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900 W Georgia St, Vancouver, BC V6C 2W6, Canada
In Vancouver and Vancouver Island, British traditions are still going strong. High Tea at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver is a treat while visiting the west coast city. Built in 1937, and not to be confused with its old rival the Second Hotel...
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Vancouver, BC V6G 1Z4, Canada
Vancouver’s most famous urban space, the thousand-acre Stanley Park, epitomizes everything that locals here love about the outdoors, and visitors have many ways to explore the expansive grounds. Hiking trails weave around totem poles and hemlock...
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630 Hamilton St, Vancouver, BC V6B 5N6, Canada
I love the lights, the carols, the colors, and the food of Christmas. I have always wanted to take in the famed German and Austrian markets, but I have yet to make the trip. If you are on the West Coast of North America, the Vancouver German...
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750 Hornby St, Vancouver, BC V6Z 2H7, Canada
Western Canada’s largest public art museum weighs in at almost 12,000 works. The collection here is strong on Emily Carr, a modernist compatriot of the Group of Seven (Canadian landscape painters from the 1920s who were deeply...
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1669 Johnston St, Vancouver, BC V6H 3R9, Canada
The market community at the Public Market really makes Granville Island a must-visit in Vancouver. The vibrant colors of the fruits and vegetables that aren't on the East Coast really stand out, especially on farmers market days. The market goes...
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578 Carrall St, Vancouver, BC V6B 5K2, Canada
Amid the bustle of Chinatown stands this lovely 15th-century-style garden, named for the father of modern China. Even though it was built in 1986, artisans from Suzhou constructed the entire property without nails, screws, or power tools. The...
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1017 Robson St, Vancouver, BC V6E 1A9, Canada
Quaint but extensively stocked mecca for chocolate lovers! I was extremely impressed by their selection of sweet covered apples - the toffee ones sent my heart racing for all the right reasons - oh how I wished I was one of those people who bring...
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1 Old Lodge Rd, Jasper, AB T0E 1E0, Canada
Jasper National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, surrounded by unspoilt nature, dramatic mountain views, crystal clear glacier lakes, and enough wildlife to make you feel like you are on a safari. The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge is one of ...
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Jasper, AB T0E, Canada
While dog sledding is not allowed inside the Park itself, visitors can book in town and head out for a day in the surrounding mountains. After a noisy start, the dogs go silent as they gleefully run down the snowy trail.The route takes you through...
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632 Connaught Dr, Jasper, AB T0E 1E0, Canada
Slide into your warmest winter boots, strap on a pair of ice cleats, and bundle on an extra layer before descending into the Maligne Canyon for a unique Jasper experience. Curving rock walls create the perfect labyrinth to explore the depths of...
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Jasper, AB T0E 1E0, Canada
The Icefields Parkway in the Canadian Rockies is honestly the most beautiful drive in the world. Towering peaks, glacial blue lakes and vast wilderness stretch out as far as the eye can see. Columbia Icefields is one of the parkway's many pit...
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While the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge may subscribe to Jasper’s claim of "Cabins, not Condos," the Fairmont Signature Cabins are much more luxurious than rustic. Rather than a simple 5-star rating, the Lodge sits beneath five million and it’s...
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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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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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Lake Louise, AB, Canada
As a dog owner, a Siberian Husky owner to be exact, I was always a little hesitant about dogsledding tours. I have heard some pretty horrific stories about mistreatment and I certainly didn’t want to contribute to this in any way. As with all...
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There’s something romantic about a horse-drawn sleigh ride, but it’s even more special when it traces the shores of historic Lake Louise. Imagine snuggling beneath a fleece blanket on an old-fashioned sleigh as two mighty horses pull you away from...
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111 Lake Louise Dr, Lake Louise, AB T0L 1E0, Canada
After a long day of skiing in cold temperatures and bone-chilling winds a pot of bubbling cheese and a plate of cubed bread sound utterly satisfying. The best fix for that craving is fondue and in Lake Louise, the best place to indulge is Walliser...
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Lake Louise, AB, Canada
It's probably not news that Lake Louise is beautiful. This is just to show that it's beautiful even when it's frozen. I recommend walking along the path around the edge. It gives views back toward the Fairmont hotel and the peaks beyond, and you...
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Lake Louise, AB, Canada
When you enter Banff National Park, you are immediately struck by its vastness. In the winter, the mountains tower above with their snow-covered peaks and the snowy pines go on like an endless, seemingly impenetrable sea. During my visit to Lake...
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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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Highway 1A, Banff, AB T1L 1A9, Canada
Bring your ice cleats for a breathtaking walk through Johnston Canyon’s sparkling walls of ice. In the summer, this canyon near Banff is full of rushing water, but in winter it freezes over, creating icicles and slick cliffs. You can head out on...
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Johnson Creek, Walton, WV 25286, USA
Roaring waterfalls are frozen in place along the Johnson Canyon Ice Walk, providing one of the most unique hikes in Banff National Park. Picture towering pillars of ice, rushing waterfalls frozen still, and walls of ice stretching in all...
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Banff Ave, Banff, AB, Canada
Any trip to the historic mountain town of Banff must include a leisurely stroll up and down Banff Avenue. Majestic mountains loom at either end of the street, and in between you’ll find restaurants, bars, and shops that sell everything from...
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405 Spray Ave, Banff, AB T1L 1J4, Canada
Whether you're a guest at the fairy-tale castle-esque Fairmont Banff Springs resort or just passing through town for holiday, a meal at the hotel's Waldhaus Restaurant is a must. The cozy restaurant is has the feel of an Alpine hunting cottage...
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207 Banff Ave, Banff, AB T1L, Canada
Once upon a time, in the 1970s, the Grizzly House restaurant, home to Western Canada’s first disco & a constant stream of go-go dancers, was the place to be in Banff. The swinging days are gone (the phones to call from table to table? Don’t worry...
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504 Patricia St, Jasper, AB T0E 1E0, Canada
Jasper’s newest restaurant, Raven Bistro, brings a touch of spice to the Canadian Rockies. It’s dubbed as Moroccan-fusion cuisine, but the menu has plenty of international flavors. My personal favorite? The Steak-Frite Argentine with housemade...
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315 Carrall St, Vancouver, BC V6A 0A7, Canada
The owners at this breakfast and lunch spot make almost everything from scratch and by hand, from grinding chickpeas for their hummus to making almond milk for the granola. They even offer vegan butter. (604) 681-5776. As told to Rhonda May. This...
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1467 W Pender St, Vancouver, BC V6G 3E3, Canada
We had a delicious breakfast of liege waffles and coffee at Waffles & Berries, a small cafe in Coal Harbour. I love anywhere that serves authentic liege waffles, and this cafe makes them to perfection, right down to the big chunks of caramelized...
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Yolk's Restaurant and Commissary is not the fanciest place in town, but they do offer one of the city's best brunches. The specialty is Eggs Benedict - as the restaurant name refers to their pursuit of the perfect poached egg. However, no Yolk's...
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Improvement District No. 9, AB T0L, Canada
Mountains are awesome, in every sense of the word. There’s no better way to experience the full glory of the Canadian Rockies than by taking an eight-minute ride up Sulphur Mountain on the Banff Gondola. Just a short drive from the center of...
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300 Mountain Ave, Banff, AB T1L 1J2, Canada
Up a quiet mountain road in Banff is the 346-room Rimrock Resort Hotel. This unpretentious, comfortable mountain luxury property is the perfect place to unwind after a day of hiking or to spend an evening wining and dining. A variety of room...
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211 Bear St # 213, Banff, AB T1L 1E4, Canada
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Best known by locals for its stunning views of the Canadian Rockies (nab a seat by the giant windows to make other diners jealous!), the Bison’s best-kept secret is its addictive dinner and Sunday brunch menus. Chefs Liz and Kirk are...