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Canada’s Rocky Mountains

Though the highest point in the Rockies is in the US, Canada’s half of the range arguably steals the show. From the gateway city of Calgary, take a summer trip to these mighty peaks in Alberta and British Columbia.
Moraine Lake south of Lake Louise is part of Banff National Park
COMPILED BY CATRIONA GREW AND RORY GOULDING, WITH CONTRIBUTIONS FROM JOHN LEE, BRENDAN SAINSBURY AND RYAN VER BERKMOES. PHOTOGRAPHS: TOM MACKIE/AWL, PAULO BURDYAK/ALAMY

SIGHTS

Athabasca Falls

Despite being only 23m high, this is Jasper's most dramatic waterfall. The Athabasca River has cut deeply into the soft lime­stone rock, carving potholes and canyons. Visitors crowd the large parking lot and short access trail. It's just off the Icefields Parkway, 17 miles south of Jasper Town, and at its most ferocious in summer.

Athabasca Glacier

The tongue of 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 (columbiaicefield.com). To reach its toe, walk from the Icefield Centre along the mile-long Forefield Trail, then join the shorter Toe of the Athabasca Glacier Trail. To walk safely on the surface, go on a guided excursion organised by Athabasca Glacier Icewalks (icewalks.com).

Glenbow Museum £

(glenbow.org; 130 9th Ave SE, Calgary)

Temporary exhibits at the impres­sive Glenbow are often daring, covering contemporary art and culture. Permanent exhibits bring the past to life with strong histor­ic personalities and lots of voice recordings. Hang out in a tipi, visit a trading post and walk through the rail car of a train.

Horseshoe Lake

This idyllic, blue-green lake just of the Iceields Parkway south of Jasper is missed by many visitors, making a stopover here all the more alluring. A choice spot for a bracing summer swim or a short stroll around the shore, the lake is surrounded by steep cliffs beloved of cliff divers. It's probably safer to watch than join in.

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