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Excerpt: All-Time High

An unprecedented number of visitors are heading to Banff National Park, with a million more tourists passing through the gates in just the last five years. Has the beloved park reached its limits? [...]

Excerpt: Up, at Work

Chris Perry doesn’t mind that you’ve never heard of him, but you should. Geoff Powter profiles one of the Rockies’ most prolific routebuilders and discovers what motivates him to set the path for others to follow. [...]

Excerpt: Masters of Mountain Knowledge

They have achieved the pinnacle of Rockies knowledge. Master Interpreters are integral members of the Interpretive Guides Association, nominated by their peers to receive the highest accreditation for knowledge sharing. The Canadian Rockies Annual put three such interpreters to the test with questions crowd-sourced from our readers. 
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Excerpt: Believe and Begin

Mt. Everest has followed Sharon Wood wherever she goes since her historic ascent of the peak in 1986. Over three decades later, her memoir Rising not only chronicles that achievement, but also culminates a writing process as challenging as the climb itself. [...]

Excerpt: Lost Obelisks of the Rockies

Jerry Auld walks through history and into the alpine to discover a piece of Alberta’s heritage, finding evidence that hasn't seen sunlight since it was first placed. [...]

Mountain Film Release: Choosing to Live

While mourning her late husband, Sarah Hornby craved an opportunity to connect with him through his biggest passion. Her goal was simple. In a single year, she would attempt all 10 routes he created while researching his Bikepacking in the Canadian Rockies guidebook. As she pedalled, her story transformed. From sadness and loss to a profound celebration of both his life and her own unique journey, she was choosing to live. [...]

Excerpt: The Freedom to Roam

Many of us can remember a time when carefree, unstructured days spent outside were the norm. But today’s children – even those in mountain towns – live in a world dominated by screens, safety concerns and over-scheduling. So, what can we do about it? These two stories show what can happen when you break the mould and let kids be, well, kids. [...]

Rocky Mountain Cooking: Q+A with Chef Katie Mitzel

"Rich and deliberate flavours, delicious savoury vegetables, heavenly soups and hearty, oven-roasted meats are a feast for the eyes, nose and taste-buds," says Katie Mitzel, author of Rocky Mountain Cooking. They are also a well-known staple of backcountry life in the Canadian Rockies, and now cooks everywhere can bring those recipes into the comfort of home. We check in with Mitzel to learn about the inspiration behind her new cookbook and what kind of recipes you'll find inside. [...]

8 Reasons Not to Miss the 30th Jasper in January Festival

This annual celebration takes the best things about the season — skiing, fat biking, dog sledding, skating, comfort food, etc. — and mixes in a healthy dose of community cheer to create one of the most highly anticipated parties of the year. [...]

Mountain Lodge Spotlight: Mistaya Lodge

Flying into a catered and guided backcountry lodge, I expected to feel like a queen. What I didn’t expect was the depth of the connection I would establish with my surroundings. [...]

Overlanding Like a Local with Moose Trail

Wondering how to escape the crowds, do something different and get off the beaten track next time you’re in the Rockies? Moose Trail Overland Tours is a 4x4 adventure company that has carefully sourced a variety of activities for visitors to experience the mountains like a local, and have a lot of fun while doing it. Here’s the story... [...]

Review: Searching for Mary Schäffer

Colleen Skidmore's latest book, Searching for Mary Schäffer, explores the life and works of one of the Rockies' most famous mountain women, and in the process sheds new light on Schäffer's persona, the stories that comprised her exciting life, and the people who crossed her path along the way. [...]