (6 mi) E of Lake Louise, 403-522-2182. Map 1, 6C Bill Peyto’s Cafe Timber framing and stone fireplace. Burgers, salads, pasta and specials like fish and chips, steaks and stirfrys ($10-$20). Beer and wine. Breakfast: granola and yogurt parfait, bacon and eggs, and Cody scrambled eggs ($6-$12). Lounge upstairs. Patio. Summer 7 am-10 pm. 203 Village Rd, 403-5222200. Map 2, 19N


Cathedral Mountain lodge 30-seat dining room with vaulted beam ceiling and fireplace patio by the Kicking Horse River. Candlelit dinner features regional organic ingredients (mains $24-$42). Late May-early Oct. Yoho Valley Rd, 15-min W of Lake Louise, 1-866-6196442. Map 2, 16I Cilantro on the lake Cozy restaurant and patio with mountain and lake views. Innovative flatbread pizzas, pastas, southwestern dishes, and grilled meats and seafood (mains $16-$30). Lunch mid May-mid Sept, 11 am-5 pm; dinner late June-late Aug, to 9 pm; call to confirm. Emerald Lake Lodge, Emerald Lake Dr off Hwy 1, 32 km (30 mi) west of Lake Louise, 1-800-663-6336. Map 2, 13K the Crossing resort Mt Wilson Dining Room breakfast and lunch buffets; à la carte dinner and often a buffet. Cafeteria snacks and meals. Pub & Patio self-serve grill-your-own steaks and burgers; mini salad bar and soups. Hwy 93, 76 km (47 mi) N of Lake Louise, 403-761-7000. Map 1, 5K



Canadian Rustic Log cabins are iconic Canadiana, and a defining characteristic of the Lake Louise dining scene: • Buffet dining is the calling card at Lodge of Ten Peaks (shown), second largest log built structure in Canada. • The Lake Louise Station Restaurant is in the lovingly restored 1910 log railway station, oldest building in town. • The intimate log decor of Baker Creek Bistro pairs nicely with the Canadian fare of new owner/chef Nigel Walker. • upscale Post Hotel offers Four Diamond fine dining, 25,500 bottle wine cellar and 1942 log decor. • Timber beams and pine log furniture are rustic accents at both Bill Peyto’s Café and Mountain Restaurant. • Ninety-year-old Deer Lodge offers the perfect setting to sample signature Rocky Mountain cuisine. • Remote Lake Agnes and Plain of Six Glaciers tea houses take rustic log cabin dining to new heights. • While not log built, newly renovated wood-paneled Walliser Stube at The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise epitomizes Old World rustic. —Jack Wennot deer lodge Rustic dining room, lounge and patio with mountain view. Rocky Mountain Cuisine using buffalo, elk and caribou from their own farm, wild BC fish, Alberta beef, and local produce. Seasonal menus. Lodge-made rabbit and Saskatoon

berry sausage; porcini dusted halibut with shallot miso broth; rosehip glazed buffalo ribeye; chanterelle mushroom gnocchi; raspberry glazed caribou. Wine Spectator award. Mains $26-$39, 6-9 pm; breakfast $10-$17, 7-11 am; lunch/lounge $16-$28,

Greet Rocky Mountaineer arrivals Wed and Sat at 6:45 pm; departures Sun and Thurs at 9:45 am (to Oct 3) at The Station Restaurant (p 122). Summer 2013 //


Lake Louise Dining

11 am-10 pm. Upper Lake Louise, 403-522-3747. Map 2, 15C Eagle’s Eye At Kicking Horse Mountain Resort Ride the gondola to Canada’s highest elevation restaurant at 2350 m (7700 ft) with timber and stone decor, deck and awesome views. Rocky Mountain/ west coast cuisine. Lunch daily June 21-Sept 1. 1 hr W of Lk Louise (near Golden), 1-866-754-5425. Map 1, 5J Emerald Lake Lodge Heritage lodge beside lovely Emerald Lake. At Mt Burgess Dining Room seasonal menus feature Rocky Mountain Cuisine using game from their own farm, local fruits and vegetables, and Pacific fish: game glazed elk tenderloin; wild halibut with saffron chive beurre blanc; rosemary rack of lamb; and Skuna Bay salmon with pea shoot risotto. Wine Spectator award. Mains $26-$39; breakfast $11-$19. Yukon gold rush decor at Kicking Horse Lounge (mains $16-$28). 32 km (20 mi) west of Lake Louise, 1-800-663-6336. Map 2, 13K The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise Poppy Brasserie: à la carte and buffet at breakfast; plus contemporary Canadian dinners. Fairview Dining Room: regional Canadian cuisine like Alberta tenderloin with 20-year old tawny jus and BC ling cod; all gluten-free on request; 4-Diamond and Wine Spectator awards. Lago Italian Kitchen: “Old Italy” dinners. Walliser Stube: classic Swiss and contemporary dinner menu; signature fondues and schnitzel. Glacier Saloon & Patio: Philly and steak sandwiches, and 'skillets' to share; sports plasmas and pool table. Lakeview Lounge: light lunches, evening tapas and elegant Afternoon Tea (noon-3 pm). Chateau

B ill Peyto’s CAFE

Great food at affordable prices Breakfast • Lunch Dinner • Patio Licensed

HI - Lake Louise Alpine Centre 203 Village Rd, Lake Louise

403-522-2201 • 122 // lake louise

Deli (24 hrs): sandwiches, baking and coffee. Most venues offer stellar lake and glacier views; all have children’s menus. 403-522-3511. Map 2, 14C Great Divide Lodge Informal dining with Wapta Lake, glacier and peaks view, a popular roadside stop. Finger foods, spaghetti Bolognese and daily specials (mains $15-$20). Breakfast, lunch and dinner. Hwy 1, 17 km (11 mi) west of Lake Louise, 250343-6311. Map 2, 18H Javalanche Café Chili and stews made daily, made-to-order sandwiches, fresh pastries and Seattle’s Best coffee. Cochrane’s MacKay’s ice cream. Mountain view and friendly atmosphere. Free WiFi. 200 Village Rd (adjacent to the Husky Station), 403-522-3574. Map 2, 21M Laggan’s Bakery & Deli Fresh baked breads, pastries, cookies and squares. Breakfast on a bun, baguette and traditional sandwiches, wraps, homemade soup, chili, hot food specials and flatbreads. Specialty coffees/teas. Eat-in/take out. Popular spot. Summer 6:30 am-8 pm. Samson Mall, 403-522-2017. Map 2, 20M Lake Agnes Tea House Walk the rising trail 3.5 km (2.2 mi) from Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise to sublime scenery and a rustic tea house, Canada’s highest. Homemade bread, soups, sandwiches, baking and loose leaf teas. Early June-early Sept, 9 am6 pm; early Sept-early Oct, 10 am5:30 pm. No electricity; cash and travellers cheques only. Map 2, 19E Lake Louise Inn Legends Restaurant: breakfast buffet and à la carte $13-$17. Lunch: chicken salad wrap, burgers and pulled pork sandwich $12-$15. Sat/Sun prime rib buffet dinner ($24). Pizza and pasta at Timberwolf Cafe ($12-$22). Pub fare ($7-$24) at Explorers Lounge. Tea Cottage ice cream parlour. 210 Village Rd, 403-522-3791. Map 2, 20N The Lake Louise Station Restaurant Casual dining in the restored 1910 heritage railway station. AAA NY-cut Alberta steaks with peppercorn sauce or blue cheese; fresh Arctic char; bison and vegetarian lasagne; pasta and curry specials; homemade pizza; Alberta elk and bison burgers. Herbs from their garden, plus strawberry and rhubarb for their ‘famous’ pie. Colourful patio;

Chocolate High Great Divide’s (p 72) Fondue with a View offers an extra sweet motivation to hike. This Canadian Tourism Commission signature experience includes a romp with master interpreters Joel or Nadine, and the fine opportunity to dip fruit into Bernard Callebaut chocolate while savouring sublime bird’s eye views. —Lisa Stephens croquet on the lawn. Mains $18-$36; lunch $12-$18; child menu $10. CPR vintage railway cars Delamere (1925) and Killarney (1906) for private groups (2-28 people). From 11:30 am to mid Oct; confirm after. 200 Sentinel Rd, 403-522-2600. Map 2, 19N Lake Louise Village Grill & Bar Family restaurant with views. Soups, salads, snacks, burgers, sandwiches $11-$14. Chinese food, steaks, salmon, chicken $15-$19. Specials. All day breakfast $12 (Mon $7). 11 am-8 pm, 8:30 am-9:30 pm June-Sept. Samson Mall, 403-522-3879. Map 2, 20M Lodge Of The Ten Peaks at Lake Louise Sightseeing Lift & Gondola 2nd largest log structure in Canada hosts generous buffets: Breakfast 8:30 am-11 am; $13, ch 6-15

PHOTO: Banff Lake Louise Tourism / Paul Zizka


$10, -6 $4.50. Lunch 11:30 am-2:30 pm; $20.50, ch 6-15 $13.25, -6 $4.50. Ride ‘n’ dine packages are value priced. Also self-serve restaurant for burgers, sandwiches and snacks; licensed deck. At the top, Whitehorn Viewpoint Café offers light fare with views of Lake Louise, peaks and glaciers. May 14-Sept 30, 8 am-5:30 pm. Whitehorn Rd, north side of Hwy 1, 403-522-3555. Map 2, 18P Moraine Lake Lodge Lake and Valley of the Ten Peaks view at Walter Wilcox Dining Room with fireplace, patio and wine cellar. Alberta beef tenderloin and rack of lamb, venison, fresh fish and daily vegetarian feature (5:30 pm-9 pm, mains $29-$45). Housemade desserts. Sandwiches and pastries at Snowshoe Café 8 am6 pm. June-early Oct. Moraine Lake Rd (10 min from Lake Louise), 403522-3733. Map 2, 18B Mountain Restaurant Family friendly with rustic carved pine decor and mountain views through southfacing windows. Lunch and dinner (mains $10-$19): homemade burgers, hot sandwiches, fresh Canmoremade pasta, house-cut ribeye steaks and Korean-inspired dishes. Hearty breakfasts $10-$14. Reservations requested for groups of 6+. 200 Village Rd, 403-522-3573. Map 2, 21M

Lake Louise

Station Restaurant 200 Sentinel Rd • 403-522-2600 Casual dining in the restored 1910 heritage railway station Contemporary Canadian cuisine • Garden patio Vintage railway cars (available for functions) Open daily from 11:30 am • Reservations recommended

Mountain Restaurant

Num-Ti-Jah Lodge Late May to Oct: Fireside dining in historic lodge on Bow Lake. Alberta regional cuisine (beef, wild game, fish). 4-course table d’hote; reservations a must. Hwy 93, 35 km (22 mi) north of Lake Louise, 403-522-2167. Map 1, 5K Post Hotel & Spa Fresh market cuisine in the 1940s log lodge. 2215 label, 22,950 bottle Wine Spectator Grand Award cellar. Innovatively prepared fish, game and Alberta beef; menus reflect in-season ingredients. A la carte and cold buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner (entrées $37-$55). 6-course tasting menu ($110). Four Diamond Award. 200 Pipestone Rd, 403-522-3989. Map 2, 20M Trailhead Cafe Talented baristas make specialty coffees. Whole leaf teas. Made-to-order hot and cold sandwiches and wraps. Breakfast wraps all day; omelettes and French toast to 10 am. Mains $6-$9. 7 am9 pm (or later), to 7 pm during the off season. Samson Mall, 403-5222006. Map 2, 20M

International Cuisine • Fantastic View

403-522-3573 Javalanche Café Great coffee, fresh baking & sandwiches made to order. Free Wi-Fi


Both located adjacent to Husky Fuel & Convenience 200 Village Road Lake Louise summer 2013 //



canmore hot dining

Iron Chef Canmore Last year, Thai It Up (p 130) owner Kevin Bellis was crowned Canmore’s Iron Chef. Food critics, local chefs and the public judged Bellis favourably for his signature use of Thai salty, spicy, sweet and sour flavours during the preparation of a whole pig. This chef’s passion for Thai food began in 2005 while attending cooking school in Thailand. It then progressed to dinner parties, a food truck venture and finally to his current, very popular restaurant. —Jenna Newton

Bragging Rights Georgetown Inn Pub (p 125) challenges patrons to hike Ha Ling Peak, Mt Rundle South Summit and Mt Lady Macdonald, each about 2.5 km and 350 vertical metres. Show photos proving you completed the Canmore Triple Crown to get your name on the glory board, your own beer mug and $1 off pints. —Jack Wennot

Fresh and Flavourful Winner of Where’s 2012 Best New Restaurant, Aroma Authentic Mexican Cuisine (p 128) shares the indigenous and Spanish flavours of the propietarios’ native Mexico; their menu promises an epicurean adventure. Enjoy the colourful setting while sampling traditional homemade sauces and tortillas, tasty mains infused with genuine spices, and interesting tequilas from their extensive list. —Lisa Stephens

Signature Offerings Zona’s Late Night Bistro (p 130) chef/owner Chris Dymtriw is credited with bringing ‘world cuisine’ to Canmore. Dishes with bold, aromatic flavours get taste buds buzzing: • Avocado Caesar salad with house made sundried tomato focaccia croutons and asiago. • Coconut, caper lime leaf and Thai curry chicken lasagne. • Copper Door Salmon; the maple, soya and whiskey glaze creates a candied flavour. —Kate Deglow 124 // canmore


canmore & Kananaskis dining

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Canadian Canmore Golf & Curling Club SandTraps offers fairway and mountain views, indoor/outdoor fireplace, vaulted ceiling and award-winning patio. All day menu $7-$14: soup and sandwich, salads, burgers (beef, veggie), flatbreads (Sicilian, pesto shrimp, veggie), sandwiches, panini, cod or halibut fish and chips. Dinner menu $13-$20: rib eye, lemon basil halibut and baby back ribs. Specials 5-9 pm $10: Tue steak sandwich, Wed pasta and flatbread, Thur fish and chips, Fri flatbread. Li’l Duffer’s meals $5-$7. Breakfast $5-$11. 7 am-9 pm. 2000 8 Ave, 403-678-5959 ext 3. Map 4, 4E Delta Lodge At Kananaskis Seasons Steakhouse: Alberta steaks, game, fish and seafood. Fireweed Grill: Mt Kidd view and Rocky Mountain fare; big breakfast, lunch and dinner menus. Grappa: Italian cuisine and open kitchen. Sunday Brunch: à la minute omelettes and Belgian waffles. Obsessions Deli & Chocolatier: sandwiches, stews and desserts. Big Horn Lounge and Woody’s Pub: casual fare and sport TVs. Kid’s menus. Kananaskis Village, 403-591-6272. Map 1, 8I The Drake Inn & Pub Steaks and burgers, cobb chicken salad and pub favourites. Sat/Sun breakfast. Fireplaces, pool table, couches, mountain views. Patios; 1 heated. Families welcome to 10 pm. Often live music; Mon karaoke; Thurs DJ. 14 Satellite TVs with sports. 909 Railway Ave, 403-678-5131. Map 4, 19H

Murrieta’s (p 126) new executive chef, James Holmes, has added innovative dishes that showcase Alberta foods to a menu that still includes perennial favourites: • Alberta short ribs are braised in Canmore brewed Grizzly Paw root beer. • Pickerel from Slave Lake in northern Alberta pairs nicely with salad Niçoise. • Free-range Alberta chicken is buttermilk fried. • Alberta Reserve Angus Beef are the only steaks Murrieta’s serves; top yours with red wine reduction, spiced coffee rub, JM-9 steak sauce or black truffle butter. —Kate Deglow Georgetown Inn Pub Fireplace, climbing memorabilia and garden patio. From scratch: famous beer battered fish and chips (choose halibut or basa), steak and Guinness pie, beef stuffed Yorkshire pudding and daily specials like Sunday lunch roast $15 and Friday chef's choice mussels $10. Mains $11-$23. Breakfast includes popular stuffed French toast with real maple syrup. Families welcome. Summer 7:30 am-10 pm FriSat. Home of Canmore's Triple Crown: climb three peaks for bragging rights, beer mug and $1 off pints. 1101 Bow Valley Tr, 403-678-3439. Map 4, 8I The Grizzly Paw Brewing Co Beer (and sodas) from their in-house breweries. Fish and chips, burgers (beef, chicken, bison, veggie), flatbread pizza; mains $13-$20. Beer infused sauces. Families to 10 pm; kids menu. Sports on 8 plasmas. Heated patio with plasmas, fireplace and BBQ. Bottle beer to go. Souvenirs. Summer 11 am-mid, food to 11 pm; Fri-Sat to 2 am, food to mid. 622 Main St, 403-678-9983. Map 4, 20F

The Iron Goat Pub & Grill Impressive timber frame restaurant with rundlestone fireplace, historic mining decor and tiered south facing patio with Three Sisters view. Contemporary cuisine and pub favourites: fire-grilled hand-cut steaks, housemade Kobe burgers, duck wings and daily local feature. Mains $10-$34. Gluten-free dishes. 600 bottle wine cellar. Private areas. Sports on 10 big TVs. 11 am-11 pm. Reservations recommended; large groups welcome. Catering. North of Hwy 1, 703 Benchlands Tr, 403-609-0222. Map 4, 9N Kananaskis Country Golf Course Summit Restaurant, Lounge & Patio with superb Mt Kidd view. Great dining experience at reasonable prices. Canadian breakfasts ($10$15). Lunch ($10-$15)—specialty salads, steak sandwich and Santa Fe chicken. Dinner ($20-$30)—steaks, rosemary chicken, smokehouse ribs and jambalaya. Open May 10-Oct 13. 26 km (19 mi) south of Hwy 1 on Hwy 40, near Kananaskis Village, 403-591-7070. Map A, 8K Summer 2013 //



canmore & area rea dining

la belle Patate Authentic French Canadian fast food. Montreal smoked meat, handmade burgers, steamy hot dogs and poutine. TuesFri 11 am-9 pm; Sat-Sun from noon; closed Mon. 4, 102 Boulder Cres, 403-678-0077. Map 4, 13O

World Cuisine Delicious dining. Pub prices.

709 9 St 403.609.2000

Reservations 403-678-3612 100 – 1005 Cougar Creek Dr

Chef’s Studio Japan Japanese Restaurant

Artfully Presented Cuisine

Lunch & dinner Take-out & delivery 403-609-8383 709 Main Street, at the back 126

mine siDe Diner Pub fare includes east Coast donairs, poutine and sirloin steak sandwich ($10). Weekday soup and sandwich, $9. Breakfast to noon. Big second floor patio. 10 am-8 pm; pub to 2 am. Canmore hotel, 738 Main St, 403-678-5181. Map 4, 20D murrieta’s bar & Grill Mahogany accents, open-to-view forno oven and mountain scenery through windows that open. Fresh fare: creamy westcoast seafood chowder, tempura calamari, wood-fired flatbreads, lamb meatball spaghetti and AAA ribeye steak with choice of sauce. Chicken cobb salad, burgers (try the bison) and sandwiches at lunch. Main $11$34. West Coast wines. Private room. happy hour 4-7 pm (lounge). 11 am10 pm; Sun to 9 pm. Upstairs, 737 Main St, 403-609-9500. Map 4, 20C rafter six ranCh resort Log walls, stone fireplace, cowboy carvings and stained-glass at Mad Trapper. ‘Cowboy Cuisine’ with daily specials and traditional western fare: BBQ steaks, ribs, buffalo, chicken, trout and homemade pie. Country breakfasts. 7:30 am-10:30 am; lunch 11:30 am3 pm; supper 5:30-8:30 pm. Western lounge (in between restaurant hours; menu to 10 pm). Patio. Saddlebag supper ride ($99) with fire roasted smokies; ideal for families. Sunset supper ride ($129). 15 min e of Canmore, S of hwy 1 at Rafter Six Ranch exit, 403-673-3622. Map A, 11O runDlestone bar & Grill Comfortable sports bar serving Canadian cuisine. Breakfast: granola, fruit, yogurt, steak and eggs ($5-$14). Lunch/Dinner: burgers (bison, beef, turkey), sandwiches, and salmon (mains $12-$19). Monthly UFC ($10). 8 am-11 pm; drinks to 2 am Fri-Sat. Windtower Lodge & Suites, 160 Kananaskis Way, 403-6096600. Map 4, 10K saGe bistro & wine lounGe Contemporary Canadian cuisine with French and other worldly accents housed in a beautiful log structure. Local, seasonal ingredients are used to prepare dishes such as Alberta // canmore & KananaSKiS

Time for Tea At Sage Bistro & Wine Lounge (below) choose from 20 loose leaf teas steeped in an elegant French press at your table. Popular blends include Bourbon Street Vanilla rooibos, Japanese Sencha green and Queen Mary black. Savour on-site with mountain views, or purchase 25 to 100 gram satchels of bulk tea-togo. —Kate Deglow Berkshire pork, AAA Alberta beef/ game, wild halibut, free-run heritage breed Alberta chicken and BC steelhead trout. Mains $17-$32. 5-10 pm; lunch 11:30 am-5 pm; Sat/Sun brunch 10 am-2 pm. Upstairs Wine Lounge with great views and patios; tapas style small plates, antipasto, charcuterie and cheese ($5-$25); 5 pm-mid. 1712 Bow Valley Tr, 403678-4878. Map 4, 6G stoney naKoDa resort & Casino The Ridge: all-you-can-eat dinner (Thurs-Sat 5-9 pm) and hot breakfast buffets (Sat-Sun 7 amnoon); à la carte breakfast, lunch and dinner Mon-Thurs 7 am-2 pm, 5-9 pm and Fri-Sun 7 am-9 pm. Sidelines Lounge: 5 plasmas, entertainment and pub fare like bison burgers, Montreal-style poutine, pizza and ribs. Private dining room. hwy 1 at hwy 40, 15 min e of Canmore, 1-888-862-5632. Map A, 10O stoney’s bar & Grill exposed timber frame, cobblestone patio, 6 plasmas, golf course and mountain view. Casual dining: Alberta beef dip,

butternut squash burger, fish tacos, chopped club, mountain burgers and pizza. Mains $11-$24 plus upscale Rustica Steakhouse menu items. Weekend à la carte brunch. golf season 7 am-10 pm Fri/Sat to 11 pm. Silvertip Resort, 2000 Silvertip Tr, 403-678-1600. Map 4, 3K

The Peak Of Mountain Dining

the benCh Classic comfort foods plus contemporary Asian and Canadian cuisine. Relaxed atmosphere. Weekend brunch buffet. Mains $12$25. 7 am-2 pm and 5-9 pm. Lounge 5-11:30 pm. Private rooms. holiday Inn, 1 Silvertip Tr, 403-609-4422 ext 158. Map 4, 7J trouGh DininG Co Casual fine dining. Jerk spiced baby back ribs with Malibu glaze, pineapple and yam fritters, AAA Alberta beef tenderloin, and chef’s catch of the day. entrées $32-$39. extensive wine list. From 5:30 pm; closed Mon. 725 9 St, reservations 403-678-2820. Map 4, 19D the wooD Casual dining in the log dining room (originally the Sherwood family homestead) or lounge with long bar. Big patio is a downtown hot spot. Steaks, burgers, pasta, BBQ chicken and ribs, sandwiches and salads (mains $12-$29). Kids menu. healthy breakfasts. 838 Main St, 403-678-3404. Map 4, 9J

200 - 737 Main Street Canmore, Alberta 403 609 9500

For a Dining Experience You Won’t Forget

dinner Show Cornerstone theatre & restaurant To Oct 15 (closed Thurs): Oh Canada Eh? is an award-winning musical celebration of Canada with singing Mounties, hockey players, Anne of green gables and lumberjacks. Performers serve a 4-course Canadian family-style meal including Atlantic haddock, roast chicken and Alberta roast beef. $75, sen $69; child 2-12 free with adult, extra child $42. Arrive 6:15 pm; show 7 pm. Free Banff shuttle. 125 Kananaskis Way, 403-609-0004. Map 4, 10K

Innovative “bistro fare” presented in a rustic log building

Family dining & CaFeS boston Pizza Classic, gourmet, gluten-free and create-your-own pizzas and pastas, plus steaks, seafood, ribs, chicken, salads and sandwiches with health Check options. Comfy and family-friendly with big screen TVs. Mains $11-$23; lunch $8-$12. Pasta Tues $10. Kid’s meals. Lounge and patio. Take-out/delivery/online orders. Air Miles. 11 am-mid SunThurs; Fri/Sat to 2 am. 1704 Bow Valley Tr, 403-678-3300. Map 4, 6G

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Meals with 100% homemade sauces are prepared fresh for every guest: seafood soup, enchiladas nortenas, relleno pobiano, cochinita pibil and halibut à la Veracruz. gluten-free and vegetarian items. Mains $19-$26. Burrito and fajita taco lunch platters $14-$23. Mexican and Canadian breakfasts $7-$12. Kids menu $8.75. Catering and event banquets. 837 Main St, 403-675-9913. Map 4, 20B

ferGies French Canadian specialties, fresh bread/pastries, tourtières, surce à la crème and fruit bread. gluten-free products. Sandwiches/coffee to go. 6:30 am-11 pm. 1001 Cougar Creek Dr, 403-678-9565. Map 4, 10M

the Chameleon fooD truCK (World) Chef Kevin Bellis, owner and chef of well-regarded Thai It Up, features a selection of world cuisine that changes daily. 621 Main St (empty lot). Map 4, 20F

GooD earth Cafe Panini, sandwiches, hot specials and baked goods. espresso. 718 Main St, 403-675-1204 Map 4, 20D; elevation Place, 700 Railway Ave, 587-361-2221 Map 4, 9I.

Chef’s stuDio JaPan Traditional and western-style sushi, tempura, teriyaki and hot pots. Artistic presentations reflect the gallery setting (Japanese gifts and paintings for sale). Most mains $12-$19, combo platters $18-$56, lunch $9.50-$14. Japanese beer, sake and wine. eat-in or take-out. 11:30 am-3 pm (Sat/Sun from noon) and 4:30 pm-10:30 pm. Delivery. 709 Main St (at the back), 403-609-8383. Map 4, 20E

mCDonalD’s McCafe espresso coffees, McBistro chicken sandwiches, Angus 1/3 pounders, and new and improved healthy happy Meals for kids are additions to the familiar menu. Lighter choice options like salads and oatmeal. Real fruit smoothies. Value items includes coffee and muffin, $1.39. Restaurant 5 am-mid. Drivethru 24-hrs. Free WiFi. 1731 Mountain Ave, 403-678-2558. Map 4, 4F

subway Sub sandwiches to order on choice of fresh bread. Toasted, heated or cold. Low fat, kids packs, salads and value meals. Take out/eat in. From 7 am. 801 Main St, 403-6756755 Map 4, 20C; B, 1702 Bow Valley Tr, 403-675-5511 Map 4, 6G. Valbella’s Deli, baKery & Cafe homemade sausages, european baking, soups and custom-made sandwiches. Charcuterie products. Prepared meals to go and small café. Closed Sun/hol. 104 elk Run Blvd, 403-678-9989. Map 4, 13O

international Prime Rib • Seafood • Pizza • Fine dining We deliver • Sunday Brunch Buffet 1602 Bow Valley Tr • 403-678-4060 128


CraiGs’ family restaurant Voted “Best breakfast in Canmore” by Canmore Leader newspaper readers. Fireplace, mountain view through big windows and menu with a huge variety. Alberta beef dip, chicken, homemade burgers, steaks, pasta, salads, sandwiches, all-day breakfasts. Child menu. ‘Western Flavour at its Best’. 6 am-9 pm. 1727 Mountain Ave, 403-678-2656. Map 4, 4F

roCKy mountain baGel Co Bagels, wraps, salads, desserts, coffee. Lunch to go. 830 Main St, 403678-9978 Map 4, 20B; 1306 Bow Valley Tr, 403-678-9968 Map 4, 7H.

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Chez françois restaurant & wine bar (French) Made-fromscratch preparations and the personal touch of chef/owner François and Sylvie. Lobster bisque, coquille St Jacques, duck à l'orange, daily catch, vegetarian dishes. gourmet breakfast 7 am-2 pm. Lunch $9-$15. Dinner 4-10 pm (mains $18-$46); multicourse from $35. 1604 2 Ave (Bow Valley Tr), 403-678-6111. Map 4, 6H

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CrazyweeD (World Cuisine) highly regarded for its eclectic food and ambiance, and owner/chef/Gold Medal Plate winner Jan hrabec’s expertise in the open kitchen. CBC Radio's John gilchrist said “10 out of 10.” Small plates like Vietnamese pork meatballs with lettuce wrap and chili lime dip. Forno oven pizzas ($18) like Milton Berle with smoked salmon, capers and crème fraiche. Big plates ($20-$29) like red seafood curry bowl with shrimp and scallops, and Sterling Silver beef ribeye chimmichurri. Sandwiches, flatbreads and curry ($10$18) at lunch. Big windows, views, patio and parking. herbs grow on the sod roof. 1600 Railway Ave (W end of street), 403-609-2530. Map 4, 6H

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tables, Chinese art and fireplace. Szechuan and Peking fare: hot and sour soup, Buddha’s delight, lemon shrimp, salt and pepper squid, ginger beef, Mongolian curry chicken, peppercorn pork chop, hot pots and sizzling rice. Choose your spice level. gluten-free items. Mains $11-$18. Combos for 1-8 people. Weekday lunch specials $9-$11. Take-out/ delivery. noon-2:30 pm (closed lunch Mon/Wed); 4:30 pm-10 pm. 702 10 St, 403-678-9531/9535. Map 4, 18E frenCh Quarter Cafe (Cajun/ Creole) Cozy spot with fireplace and open kitchen where chef Michael Raso performs. Cajun and Creole cooking reminiscent of new Orleans. Seafood gumbo, pecan crusted catfish, blackened red snapper, Cajun chicken and sausage fettuccine, steak neptune and jambalaya with hand-blended spices. Po-boy at lunch. Mains: breakfast $6.25-$13, lunch $10-$12, dinner $20-$27. Tues 7 am-5 pm, Wed-Sat 7 am-9 pm, Sun 8 am-3 pm, closed Mon. Patio. Live jazz nights. Cooking classes every 2nd Tues 6:30-9:30 pm (reserve). 1005 Cougar Creek Dr, 403-678-3612. Map 4, 10M

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GauCho brazilian barbeCue Owner ede Rodrigues offers Rodizio BBQ; chefs visit tables with daily cuts of gaucho-sized meat skewers. Allyou-can-eat chicken (wings, breasts and hearts), parmesan beef, rosemary pork loin, marinated leg of lamb, slow-cooked beef ribs and thinly sliced rump steak. Open kitchen, sunny atrium and eclectic, modern decor. Take-out boxes, platters and catering. Prime meat and Brazilian specialty foods for sale. Lunch $14-$22 noon4 pm; dinner $37 5-9 pm. 629 Main St, 403-678-9886. Map 4, 20F

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habitat restaurant & bar (World) Contemporary decor with leather booths. Chef Romano Linton’s european-inspired modern cuisine: seafood en croute with monkfish, slow braised elk osso bucco, Brome Lake duck and Thunder Creek pork duo. Seasonal 3-course menus Thurs-Sun 6-10 pm, $32-$50. Chateaubriand Sun with half price reserve wines. All-you-can-eat Mussel Wed. Breakfast 6:30-11:30 am, $8-$14. Lunch sandwiches and burgers 11:30 am-2:30 pm, $14-$18. Lounge menu 11:30 am-11 pm (Fri/Sat to mid), mains $12-$15, happy hour 4-6 pm. grande Rockies Resort, 901 Mountain St, 403-679-5228. Map 4, 8I

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Traditional Pub Fare with New World Flair 749 Railway Ave • 403-678-5168


Authentic Mexican Cuisine Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner 837 Main St • 403.675.9913



403.675 THAI (8424)


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Miner’s Lamp Pub “Best Fish n’ Chips in the Bow Valley” Stuffed French Toast 1101 Bow Valley Tr • 403.678.3439 130

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inDoChine Vietnamese fusion Cuisine Waterfall feature and fireplace lounge with big screens. Pho noodle soup with sliced beef tenderloin, spring rolls, skewers, satay prawns, curries, lemongrass chicken and vegetarian dishes; vermicelli or rice dishes and traditional sauces. Mains $12-$20; daily lunch specials. Vietnamese espresso and iced coffees. Take-out. Summer Mon/WedFri 11 am-10 pm, Sat/Sun noon-10 pm. Falcon Crest Lodge, 190 Kananaskis Way, 403-675-3888. Map 4, 11K marra’s way sushi Chef Kiyo works in his open kitchen at this small, friendly restaurant. Choose from the display of ready-to-eat items ($3, $4, $6), 30+ seafood and vegetable sushi nigiri and rolls plus miso soup, spring rolls, gyoza and fried chicken. Late night menu (8 pmmid to Oct): goma-ae, tako kimchi, tonkatsu bite and teriyaki chicken. Mon-Sat from noon. 103, 1000 6 Ave, 403-609-0479. Map 4, 19F o bistro (French) Informal bistro and cuisine by chef Olivier gouin: braised lamb shanks, cassoulet with duck leg confit, seafood bouillabaisse, steak and frites and duck poutine (mains $14-$30). Brunch 10 am-3 pm; dinner from 5 pm. 626 Main St, 403-678-3313. Map 4, 20F Patrinos steaK house & Pub (Greek/Italian/Canadian) ‘Fine’ family dining. Impressive dining area with mountain views. The Patrinos family offers meals to please all: Alberta Angus prime rib and steaks, greek and Italian dishes (including pizza), and Canadian fare such as chicken, ribs, veal and seafood. Daily specials. Patrinos Pub: pool, big screen sports, darts, video games, food/ drink specials. Wed wing night. Mains $12-$32; lunch $9-$12. Delivery after 5 pm. Mon-Sat from 10:30 am; Sun brunch buffet 9:30 am-2 pm (regular menu available). 1602 Bow Valley Tr, 403-678-4060. Map 4, 6G PeKinG GinGer (Chinese) Authentic dining. Chinese art decor and over a decade of fine wok cooking. 100+ items: wor wonton soup, ginger beef, mu hsu pork, palace-style shrimp, ma po tofu, and many hot pots and plates. no MSg used. Licensed. Lunch buffet 11 am-2 pm Mon-Fri. Mains from $10. Take-out or delivery (free $35+ within 3 km); menu online. 11 am-8 pm (from noon Sat/ // canmore & KananaSKiS

Sun/hol). 1702 Bow Valley Tr, 403678-3365. Map 4, 6G rose & Crown (English/Canadian) Family restaurant: steak and kidney pie, fish and chips, bangers and mash, banquet burger, BBQ salmon Caesar, lamb stew, buffalo chicken wrap and specials. huge, secluded riverside patio. Mains $13-$22. Sunday eggs Benny brunch, 10 am-3 pm ($10$12). Separate pub: Big screens, pool, darts, Buck hunter, PgA golf and 16 drafts. 11 am-2 am. 749 Railway Ave, 403-678-5168. Map 4, 20H thai it uP Thai, Vietnamese and Indian cuisine made from scratch by former Canmore Iron Chef Kevin Bellis. Vegetarian, vegan and glutenfree options. Voted "best take out" by Rocky Mountain Outlook readers; or dine-in at the Thai-themed restaurant. Daily lunch and dinner; late night Thurs-Sat. Patio with great view. gourmet retail items. 731 Railway Ave, 403-675-8424. Map 4, 9H zona’s bistro (World) Chef/owner Chris Dmytriw sustains the originality and dedication to quality that are Zona’s hallmarks. his signature recipes include avocado Caesar salad, Japanese panko crusted fish cakes, chicken-coconut-lime-lasagna, Copper Door salmon (baked in Canadian whiskey), Mo’rockin molasses lamb curry and vegetable korma. even the plates are handmade by Chris. Funky historic home decor. Park views that are best enjoyed from the patio. 14 wines by the glass. Mains $16-$25. 5-9:30 pm; closed Mon. 709 9 St, 403-609-2000. Map 4, 19D

Steak rustiCa steaKhouse exposed timber frame, rundlestone fireplace, cobblestone patio, and fairway and Mt Lady Macdonald views. Top grade Canada Prime beef (aged 40 days) is signature rub seasoned and grilled at 1500°F to seal flavours. Mains from $22. Wine Spectator Award of excellence. Private room. golf season daily from 5 pm. Silvertip Resort, 2000 Silvertip Tr, 403-609-1600. Map 4, 3K ViC’s Mahogany finishes, fireplace and courtyard with view. Sterling Silver steaks from a 1200°F oven. Mains $15-$41. Sun brunch 10 am-2 pm ($22, 6-12 $12, -5 free). 6:30 am-11 am and 4 pm-10 pm, Fri/Sat lounge to mid. Radisson hotel, 511 Bow Valley Tr, 403-678-3625. Map 4, 9J

Jasper Contents Y sightseeing Y entertainment Y aCtivities

Y essentials Y lodging

Y shopping Y dining

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ATHAbAscA FALLs Detailed map p 176

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To 93 Columbia Icefield & Lake Louise

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Spruce Grove Edmonton Jasper National Park (est. 1907) landscape 22 is a stunning 47 Devon of icefields, peaks, hot springs and wildlife habitat that Leduc Drayton 39 Valley explorer David Thompson first traversed over 200 years ago. 620

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The town of Jasper is 360 km/224 mi of Edmonton 13 13 via Yellowhead Hwy 16 and 230 km/143 mi north of LakeWetaskiwin Louise via the Icefields Parkway Hwy 93 where the two 2A roads converge. Hinton is 80 km/50 mi east of Jasper.53 734 Ponoka


jasper area hot sights

Naturally Deep at underground river-fed Maligne Canyon (p 134), water plumes, raven nests and potholes drilled by boulders under pressure from the relentless river adorn rock walls up to 55 m (180 ft) deep. access the trail from 6th bridge (Map 5, 2M) or Maligne Canyon restaurant near 1st bridge (Map 5, 4o). but don’t park at 5th bridge as the crossing that connects to the trail is currently closed due to flood damage. —lisa stephens

Trail at the Top

Jasper tramway (p 148) provides easy access to the high alpine above treeline. stroll boardwalks with parks Canada interpretive signs, hike whistlers summit trail and watch for bighorn sheep, marmots, ground squirrels, pikas, ptarmigans and eagles. The view includes six mountain ranges, glacial lakes, athabasca river and Jasper townsite. Download a Jasper tramway gps triggered vguide app for details on the many sights before your eyes. —Jw

‘Cleopatra’ is the voluptuous par 3 ninth hole at the Fairmont Jasper park lodge golf Club (p 142), a storied 18-hole course built by Canada's master golf course architect stanley thompson. elevated tees boast incredible pyramid Mountain views; drive long to clear the clover-shaped trap and avoid a rolling ball that might descend raised sides of the manicured green. your best approach is revealed on Jpl_jasperpark/. —Jw 132 // jasper

Up, Up and Away instead of being seated feet forward, Zipline adventure (p 152) lets you fly like a super hero. soaring head first provides extra thrills; try ‘steering’ side-to-side with your hands and body. —Jake tonwen

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Maps are on pgs 169, 170, 176-177. DRIVING TOuRS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .133 HIKING & BIKING TRAILS. . . . . . .134 PICNIC SITES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .135 TOWNSITE WALK . . . . . . . . . . . . .135


Driving Tours IcefIelds Parkway The journey to the Columbia Icefield and Sunwapta Pass (105 km/65 mi) is one of the world’s most spectacular drives. Follow Connaught Dr west out of town— across Hwy 16 (Map 5, 21J) the road becomes the Icefields Parkway (Hwy 93). Turn right at Whistlers Rd and drive to the Jasper Tramway (p 148) for a spectacular ride to high alpine observation decks, interpretive trails and a restaurant. Back on Hwy 93, turn right onto Hwy 93A 6 km (4 mi) south of Jasper and take a 14.5 km (9 mi) detour on Cavell Rd to Mt Edith Cavell. Known to Natives as ‘White Ghost’ for its snowy peak, the mountain’s European name honours a WWI British nurse executed for assisting prisoners of war escape German occupied Belgium. Walk 1.6 km (1 mi) Path of the Glacier interpretative trail for a close-up view of Angel Glacier. Next stop is Athabasca Falls (31 km/19 mi) where Hwy 93A rejoins the Parkway—the river is forced through a narrow canyon and over a cliff, and there are picnic sites and a 20-min interpretive trail. Seven km (4.3 mi) farther south is Goat Lookout, a picnic site with Mt Kerkeslin view where natural salt licks attract mountain goats. Continue to Sunwapta Falls (53 km/33 mi) where a footbridge provides the best view, and the walk downstream along the canyon rim is worthwhile. As the highway climbs, a pullout on the right provides a photogenic Tangle Falls (96 km/60 mi) view where Beauty Creek tumbles down a limestone wall. Bighorn sheep often herd where the road crests, while across the valley Stutfield Glacier spills over the mountain’s ridge. Next stop is the Columbia Icefield (103 km/64 mi), one of the largest accumulations of ice south of the Arctic—325 sq km (200 sq mi) and up to 365 m (1200 ft) deep (as deep as Toronto CN Tower is tall). Its meltwaters flow west to the Pacific, north to the Arctic, and east to Hudson’s Bay and the Atlantic. This hydrological apex is one of two in the world. Six major glaciers flow from the Icefield—at the Athabasca Glacier visitors can walk to the glacier toe, join a guided icewalk and ride an all-terrain

Columbia Icefield Great Indoors Ride the Brewster Ice Explorer or join an Athabasa Glacier Icewalk (p 146) at the Columbia Icefield (Map A, 2I), Jasper’s most popular attraction. First stop is the refreshed Glacier Discovery Centre, where you’ll find: • Renovated Glacier View Inn with new lobby and boutique hotel ambiance including quiet spots for guests. • Glacier Cafeteria plus Glacier Dining Room with Chinese buffet lunch, and à la carte breakfast and dinner. • Explore Rockies desk for activity information and tickets. • Gift shop with expanded displays of Canadian products. • New Interpretive Hallway multi-media show where shuttles depart for Glacier Adventure tours. Parks Canada glacier exhibits and Brewster's Glacier Discovery Skywalk debut next year. —Jack Wennot Ice Explorer to the glacier headwall and a walkabout (p 146). Across the road, the Icefield Centre offers lodging, dining and Parks Canada displays. (Icefield Helicopters (p 142) offers glacier tours from its heliport outside of the park off Hwy 11.) Four km (2.5 mi) south of the Icefield is Sunwapta Pass. Jasper National Park ends and Banff National Park begins—it’s 122 km (76 mi) farther to Lake Louise (route description, Banff Area Sightseeing section p 41). JasPer to Mount robson The 90 km (56 mi) drive to the Mount Robson Visitor Centre takes travellers to Mt Robson Provincial Park, a 215,000 ha (830 sq mi) mountain showcase named for the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies. From Jasper, take Yellowhead Hwy 16 west 30 km (19 mi) to Yellowhead Pass (1066 m/ 3500 ft) atop the Continental Divide. Beyond is Portal Lake picnic site. Soon after crossing into British Columbia you reach Yellowhead Lake. The highway then crosses the upper Fraser River. This trickle eventually becomes one of Canada’s major waterways, draining 25% of the province as it flows westward to the Pacific Ocean. At Moose Lake pull-out, waterfalls create a photogenic backdrop—the

east end marsh is prime wildlife habitat. Take a short stroll up the road to Overlander Falls. At Mount Robson are an information/interpretive centre, lodging, restaurant and gift/food store. The impressive peak is 7 km (4 mi) distant, but seems closer, rising to 3954 m (12,970 ft) across flower-filled meadow. Kinney Lake is 4.5 km (2.8 mi) along the Berg Lake Tr that begins behind the visitor centre. It's 32 km (20 mi) farther to the town of Valemount. But before turning left at Hwy 5 visit scenic Rearguard Falls—Aug and Sept bring spawning Chinook salmon that travel 1200 km (746 mi) upriver to reach this spot. MalIgne lake road Jasper to Maligne Lake (48 km/30 mi) is popular for its natural beauty, wildlife and outdoor activities. From town, take Yellowhead Hwy 16 2 km (1.2 mi) east— elk and bighorn sheep often graze roadside. Turn right at Maligne Rd, cross the Athabasca River and turn right on Lodge Rd toward Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge. Stroll the 1.5 km (.9 mi) loop trail around aquamarine Lac Beauvert, rent a bike or boat, go horseback riding (p 144) or enjoy a drink on the terrace with sublime view. On the return to Maligne Lake Rd, stop at Lake Summer 2013 //



jasper area sightseeing & trails of town, and the Athabasca, Miette and Maligne river valleys. ‘Bear head’ interpretive signs explain Jasper’s human history, railway and ecology.

Established in 1913, Mt Robson Provincial Park is named for its signature 3954 m mountain, the highest in the Canadian Rockies. Find the park visitor centre and, on clear days, the staggering view of Mt Robson, one hour west of Jasper on Hwy 16. Other park attractions include: • three roadside lakes with picnic sites, boating and fishing • Fraser River headwaters (rafting, p 146) • short nature trails to Overlander Falls and Rearguard Falls • stellar Kinney Lake day-hike to huge old-growth cedars • premier 20 km backpack to Berg Lake, past Kinney Lake and through the Valley of a Thousand Falls For information on centennial events call 1-250-566-4325. —Graeme Pole, author of Canadian Rockies Explorer Annette—walk the paved lakeside path, picnic and enjoy the beach where locals swim on hot afternoons. Turn right on Maligne Lake Rd—at Maligne Canyon 6th Bridge is a picnic site where the Miette and Athabasca rivers meet. Further along, pull in at Maligne Canyon 5th Bridge or Restaurant to see the 50 m (165 ft) deep chasm along interpretive trails with six footbridges— cross two bridges during the 15-min stroll between 5th Bridge and the restaurant. The road then climbs to and parallels Medicine Lake 32 km (19 mi) from Jasper—pullouts afford Maligne Range views and signs describing the drainage system that causes the lake to seasonally ‘disappear’. The road ends at mountain-ringed and glacier-fed Maligne Lake, the largest natural body of water in the Canadian Rockies—try a cruise to Spirit Island (p 140). There’s walking, boat rentals, guided fishing, dining and shopping. PyraMId lake road Turn left off Connaught Dr onto 7.5 km (4.7 mi) Pyramid Lake Rd. Two km (1.2 mi) up is Cottonwood Slough, a wetlands habitat where birds, beavers and other wildlife reside. This is one place amongst many to access walking 134 // jaSper

trails that traverse Pyramid Bench, the forested ridge seen northeast of town. Farther on is Jasper Riding Stables (4 km/2.5 mi) that offers horseback riding (p 144). At 4.8 km (3 mi) is Patricia Lake—walk the lakeshore portion of Patricia Lake Loop trail and read the plaque describing an experimental iceberg aircraft landing strip built here in WWII. End of the line is Pyramid Lake, with beach, boat rentals, fishing, and The Pines Restaurant (p 164). Reach Pyramid Island picnic sites by footbridge—this is a tranquil place to enjoy views of Pyramid Mountain that glows red at sunset.

Hiking & Biking Trails cottonwood slough (4.2 km/ 2.6 mi; easy; Map 5, 5G) Beaver dammed wetland with songbirds, waterfowl, osprey, eagles, beavers, otters plus elk, deer and moose. You can take a shorter out-and-back stroll. dIscovery traIl (up to 8.3 km/ 5.1 mi loop; easy) You can access this circle route of Jasper townsite in many places. The gentle south portion by main street is paved and gravelled. The north side follows Pyramid Bench contours; moderate climbs access views

MalIgne canyon (3.7 km/2.3 mi; easy to moderate; no bikes 1st to 5th bridge; Map 5, 4M) up to 55 m (180 ft) deep, ringed by trails and intersected by six footbridges, Parks Canada signs interpret this site. Best views are from 6th Bridge walking upstream. There’s also access at 5th Bridge (closed this year), but most park at Maligne Canyon restaurant and stroll 15 min across 1st and 2nd Bridges. To walk the full route takes about an hour one-way. Mary schäffer looP at MalIgne lake (3.2 km/1.5 mi loop; easy; no bikes; Map 1, 4M) Named for the buckskin-clad explorer, this interpretive trail with famous lookout view meanders along the lakeshore, by historic Curly Phillips boathouse, across open meadows and up a treed slope. MIette hot sPrIngs traIl (.7 km/ .4 mi; easy; no bikes; Map 1, 4N) This interpretive trail goes to the old pool ruin and spring source; 1.9 km (1.2 mi) farther is the Sulphur Pass wildflower display. Sulphur Skyline (4 km/2.5 mi; moderate; no bikes) is more challenging; the reward is great views at Shuay Pass and Sulphur Skyline summit. old fort PoInt (1.8 km/1.1 mi; moderate; no bikes; Map 5, 9H) The trailhead is 1.6 km (1 mi) from town via Hwy 93A. Start up the wooden stairs and climb through aspens to two summit lookouts with Athabasca Valley views. Look for bighorn sheep. Continue on then go left to make a loop. Path of the glacIer (1.6 km/1 mi; easy; no bikes; Map 5, 22B) Stroll to the north face of Mt Edith Cavell along an interpretive trail. The route follows lateral moraine (glacial rock) to Angel Glacier lookouts; see Angel Pond icebergs. Detour 6.5 km (4 mi) round trip to Cavell Meadows where wildflowers bloom mid July through Aug and the mountain and glacier views are stun-


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lac beauvert (3.9 km/2.4 mi loop; easy) Begin at the south end of the lake near Old Fort Point (Map 5, 8H); bike or drive from town via Hwy 93A. Mostly flat terrain beside the pretty lake, golf course and Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge. Cyclists often continue on roads or trails #7 and #4 to lakes Annette and Edith, and beyond to Maligne Canyon.


jasper area sightseeing & Trails

ning. Take the high path on the way back to make the route a loop. PocAhontas Coal Mine Trail (1 to 4 km/.6 to 2.5 mi; easy to moderate) Begin 42 km (26 mi) east of town at Hwy 16 and Miette Rd (Map 1, 3N). An interpretive trail leads from the picnic site through the 1910 mine ruins to a Pocahontas ponds view. The asphalt lower loop is an easy climb; the upper trail with valley views is steeper. Pyramid Trunk Trail (7.5 km/ 4.7 mi; moderate) Fit locals run this trail that parallels Pyramid Lake Rd and steadily rises to Pyramid Bench and Lake (plus townsite and Athabaca valley views). Begin behind the Jasper-Yellowhead Museum (Map 5, 14K) and end at Pyramid Lake (Map 5, 2H). If you’re cycling, it’s a thrilling downhill ride back to town. Skyline Trail (44 km/27 mi; moderate; no bikes) This spectacular 2+ day backpacking trip follows meadows, ridges and slopes mostly above treeline. You can ditch the tent and stay at Shovel Pass Lodge (1-877-852-7787) midway—they offer meals plus horse riding and gear freighting options. Park across the road from Maligne Canyon (Map 5, 6N) and take the Maligne Lake shuttle (p 153) to the trailhead. Your car will be waiting at journey’s end. Summit Trail (1.5 km/.9 mi; easy to moderate; no bikes; Map 5, 22B) Ride Jasper Tramway (p 148) to 2286 m (7500 ft) and walk rocky alpine tundra to a 360° view of the Victoria Cross, Trident and Colin ranges, Athabasca and Miette valleys, and Jasper townsite. Watch for marmots, pikas, white-tailed ptarmigans and prairie falcons. Wildflowers add colour mid June-mid Aug. The Overlander (15 km/9 mi; moderate; good for mountain biking; Map 5, 2M) Start at 6th Bridge and follow the roadless side of the Althabasca River to Cold Sulphur Spring; return the same way or take Hwy 16. This rolling trail follows the route used by The Overlanders gold seekers in 1862. Past the Moberly cabin ruins are climbs and sandy side hills. Look for bighorn sheep along cliffs at the east end. Valley of the Five Lakes (4.2 km/ 2.6 mi loop; moderate; Map 5, 17H) Take Hwy 93 south 9 km (5.5 mi) to the trailhead. Hike or bike the pine forest, across Wabasso Creek boardwalk and past jade-blue lakes.

Making Memories at Maligne Spending the day at Maligne Lake? Great activities include: • The boat cruise Reader’s Digest calls Canada’s best (p 140) • Guided fishing where Alberta’s record rainbow trout (20 lb 4 oz) was caught (p 140) • Ply the pristine, mountain-ringed waters in a rental canoe, rowboat or sea kayak (p 139) • Lounge and lunch on View Restaurant (p 164) decks with sublime lake, peak and glacier outlook • Pair loose leaf tea and sparkling brut with homemade scones at historic Maligne Chalet’s afternoon tea (p 163) • Stroll Mary Schäffer Loop to the famous view of the lake and 1928 Curly Phillips Boathouse (photo above) • Shop for unique souvenirs, handcrafts and outdoor clothing Need a lift to the Lake? Take the shuttle (p 153) or Maligne Valley Wildlife & Waterfalls Tour (p 150) with sightseeing en route. —Kate Deglow PicNic Sites Lake Annette (Map 5, 5J) Playground, beach and shallow water that’s occasionally warm enough to swim. A walking trail rings the lake. Pyramid Island (Map 5, 1H) Take the footbridge to lakeshore picnic sites, fire pits and interpretive signs. Nearby is a beach with boat rentals (p 140). Sixth Bridge (Map 5, 2M) Secluded forested spot with fire pits where two rivers meet. Walk or bike the Overlander trail along the Athabasca River or follow the Maligne River to Fifth Bridge and the canyon beyond.

Townsite Walk Jasper Townsite Tour After visiting rustic Jasper Information Centre (500 Connaught Dr, Map 5, 15N), a designated historic site, cross Miette Ave to see Whistlers Inn’s lower level Den Wildlife Museum animal specimens (p 136). Cross Connaught Dr to Jasper Heritage Railway Station, a working station

with 1923 CNR steam locomotive 6015 and Haida carved totem pole out front. After a trackside coffee on Trains & Lattés' (p 161) patio, follow Discovery Trail that circles the town. Walk as much of the 8.3 km (5.1 mi) loop as you like; the trail’s three sections have signs that interpret railway history (go southwest), peaks and people (go northwest), and nature (other side of town). Back downtown, is the Old Firehall across Patricia St from the Visitor Centre. North on Patricia St and left on Pyramid Lake Rd is charming wood, red brick and stone Jasper Lutheran Church, the town’s oldest. Continue past Jasper Activity Centre (p 152) and turn left onto Bonhomme St where, across the road from Jasper Aquatic Centre (p 152), is Jasper-Yellowhead Museum (p 136) with exhibits on the fur trade, mountaineering and park history. Return to Patricia St and Connaught Dr for downtown shopping, dining and pubs. Join a free (donations welcome) 90-min Friends of Jasper Walk in the Past, 7:30 pm May-Sept (p 143). Summer 2013 //



jasper Art & entertainment

ART & MUSEUMS Clocktower Gallery Exciting array of Jasper Artist Guild (JAG) works in many styles by seasoned and emerging local artists. At this nonprofit gallery with a mandate to “promote visual arts in Jasper,” JAG artists are often on site to paint and greet visitors. Walkway, 620 Connaught Dr, 780-852-1994. Map 5, 16N Den Wildlife Museum 130 Western Canadian bird and animal specimens in panoramic cases that resemble natural settings. 7 am-10 pm. $3, family $6. Connaught Dr at Miette St, 780-852-3361. Map 5, 15N EA Studios Sculptures by master carvers depict Canadian Native culture. David Wong jade pieces and original paintings and limited edition prints by Norval Morrisseau. Jewellery set with ammolite and Canadian diamonds. Souvenir shirts, moccasins and books. Maligne Canyon Chalet, Maligne Lk Rd, 11 km (7 mi) SE of town, 780-852-3583. Map 1, 5O Jasper-Yellowhead Museum Jasper’s history from 10,000 years ago to over 105 years as a National Park. Historical Gallery: Displays on the fur trade, railway, tourism, wardens and townsite development. Guide Curly Phillip’s hand-built cedar canoe, beaded deerskin jacket owned by Métis advocate Suzette Swift, and the ‘silver’ ice axe lost during the 1925 ascent of Mt Alberta. Alcove Gallery: June 6-Sept 2 The Adventure Zone Interactive area; learn to tie a diamond hitch and try the pack box challenge; plus colouring sheets, puzzles and games for kids. Sept 12-Dec 29 Fitzhugh to Jasper: We’ve Come A Long Way Part 2 Celebrates the centennial of the town's renaming through a photo retrospective of the Jasper since before the railway to recent times. Showcase Gallery: May 9Sept 22 Jasper Remembers Marilyn It's the 60th anniversary of when Marilyn Monroe filmed here. See “Marilyn in Jasper” sidebar p 137. May 30-Sept 22 The Ups & Downs of Jasper's Trails Jasper paths have evolved since the first explorers cut routes through the forest; many have been added and improved, while others have disappeared. This cartographic exhibit showcases maps of the area from David Thompson to the Park Centennial. Nov 21-Dec 14 Festival 136 // Jasper

Create Your Own Canvas Jasper artist and galley owner Wendy Wacko invites visitors to “pick up a brush, learn about the painting process and allow their emotions to explode on canvas” at her Mountain Galleries at The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge (below). An easel with fresh canvas awaits, and accomplished painters such as Tim Shumm, Jim Vest and Linda Wilder demo their painting prowess (and share tips) most summer afternoons from 1:30 to 3:30 pm. Gallery receptions are Fridays and Saturdays 5 to 7 pm. —Jack Wennot of Trees Bid on or decorate a tree. Events: July 1 Canada Day Museum and Historical Society fundraiser at Centennial Park (BBQ, beer garden, kids activities and music). Mini Historical Outings: free walks to historic places where Museum staff talk about its history (TBA). Gift shop. Summer daily 10 am-5 pm; after Thurs-Sun 10 am-5 pm; archives by appt Mon-Wed, 9 am-noon/1-4 pm. Admission: adult $6, sen/stu $5, family $13, -6 free, group discounts. 400 Bonhomme St, 780-852-3013. Map 5, 14K Leona Amann Studio & Art Gallery Jasper artist Leona Amann uses bold colour and patterns to capture her vision of the Rockies. See Amann at work and purchase her original paintings, box prints and cards. Other local art includes glass sculptures by Melanie Rowe and Julie McMath pottery. Summer open daily. Lower level, 618C Connaught Dr, 780-852-8289. Map 5, 16N

Mountain Galleries at The Fairmont—Jasper Park Lodge Displaying Canadian fine art since 1992. Owner/curator Wendy Wacko (who is also an accomplished artist) conveys a unique perspective through the collection of paintings that range from abstract impressionism to magic realism with a focus on wilderness landscapes. Museum quality glass, clay, stone and bronze sculptures. Inuit prints and carvings. Guaranteed worldwide shipping. Wild & Sacred Places is their theme. Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, 780-852-5378. Map 5, 7I Our Native Land Canadian Native and Inuit art (lower level with museum-quality items). Handmade moccasins, dolls, masks and totems. Carvings in soapstone, antler, wood and jade. Royal Canadian Mint watches. Ammolite and amber jewellery. Mammoth tusk fossils. Clothing, books and cards. Shipping. 601 Patricia St, 780-852-5592. Map 5, 15N



aboriGinal Day June 22 First Nations/Métis elders, musicians, dancers. Tipis, stories, walks, exhibits, food, kid crafts. 11 am-3 pm, Jasper Info Ctr lawn, 780-852-6176. Map 5, 15N

CaMpGrounD proGraMs JulyAug Junior Naturalist age 6-10 nightly 5 pm; Friends of Jasper, 780-8524767. Outdoor Nature Shows 9 pm by Parks Canada, 780-852-6176. Whistlers Campground. Map 5, 10E

banff to Jasper relay June 1 Teams of 15 run the Icefields Parkway. Dinner, dance and awards. CanaDa Day July 1 Canada’s birthday: free fun events, music, fireworks. Centennial Pk, 780-852-3858. Map 5, 15L ChristMas in noveMber Nov 1-4, 4-7, 8-11 Cooking demos, decorating advice, mixology and health and wellness classes. Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, 780-852-3301. Map 5, 7I enviro fair June 8 Activities and events on reducing our impact on the environment. 11 am-3 pm. Jasper Info Ctr lawn, 780-852-6176. Map 5, 15N freewheel biathlon Oct 6 30 km (18.6 mi) Athabasca Falls route. Bike followed by a 10 km (6.2 mi) run. Family events/dinner, 780-852-3898. Jasper Dark sky festival Oct 25-27 Jasper is home to the world's largest Dark Sky preserve; events for amateur star gazers to astronomers. Talks, mix and mingles, photo tips, kids activities. 780-852-3858. Map 5 Jasper heritaGe pro roDeo Aug 14-17 Since 1926: bareback, saddle bronc, calf roping, steer wrestling, bull riding, barrel racing: Jasper Activity Ctr, 7 pm. In town: Li’l Britches Corral; stick pony parade; BBQ; pancake breakfast; Sat dance with band (9 pm, $20). Tickets: Athabasca Hotel 10 am-4 pm event day; at the door after; $20, 5-14 $12, -5 free. 780-852-4622. Map 5, 13L Jasper MotorCyCle run Aug 24 Register 10 am; poker run at noon; poker hands submitted by 5 pm; prizing party 6 pm. Draw cards at Sunwapta Falls, Maligne Lake, Marmot Basin and Athabasca Falls. Jasper Motorcycle Tours, 780-931-6100. Jasper root roMp Oct 19 Ten km (6.2 mi) run along rugged and challenging trails. 780-852-3351. lobsterfest June 8 Rotary Club fundraiser; dinner, dance, auction, $60. 780-852-5525. Activity Ctr. Map 5, 13L

frienDs of Jasper Tickets by donation. May-June Early Birds Birdwatching hikes Sun 7:30 am. June 23, July 22, Aug 21, Sept 19, Oct 19 Full Moon Hikes. June-Sept Jasper: A Walk in the Past 1.5 hour tour nightly 7:30 pm, or self-guided brochure to go on your own. Volunteer Trail Days. Other events posted. Jasper Info Ctr, 500 Connaught Dr, 780-852-4767. Map 5, 15N parks Day July 20 Free kid activities, guided hikes, displays, speakers. Jasper Information Centre, 500 Connaught Dr, 780-852-4767. Map 5, 15N

MOVIES Chaba theatre First-run movies. June-Aug usually 1:30 pm, 7 pm and 9 pm. Sept-May usually Fri/Sat 7 pm and 9 pm; Sun-Thurs 8 pm; kid’s matinees some Sat/Sun. $10, yth $8, sen $7, ch $5; 3D $3 extra, cheap Tues after Sept. 604 Connaught Dr, 780852-4749 (24-hour info). Map 5, 16N

NIGHTLIFE the atha-b Top 40 DJ Fri-Sun. Sin Sunday industry night. Adjacent lounge: VLTs, big screen sports, happy hr 4-7 pm, 5-8 pm Fri. Nightly beer specials. From Sept: In the Spotlight Thurs jams 4-7 pm. Athabasca Hotel, 510 Patricia St, 780-852-3386. Map 5, 15M ChaMps lounGe Relaxed setting; pub fare; big screen sports; free pool daily. Wed karaoke and 35¢ wings. Thur dart night. Sawridge Inn, 76 Connaught Dr, 780-852-5111. Map 5, 8N De’D DoG Pint specials $4.25-$4.50. Big TVs, pool, darts. Happy hr 5-7 pm; Fri to 8 pm. Occasional live music midweek. Astoria Hotel, 404 Connaught Dr, 780-852-4328. Map 5, 14N DownstreaM bar Foosball, pool, table and big screens. Occasional live music. Lower level, 620 Connaught Dr, 780-852-9449. Map 5, 16N earls Upscale lounge: 3 plasmas, signature beers, daily drink specials. Patio. 2nd floor, 600 Patricia St, 780852-2393. Map 5, 16M

Marilyn in Jasper Older Jasper residents have fond memories of the summer of '53; sixty years ago silver screen siren Marilyn Monroe took the town by storm during filming of The River of No Return. Visit the JasperYellowhead Museum (p 136) to read local accounts, and to view seldom-seen snapshots and images by Jasper railway photographer Ray O'Neill. —JW horseshoe Club Modern decor, drink specials, DJs/band, dancing. 9 pm-3 am; lively by 11 pm. Upstairs, 614 Patricia St, 780-852-6262. Map 5, 16M Jasper brewinG Co Beer made on-site; tours on request. Fireplace and 8 plasmas. 624 Connaught Dr, 780-852-4111. Map 5, 16N Jasper piZZa plaCe Pool, foosball, video games, rooftop patio. 402 Connaught Dr, 780-852-3225. Map 5, 16N olive bistro & lounGe Occassional singer/songwriters. Patio with views. Pyramid Lake Rd, off Connaught Dr, 780-852-5222. Map 5, 14N whistle stop pub Pool table, Golden-T, Big Buck Hunter, video jukebox, 6 sports plasmas (satellite). $6.25 cheeseburger and fries, happy hour 4:30-7 pm, pint/drink specials from $4.50. Mon karaoke 7-11 pm. Tues free pool. Sat acoustic jam 3-6 pm. Occasional bands. Whistlers Inn, 105 Miette Ave, 780-852-3361. Map 5, 15N summer 2013 //



jasper hot activities Two-Day Certification Jasper Dive adventures (p 148) will have you scuba certified in two days. safety and gear knowledge testing is done online, while three supervised dives are conducted during confined water (pool) and open water portions of the course. “skills checklists ensure my students are confident,” notes paDi trainer nathan D’heer. Certification not on your agenda? simply sample a fun one-hour Discover Scuba session in shallow water. —Kate Deglow

on-line sports’ (p 142) 3-hr learn-to-Flyfish program introduces newbies to gear, fly selection and casting. Dry land training is followed by Maligne River fly fishing. “after this class you won’t be an expert, but you’ll be able to fly fish on your own,” notes shop owner Mike Merlovich. —Kate Deglow

Spa for Two the spa at the Jasper park lodge (p 150) offers treatments for couples to relax and reconnect. options include: • Jasper’s Peace Relaxation Treatment: Footbath, steam, side-by-side massage, wrap, and scalp or foot massage. • Jasper for Two: Tub and steam experience in a private treatment suite; loofahs, bath gel, therapeutic mud and algae gel mask (with helpful instructions). after, a couples’ massage. • Sacred Moments: Romantic treatment amid candles, music and crackling fire. private steam, soak, dual massage and an energy-aligning ayurvedic light acupressure. —sara samson

Pick Your Pace

Jasper rafting companies (p 146) offer adventure options that fit your needs. go mild: Families love athabasca river floats; a licensed guide rows while you relax, take pictures and admire the view. go wild: With paddle in your hand, assist the guide negotiate turbulent sunwapta and Fraser river rapids. go mild/wild: athabasca river paddle rafting is a Jasper classic. to fit all schedules, trips two to five hours depart many times a day. —Kate Deglow

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Top Activities for Families • Rafting (p 146): athabasca River float trips are for “toddlers to seniors.” Kids five and up are invited to paddle raft. • Family of Explorers is a new Maligne Lake Cruise (p 140) with interactive kids' activities on-board and at Spirit island. • Miette Hot Springs (p 150): Splash in the warm mineral waters, then hike to the source of the spring. • Beaches (p 152): On hot sunny days, shallow waters at Lake annette sandy beach warm by the afternoon; bring a picnic. • Horses (p 144): Ponies accommodate kids under 7. • Bike Rentals (below): Find youth and kids bikes, chariots, trail-a-bikes, and family-friendly trail advice at local shops. • Jasper Fitness & aquatic Centres (p 152): Hang off holds on the big climbing wall or tackle the 3-storey waterslide.

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• Den Wildlife Museum (p 136): Big animals in glass displays simulate nature; it’s the surest way to see a bear.

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• Jasper Tramway (p 148): Soar above trees to knock-yoursocks-off views, alpine strolls and cute furry marmots.


Fairmont Jasper park Lodge Mountain, cruiser and tandem bikes ($25 hr, $55 day) and kids’ MTBs. The Boathouse, across from the Main Lodge, 780-852-3301. Map 5, 7I FreewheeL CyCLe Mountain bikes made by Kona to Freewheel specs (front suspension $15 hr, $30 3-hr, $40 day; full suspension $20 hr, $40 3-hr, $50 day). Demos ($50 3-hr, $75 day). Cruisers, kids bikes and chariots ($8 hr, $18 3-hr, $24 day). Road bikes ($12 hr, $24 3-hr, $32 day). Helmet, lock, repair kit, map included. 618 Patricia St, 780-852-3898. Map 5, 16M Jasper sourCe For sports Giant front suspension $40 day; full suspension and tandem $50 day; high-end demos from $75 day. Helmet, map and lock included. Youth sizes. 406 Patricia St, 780-8523654. Map 5, 14M



• Maligne Canyon (p 134): Peer down from footbridges into Jasper’s deepest canyon. —David McCracken patriCia Lake BungaLows Bicycle rentals $12 hr. Off Pyramid Lake Rd, 4.8 km (3 mi) NW of Jasper, 780-852-3560. Map 5, 3G

with breakfast, 6 pm, $109/$99, -13 $55/$49); see Pyramid Mountain and watch for wildlife. 611 Patricia St, 1-877-852-5595. Map 5, 16N

pyramid Lake resort Bikes $15 hr, $30 4-hrs, $40 day. Pyramid Lake Rd, 780-852-4900. Map 5, 2H

Jasper sourCe For sports Backcountry rowboats $45 day. Drive-away canoes $50 day. Freighter canoes $120 day. Electric motors and fishing gear rentals. 406 Patricia St, 780-852-3654. Map 5, 14M

Boat touRs & Rentals the Fairmont Jasper park Lodge Transparent canoe, kayak and paddleboat rentals on lovely Lac Beauvert ($35-$40 hr). The Boathouse, 780-852-3301. Map 5, 7I Jasper adventure Centre Canoeing experienCe Guided trips to Pyramid Lake (3 hrs, 6:30 am

maLigne Lake Boathouse Rent canoes and rowboats ($30 hr, $90 day), sea kayaks (single $35 hr, $100 day; double $45 hr, $120 day). Fishing licenses. Late May-late Sept. Maligne Lake Rd, 48 km (30 mi) S of Jasper townsite, 780-852-3370. Map 1, 4M

For maximum scenery combined with a huge dose of adventure, try a spectacluar helicopter ride to alpine meadows and guided walking above treeline (p 142). Summer 2013 //



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Maligne Lake Cruise 48 km (30 mi) S of town via Maligne Lake Rd (Map 1, 4M), Maligne Tours conducts 90-min, narrated scenic cruises to world-famous Spirit Island. Explore the largest glacially fed lake in the Canadian Rockies aboard a heated, glass-enclosed launch. “Canada’s best cruise,” says Reader’s Digest. $62; $30 5-14; -5 free; departs on the hour; June 4-Oct 6. Additional cruises July 2-Aug 25: Family of Explorers with kid's activities plus extra time at the island ($75, $38 5-14, -5 free; 1:30 pm; 2 hrs), and Through the Lens with on-board afternoon tea, wildlife stops and more time for photography at the island ($145; 4:30 pm; 2.5 hrs). Reserve: Maligne Lake Downtown Office, 8:30 am-8 pm; 9 am-6 pm after Sept 1. 616 Patricia St, 780852-3370. Map 5, 16M On-line Sport & Tackle Rowboats and canoes ($75 day, $50 half day) at backcountry and roadside lakes. Electric motors ($50 day, $40 half day). 600 Patricia St, 780-8523630. Map 5, 16M Patricia Lake Bungalows Canoe, kayak, paddleboat and rowboat rentals ($20-$25/hr). Off Pyramid Lake Rd, 4.8 km (3 mi) NW of Jasper, 780-852-3560. Map 5, 3G Pyramid Lake Resort Canoes, kayaks, paddle boats ($20-$35 half hr; $30-$45 hr). Electric motor boat ($59-$89 hr). Pyramid Lake Rd, 780-852-4900. Map 5, 2H

Carriage Tours Jasper Riding Stables Flag down an elegant horse-drawn carriage in town or call to book a private charter. Pyramid Lake Rd, 4 km (2.5 mi) from town, 780-852-7433. Map 5, 4G

Fishing General Information The 9 kg (20.5 lb) Alberta record rainbow trout was caught in Maligne Lake. Fishing permits: Parks Canada or sport shops ($9.80 day, $34.30 yr). The surest way to catch fish is to hire a guide. Icefield Helicopter Tours Helifishing flights (from $199 person; min 3 people) to remote alpine trout lakes. Cline River Heliport between Jasper and Lake Louise, Off Hwy 11, 1-888844-3514. Map 1, 6L Maligne Lake Guided Fishing Fish for trout aboard freighter canoes 140 // jasper


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with electric motors. Half-day ($199 person dbl, $349 single) and full-day with shore lunch ($249 person dbl, $425 single) with gear, guide, shuttle, GST. Late May-Sept 30. 616 Patricia St, 780-852-3370. Map 5, 16M On-line Sport & Tackle Guided trips to Maligne Lake for trout, Talbot Lake for pike, and to backcountry trout lakes a short walk from the road. Seasonal river fishing is a specialty. $199 half day, $299 full day, ‘far end’ $359; per person with 2 anglers. 3-hr Learn-to-Flyfish $129. Gear and transport to staging areas included. Lunch on full day included. Their shop sells tackle and licenses, rents boats, and gives free advice and maps for those on their own. 600 Patricia St, 780852-3630. Map 5, 16M

Golf Courses Frisbee Golf AT The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge Forested flying disc golf course with targets. $10 with scorecard, map, frisbee use. Recreation Centre, The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, 780-852-3301. Map 5, 7I Jasper Park Lodge Golf Club Golf against a mountain backdrop on this challenging 18-hole par 71 Stanley Thompson designed course. 73 bunkers, 3 water hazards and natural hazards such as roaming wildlife. Green fees with power cart: Jun 1-Sept 29 $180; after $145; twilight rates from 3 pm. Pro shop, club rentals, driving range, practice green, lessons and snack shop. Across Athabasca River from town, 780-852-6090. Map 5, 7I

Heli & Plane Tours High Country Helicopters Rocky Mountain Odyssey over the Athabasca Valley and Eastern Slopes ($165). Peaks & Passes flies the Rockies and explores Moosehorn Valley ($265). Maligne Lake Adventure (1 hr, $525). Mt Robson (1.5 hr, $785). Helihiking with guide, lunch and Jasper shuttle (4 hr, $849). Evening flights. Custom weddings/special events. Min 3 passengers. Airplane charters. Reserve: 1-877-777-4354. Map 1, 4O Icefield Helicopter Tours Cline Glacier Explorer (20 min, $189): 6 glaciers, peaks and waterfall. Wilson Icefield Discovery (25 min, $249): 6 glaciers, alpine lakes and Wilson Icefield. Columbia Icefield Ultimate (55 min, $549): Snow Dome plus Columbia, Lyle and Wilson Icefields. Add one hr stopover for $69. Heli-Hike 142 // jasper

with lunch ($429/$589). Rates are per person. Heli-picnics, fishing, yoga, heli and weddings. Commentary in 7 languages. Cline River Heliport, between Lake Louise and Jasper, off Hwy 11, 1-888-844-3514. Map 1, 6L roBson heLimagiC Berg Lake DropOff (Mon/Fri, $229) fly in and hike out. Heli-tours. valemount and Mt Robson, 1-hour west of Jasper townsite, 1-877-454-4700. Map 1, 2N


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hikes, Walks & ClimBs BaCkpaCking gear rentaLs Totem Ski Shop, 408 Connaught Dr, 780-852-3078 Map 5, 14N; Everest Outdoor, 414 Connaught Dr, 780852-5902 Map 5, 14N; or Jasper Source for Sports, 406 Patricia St, 780-852-3654 Map 5, 14N. Friends oF Jasper nationaL park Free program passes at their stores (donations appreciated). Hiking Kit borrow a pack with binoculars, first aid kit and more. Jasper...A Walk in the Past (nightly 7:30 pm, June-Sept) 1.5 hr historic walking tour of town. Birdwatching (Sun 7:30 am, May-Jun). Full Moon Hikes (June 23, July 22, aug 21, Sept 19, Oct 19). Parks Day (Jul 20) hikes, child activities, speakers, displays and BBQ. Junior Naturalist (ages 6-10, 5 pm daily, July-aug, Whistlers Campground) activities. Monthly Volunteer Trail Days. Other events posted. Register at Friends’ store, Jasper info Ctr, 500 Connaught Dr, 780-852-4767. Map 5, 15N gravity gear Referrals for climbing and mountaineering guides. Rents gear for climbing. 618 Patricia St, 780-852-3155. Map 5, 16M Jasper adventure Centre Walks with Parks certified interpreters, van shuttle, binoculars and rain gear. Path of the Glacier Walk (3 hrs, 2 pm and evenings seasonally, $65, -13 $40) Mt Edith Cavell and angel Glacier. Peak Adventure (6 hrs, 8 am, $149) aCMG guide led Morro Peak summit hike with sweeping athabasca valley views. 611 Patricia St, 1-877-852-5595. Map 5, 16N nationaL treasures at the Fairmont Jasper park Lodge innovative scavenger hunt uses clues and GPS technology to help families find hidden hieroglyphs. $20/family includes map with six station locations and GPS use. Hotel Recreation Centre, 780-852-3301. Map 5, 7I

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Maligne Adventures Walks with guide and shuttle: Mt Edith Cavell Walk Path of the Glacier trail to Angel Glacier (3.5 hrs, $65, -15 $40). Edith Cavell Meadows stunning views and wildflowers (6 hrs, $85, -15 $42.50). Bald Hills Summit Adventure with Maligne Valley and Lake sightseeing (7-9 hrs, $99, -15 $79). Backpacking and porter service. Sightseeing and activity bookings. Maligne Lake Downtown Ticket Office, 616 Patricia St, 780-852-3370. Map 5, 16M Peter Amann Mountain guide Peter Amann offers mountaineering, climbing courses and private excursions. Walk-ins on a space available basis, but it’s better to book ahead (cell 780-931-2521). 780-852-3237. SunDog Tours Walks with licensed guides and hotel pick-up: Maligne Valley with canyon and lake walks (8:30 am, 5.5 hrs, $60, $109 with Maligne Lake cruise, -13 $35/$60). Mt Edith Cavell Path of the Glacier walk (2 pm, 3.5 hrs, $65, -13 $40). 414 Connaught Dr, 1-877-8525595. Map 5, 14N Walks & Talks Jasper Join Paula Beauchamp, professional Interpretive Guides Association guide on fun and informative outings. Mysterious Maligne Valley drive and hike (3-4 hrs, 9:30 am and 1 pm, $70). Morning Bird & Wildlife Watch (2 hrs, 6:45 am, $60); Best Hike for the Day with picnic lunch stop; choice of Path of the Glacier/Mt Edith Cavell Meadows, Sulphur Skyline and Valley of Five Lakes (5-6 hrs, 9:30 am, $65$85). Columbia Icefield with waterfall stops and Wilcox Pass hike/picnic or Ice Explorer tour (6.5 hrs, $130). Child rates. 626 Connaught Dr, 780852-4994. Map 5, 16N

Horseback Riding Jasper Riding Stables Guided horse rides on Pyramid Bench and alongside Pyramid and Patricia lakes. One hr $42, 2 hr $65, 3 hr $92 and day ride with lunch $195; min 2 people. Horse-drawn carriage charters (or flag one down in town). Log gazebo with fire pit and BBQ—group rentals welcomed. Pyramid Lake Rd, 4 km (2.5 mi) from town, reservations 780-852-7433. Map 5, 4G Skyline Trail Rides Guided horse rides May-Oct; call for reservations. 75-min around Lake Annette (10:30 am, 1:30 pm, 2:45 pm, 4 pm; $43). 144 // jasper


Observation Decks | Casual alpine CafĂŠ High alpine Trails | interpretive Boardwalks 10 min south of Jasper via the icefields Parkway | Town shuttle available Tickets on-site or online to avoid line-ups | Download Jasper Tramway app | 780-852-3093 | 1-866-850-TRaM (8726)


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90-min athabasca River (9:30 am; $53). 2-hr valleyview Trail, their most popular trip, (2 pm, 6 pm seasonal; $68). 4.5-hr to Maligne Canyon with time for canyon exploration and lunch (10 am; $125). 30-min pony rides for -7 ($25). all-inclusive 3-day Skyline Trail pack trips to Shovel Pass Backcountry Lodge, Julymid Sept (hikers welcome, horse freighting of gear available). The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, 780852-4215. Map 5, 7I

iCeField touRs CoLumBia iCeFieLd One hour south of Jasper beside the 230 km (143 mi) icefields Pkwy is the Columbia icefield, one of the largest accumulations of ice south of the arctic. Take a guided tour on the glacier by foot or ice Explorer. Caution: unguided walks can be dangerous. athaBasCa gLaCier iCewaLks visit the Columbia icefield world of millwells, seracs and crevasses with

naturalist Peter Lemieux. June 1-Sept 30 at 10 am 3-hr tours ($70, -17 $35) depart Toe of the Glacier parking lot except Sun and Thur, when the tour is 5 hrs ($85, -17 $45). Check online for tours at other times. Reserve: 611 Patricia St, Map 5, 16N; icefield Centre, icefields Pkwy, Map A, 3I; or call 1-877-852-5595. gLaCier adventure 5 km (3 mi) 80-min tour via ice Explorer all-terrain vehicle onto the athabasca Glacier is the Rockies’ most popular tour ($50, 6-15 $25, -5 free; to Oct 20). Below the glacier headwall participants can step onto ice 400 years old and 300 m (1000 ft) thick. Guided Columbia Icefield Scenic Walk is a 2-hr educational trip along the retreating path of the athabasca Glacier ($38, 6-15 $19; 9 am, 11 am, 2:30 pm, 5 pm, 7:30 pm; to Sep 29). Groups must pre-book. Dining options. icefields Parkway (Hwy 93), 65 min south of town, 1-800-760-6934. Map A, 3I















Jasper raFt tours Float trips (since 1980) on the scenic athabasca River, a Canadian Heritage River and 1800s fur trade route. Comfortable rafts, gear, shuttle (hotel pick-up on request) and licensed guides who row while guests relax. Suitable for first timers and families; toddlers to seniors. Two to 3 hrs trips: noon and 3:45 pm (noon only to June 30 and aug 26-Sept 30); $64, 15-17 $25; 6-14 $20, -6 $5. Jasper adventure Centre, 611 Patricia St, 1-866-3037238. Map 5, 16N


Jasper raFting adventures Paddle rafting since 1990; licensed guides, quality gear and transport from town included; frequent departures daily. Class 2 athabasca River Mile 5 and Canyon Run 2- and 3-hr trips, $64/$84, child -12 half price. Class 3 Sunwapta River 3+ hr trips, $94, min 40 kg (90 lb). The Little Raft Shop, 618 Connaught Dr, 780852-4292. Map 5, 16N maLigne raFting adventures Guided trips with gear and transport. Class 3 rivers aboard paddle assisted oar rafts: Fraser Rearguard Run with Mt Robson view and big rapids (5 hrs, 10 am/1 pm, $99); and Challenge Run on the Sunwapta with technical rapids (4 hrs, 9:30 am /1:30 pm, $89). Class 2 athabasca River aboard paddle rafts: Mile 5 Run (2 hrs, 9 am/3 pm/5 pm, $59, -15 $32); Heritage Run

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• wooded setting by the Athabasca River • 1-4 bedroom log chalets; CAA/AAA approved • kitchens, fireplaces & colour cable TVs • playground, BBQs & gift shop • laundromat & babysitting service C A • wheelchair accessible • housekeeping award winner A A • Becker’s Gourmet Restaurant


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Icefields Parkway 5 km south 93 of Jasper Box 579, Jasper, AB T0E 1E0 780-852-3779 Fax 780-852-7202

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Family of explorers cruise 2 hours | daily 1:30 pm July 2 to August 25 on-board & Spirit island activities for children nature-theme scavenger hunt | Solar power display Snacks on the boat | lots of hands-on fun

through the lens cruise 2.5 hours | daily 4:30 pm July 2 to August 25 Afternoon tea with baked treats | Wildlife stops on-board photo expert | photo & art commentary Spirit island photography in the evening light

Also: our 90-minute narrated cruise to Spirit island departs hourly June 3 to october 6

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(3 hrs, 11:30 am, $79, -15 $42); and Canyon Run (3.5 hrs, 9:30 am/1:30 pm, $79, -15 $42). Maligne Lake Downtown Ticket Office, 616 Patricia St, 780-852-3370. Map 5, 16M roCky mountain river guides Quality paddle rafting since 1990, rain or shine. Class 2 athabasca River: Mile 5 scenic lively ride (2 hrs, 9 am/1 pm/3:30 pm; $64, $32 -12); Canyon Run from below the falls (3 hrs, 9 am/noon/3:30 pm; $84, $42 -12). Class 3 Sunwapta River most rapids and most popular trip (3 hrs+, 9:30 am/noon/2:30 pm; $94; min 40 kg/90 lbs). Transport, gear, licensed guides and heated indoor change facility. Book at Edge Control Outdoor (beside Subway), 626 Connaught Dr, 780-852-3777. Map 5, 16N whitewater raFting Canada’s original whitewater company (est 1971) runs 2 to 8-person paddle raft trips; guides, wet suits, life vests, rain gear provided. Class 2 athabasca River with shuttle from the Rv parking lot across from Stan Wright industrial park (Map 5, 18N): Mile 5 (2 hrs; 9 am, 1 pm, 3:30 pm; $64, 6-12 $32; 3rd child+ $14.75), and Athabasca Falls (3-3.5 hrs; 9 am, noon, 3:30 pm; $84, 6-12 $42; 3rd child+ $19.75). For the adventurous, class 3 Sunwapta River 2-hr run departs Hwy 93 staging area (9:30 am, noon and 2:30 pm; $94, min age 14). Private trips. The Little Raft Shop, 618 Connaught Dr, 780-852-7238. Map 5, 16N

sCuBa diving 1 to 4.5 Hour Rides Horse Assisted Hiking Backcountry Lodge Trips Jasper Park Lodge • 780-852-4215

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Jasper dive adventures Discover Scuba Resort Course ($35) fun introduction to scuba diving; no experience required. Dry Suit Orientation ($45) dive ‘dry’ in cold water. Guided Habbakuk Tour ($65) explores the skeletal remains of a top secret WWii floating airfield prototype sunken in Patricia Lake (certification required). Open Water Certification ($395) and advanced courses with a PaDi instructor. 780-852-3560.

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Cars, Vans, 4x4s On-site Open Daily • Free Hotel Pick-up

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Jasper tramway Canada’s longest and highest guided aerial tramway tour goes to 2300 m (7500 ft) on Whistlers Mtn. See 6 mountain ranges, Mt Robson (highest in the Canadian Rockies), glacier lakes, athabasca and Miette rivers and Jasper townsite. Boardwalk and summit trails. Two stores. Casual dining at the top in glass enclosed Treeline

Jasper adventure Centre Sightseeing by van and foot with guides and binocular use. Mt Edith Cavell Path of the Glacier walk (2 pm plus evenings seasonally, 3 hrs, $65, -13 $40). Columbia Icefield peaks, glaciers, waterfalls and time for ice Explorer ride (9 am, 5.5 hrs, $79, -13 $45). Wildlife Discovery (5:30 pm, 3 hrs, $65; -13 $35). Miette Hot Springs wildlife safari and soak (6 pm, 4 hrs, $75, -13 $40). Maligne Valley & Lake wildlife search and Maligne Canyon walk (8:30 am, 6 hrs, $109/-13 $60 with Maligne Lake cruise, $65/-13 $35 with guided lakeshore walk). Half Day Train Tour Fraser River and Mt Robson, van sightseeing back to Jasper (noon Wed/Fri/Sun, 5.5 hrs, $99, -13 $55). Peak Adventure Morro summit hike with aCMG guide (6 hrs, $149). Ultimate Adventure canoeing, summit hike and sightseeing (full day, $219). Jasper Tramway ($36, $39 from JPL, -13 $20). 611 Patricia St, 1-877-852-5595. Map 5, 16N


our oTher Tours: Jasper Tramway Tour · guided Fishing · Maligne lake Cruise · White Water rafting

gypsy guide seLF drive tours Enhance your Rockies drive—download the iPhone/iPad or android app; Rockies tours are $3 to $5. Or, rent a small device that automatically plays the entertaining and informative commentary on your car radio as you reach 1500+ activation points. Sites, pioneers, photo stops and wildlife. Japanese edition. First day $39; multiday discounts; one-way rentals. Jasper: SunDog Tours, 414 Connaught Dr Map 5, 14N , or call 1-866-477-4171.





expLore roCkies tours Guided motorcoach tours led by knowledgeable driver/guides. Explore Jasper tours the town, Maligne Canyon and Maligne Lake (4 hrs, $54, $27 6-15); Explore Jasper & Maligne Lake Cruise (6 hrs, $109, $54.50 6-15); Columbia Icefield Discovery & Glacier Adventure with ice Explorer ride (5.5 hrs, $139, $69.50 6-15); Rockies Discovery & Glacier Adventure from Jasper to Lake Louise, Banff or Calgary with ice Explorer ride (8-12 hrs one-way, from $159, $79.50 6-15). Child -6 free. Free hotel pick-up. 1-800-760-6934.




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Restaurant. visit for an hour or a day. May 18-Jun 28 9:30 am-6:30 pm; Jun 29-aug 31 9 am-8 pm; Sept 1-Oct 14 10 am-5 pm. $32, 6-15 $16, -5 free; call for special discounts and packages. 10 min south of Jasper, via the icefields Pkwy, 780-852-3093 (shuttle 780-852-4056). Map 5, 9C

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Two departure times daily: 9:30 a.m. & 12:30 p.m. The Maligne Valley is the highlight of any visit to Jasper National Park. Join our half day tour while we go in search of elk, bear, moose and big horn sheep while enjoying the scenery of lakes and mountains. also available with guided walk instead of cruise for only $59.

Book Now! Visit our downtown booking office: Maligne Tours reservaTion CenTre 616 Patricia St. Jasper Ph: 780.852.3370 TF: 1-866-625-4463

Mountain Air The RighT CloThes The PeRfeCT fiT 622 Connaught Dr 780.852.3760

Learn to flyfish $ 129

• Fly & tackle shop • Free maps & advice • Half & full day tours • Canoe & fishing boat rentals • Outdoor gear • Columbia sportswear

On-Line Sport & Tackle Downtown Centre, 600 Patricia St 780-852-3630 • 1-888-652-3630 Summer 2013 //



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Jasper motorCyCLe tours Chauffeur guided sidecar tours, leathers and gear provided (to Oct; from $89 for 1-hr). Motorcycle rentals (half day $180, full day $250, multi-day rates). Motorcycle apparel and accessory shop. 610 Patricia St, 780-931-6100. Map 5, 16M

Cars • Mini Vans Special Half-Day Rates Free Pick-up 638 Connaught Dr (Shell Station) 780-852-3222 • 1-800-610-3222

1200 ft zipline All ages/abilities Camping available simulated hang gliding & base jumping options 780-817-9696 by reservation 10 km east of Jasper National Park gate on north side of hwy 16


Hourly - all day rides Carriage rides • Group BBQs


Pyramid Lake Rd, 4 km (2.5 mi) to town 780-852-7433 •

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maLigne adventures Guided excursions with hotel pick-up. Maligne Valley Wildlife & Waterfalls Tour: wildlife watching, Maligne Canyon waterfalls stroll and stop at 'disappearing' Medicine Lake. at Maligne Lake take a 90-min cruise to Spirit island or guided lakeside walk (5.5 hrs; 9:30 am and 12:30 pm; with cruise $99, -15 $59; with walk $59, age -15 $35; -5 free). Jasper Tramway Tour with shuttle and alpine walk (3 hrs; 9 am; $65, -15 $40; -5 free). Wildlife Tour to best places to see animals (3 hrs; 5:30 pm; $65, age -15 $40; -5 free). Hiking tours. adventure bookings. Maligne Downtown Ticket Office, 616 Patricia St, 780-852-3370. Map 5, 16M sCeniC drives Where Jasper Map (free; available everywhere) shows routes and attractions. Jasper Park “points of interest” map is free at the Jasper information Centre, 500 Connaught Dr, 780-852-6177. Map 5, 15N sundog tours Guided sightseeing by van and coach. Maligne Valley wildlife, canyon walk and Medicine Lake (8:30 am, 5.5 hrs, $65 with walk at Maligne Lake, $109 with Lake cruise, -13 $35/$60). Wildlife Discovery (5:30 pm, 3.5 hrs, $65, -13 $35). Half Day Train Journey historic Yellowhead Pass; van return with Mt Robson, waterfall and ghost town stops (noon, 5.5 hrs, Wed/Fri/Sun, $99, -13 $55). Columbia Icefield waterfall and glacier stops, time for ice Explorer tour (9 am, 4.5 hrs, $79, -13 $45) Jasper-Lake Louise-Banff with icefields Parkway tour (8:30 am, 4-8 hrs, $99/$119, -13 $75/$85). 3-in-1 Miette Hot Springs wildlife search, springs source walk and soak (6 pm, 3.5 hrs, $75, -13 $40). Jasper Tramway with town shuttle ($36, -13 yrs $20, +$3 from Jasper Park Lodge). Mt Edith Cavell Walk (2 pm, 3.5 hrs, $65, -13 $40). Free hotel pick-up. Edmonton and airport shuttle. 414 Connaught Dr, 1-877-852-5595. Map 5, 14N

sPas & hot sPRings miette hot springs Hottest natural spring in the Rockies. Water

Reopen: Mt Edith Cavell Last summer, flooding from glacial ice that fell from Mt Edith Cavell caused closure of this popular hiking destination. But now Cavell Rd (Map 5, 21D) and the upper Path of the Glacier trail are open (the lower trail and picnic area remain closed). “An interpreter will be on-site all summer to talk about the geology and history of angel Glacier, and to answer questions about the restoration,” notes Parks Canada’s Pam Clarke. —Kate Deglow entering the pools is cooled from 54°C (130°F) to 40°C (104°F). Outdoor mineral pools, cool pools and cool poolside shower. Suit, towel and locker rentals. To June 20/Sept 3-Oct 13, 10:30 am-9 pm; June 21-Sept 2, 8:30 am-10:30 pm; Oct 14-early May 2014 closed. $6.05, 3-17/65+ $5.15. Gift shop. Short interpretive trail to the spring, picnic sites and Fiddle valley scenery. Poolside interpretive programs. Miette Rd, 61 km (38 mi) east of town via Hwy 16, 780-866-3939. Map 1, 4N reFLeCtions spa at the Fairmont Jasper park Lodge architecture reflects the surroundings of Jasper National Park. Ten treatment rooms, two couples rooms, rain showers, hydrotherapy baths, steam rooms, saunas and fireside lounge. Nine massage options (including High


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Small Group Sightseeing Mount Robson Half Day Rail Journey The nostalgia of train travel on VIA Rail’s famed Skeena. Marvel at the Canadian Rockies’ highest peak before joining our guide for the return tour to Jasper on our sightseeing coach.

Explore Maligne Valley Guided tour to this iconic Rockies destination. Explore Maligne Canyon and ‘disappearing’ Medicine Lake with the option of a boat cruise or guided walk at world-famous Maligne Lake.

Columbia Icefield, Lake Louise & Banff One of the world’s most spectacular dives. Glaciers, Continental Divide peaks, waterfalls and lovely lakes. Option: ‘Ice Explorer’ glacier tour.

Experience Mt Edith Cavell One of the most breathtaking vistas in the Rockies. Our guides will make the most of your visit.

Evening Wildlife Discovery Best chance to see Jasper’s original inhabitants. Join our interpretive guides as we explore the park.

More Tours & Adventures Jasper Tramway Shuttle Frequent Service; no line-ups Edmonton Connector: Daily to West Edmonton Mall & Airport Maligne Lake Cruise, Canoeing, Glacier Icewalk, Private Tours, Rafting, Helicopter/Plane Tours, Horseback Riding & more... Family Rates • AVIS Car Rentals

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Altitude Adjustment, Motherhood, Stone Massage and Jasper Active), body experiences (including Maple Body Treat), bath enhancements, facials, treatments for men, nail services and make-up applications (15-90 min; $20-$229). Couples services from $339. The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, 780-852-6014. Map 5, 7I wiLd orChid saLon & spa Therapeutic and relaxation massage. Body treatments: exfoliation, wraps, hot stone, aromatherapy, reiki and craniosacral therapy. aesthetics: nail care, facials, hair removal and make up. Hair cuts, colours and perms. Packages. Open daily during summer. 616 Patricia St, 780-852-2111. Map 5, 16N

sWimming & Fitness BeaChes Pyramid Lake Map 5, 2H, Lake annette Map 5, 5K and Lake Edith Map 5, 5K have sandy beaches and swimming on hot days.

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Jasper aCtivity Centre Squash, racquetball, tennis and skateboard park. Showers, group lodging, banquet hall, catering and meeting room rentals. 10 am-10 pm; Sat-Sun from 9 am. 303 Bonhomme St, 780-8523381. Map 5, 14L Jasper aquatiC & Fitness Centre indoor 25 m (82 ft) pool, 56 m (185 ft) waterslide, ‘skywalker’, warm wading pool, hot tub and steam room. Private family change rooms. Towel, suit, lifejacket and goggle rentals. impressive fitness room and indoor climbing wall. 7 am-10 pm, Sat-Sun from 9 am. 305 Bonhomme St, 780852-3663. Map 5, 14L tennis at the Fairmont Jasper park Lodge Outdoor court for hourly rental. Outdoor activity Centre, across from the Main Lodge, 780-852-3301. Map 5, 7I

ZiPline touRs Make the most of your visit: Virtual in-app tour guide Info on Jasper’s wildlife Virtual hike to Whisters Peak

10 minutes south of town via the Icefields Parkway 780-852-3093

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ZipLine adventure Fly like a super hero. 366 m/1200 ft zipline system adjusts for mellow to extreme adventures. intro flight ($75, -15 $55) builds confidence; second flight simulates base jumping and hang gliding (2 flight pkg $125). Tandem flight $125. Wild flight for experienced flyers ($95). Power kiting and paragliding courses. Harnesses for ages 3+. Winter by reservation. Groups 10+ for special events reserve ahead. 40 min east of Jasper townsite, north side of Hwy 16, 780-817-9696. Map 1, 4O


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Do The Two Value ticket for Jasper Tramway and Maligne Lake cruise ($81, -15 $40.50, -5 free). 616 Patricia St, 780-852-3370. Map 5, 16M

BREWSTER Motorcoach to Calgary, Banff and Lake Louise. Explore Rockies sightseeing and Columbia Icefield Glacier Adventure. Train/Bus Station, 1-800-760-6934. Map 5, 16N

Jasper Adventure Centre Sightseeing, train tour, wildlife safari, guided walk, rafting, canoeing, Columbia Icefield Ice Explorer, Jasper Tramway and Athabasca Glacier Icewalk. 611 Patricia St, 1-877-852-5595. Map 5, 16N Jasper Tramway Lower Terminal booking desk for Jasper area sightseeing tours and adventure activities. Whistlers Rd via the Icefields Pkwy, 780-852-3093. Map 5, 9C Maligne Lake Downtown Ticket Desk Maligne Lake cruise, boat rentals, town-to-lake shuttle, Maligne Valley sightseeing tour, Jasper Tramway tour, wildlife tour, guided fishing, rafting, and Edith Cavell and Bald Hills walks. Value-priced activity packages: Swift Water Still Water cruise and raft; Do the Two cruise and tramway; Multi-Attraction Pass cruise, raft and tramway; The Cruise, The View & Tea for Two with elegant afternoon tea in a heritage log cabin. 616 Patricia St, 780-852-3370. Map 5, 16M SunDog Tours Sightseeing, heli tours, train tour, wildlife safaris, rafting, horse riding, Jasper Tramway shuttle, Edmonton transfers. 414 Connaught Dr, 1-877-852-5595. Map 5, 14N

Communications MORE THAN MAIL Internet, fax, copy, ship and bag storage. Satellite phone/Spot rentals. Maps. 632 Connaught Dr, 780-852-3151. Map 5, 16N

Information ICEFIELD CENTRE Summer visitor info­rma­tion; Parks Canada (780-8526288) and Explore Rockies (1-877423-7433) desks. Ice­fields Parkway, 103 km (64 mi) S of town. Map A, 3I JASPER INFORMATION CEN­TRE Parks Canada (780-852-6176) and Tourism Jasper (780-852-3858): lodging, events, activities, trails, fishing licences, maps, camping permits. To Jun 13 9 am-6 pm; Jun 14-Sep 15 8:30 am-7:30 pm; Sep 16-Oct 29 9 am5 pm. 500 Connaught Dr. Map 5, 15N



Car Rentals Avis, SunDog Tours, 414 Connaught Dr, 780-852-3970 Map 5, 14N; Budget, Jasper Shell, 638 Connaught Dr, 780-852-3222 Map 5, 16N; Train/Bus Station Map 5, 15N— Hertz (Mar-Nov), 780-852-3888; and National/Alamo, 780-852-1117. CHARTERS Brewster, 1-877-2667292; SunDog Tours, 1-877-852-5595. GREYHOUND BUS LINE Train/Bus Station, 780-852-3926. Map 5, 15N JASPER TRAMWAY SHUTTLE Scheduled service from hotels and Train Station ($36, $39 from Jasper Park Lodge, -13 yrs $20; includes tramway ride). SunDog Tours, 414 Connaught Dr, 1-877-852-5595. Map 5, 14N Maligne Lake Shuttle Departs downtown 9 am, Best Western Jasper Inn 9:05 am, Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge 9:15 am to Skyline Trail S/Maligne Lake. Departs for town from the Lake 10:15 am, 2:15 pm and 5:15 pm. $25 one way, $40 return; service to Maligne Canyon/Skyline Trail N $20 one way; kids 5-14 half price; includes GST. June 5-Sept 30. Reserve: Maligne Lake Downtown r Home Accommodati Office, 616 Patricia St, 780-852- Jaspe on Associatio n 3370 Map 5, 16M, Best Western Jasper Inn Map 5, 10M or Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge Map 5, 7I.


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ROCKY MOUNTAINEER VACATIONS Daylight rail service connects Jasper, Vancouver, Banff, Cal­gary. Train Sta­tion, 1-877-460-3200. Map 5, 15N TAXI SERVICE Mr. Taxi 780-931-2931; Mountain Express 780-852-4555. VIA RAIL West to Prince Rupert or Vancouver. East to Toronto and beyond, 1-888-842-7245, Train/Bus Station, Map 5, 15N. For half day rail tour bookings call 1-877-852-5595. WHITE WATER CAR WASH Selfserve wand wash. Vacuums. 20 Industrial Park, 780-852-7282. Map 5, 17O

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s R s es one se Rm rci ac p pl /Ph r xe s$ E e a r g ica B Fi Rates are for a basic room, double occupancy. Jasper Home l/ te s u n d / o i ) / n m O lpo Ra n s s a o / ( o Accommodation High season is usually summer, low season r n e o H o o iti tt nt hir tR g/ as ra e n e o n d do /W is usually spring/fall. Call to confirm. *Closed in Assoc ($50-$150): es In tin Se a au st itch ir C ol aun ee w Gu the Winter. †Breakfast included. §Pets Allowed. e o o S M R K # A P L *Alpine Village, Hwy 93A, just south of town 780-852-3285 53 S W K/F H 180 120 n/a W R/B A/P W/L M/H 247 123 1-888-852-7737 §Amethyst Lodge, 200 Connaught Dr 780-852-3394 97 C 780-852-3351 35 C R/B A/P W 188 136 1-800-661-7343 Astoria Hotel, 404 Connaught Dr Athabasca Hotel, 510 Patricia St 780-852-3386 61 C R/B K/F A/P W/L 167 109 1-877-542-8422 780-852-3209 39 C S/W K/F A W/L H 176† 99† n/a §Bear Hill Lodge, 100 Bonhomme St *Becker's Chalets, Hwy 93, 5-min S of town 780-852-3779 118 C R K/F H 170 145 n/a §Best Western Jasper Inn, 98 Geikie St 780-852-4461 144 C I S/W R/B K/F P W/L M 236 150 1-800-661-1933 A/P W/L M/H 268 132 1-888-852-7737 §Chateau Jasper, 96 Geikie St 780-852-5644 119 C I W/E R/B §The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, Old Lodge Rd 780-852-3301 451 C/M O S/E R/B K/F P W/L M/H 499 329 1-800-441-1414 Filia Inn & Suites, 6 Pyramid Lake Rd 780-852-5060 4 C R A W/L 149 85 n/a W H 160 99 1-888-217-6939 *Jasper House Bungalows, Hwy 93, S of town 780-852-4535 56 S R K §Lobstick Lodge, 94 Geikie St 780-852-4431 139 C I S/W/E R/B K/F P W/L M/H 253 117 1-888-852-7737 §Maligne Lodge, 912 Connaught Dr 780-852-3143 98 C I S/W/E R/B K/F A/P W/L H 215 130 1-800-661-9323 780-852-4471 107 C I S/W R/B K/F A/P W/L M/H 243 113 1-888-852-7737 §Marmot Lodge, 86 Connaught Dr *Miette Hot Springs Resort, Miette Rd 780-866-3750 35 S R K/F 95 76 n/a Mount Robson Inn, 902 Connaught Dr 780-852-3327 80 C W R F A/P W/L 229 134 1-800-587-3327 §Overlander Mountain Lodge, Hwy 16 780-866-2330 40 R/B K/F A W/L M 189 139 1-877-866-2330 H 229 129 1-866-852-9770 Park Place Inn, 623 Patricia St 780-852-9770 14 C F A/P W *Patricia Lake Bungalows, Off Pyramid Lk Rd 780-852-3560 52 S/M W K/F A W/L 189 99 1-888-499-6848 780-852-3491 95 K/F L M/H 155 135 n/a *Pine Bungalows, 2 Cottonwood Creek Rd W R/B K/F L M 153 97 1-888-852-7737 §Pocahontas Cabins, Hwy 16 east of town 780-866-3732 57 C O §Pyramid Lake Resort, Pyramid Lake Rd 780-852-4900 62 S S/W/E R/B K/F P W M 259 120 1-888-852-7737 A/P W/L M/H 271 102 1-888-729-7343 §Sawridge Inn & Conference Ctr, 76 Connaught Dr 780-852-5111 153 C/M I S/W/E R/B *§Sunwapta Falls Rocky Mtn Lodge, Hwy 93 780-852-4852 53 S R/B F W/L H 189 129 1-888-922-9222 *§Tekarra Lodge, Hwy 93A, just south of town 780-852-3058 52 R K/F A L M 179 149 1-800-709-1827 §Tonquin Inn, 100 Juniper St 780-852-4987 137 C I S/W/E R/B K/F A/P W/L H 230 135 1-800-661-1315 Whistlers Inn, 105 Miette Ave 780-852-3361 64 C S/W R/B F A/P W 215 129 1-800-282-9919

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One- & two-bedroom chalets, executive suites & standard rooms Kitchens, fireplaces & balconies • Free wireless internet Indoor pool, whirlpool, sauna & steam room Convention facilities & business centre

Tel: 780-852-4461 • Toll Free: 1-800-661-1933 • Restaurant: 780-852-3232 Geikie & Bonhomme Sts • Fax: 780-852-5916 • Email: Visit for B&B, romance & activity packages 154 // jasper

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jasper hot shops

Marilyn Mementos Sixty years ago, Marilyn Monroe captivated Jasper during filming of The River of No Return.. Tour the exhibit at the Jasper-Yellowhead Museum (p 136), and take home a souvenir: • Rare photographs of Marilyn in Jasper are at the museum gift shop (p 157); custom prints made at Tekarra Color (p 157) can be ordered. • Jasper Liquor Store & Wine Cellar (p 159) sells collector Marilyn Merlot wines, the 2013 release (label shown) plus earlier limited edition vintages. Present a 'Marilyn' token from the Museum; the store will donate part of your purchase to the Museum. —Jack Wennot

Further and Faster

Band of Artists

Jasper Artist Guild (JAG) are local artists who create and promote paintings, sculptures, photography and other visual arts. They will soon settle into their permanent gallery at the now-being-built Jasper Public Library. But this summer you can visit with the artists and purchase their works at Clocktower Gallery (p 136), JAG’s temporary summer home on Connaught Dr. Also visit JAG member Leona Amann at her own studio/gallery (p 136) a few doors away. —Jenna Newton

“You have to try on lightweight Hoka allterrain and road running shoes to get over their unconventionally high midsole, oversized outsole and rockered profile,” says Wild Mountain's (p 157) Dave Macdowell. While the look may raise eyebrows, Hoka’s superior cushioning, traction and stability increase comfort and performance. “I took mine out of the box and ran a 50-km race,” recounts Dave. “They felt fast; it was like I was cheating.” —Jack Wennot

Close-up Photos from Far Away Today’s super-zoom cameras make it possible to take gorgeous photographs and full 1080p HD videos of grizzly bears (and children) from a safe distance. Nikon’s Coolpix P520 (available at Tekarra Color, p 157) sports a 42x wide-angle to telephoto 18.1-megapixel optical lens that delivers the equivalent of 24mm to 1000mm reach—perfect for landscapes as well as wildlife. Amazing low-light capability, vibration reduction (to keep the shot steady), built-in GPS and optional wireless photo sharing make compelling arguments for ditching your old SLR. —Jack Wennot 156 // jasper


Maps are on pages 169 and 176-177. BAKERIES. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .157 CAMERA SHOP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .157 CLOTHING . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .157 GALLERIES. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .157 GIFTS & SOUVENIRS . . . . . . . . . . .157 HARDWARE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .158 HEALTH & BEAUTY . . . . . . . . . . . .158 JEWELLERY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .158 SPORTS OUTFITTERS . . . . . . . . . .158 WINE, SPIRITS & BEER. . . . . . . . . .159

shorts, dresses and bags. Canadian brands Gentle Fawn, Dex and Kersh. Locally made jewellery. 611 Patricia St, 780-852-9696. Map 5, 16N lOg CaBin—maligne lake Outdoor and souvenir clothing—fleece, sweaters, gloves, caps and sunglasses. June-Oct 6. Maligne Lake, 48 km (30 mi) S of Jasper townsite, 780-852-3370. Map 1, 4M mOunTain air ClOThing CO Fashion for women and men. Denim, outerwear, sweaters, swimwear and underwear. Guess, Miss Me, Mavi Gold, Mackage, Desigual, Esprit, Fluxus, Joseph Ribkoff, Parkhurst and Marshall Artist. Shoes—Timberland, Clarks, Hispanitas, Mjus, Bogs and Saute Mouton. Oakley sunglasses, Lugano and Nella Bella bags, scarves, hats, jewellery. 622 Connaught Dr, 780-852-3760. Map 5, 16N

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Bakeries Bear’s Paw Bakery Europeanstyle shop and café. Country breads, croissants, pastries, cinnamon buns and muffins from quality natural ingredients. Ham and cheese loaf, breakfast sandwiches. Gluten-free items. Special occasion cakes. Locally roasted coffee. Open 6 am. 4 Pyramid Lake Rd, (near Connaught Dr), 780-852-3233. Map 5, 14N The OTher Paw Bakery Croissants, pastries, cinnamon buns and muffins from quality natural ingredients. Wedding cakes. Custom sandwiches, breakfast wraps; café seating. Open 7 am. 610 Connaught Dr, (across from Train station), 780852-2253. Map 5, 16N

Camera shop Tekarra COlOr laB Nikon, Canon and Olympus cameras. Quality prints in minutes from digital cards, 35 mm/ APS film. Digital workstations—zoom and colour adjust. Images to CD and DVD. Custom cropping, enlarging up to poster size and printing on canvas. Color photocopies. Frames, cards, souvenir books and local art. 600 Patricia St, 780-852-5525. Map 5, 16M

Clothing BOmBshell Fashion forward designs for women. Hoodies, shirts,

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OPen COunTry Fashionable, high quality clothing for men, women and kids with sophisticated taste. Joseph Ribkoff, Sympli, Not Your Daughter’s Jeans, Part Two, Michael Kors, Hudson Denim, Spanner and Parkhurst. From underwear to outerwear including bathing suits and footwear. Accessories. Locally designed jewellery. Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, 780-852-4991. Map 5, 7I wild mOunTain Big selection of The North Face, world leading clothing and gear for outdoor enthusiasts and active people. Technical outerwear, base layers, mountain apparel, running wear, casual clothing, footwear, tents, backpacks and sleeping bags. Smartwool apparel, Karma yoga wear and Ugg lifestyle footwear. Also: Calgary, Red Deer and Kelowna. 610 Patricia St, 780-852-5304. Map 5, 16M


See Jasper Art & Entertainment p 136

gifts & souvenirs elysiOn FlOrals & giFTs Flowers, arrangements and plants; Jasper delivery. Accessories and home decor. 614C Connaught Dr (at the back), 780-852-3230. Map 5, 16N The FairmOnT sTOre Collection of signature apparel, books and exclusive collectibles. The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, 780-852-3301. Map 5, 7I Friends OF JasPer naTiOnal Park Proceeds support park pro-

Natural Hair Wild Orchid Salon & Spa (p 158) sells eco-friendly Alterna shampoo, body wash, styling products and temporary hair dyes for women and men. Salon owner Nadia Helmy has confidence in their natural botanical ingredients; she’s keen on Alterna’s new 2-minute root touch-up that prolongs color treatments for two weeks. “Clients trust our experienced staff to give great hair advice,” notes Nadia. —Kate Deglow grams. Books: guides, history, Native culture and children’s. Park souvenirs, nature oriented gifts and jewellery. Maps, CDs and DVDs. 500 Connaught Dr, 780-852-4767. Map 5, 15N giFT shOP aT JasPer-yellOwhead museum Wildlife, history and guide books. Handcrafts, jewellery and toys. Unique souvenirs and gifts. Tax-free shop. 400 Bonhomme St, 780-852-3013. Map 5, 14K JasPer dOllar & uP sTOre Value priced gifts and souvenirs. Apparel, toys, games, guitars and drums. House and kitchen gadgets. Camping, scrapbook, craft and party supplies. Seasonal items. 625 Patricia St, 780852-3443. Map 5, 16N JasPer rOCk & Jade Jewellery including Ammolite by Korite. Fossils, minerals, kitchen gadgets and pottery. Homemade gourmet fudge—free samples. 620A Connaught Dr, 780852-3631. Map 5, 16N Summer 2013 //



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JasPer Tramway giFTs Canadian Rockies souvenirs. Fleece jackets and vests, shirts, hats, toys and books. Clothing for kids. Lower terminal shop has snacks and drinks. Both stores have large decks with views. Whistlers Rd, 780-852-3093. Map 5, 9C

Pharmasave Full service pharmacy. Beauty items, toiletries, health and nutritional supplements and non-prescription drugs. Friendly service; free local delivery. 610 Patricia St. Summer 9 am-9 pm, 780-8525903. Map 5, 16M

maligne lake sOuvenirs & giFTs Souvenirs of Canada and Jasper National Park. Books, crafts, tableware, linen, pottery, art prints, food and plush. June-Oct 6. Daylodge, 48 km (30 mi) south of Jasper townsite, 780-852-3370. Map 1, 4M

rain hair sTudiO Hair treatments in a relaxing studio atmosphere. Bumble & Bumble, Alterna, Kevin Murphy and Moroccan Oil products. The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, 780-852-1998. Map 5, 7I

Parkway giFTs Logo shirts, jackets, vests, figurines, hats, totem poles, jewellery and toys. 606 Connaught Dr, 780-852-3133. Map 5, 16N

Outdoor Clothing, Footwear & Equipment Over 100 Years of Service 408 Connaught Dr, 780-852-3078

sherriFFs OF JasPer Christmas ornaments: Jim Shore Disney, Willow Tree, Department 56 and Bradford Exchange. Hand painted glassware, jewellery, handbags and lotions. Canadian home and garden decor. Soda flavoured BBQ sauces. Eco-friendly cards. 610 Connaught Dr, 780-852-3658. Map 5, 16N Tangle Creek giFTs Large selection of toys: Lego, Mega Bloks, Melissa & Doug, Thomas & Friends. Board games and puzzles. Robeez mini shoes and sock sets. Souvenir shirts, hoodies, caps, jumpers, mugs, figurines, tea towels, and aprons. Home accents, pottery, bath products and jewellery. 640 Connaught Dr, 780-852-5355. Map 5, 17M Trains & laTTes Train memorabilia and gifts. Books, calendars, cards, posters, maps, model trains, shirts, caps, DVDs, train magazines, gamebooks and whistles. CafĂŠ. Train Station, 607 Connaught Dr, 780852-7444. Map 5, 15N


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hOme hardware Hardware and camping gear. BBQ, gardening and pet supplies. Products for RV and auto. Keys cut. Sears catalogue outlet. Building supplies. 706 Sleepy Hollow Rd, 780-852-4491. Map 5, 18N

wild OrChid salOn & sPa Natural ingredient, professional products: Alterna and Moroccan Oil haircare, and Prevonia face and body care. Jewellery, scarves and hair accessories. 616 Patricia St, 780-852-2111. Map 5, 16N

Jewellery JasPer Jewels By PhiliPPe Master goldsmith custom designs range from fun to formal, and feature Canadian diamonds and ammolite gemstones. Patricia Ctr, 610 Patricia St, 780-852-3027. Map 5, 16M

sports outfitters edge COnTrOl ski & OuTdOOr sTOre 35 years of service. Hiking boots by Lowa and Asolo. Outdoor clothing by Helly Hansen, Lole, Mountain Hardwear, Sherpa and Eider. Keen Hybrid sandals and footwear. Packs in many sizes. Walks & Talks Jasper and Rocky Mountain River Guides tours. 626 Connaught Dr, 780-852-4945. Map 5, 16N everesT OuTdOOr sTOre Outdoor and casual clothing by Sherpa, Chlorophylle, Marmot, Oakley and Point Zero. Footwear by Keen, Fila and Ahnu. Deuter packs. Camping gear, sunglasses, guidebooks, maps. Backpacking gear rentals. 414 Connaught Dr, 780-852-5902. Map 5, 14N

health & Beauty

Freewheel CyCle Rentals and repairs. Sales of Kona, Rocky Mountain and Electra bikes. Cycle wear by Sugoi, Specialized and Sombrio. Active lifestyle clothing by WeSC, Lifetime, Burton, Volcom. 618 Patricia St, 780-852-3898. Map 5, 16M

JasPer Park rexall Prescription, over-the-counter and herbal remedies. Cosmetics, bath products, sunglasses, film, magazines, newspapers, stationery, gift wrap, cards and gifts. 602 Patricia St, 780-852-4441. Map 5, 16M

graviTy gear Hard goods for technical, alpine, ice and sport climbing: axes, ropes, harnesses, helmets and rock protection. Backpacking gear, outerwear and footwear, and casual clothing. Referrals for climbing


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and mountaineering guides. 618 Patricia St, 780-852-3155. Map 5, 16M JasPer sOurCe FOr sPOrTs Bike sales, rentals and repairs. Fishing outfitters—tackle, guided trips and backcountry boat rentals. Camping gear sales/rentals. Outdoor clothing, athletic footwear, sandals and swimwear. NHL hockey and Team Canada licensed products. 406 Patricia St, 780-852-3654. Map 5, 14M maligne lake BOaThOuse Curly Phillips Boathouse Alberta Historic Site sells fishing and outdoor gear and accessories. Sea kayak, canoe and rowboat rentals. Fishing licenses. Late May-late Sept. 48 km (30 mi) south of town, 780-852-3370. Map 1, 4M On-line sPOrT & TaCkle Columbia concept store: “everything for the outdoors.” Technical outerwear, outdoor clothes, footwear, and gear for fishing, camping and backpacking. Rentals: canoes, rowboats, rods and waders. Guided fishing. 600 Patricia St, 780-852-3630. Map 5, 16M TOTem ski shOP Technical clothing, sportswear and footwear (sandals, athletic, hiking) for a mountain lifestyle by The North Face, Patagonia, Sugoi, Brooks, Levi, Merrell, HiTec, Teva, Asics and Salomon. Packs, tents, sleeping bags, stoves, knives and bear repellent. Backpacking gear rentals. 408 Connaught Dr, 780852-3078. Map 5, 14N

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JasperYellowhead Museum & Archives Visit our Galleries & Tax Free Gift Shop Summer: Daily 10 am - 5 pm Winter: Thurs - Sun 10 am - 5 pm 400 Bonhomme St near Aquatic Centre 780-852-3013 •

avalanChe sPiriTs Cold beer, wine and liquor. On Jasper’s main street at the traffic lights with plenty of parking (buses welcome). Beside Avalanche Esso, 702 Connaught Dr, 780-852-7000. Map 5, 17M JasPer liquOr sTOre & wine Cellar A world of tastes at one store, family owned since 1946. 1800 wine labels, 700 beers and 150 single malts. From Canada: Niagara reds, Okanagan whites, icewines and whiskey. 606 Patricia St, 780-8525682. Map 5, 16M JasPer Park liquOr & Beverage CO Liquor store in a heritage building. Canadian wine specialists, cold beer, spirits and unique liqueurs. Case discounts. Ice and mix. Glassware and wine accessories. Ample parking across the street. 630 Connaught Dr, 780-852-5511. Map 5, 17N


ART GALLERY RED DOOR Downstairs 618c Connaught Dr. Jasper, AB Winter open Thurs-Sun 1-6 pm and by appointment Summer open daily 780-852-8289

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jasper hot dining DDs Drink at De’d Dog Yes, these tasty beers are non-alcoholic! Erdinger, Krombacher and Maisel’s biers at De’d Dog Bar & Grill (p 161) are perfect for designated drivers. “This is not your typical alcoholfree swill,” notes Where publisher Jack Newton. “These German brews have flavour!” —Kate Deglow

Working Like Busy Bees The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge executive chef Derek Ingraham and his culinary team take ‘authentically local’ seriously. The 500-pound annual organic honey harvest from their rooftop bee hives is used in culinary dishes, packaged in gift jars and made into exclusive Jasper Park Lodge Honey Lager. At the Lodge greenhouse, herbs and small produce are grown for their restaurants (p 164). —Jack Wennot

Cassio’s Calling The owner/chef of Cassios Italian Restaurant (p 165) has long service in the family business. Mike Cassio’s parents opened the first of three Italian restaurants in 1949 in Sudbury, Ontario; Cassios in Jasper still uses many of their original family recipes. Mike and his wife Anna love working in the food industry. “Meeting new people every day and experimenting with new dishes keep it fresh,” says Mike. —Kate Deglow

40 Years in Jasper

Nick Bartziokas attributes the success of his Tonquin Prime Rib Village (p 167) to hard work and a personal touch. “I’m here every day to supervise the kitchen and greet guests; I only take holidays when we are closed in November,” he notes. Nick’s tender and tasty prime rib is consistently cut from aged AAA Alberta beef that has been slow roasted for eight hours. —Jack Wennot

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Listings are for advertisers and others worthy of your attention. Maps are on pgs 169, 170 and 176-177. ASIAN. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .161 CAFES & BAKERIES . . . . . . . . . . . .161 CANADIAN: IN TOWN . . . . . . . . .161 CANADIAN: OUT OF TOWN . . 164 EUROPEAN . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .165 FAMILy DINING. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .166 SIGHTSEEING LIFT . . . . . . . . . . . . .167 STEAKS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .167

the other paw BaKery cafe Quiches, wraps, salads and sandwiches on homemade bread. Breakfast wraps. Made-on-site baked treats include low fat scones and special occasion cakes. Specialty coffee. Wine/beer. 610 Connaught Dr, (across from the train station), 780852-2253. Map 5, 16N soft rocK cafe All day breakfast, chicken dishes, Croque monsieur and madame, sandwiches, pizza and baking (mains $8-$12). Big screen. Patio. Summer 7:30 am-10 pm. 632 Connaught Dr, 780-852-5850. Map 5, 17N trains & Lattes Homemade sandwiches, pastries and snacks. Daily soup. Espresso bar. Ice cream. Train memorabilia and souvenirs. Track-side patio with mountain views. Train Station, 607 Connaught Dr, 780-852-7444. Map 5, 15N

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AsiAn Kimchi house (Korean) Personable Monica An greets guests at her restaurant with Korean screens, art, tiles and paintings. Hot pot soups; noodles; dumplings; seafood, beef and vegetables in a stone bowl; and beef short ribs on a sizzling hot plate. Tasty sauces mild, medium or spicy. Mains $15-$22; vegetarian menu $15$18; lunch specials $13.50. Dinner combinations for 2, 4 or 6 ($41, $67, $110). 11 am-10 pm. 407 Patricia St, 780-852-5022. Map 5, 14N sayuri Japanese restaurant Tastes of Japan with sushi bar and ozashiki booths. Sashimi, tempura, and chicken and salmon teriyaki, from fresh ingredients. Cook-your-own nabe hot pot. Most dishes $9-$20; combo dinners $27-$30; summer lunch $11-$15. Noon-2 pm/5-10 pm. 410 Connaught Dr, 780-852-2282. Map 5, 14N

CAfes & BAkeries Bear’s paw BaKery Fresh, madeon-site treats. Soups, sandwiches on homemade bread, sausage rolls and vegetarian pockets. Ham and cheese loaves. Croissants, pastries, cinnamon buns, muffins, cookies and special occasion cakes. 4 Pyramid Lake Rd, (off Connaught Dr), 780852-3233. Map 5, 14N

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anthony’s Mountain view and patio. Steaks, lamb chops, Arctic char and eggplant Parmesan (mains $12$35). Child meals $7 with dessert. Breakfast buffet wknd/hol and daily à la carte. Summer 6:30-11 am and 5-10 pm. Amethyst Lodge, 200 Connaught Dr, 780-852-3394. Map 5, 12N country inn Comfy atmosphere. BBQ ribs, turkey pot pie and salmon (mains $12-$29). Child meals $7 with dessert. Breakfast buffet and daily à la carte. Skyline Lounge and patio with great view. Summer 6:30-11 am and 5-10 pm. Lobstick Lodge, 94 Geikie St, 780-852-4431. Map 5, 9M

Custom Cakes Jasper has its very own ‘Cake Boss’; special events are made extra special by Cakes by Kim. With buttercream and fondant, Kim Stark crafts artistic and tasty masterpieces such as syrup pouring over a waffle, moose and woodlands. “Cakes command attention, and I love making really intricate ones that people remember,” says Kim. Stop by Bears Paw Bakery to buy a Kim creation; custom order at The Other Paw Bakery (left). —Kate Deglow

De’D Dog Rub shoulders with locals. Steaks, game burger and $6.50 cheeseburger with fries. Food specials from 4:20 pm: Mon spaghetti $7, Tues tatanka burger $7.75, Wed wings $7.60 lb, Thurs double cheeseburger $8.50, Sat dry ribs $10.50, Sun steak sandwich platter $9.50. Pint specials $4.25-$4.50. Happy hr 5-7 pm; Fri to 8 pm. Occasional live music midweek. Astoria Hotel, 404 Connaught Dr, 780-852-4328. Map 5, 14N

eviL Dave’s griLL Informal, upbeat spot with fireplace. Creative, beautifully presented twists on comfort food by Red Seal chefs. Funky menu has Asian-inspired starters: lollipop shrimp, cowboy sushi and lettuce wraps. Evil entrées: Diabolical tenderloin, Malicious salmon and Hell’s chicken. Gluten-free dishes. Wicked wines, Magic elixirs and Deadly desserts. A memorable dining experience. Corkage $15. Mains $19-$39. Kids items. Summer from 4 pm. 622 Patricia St, 780-852-3323. Map 5, 17M

earLs Canadian favourites and dishes influenced by international cuisines. Open-to-view kitchen. Beef, chicken, fish, vegetarian dishes. Pasta and pizza from the wood-burning oven. Signature beers and wines. Patio with view. Big groups welcome. Mains $13-$34. Open to mid. Upstairs, 600 Patricia St, 780-852-2393. Map 5, 16M

fiDDLe river Innovative cuisine: Alberta beef, cloudberry demi elk and free-range butter chicken. West coast king crab, wild sockeye salmon, shrimp and lobster. Daily fresh chalkboard specials. Pine decor. Colin Range view. Patio. Mains $24-$40. From 5 pm. Upstairs, 620 Connaught Dr, 780-852-3032. Map 5, 16N Summer 2013 //



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the inn restaurant Newly renovated glass enclosed courtyard atrium with fireplace and 70" HDs, plus garden terrace. New creative menu (main $13-$26): rustic pizzas with cheese-stuffed crust, veggie pop tarts with balsamic blackberry jam, bacon waffles, buttermilk fried chicken, halibut on curried pineapple slaw, ‘meatloaf’s got game’ and braised bison on candied cabbage. Prime rib Sat ($25). Black bottom pie. 26 craft beers, Margaritas and 15 wines by the glass. Breakfast buffet 6:30 am-11 am. Best Western Jasper Inn, Geikie St at Bonhomme St, 780852-3232. Map 5, 10M Jasper Brewing co Beer brewed on-site. Dining room, and pub with fireplace and sports plasmas. Steaks, bison burger, sandwiches, pasta, fish and chips, and meal salads. Mains $13-$28. Kids menu. 11:30 am-2 am. Off sales. 624 Connaught Dr, 780852-4111. Map 5, 16N Jasper pizza pLace Pizza from traditional and wood-fired ovens. Salads, burgers, pasta, chicken, ribs and steaks. Mains $11-$22. Games room; roof-top patio. Delivery. 402 Connaught Dr, 780-852-3225. Map 5, 14N Lou Lou’s pizzeria Pizza, whole or by the slice. Salads, pasta, donair, burritos, poutine, Asian food, burgers and sandwiches. Breakfast skillets to 3 pm. Roll-up windows and patio. Mains $8-$12. From 8 am. Free delivery. 407 Patricia St, 780-852-3373. Map 5, 14N

Authentic Greek, itAliAn & cAjun cuisine

Open 11 am • Delivery available 621 Patricia st, 780-852-3850

Evil Dave’s Grill

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Authentic & Freshissimo! Patricia Centre Mall, 2nd Flr

610 Patricia St • 780-852-4002

o’shea’s restaurant & cappuccino Bar Home-style cooking, and heritage decor with archival photos, curios and south-facing windows. Flame broiled Certified Angus steaks and prime rib. Daily specials; 8 homemade pastas; salmon in white wine, lemon, dill sauce; chicken and veggie stir-fries; back ribs with housemade BBQ sauce; burgers and ‘stacked’ sandwiches. Skillet breakfasts, eggs Benedicts and sundaes of granola, yogurt and fruit. Breakfast $7-$15; lunch $10-$20; mains $14.75-$32. Athabasca Hotel, 510 Patricia St, 780-852-3386. Map 5, 15M papa george’s Since 1925, this casual restaurant with fireplace has served authentic Canadian cuisine. Mains ($18-$35): Alberta elk with merlot shallot sauce, wild sockeye salmon with mango salsa, Brome Lake duck and wild game burger. Lunch

($8-$16): bison meatloaf, black bean burger and Reuben sandwich. Breakfast $6-$16. ‘Early bird’ main course (5-7 pm) $18. Wine bar with cellar view: daily tasting flights and small plates ($7-$16). Cappuccino bar; sandwich take-out. 404 Connaught Dr, 780-852-2260. Map 5, 14N the sawriDge inn Walter’s Dining Room is located within the hotel’s lush indoor atrium. The eclectic dinner menu (mains $17-$34) offers regionally inspired delicacies: dialogue of salmon, bison short ribs, eggplant rollatini and pork tenderloin. Chef’s table dining available with reservation. Constantly evolving wine list. Extensive breakfast buffet offers great value ($16, $9 6-12). Two private dining rooms. The Hearthstone Lounge has lighter menu with daily lunch specials in a relaxed setting. Champs Lounge has pub fare and sports on big TVs; Wed 35¢ wings. 76 Connaught Dr, 780-852-5111. Map 5, 8N siLverwater griLL Elegant wood decor and lounge with big screen. Award-winning candied ginger beef tenderloin, citrus red snapper, duck and lobster bacon gnocchi (mains $12-$32). Child menu. Breakfast buffet wknd/hol and daily à la carte. Summer 6:30-11 am and 5-10 pm. Chateau Jasper, 96 Geikie St, 780852-5644. Map 5, 10M syrahs of Jasper Intimate downtown dining with Wine Spectator Award of Excellence designation. Chef Jason Meister and his team offer seasonal Canadian cuisine with world influences. Chorizo stuffed chicken with zucchini chipotle relish, vegetarian Napoleon, Boursin cheese stuffed blackened salmon and milk-fed veal chop with wildberry bourbon demi. Swiss cheese fondue (appetizer or main). Mains $23-$37. Ever changing wine list, plus many beers and ciders. Daily from 5 pm. 606 Patricia St, reservations 780-852-4559. Map 5, 16M whistLe stop puB “The local watering hole.” French onion soup, Nathan’s hot dog, wild game burger, sandwiches, Guinness battered fish and chips, pasta and steaks (mains $6-$19); $6.25 cheeseburger and fries. Sat-Sun brunch 11:30 am-2 pm. 11 beers on tap; $4.50 pint specials. Fireplace, 6 big screens, pool tables (free Tues), karaoke Mon 7-11 pm, acoustic jam Sat 3-6 pm. Whistlers Inn, 780-852-3361. Map 5, 15N

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CAnAdiAn: ouT of Town afternoon tea at maLigne LaKe chaLet Loose leaf tea with homemade scones, petite sandwiches, desserts and optional sparkling wine in the historic log cabin or veranda ($32). Lake view. Mid June-Sept, 2:30 pm-4:30 pm. Tea and cruise combo. Reserve ahead. Maligne Lake Rd, 48 km (30 mi) S of town, 780-852-3370. Map 1, 4M BecKer’s gourmet restaurant Country setting with mountain and river view. Casual gourmet dining with seasonal local ingredients and colorful presentations. Brie with prosciutto and spinach in puff pastry. Beef tenderloin with crispy onions and foie gras demi-glace; wild salmon with smoked tomatoes and warm Champagne vinaigrette; elk sirloin with Cabernet demi-glace; and wild boar with herb sautéed spaetzle and blueberry demi-glace. Prime rib Fri/ Sat. Mains $21-$39. Spectacular desserts. Morning buffet ($11 cold/$14 hot). Child menu. May-Oct. Five min S of Jasper, Icefields Pkwy at Becker’s Chalets, 780-852-3535. Map 5, 14E

the fairmont Jasper parK LoDge The Moose’s Nook: Canadian steakhouse and grill; showcase for AAA Alberta beef, seafood and game. Cavell’s Restaurant & Terrace: gourmet-casual lakeside dining featuring diverse international menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The Emerald Lounge & Patio: casual fare, fireside seating and lake view patio. First Cup Deli: light fare and BBQ cuisine. Fitzhugh’s To Go: local and organic coffees, pastries and gourmet deli treats. Tent City Pub: traditional Canadian pub fare and family favourite comfort food. Oka Sushi: intimate sushi bar (780-852-1114). Some venues offer entertainment. 780-852-3301. Map 5, 7I maLigne canyon In the woods by Jasper’s deepest gorge is Canyon Restaurant, with fireside and window seating. Breakfast ($5-$11). Counterservice lunch/dinner (to 7 pm): custom sandwiches, salad bar, soups, burgers and hot entrées (mains $8-$29). Riverside patio. Apr-Oct. Maligne Lake Rd, 11 km (7 mi) SE of town, 780-852-5565. Map 1, 4M

maLigne LaKe view restaurant Spectacular view of Maligne Lake from the multi-level sundeck and indoors beneath vaulted cedar beams. Buffet with homemade soups, sandwiches, baked breads, salads, stew, chili and desserts; or à la carte items at reasonable prices. Bakery offers European tortes, cheesecakes, danishes, and muffins. “Backpack” lunches. Licensed. May 18-Oct 6 8:30 am-6 pm; July 1-Aug 31 to 7 pm. End of Maligne Lake Rd, 48 km (30 mi) S of Jasper, 780-852-3370. Map 1, 4M miette hot springs resort Family restaurant; Canadian cuisine with a touch of Greek. Kid’s menu; patio; ice cream. 8 am-11 pm to mid Oct. 61 km (38 mi) from town. Miette Hot Springs Rd, 780-866-3750. Map 1, 4N the pines at pyramiD LaKe resort Timber/stone decor, fireplace, lake view and Rocky Mountain Comfort Food. Breakfast (7-11 am, $8-$16). Lunch (11 am-2 pm, $10$16): slider trio, lobster mac n cheese, sandwiches. Dinner (5 pm-10 pm, mains $25-$42): signature beef

Inspired cooking with fresh, local ingredients Cozy dining room • Glass-enclosed solarium Mountain and river view Breakfast 8 to 11 am Dinner 5:30 to 9 pm

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Mountain Views from Every Seat tenderloin, wild boar, Brome Lake duck, vegetarian options, weekly fresh sheet. Private room and BBQ pit. Pyramid Lake Rd, 6 km/3.7 mi from town, 780-852-4900. Map 5, 2H poco’s cafe Historic roadside stop with fireplaces and views. Steaks, mushroom ravioli, BBQ ribs, burgers (mains $12-$26). Child menu. MayOct, 7 am-2 pm and 5-10 pm. Pocahontas Cabins, Hwy 16, 25 min E of town, 780-866-3732. Map 1, 4N sunwapta faLLs restaurant Country breakfast and lunch, and candlelight dinners. Endless Chain Dining Room, patio and covered deck (popular for group BBQs)—all with mountain views. May-Oct. Icefields Pkwy, 53 km (33 mi) S of Jasper townsite, 780-852-4852. Map A, 3L teKarra restaurant Rustic dining room and patio, a favorite of celebrities since 1952. Chef David Husereau's spiny lobster roll, Black Angus filet mignon, Arctic char with wilted spinach and sweet potato pave, and venison sous vide with rose hip jus. Mains $26-$44. Breakfast buffet. To early Oct, 8-11 am/from 5:30 pm. Tekarra Lodge, Hwy 93A 1 km S of town, 780-852-4624. Map 5, 9G

AAA Alberta Steaks & Prime Rib Canadian regional dishes & European specialties. Fireside lounge & three outdoor patios. Daily Noon to 11:30 pm


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europeAn cassios itaLian restaurant A favourite of locals and visitors—real Italian food from old family recipes. Mussels and clams, jumbo garlic shrimp, house made crab cakes, bruschetta, pasta, veal and chicken dishes are made with fresh, natural ingredients. Seafood is a specialty. Flatbreads; try the fig, pear and gorgonzola. Mains $15-$35. Complete Canadian breakfast $7. Whistlers Inn, 602 Connaught Dr, (across from train station), 780-852-4070. Map 5, 15N miss itaLia ristorante Colourful decor; big portions. Pollo Marsala, gnocchi, ravioli, manicotti and lasagna. Vitello alla veneziana: veal, shrimp and pasta Parmesano. Polla Miss Italia: chicken, peppers, mushrooms, onions and spicy tomato sauce over pasta. The Sicilian: cappellini, chicken and cannelloni. Italian Feast for 2 or 4: homemade meatballs, Italian sausages, fettucini carbonara, cannelloni and seafood linguini. Steaks, ribs, seafood and pizza. Patio. Lunch $10-$15; mains $13-$25; daily specials. 11 am-11 pm. 610 Patricia St, 780-852-4002. Map 5, 16L

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oLive Bistro & Lounge Atrium and patio with Colin Range view. European influenced fare from Canadian ingredients like Certified Angus beef, Quebec duck and BC salmon. Braised lamb shank; roasted red pepper and portabella strudel; applewood smoked bison burger; soup and sandwich lunch special. Martini Mon, Wine Wed; occasional live music. 4 pmmid; from noon June-Sept. Pyramid Lake Rd, 780-852-5222. Map 5, 14N

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the raven Bistro (Mediterranean) Opens June and offers an intimate atmosphere and eclectic cuisine with many vegetarian choices. 504 Patricia St, 780-852-5151. Map 5, 15N

fAmily dining a&w Burger Family, Chubby chicken, kids packs with treat. Eat-in/take-out. Breakfast to 11 am. 640 Connaught Dr, 780-852-4004. Map 5, 17M Bright spot Oak finishes, big windows and sports on 58" plasma. Homestyle cooking: all-day breakfast, steaks, seafood, prime rib burger, sandwiches, pasta and pizza. Greek donair, souvlaki and spanakopita. Mains $9-$19. Specials with soup or salad and coffee: lunch sandwich $10.50, pasta $14, meat or fish $15. Child and diet items. Groups welcome. Ample parking. 7 am-10 pm. Petro Canada, 701 Connaught Dr, 780-852-3094. Map 5, 18M Kfc/pizza hut Kentucky fried chicken, chicken burgers and salads. Create-your-own pizza and Lover’s specialties. Kids and family meals. Eatin/take-out/free delivery. 640 Connaught Dr, 780-852-5520. Map 5, 17N

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smitty’s Casual, friendly, value priced dining in Jasper for over 50 years. Big windows, original art and booth seating. 150-item menu: famous pancakes, popular skillets, quesadillas, sandwiches, wraps, salads and many appies. Sterling Silver beef steaks, roast beef and burgers, stir-fries, pastas and seafood. “All your favourites all day long” (including breakfast). Mains $7.50-$17.50. Premium desserts $5.50. Child and senior menus. Licensed. From 7 am. 109 Miette Ave (across from Information Ctr), 780-852-3111. Map 5, 15N suBway Sub sandwiches to order on fresh bread. Kids/value meals. Eat-in/ take-out. From 7 am. 626 Connaught Dr, 780-852-3991. Map 5, 16N

sighTseeing lifT Jasper tramway Glass-enclosed Treeline Restaurant atop Whistlers Mtn offers casual dining and great view. Breakfast to 11 am. Sandwiches, burgers, Nathan’s hot dog, fish and chips, quesadilla, rice bowls, chicken supreme, wild salmon, Ny steak, specials ($5-$20). Kids menu. Snack bar with patio BBQ at the base. Whistlers Mtn Rd, 10 min S of town via Icefields Pkwy. 780-852-3093. Map 5, 9C

sTeAks emBers Classic chop house decor. Steaks, ribs, Asian pork chop, herb pesto salmon, ‘famous’ mac n’ cheese, light appetite items (mains $12-$32). Breakfast buffet and à la carte. Fireside Lounge. Marmot Lodge, 86 Connaught Dr, 780-852-4471. Map 5, 9N

tonquin prime riB viLLage ‘Authority on prime rib’ for 40 years. Cherry-wood decor and heated terrace. Sizzling AAA steaks, BBQ ribs, feta/spinach/mushroom stuffed chicken and seafood fettucine. Crab cakes, sole Normande, lemon dill seabass and grilled tuna with wasabi ginger beurre blanc. Child menu. Big wine list. Mains $18-$34; $14-$23 in the bar with big screen sports. Breakfast buffet. Juniper St (by Tonquin Inn), 780-852-4966. Map 5, 9N viLLa caruso steaK house & Bar Jasper favourite with impressive dining room, open kitchen and flame grill. AAA Alberta steaks and prime rib, rack of lamb, salmon, BBQ ribs, apple maple pecan pork tenderloin and pasta. Bison, elk and deer dishes. Souvlaki and moussaka. Fireplaces, mountain views from every seat, patios, private dining section and bar. Mains $20-$42; lobster tails at market. Lunch $14-$17. Child menu. Summer noon-11:30 pm. Connaught Dr at Hazel, (2nd fl/elevator access), 780-852-3920. Map 5, 17M

Athabasca Hotel At the heart of Jasper O’Shea’s Restaurant

Cappuccino Bar • Sports Bar • Ale House 510 Patricia St • 780-852-3386 • 1-877-542-8422 A world of tAstes Purveyors of Wonderful dishes 1800 wine labels, expertly prepared 700 beers & from market 150 single malts fresh ingredients


4 Pyramid Lake Road 780-852-3233

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something eLse steaK house & greeK restaurant Greek, Italian and Cajun cuisine. Paithakia and lamb or chicken souvlaki. AAA Black Angus steaks (teriyaki, blackened or BBQ). Pasta, pizza, chicken, fish, stir-fries and ribs. Greek and Caesar salads. Burgers and sandwiches at lunch. Child menu. Relaxed Mediterranean atmosphere. Sidewalk seats. Delivery. Mains: lunch $11-$19, dinner $15-$26. Specials with soup: lunch $12-$13, dinner $16-$19. Child menu. 11 am-11 pm. 621 Patricia St, 780-852-3850. Map 5, 16N


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hinton activities

In the early 1800s, trappers seeking furs arrived at the place that is now Hinton via the Athabasca River. Like the First Nations, they lived off the land. Hunting and fishing is a tradition that continues in the wilds around Hinton—obtain permits and consider hiring a local guide. Mining and logging started shortly after the trappers arrived. Today Hinton’s economy relies on coal, oil and gas, and forest industries as well as tourism. Outdoor recreation for the whole family can be enjoyed in Hinton and its vicinity.

Jasper to Hinton Follow the Athabasca River via Yellowhead Hwy 16 for 80 km (50 mi). Sites en route: Talbot Lake (24 km/15 mi) Shallow, clear waters are popular for pike fishing; rent gear and lakeside boats from Jasper’s On-line Sport (p 140). Jasper Lake Sand Dunes (27 km/17 mi) 8000 years of water and wind built the Canadian Rockies only sand dunes. Look for elk, sheep and deer. Pocahontas (48 km/30 mi) At Miette Rd junction is Poco’s Café. A short trail interprets the abandoned coal mining town and rises to view-

points. South (on the right) is Punchbowl Falls trailhead; it’s a 5 min walk to the falls. Miette Hot Springs A 17 km (11 mi) detour south on Miette Rd goes to the famous mineral springs (p 150).

Exploring Hinton • Alberta Forest Service Museum Interpretive trail and free log-built ranger cabin displays on forest care, fire fighting and early ranger services. Mon-Fri 8:15 am-noon and 1–4:30 pm. Free. Hinton Training Centre, 1176 Switzer Dr, 780-865-8200. • Beaver Boardwalk 3 km (2 mi) of marsh wildlife habitat by Happy Creek and Maxwell Lake. Interpretive panels, seating, amphitheatre and observation tower. Ninety bird species have been observed here. Off Collinge Rd (take Mountain St south off Hwy 16). • High Country Helicopters Heli-tours of Athabasca Valley, Maligne Lake and Mt Robson. Guided heli-hiking. Plane charters. Airport, 1-877-777-4354. • Hinton Information Centre Details on amenities such as hotels, camping, restaurants and other services. Travel Alberta desk. Free Wi-Fi. S side Hwy 16, 309 Gregg Ave, 1-877-446-8666. • Natural Resources Interpretive Park Forestry, mine reclamation and wildland/urban interface exhibits. Interpretive trails, picnicking, playground, lookout tower, giant truck. N side Hwy 16, W end of town (behind McDonald’s). • Shopping Athabasca Avenue, Parks West Mall, Carmichael Lane and Green Square offer locally owned and operated as well as national stores.

Recreation Nova Inn – Hinton Toll Free 1 866.925.6682 Nova Lodge – Hinton Toll Free 1 877.865.4755 Complimentary High Speed Internet, Local Calls & Parking Fitness Centre Hot Tub & Swimming Pool Refrigerators In all Rooms


• Alternative Adventures Zipline Fly like a super hero on mellow to extreme rides. Simulated base jumping and hang gliding. Tandem jumps. Power kiting and paragliding courses. Hwy 16, W of Hinton. Reserve 780-817-9696. • Canoe & Swim Sandy beach at Jarvis Lake in William Switzer Provincial Park. The park offers 10 km (6 mi) of paddling though Jarvis Creek and lakes. Camping and day use area. 20 minutes north of Hinton off Hwy 40. • Dr Duncan Murray Recreation Centre Ice arenas, 25 m pool, kiddie pool, steam room, hot tub, racquetball, squash, basketball and volleyball courts, skateboard park, playground, baseball/soccer pitches, running track. Library. 805 Switzer Dr, 780-865-4412. • Fishing Wildhorse and Kinky lakes, 20 km (12.5 mi) W of Hinton have rainbow and brook trout. High Calibre

Sports has licenses, tackle and advice, 858 Carmichael Lane, 780-865-3678. • Hinton Golf Club Mountain backdrop, sand on 17 holes, water on six holes, three tee positions. Driving range. Clubhouse: pro shop, bar and grill, deck. 18 holes $50, 9 holes $30, twilight/youth rates. 780-865-2904. • Hinton Multipurpose Trails Walking and cycling throughout town along Hardisty Creek, Happy Creek, Thompson Lake, Maxwell Lake. Maps at the Information or Recreation centres. • Hinton Vicinity Trails 17 km (11 mi) NE of Hinton via Emerson Creek gravel road is 3 km (2 mi) Canyon Creek Trail with plunging river scenery. 40 km (24 mi) farther, visit Wild Sculpture and Sundance Creek Trail hoodoos. Mountain bikers and ATVers can go 32 km (21 mi) SE of Hinton to 6 km (4 mi) Pine Management Trail on the 1911 Gregg Cabin site. N on Hwy 40 near Brule Lake, Ogre Canyon is a deep cleft with sinkholes; the trail rises to an Athabasca River Valley lookout. • Perfect Game Bowling & Laser Tag 5-pin bowling. 1600 sq ft laser tag; glow-in-the-dark trails; automatic scoring. Arcade games. Closed Mon-Tues. 105 Allen Cove, 780-865-2748. • Outfitters Horseback Adventures (780-865-4777) hourly to multi-day. Wolflandtours (780-817-2562) hikes and canoe tours. Royal Coachman Eco Tours (780-865-6200) hikes, fly-fishing, wildlife viewing. Rocky Mountain Fishing Adventures (780-865-5608).

Worthy Events Beaver Bike Festival (June 15) Guided tours, demos and skills competition. Canada Day & Föhn Festival (June 30July 1) Parade, multicultural shows/ food, pancake breakfast; fireworks. Farmers Market (Thurs) 11 am-2 pm at Hinton Centre, 965 Switzer Dr. Mad Props (June 15) Skateboard, BMX and scooter class competition. Mary Reimer Memorial Rodeo (July 2628) Midway rides; bronc busting, bull riding, steer wrestling, barrel racing. MS Bike Tour (Sept 7-8) for charity. Wild Mountain Music Festival (July 1921) Camping, music, kid’s events, art showcase, and food and beer gardens.

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1 Kids stuff (p 62, 139)

10 Rudi’s jewellery (p 102)

11 Melissa’s lobsters (p 107) 2 Wildlife on Minnewanka Loop (p 42), Bow Valley Pkwy 12 Cheap pints after climb(p 46), Icefields Pkwy (p 41, ing three peaks (p 124) 133) & Maligne Rd (p 133) 13 Flyfishing lessons (p 142) 3 Lounging & swimming at 14 Art demos (p 58, 136) the lake (p 40, 45, 139) 4 Cycling the route downhill and one-way (p 62) 5 Train and mountain views at Morant’s Curve (p 47) 6 Lake Louise & glacier view from ski area slopes (p 62) 7 Alcoholic-free beer that actually tastes good (p 160) 8 Literally, climbing the walls (p 68, 86, 152) 9 Rooftop bees (p 160)

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15 Downtown Banff’s scary bicycling criterium (p 53)

22 Hot springs source (p 87) 23 So many activity choices at Maligne Lake (p 135) 24 Amazing dishes from local ingredients (p 107) 25 Remembering Marilyn (p 21, 137, 156) 26 Underwater music (p 86)

16 Slow Bow Valley Parkway 27 Having our cake (p 161) sightseeing (p 46) 28 125-year old Fairmont Banff Springs (p 20) 17 Festivals (p 49, 137) 18 New Cave & Basin (p 120) 29 Torrent waters of Maligne Canyon (p 132) 19 Canmore’s real & surreal 30 Pushing beyond our public art (p 56) comfort zone (p 18) 20 Charming log cabin dining in Lake Louise (p 121)

31 Being warm & dry (p 22)

21 Scenic golf (p 64, 132)

32 Running big rapids (p 25)

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