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Essential Canadian Rockies

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The best outdoor sights, activities, and accommodations in the Canadian Rockies.
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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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Athabasca Glacier, Improvement District No. 12, AB T0E 1E0, Canada
Standing on the white-blue ancient ice of the Athabasca Glacier in Alberta, Canada, fulfilled a lifelong dream I never knew I had. The Athabasca Glacier, a tongue of ice 6 kilometers long and one kilometer wide, is part of the Columbia Icefields,...
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Icefields Pkwy, Jasper, AB T0E 1E0, Canada
Even after being chased off by strong winds and an incoming storm, Wilcox Pass is currently holding the title of my favorite day hike in the Canadian Rockies. Beginning just north of the Banff National Park border, this eight kilometer trail...
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16895 Fransworth Road, Valemount, BC V0E 2Z0, Canada
Robson Shadows is a small 25 site campground with dirt sites on the shores of Frasier River in the shadows of Mt. Robson Provincial Park. Surrounded by lots of trees the sites are fairly private, however they are close together and not too large...
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Tunnel Mountain Road, Banff, AB T0L, Canada
Camping at Tunnel Mountain Village was my first experience as an adult staying in a Parks Canada campground, and I have to say: Canada, I'm impressed. Even though it's a large campground with 618 sites, it was still a very positive camping...
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Johnson Creek, Walton, WV 25286, USA
A beautiful, albeit popular, canyon walk along exciting catwalks with two waterfalls and jewel colored pools to look forward to along the way. Go early for smaller crowds and enjoy the beautiful colors of Johnston Canyon.
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Field, BC V0A 1G0, Canada
Beginning in a shutdown campground, which was incredibly fascinating to wander through - think abandoned places where nature is reclaiming the land, the hike meanders softly along the degrading road and over a river. Then, the switchbacks begin -...
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Yoho Valley Rd, Field, BC V0A 1G0, Canada
At the trailhead you should find a set of pamphlets with interpretive information about the track. Pick one up to bring with you because all you'll see along the trail are number markers - for you to refer back to the pamphlet you should have...
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Of all the beautiful waterfalls we saw during this visit to the Canadian Rockies, Wapta was my favorite. A short straight hike through a remarkably dense forest leads to a few great overlooks of the river and falls - with a chain link fence...