“From a very high Foot Hill we gazed on this prospect with admiration and wonder.Within three miles stood the grand old mountain, the wild goat and sheep sporting on its highest summit. At the foot of the hill, and in perfect ignorance of our presence, a band of buffalo were feeding on the richest pasture. To the right of us, and on the north bank of the river, lay the location which we have selected for our new mission.”Reverend George McDougall May 28, 1873 On the 1A Highway between Cochrane and Banff, there stands a Church surrounded by natural grassland. This is the site of Southern Alberta’s first pioneer settlement, Morleyville. The Church was the heart of that settlement and Morleyville was the centre for over 200 people. Today it stands as a powerful reminder of our Western heritage and values.The Mission was the forerunner of Morleyville Settlement. In 1875, there were twenty-three residents of European descent. By 1881, sixty settlers were collecting their mail from the post office inside the trading post. By contrast, in the same year, only 30 people were collecting mail in Fort Calgary.In 1891, 100 families totaling 388 people were listed as living at Morleyville. Today, an interpretive walk winds through the site inviting you to walk back in time while enjoying unspoiled vistas of the Rocky Mountains and Foothills.
Located in Kananaskis Country, in the front ranges of the breathtaking Canadian Rockies, Nakiska is a family-friendly resort offering a variety of terrain including perfectly groomed Olympic-length runs and a secure beginner's area. The mountain, which was home to the Calgary 88 Olympic Alpine Events, is just 45-minutes west of Calgary and close to the world-class dining, accommodation and spas found in Kananaskis Village.
The Chiniki Cultural Centre is where culture meets cuisine for experience. The heart of the Chiniki Cultural Centre are the exhibits, a unique presentation of Chiniki culture, history, and way of life. Guests can learn more through a self-guided tour of the exhibits and cultural displays, and view First Nation artifacts kindly shared by nation members. Elders and Guides will be glad to answer any questions and point out some of the more interesting elements in the exhibits. The Chiniki Nation is part of the Stoney Nakoda alliance and formed under the leadership of Chief John Chiniquay, one of the original signatories of Treaty 7. Located in the immediate foothills of the majestic Rocky Mountains, the centre presents panoramic views while still enjoying proximity to the Trans Canada Highway in Morley. The centre is open year round and also includes a gallery shop featuring locally crafted Indigenous artwork and jewellery, along with a restaurant and Tipi Encampment.
Rocky Mountain Escape offers private, secluded log cabin accommodation and a variety of year-round, nature-oriented activities. Nestled amongst the front ranges of the Canadian Rockies, adjacent to Jasper National Park and vast, undeveloped Willmore Wilderness, we cater to visitors looking for a quiet, scenic, non-touristy mountain experience.
The Crossing resort is located at about the halfway point between Banff and Jasper on the spectacular Icefields Parkway. Choose from newly refurbished rooms with a king or two queen beds. The property also features three restaurants and is a great place to stop for coffee or lunch and to fill-up on gas.
Your home away from home in the Canadian Rockies. Discover the most family-friendly and pet oriented getaway in the Canadian Rockies at The Copperstone Resort Hotel. Located five minutes outside Canmore, Alberta, in the serene hamlet of Dead Man’s Flats, our all-suite property is just moments from downtown shopping and dining, world-class golf courses and Banff National Park.
Used traditionally in ceremonial dances, drum in Chiniki culture represent the heartbeat of a soul. Build your own hand drum in this unique hands-on experience, led by a Chiniki Nation artisan in a small group lesson. All materials will be provided including a baseboard, hides, and drum sticks.
Traditionally, artisans would create dreamcatchers that would be hung over each bed. As you sleep, it would catch good dreams while trapping the bad dreams in its intricate web. In this workshop, a Chiniki artisan will teach you to design, weave and make your own dreamcatcher to take home.
Travel on a journey through Chiniki woodlands where you will learn about the diverse use of native plants and the meanings behind the surrounding mountains and landscapes. Your Chiniki guide will provide a focused cultural experience through storytelling and interpretive story boards. 7 days advanced reservations required.
Explore the trails of the Canadian Rockies. Small group tours are available weekly from mid-April to late October and private tours are available daily, on your schedule. Enjoy the comfort that comes with a guide who knows the area's trails, wildlife and terrain so that you can focus on hiking while the rest is taken care of.
Experience authentic dog sledding and skijoring Adventures in the Canadian Rockies. We are a small family-operated sled dog touring kennel offering tours on trails within Kananaskis Country just outside Banff National Park during the winters and fun family-oriented Sled dog kennel adventures during the summers. Our trips range from 1.5 hours to multiple days upon request. We believe in providing an authentic dog sledding experience with small group sizes where you get to see and feel what mushing is really like.
Rockies Heli Canada is a heli-tour company that seeks adventure in some of the World's best vistas! Join us for a scenic flight tour, an exploration hike or snowshoe -- even join us for your BIG day (we specialize in weddings too!!)!
Come by the McDougall Memorial United Church Site on July 21 at 1:00 and listen to special guests Harvey Locke and Marieve Marchand share the story of the bison returning to Banff National Park, and what impact the herd has had. There will also be different teas available for sampling, generously supplied by Natur’el Tea from Banff. What a great way to spend an afternoon! Great for all ages. Please bring a chair and dress for the weather.
On August 18 at 1:00 visit the McDougall Memorial United Church Site for an Art walk and sale with local artist’s who will be set up at the site with their art for sale or for commission work. With a special performance by The Wardens - listen as they share haunting harmonies and chilling tales from their lives in the wilderness of Canada’s mountain national parks. Very entertaining afternoon in a beautiful setting.
Visit the McDougall Memorial United Church Site, as a local historian gives an informal overview of the history of Morleyville including the early characters (the McDougall’s, Sibbald’s, and Barrett, etc.) and the development of the settlement. Great for all ages. Please bring a chair and dress for the weather.