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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
Jasper National Park is the largest of the seven parks that form UNESCO's Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks World Heritage Site (there are three other national parks and three British Columbia provincial parks). Jasper as well as neighboring Banff...
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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
Athabasca Falls is not among the world's largest waterfalls, but it is one of the most stunning found in the Canadian Rockies. The 80-foot waterfall is notable for the sheer force of the water that passes through a relatively narrow gorge. The...
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AB-93, Alberta, Canada
When I asked the guide on the Collette Winter Wonderland trip how he would advise any traveler who had to choose between visiting Jasper and Banff, he ducked my question. Instead he said the one not-to-miss sight in the area is the Icefields...
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111 Lake Louise Dr, Lake Louise, AB T0L 1E0, Canada
One of Canada’s most iconic hotels, the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise is cradled in the heart of the Rocky Mountains, surrounded by towering peaks and fully immersed in the protected pristine wilderness of Banff National Park. In the...
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405 Spray Ave, Banff, AB T1L 1J4, Canada
Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel was the brainchild of Sir William Cornelius Van Horne, president of the Canadian Pacific Railway. On arrival at Banff, the tourism visionary made the canny observation, "Since we can’t export the scenery, we'll...
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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...