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No matter how fast you hike, there’s just no way you can get in on every single amazing thing there is to do and see in the Canadian Rockies. For every glacier-fed lake that hypnotizes you, there’s an alpine meadow being munched by a moose family that you’ll miss. Better get started. ● Locals know: Hire a guide to learn a how to climb a frozen waterfall, how to make the most of a weekend-long horseback ride, or how to survive a multi-day canoe trip. ● Good to know: Those pointy, rugged peaks? They were gouged by glaciers a long time ago. Still, they're young enough that erosion hasn't worn them down a ton (not like less-dramatic mountains elsewhere on earth.) 
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Visitors to Crowsnest Pass are familiar with its stunning scenery and outstanding recreational opportunities, but it also has a remarkable heritage based on an unmatched array of historic events, colourful characters and epic disasters both natural and man-made.

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Brewster's Kananaskis Ranch Golf Course

Kananaskis, Alberta
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Rich with tradition, located on the Brewster family's 95 year old guest ranch, Kananaskis Ranch is the "affordable mountain course" to play 18 holes that is not only kick-back casual, but breathtakingly memorable. This impressionable layout, only 15 minutes east of Canmore, defines guest experience with its natural beauty, charm and country style. Laying beneath the shadows of Mt. Yamnuska, this golf course offers compelling, panoramic views of both the enchanting Bow Valley Parkway and the majestic Canadian Rocky Mountain peaks above. Be sure to visit our website for an inside perspective and take the aerial tour.

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Alberta Provincial Police Barracks

Coleman, Alberta

The newest heritage interpretive centre in Crowsnest Pass. The former Alberta Provincial Police barracks embodies one of the Pass’ most famous pieces of history – the story of rum-running during Prohibition and the shooting death of APP constable Steve Lawson. The barracks building was constructed in 1904 for the Coleman detachment of the North West Mounted Police, with a front addition made in 1916. In 1917 it was turned over to the newly-formed Alberta Provincial Police. The APP had been created to combat the illegal importation of alcohol from British Columbia and the United States by the so-called “rum-runners” during Prohibition (1916 – 1924, when the sale and consumption of liquor was illegal in Alberta). The APP was disbanded in 1932 during the Great Depression and many of its members were absorbed into the RCMP or local police forces.

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Leitch Collieries Provincial Historic Site

Crowsnest Pass, Alberta
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Leitch Collieries was one of the most impressive and sophisticated early coal mines in the Crowsnest Pass. It was the only fully Canadian-owned and operated coal mine in the Pass, and features ruins of a coal processing plant, interpretive panels, weigh scale, coke ovens and more. During summer months, knowledgeable staff can provide guided tours for an insider’s perspective on the history of this early business venture that had great promise, but ultimately didn’t make it.

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Explore the Pass Ski & Stay - Castle Mountain Resort

The Kanata Inn Blairmore is located in the heart of the Crowsnest Pass; southwestern Alberta's winter adventure hub! Not tired after your day at Castle? Try night skiing at Pass Powderkeg. Package includes accommodation, daily lift tickets, and daily continental breakfast. Priced per person, per night based on 4 guests.

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Nakiska Ski Package

Each season, Nakiska makes upgrades and improvements to the snowmaking system to ensure it’s the most cutting edge it can be. Nakiska Ski Area is where to go for guaranteed snow. Package includes accommodation at Copperstone Resort Hotel and 2 adult lift tickets redeemable at Nakiska, Calgary's closest mountain.

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Snowshoeing in Kananaskis

Embrace the winter by walking across the thick snow pack instead of through it. While we journey, we will teach you the history of the Kananaskis valley. In the quiet and serenity of our forests, you’ll learn how different species survive this harsh season. Valid on select dates.

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Rockies Heli Canada - Icefields Adventure Base

Saskatchewan River Crossing, Alberta
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Rockies Heli's Icefield Adventure Base offers helicopter tours for those who like to venture off the beaten track and fully immerse themselves into the incredible sights and sounds of nature. Epic views abound as you soar over Rocky Mountain peaks, getting a unique birds-eye view of glaciers, rivers, lakes, and waterfalls from a perspective that few are lucky enough to see. You’re now in the perfect spot to enjoy heli-hiking, camping, fishing, or even yoga. Or maybe just pull out a picnic and some bubbly while relaxing with Mother Nature.

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Chiniki Cultural Experiences

Morley, Alberta
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Allow your First Nation's experience to come alive. Sit and talk with an Elder, hear their perspectives and learn from their wise counsel. Witness the talent and beauty of native dancing, drumming and singing in a traditional setting. Performance exhibitions happen regularly at the Centre by the artistic talent and craftsmanship of First Nation artisans. Watch the artists work, talk to them as they create, and learn how they have embraced the creativity of their ancestors. Explore the beauty of the land with guided nature walks. The residents share land with deer, moose, bears and an assortment of wildlife. They live in peace with them all and would welcome showing you how the earth has sustained us with her bounty and her beauty. Each admission includes access to the Cultural Centre exhibit package as part of your experience. The weather and seasons can impact availability, but is open year-round.

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The Bellevue Underground Mine

Bellevue, Alberta
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The Bellevue Underground Mine is the only authentic underground mine tour in Western Canada. The tour is one hour long into the original mine where you get to see what the miners had to do everyday. The mine's temperature sits at just above freezing point all year round. The mine tour lets you take a step back into history and into the lives of the hard working men.

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Waterton Wildflower Festival

Waterton Lakes, Alberta
2018-06-14 to 2018-06-19 MST

We invite you to step into a wildflower wonderland, a veritable bouquet of wildflowers in the wildflower capital of Canada. The spectacular setting of Waterton Lakes National Park is home to more than 1,000 vascular plant species including half of all wildflower species found in Alberta. Of those, 175 species are listed as rare in Alberta and 20 are only found in Waterton. From beargrass to orchids, pink meadowsweet, and glacier lilies, learn to identify the different species, see wildflowers from horseback, indulge in an afternoon tea with local experts, and learn about wildflower photography and painting. The possibilities and mediums are endless when learning about Waterton wildflowers during the 13th annual Waterton Wildflower Festival. Join us for guided walks, hikes, workshops and presentations. Come celebrate the first day of summer in a World Heritage Site.This festival, a program of the Waterton Park Community Association, features many workshops on photography and art, guided walks on plant identification and park ecosystems, family programs, lunchtime and evening photographic presentations and local entertainment.

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