Alberta Rockies

There really is a place that brings winter fantasies alive. It’s called Banff and it does winter really, really well. 

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At the annual SnowDays in Banff, you can crawl in for puppy kisses.  But don’t stop there, everywhere you turn in Banff National Park there are free or reasonably priced activities. 

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There is something to be said about the acoustics of a music festival held in the embrace of the towering Rocky Mountains.

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Mark your calendars. The world-famous Canmore Nordic Centre will play host to a prestigious world championship final in March – a first-time event in North America.

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JASPER, AB - Ever since Thomas Edison invented the light bulb, it can be argued we’ve lost touch with darkness; we usually experience it when sleeping, with our eyes closed. Now in its second year, a new Jasper festival wants to change that by shining light on the natural beauty of the night sky.

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  John Devitt Over five days in August the World Professional Chuckwagon Association will hold its World Finals in Rocky Mountain House, Alberta.  Starting Wednesday, August 15 th and running straight through to Sunday, August 19 th , 2012, for a newly added fifth day, the ‘Battle of the Rockies’ will certainly be a mad dash to the finish for competitors from around the world.

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For many of us, Christmas comes and goes in a blur — but for skiers and winter-loving folk in Alberta, Jasper in January is a festive time that keeps on giving. 

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The Huckleberry Festival at Castle Mountain Resort is many different things to many different people, and that’s what makes it so special. 

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It takes the keen eye of an artist or a photographer to appreciate the fine details of a landscape — the way the light shimmers on a lake, the mist hangs over a narrow mountain ridge or the reflection of blazing golden larches on a crystal clear lake.  

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Aurum Lodge is located a mere 30 minutes east of Banff National Park, but it is a world away from the hustle and bustle of the national park. Aurum is the Latin word for “gold” and the eco-friendly inn truly is a rare treasure – one of the few accommodations that allow guests to experience the unspoiled wilderness that is called Bighorn Country.

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Our cultural diversity makes this country unique and it’s also a reason to celebrate, which the town of Hinton does on a grand scale with the Fohn Festival.

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Once again, I’m rifling through drawers and closets in search of misplaced mittens, sweaters and toques. In the background, a weather report calls for 20 to 30 centimetres. It's time to go to Jasper for Jasper in January!

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I have a confession to make. I hesitated, but Im going to let you in on an Alberta secret. It isnt about some far-flung destination that youve never ventured to, or a treasure trove of natural wonders. Its about a place you likely know well, and youve likely ventured to at least once in your life. 

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For someone who’s had to work hard to embrace our longest season, I couldn’t help but get excited about the upcoming Canmore Winter Carnival after talking to cross-country ski Olympic medallist Sara Renner.

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The Beaver Bike Fest and Gravity Cup will bring a wide range of pedal heads to experience Hinton's mountain biking terrain.

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JASPER, AB – When you’re “winterstruck”, you’re in love with every frosty delight that comes with western Canada’s longest season.

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You want to go to Banff, but you don’t want the hustle and bustle of a city. That is, after all, why you are going to Banff. The solution? The Juniper Hotel and Bistro.

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http://www.pc.gc.ca/rockymountainhouse It was a smorgasbord of “Canadiana,” if there ever was one. In four fun-filled hours we ate maple taffy, went dog-sledding, listened to foot-stomping fiddle music, ate bannock...

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HINTON, AB - Before railroaders, surveyors and settlers staked their claim in the Athabasca Valley, a group of hardy travellers called the Overlanders blazed trails through the Rockies to the gold fields of British Columbia.

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Summer in the mountains of Southern Alberta can be fickle;  quite often it will take its sweet time, waiting until late July to really get started, and by September dustings of snow can be seen on the mountain tops or even the valley floors. 

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JASPER, AB - Organizers of Jasper in January are forecasting an avalanche of family fun and 100 per cent chance of swirling activity when the winter festival blows in next week.

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Read Bob McDonald's interesting views on astronomy that he shared at last year's festival.

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A community that runs together, stays together. Until the leaders pull away and leave the rest of the pack panting behind, that is.

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There were two major topics of discussion at the Banff World Media Festival: mobile technology, and social media strategy. “Social Media Strategy: The Networked Effect and Your Business” was one of the most attended and thought-provoking panels at the festival.

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The second annual Dark Sky Festival had taken over the lawn of the Jasper Information Centre and turned it into a ‘Space Cadet Fair' - a day of sky-themed entertainment and educational activities, just for kids.

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I stepped from the car and was funneled inside by a pair of velvet ropes, and not thirty seconds after I had registered for the Banff World Media Festival, a stranger beside me leaned in and covertly said, “By Thursday, you’re going to know the future.”

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During the Banff World Media Festival, the NextMEDIA Accelerator brought together six of Canada’s most innovative startup companies. Each was given six minutes to pitch their product to the room.

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Every one of us has looked up at the sky and wondered, what’s up there? For those who want to take that curiosity further, here are five items that will help you view the moon and stars...

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The Village of Waterton is still small. Main street takes 20 minutes to stroll because you stopped for 15 minutes to watch a herd of deer go by.

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Yuichi Takasaka has perfected the art of photographing the magical Northern Lights. He uses an arsenal of everyday household items and, of course, his beloved digital cameras.

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