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21 Reasons Why Everyone Should Visit The Canadian Rockies This Summer

Because they're WAY more than snowboarding.

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1. You can see the breathtaking Northern Lights from Jasper, AB.

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2. They also have some okay waterfalls.

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3. You may get to see some pretty amazing wildlife.

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But be cautious, people. They are like...y'know...wild animals.
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But be cautious, people. They are like...y'know...wild animals.

Seriously, DO NOT get too close — as cute and cuddly as they may seem.
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Seriously, DO NOT get too close — as cute and cuddly as they may seem.

4. The hiking is one of the best, and lends itself to some awe-inspiring views.

Like this one, from the Johnston Canyon Inkpots Hike in Alberta.
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Like this one, from the Johnston Canyon Inkpots Hike in Alberta.

5. You'll even have TOO MANY trails to choose from.

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6. Like this beautiful hike in Banff National Park. It leads you to a remote tea house.

We've heard they offer some delicious treats.
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We've heard they offer some delicious treats.

7. Speaking of trails, the Rockies offer some great biking excursions.

You can literally go mountain biking.
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You can literally go mountain biking.

8. And afterwards, you could stay in a legit castle.

That's the The Banff Springs Hotel (but we call it a castle).
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That's the The Banff Springs Hotel (but we call it a castle).

Like seriously, a castle.
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Like seriously, a castle.

9. If castles aren't your thing, you can soak in some natural hot springs.

10. And indulge in some tasty–and unique—eats.

This mouthwatering dish is called the Bison Korma from Masala in Banff, Alberta.
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This mouthwatering dish is called the Bison Korma from Masala in Banff, Alberta.

11. How about some rattlesnake fondue?

At Banff's famous Grizzly House.
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At Banff's famous Grizzly House.

You can also get shark, alligator, ostrich, frogs legs, buffalo, and venison if you order their "Exotic Fondue".
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You can also get shark, alligator, ostrich, frogs legs, buffalo, and venison if you order their "Exotic Fondue".

12. If eating rattlesnake isn't adventurous enough, try white water rafting.

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13. Or bring out your inner Canadian cowboy with horseback riding.

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14. Go canoeing. It comes with this majestic scenery.

Nbd.
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Nbd.

15. But there's more to do in the Rockies than outdoorsy activities.

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For one example, hit up a music festival.

16. Like the Shambala Music Festival in Salmo, BC.

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Check out their line-up this year.

OR Centre of Gravity in Kelowna, BC. (Basically, there are a ton of worthwhile music festivals to check out.)

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17. You'll have some seriously perfect summer days if you rent out a cabin on the Okanagan.

Imagine waking up to this every morning.
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Imagine waking up to this every morning.

And drifting asleep to this.
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And drifting asleep to this.

18. And stay relaxed and boozy with their delicious wines.

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19. If you're hardcore about nature, you can set up camp in an isolated and unexpected location.

Following safety regulations, of course. Bears, people. Bears.
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Following safety regulations, of course. Bears, people. Bears.

20. You'll be able to see things from a ~new perspective~.

Breathtaking view courtesy of the Banff Gondola. And Mother Nature.
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Breathtaking view courtesy of the Banff Gondola. And Mother Nature.

21. And finally, you'll finally be able to just take a breather.

And appreciate the absolute beauty...

...of the Canadian Rockies.

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