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Top Choice Glacier in Icefields Parkway

Athabasca Glacier

The tongue of the Athabasca Glacier runs from the Columbia Icefield to within walking distance of the road opposite the Icefield Centre. It can be visited on foot or in a Snocoach bus. It has retreated about 2km sin…
Top Choice National Park in Jasper Town & Around

Jasper National Park

Mountain lions, wolves, caribou, beaver and bear roam freely; glaciers stretch out between mountain peaks; waterfalls thunder over slopes; and valleys are wide and lush, with rivers charging turbulently through them…
Top Choice Hot Springs in Jasper Town & Around

Miette Hot Springs

More remote than Banff's historic springs, Miette Hot Springs ('discovered' in 1909) are 61km northeast of Jasper off Hwy 16, near the park boundary. The soothing waters, kept at a pleasant 40°C (104°F), are surroun…
Top Choice Lake in Lake Louise

Lake Louise

Named for Queen Victoria's otherwise anonymous fourth daughter (who also lent her name to the province), the gobsmackingly gorgeous Lake Louise is a place that requires multiple viewings. Aside from the standard pic…
Top Choice Viewpoint in Icefields Parkway

Glacier Skywalk

This glass-floored, glass-sided, open-air lookout and walkway is suspended high above the Sunwapta River opposite Mt Kitchener. It has collected numerous architectural awards, and while it doesn't make the already s…
Top Choice Steak in Banff Town

Saltlik

With rib eye in citrus-rosemary butter and peppercorn New York strip loin on the menu, Saltlik is clearly no plain-Jane steakhouse knocking out flavorless T-bones. No, this polished dining room abounds with rustic e…
Top Choice National Park in Banff Town

Banff National Park

Towering like giant castles in the sky, the mountains and valleys of Banff provide endless opportunities for wildlife-watching, hiking, boating, climbing, mountain biking, skiing or simply convening with nature. Lus…
Top Choice Canadian in Canmore

Trough

Canmore’s slinkiest bistro is a bit tucked away on 9th St, but it’s absolutely worth the effort to find. It regularly features in the Rockies’ top restaurant lists, and with good reason. The mother-son team here cre…
Top Choice Canadian in Lake Louise

Lake Louise Station Restaurant

Dine in the station's great hall or one of the dining cars, which are nothing short of elegant. Details like stacks of turn-of-the-century luggage and the stationmaster's desk take you back to 1910, when the station…
Top Choice British in Kananaskis Country

Mt Engadine

The lodge's five-star chef serves up freshly baked goods, platters of fancy cheese and local meat and fresh fruit for their afternoon tea; on Sundays they offer strudel and hot-buttered rum. As you contemplate the s…