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10800 97 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T5K 2B6, Canada
Edmonton is a quintessential boom town, with its fortune tied to commodities from furs to, since World War II, oil. Though it is Alberta's second largest city in population, after Calgary, its central role in the province's economy was recognized...
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8882 170 St NW, Edmonton, AB T5T 4J2, Canada
If you are under the mistaken impression that the Mall of America is the world's largest, it's not. In fact it's not even the largest in North America, with that distinction going to the West Edmonton Mall. The enormous complex measures in at 5.3...
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Jasper, AB T0E 1E0, Canada
The sky above Jasper National Park comes alive at night. Celebrated as a Dark Sky Preserve, the national park is one of the best places in the world to stargaze. Light pollution is that orange hue often seen above cities, which is caused by the...
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Pyramid Lake, Jasper, AB T0E, Canada
In the summer, Jasper National Park's Pyramid Lake is a popular spot to kayak, canoe, and explore via paddleboat, but when it freezes over visitors come here to try a number of winter activities including snowshoeing and dog sledding. On the...
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500 Connaught Dr, Jasper, AB T0E 1E0, Canada
The primary reason to visit Jasper National Park is, of course, its natural beauty. The town of Jasper, however, makes for a pleasant low-key base. The town was established at the beginning of the 20th century and the park's Information Centre,...
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Alberta 93A, Jasper, AB T0E 1E0, Canada
Yet another of the many rainbows we spotted during our time in Jasper National Park, at the most gorgeous section, at least in my opinion, of Athabasca Falls. Located at the southern end of a northern spur off Highway 93, the falls are crawling...
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AB-93, Alberta, Canada
Not sure where to go from Glacier National Park, we decided to follow the advice of two Canadian residents whom we just met at a hostel in Montana. They insisted we follow Icefields Parkway from Banff to Jasper National Park in Alberta, Canada....
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111 Lake Louise Dr, Lake Louise, AB T0L 1E0, Canada
There are lots of reasons to stay at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, the most important being, well, Lake Louise. The hotel is right next to it. There's also the variety of taxidermied animal heads hanging on the walls in the lobby—musk...
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405 Spray Ave, Banff, AB T1L 1J4, Canada
Visiting the legendary Fairmont Banff Springs Resort is like walking through a history lesson. Kids will love all the pictures of the hotel’s old days, as well as the castle-like feeling of the stone halls and archways, built over 125 years...
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111 Lake Louise Dr, Lake Louise, AB T0L 1E0, Canada
Winter in Alberta can be, well, cold and dark with short days and temperatures below freezing for weeks on end. To bring some brightness and cheer to the season, the month-long SnowDays festival in Banff and Lake Louise includes ice sculpture...
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111 Bear St, Banff, AB T1L 1A3, Canada
Hopefully the sun will shine brightly during your entire visit to Banff, but if you happen to be in search for activities as a storm passes through, the town has three museums worth checking out. The Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies is...
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115 Banff Ave, Banff, AB T1L 1A4, Canada
The main street of Banff—Banff Avenue—is lined with an impressive selection of stores and restaurants for a resort town. While you will find some stocked with kitschy bear and moose themed t-shirts, you'll also find some big Canadian names, like...