10 amazing Rocky Mountain towns in Alberta to visit this summer (PHOTOS)

May 14 2019, 5:49 pm

Hikes, trails, snow-shoeing, mountain-climbing… All words that come to mind when you think of the Canadian Rockies.

The truth is, the Rockies also have some amazing towns to spend a weekend in. After all, you can only spend so much time hiking around in the mountains.

Check out these 10 wonderful towns in the Rockies that are definitely worth the road trip.

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Canmore

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Canmore – Communitea Cafe (Canmore Alberta)

Right beside Banff lies Canmore, a small but bustling town filled with sights, sounds, and so much more. Canmore’s Main Street has a great view of the Canadian Rockies on one side and excellent restaurants and shopping on the other. Check out Canmore and maybe schedule in a hike or two.

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Waterton

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Waterton – Prince of Wales Hotel (Shutterstock)

Straight out of a Hallmark Christmas movie, Waterton definitely has small-town vibes that transport you back to a simpler time. They say you can get some amazing seafood at the row of restaurants in this town while taking on those stunning views.

Legal

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Legal Alberta (Wilson Hui/Flickr)

Small town. Interesting name. Amazing history. In 1894, the town was established as a Francophone community. People from all over the world visit Legal every year for its interesting arts and culture scene. It was awarded the French Mural Capital of the World in 2011 when 35 unique murals were painted around the city. Take a trip and see if you can get a picture with all of them!

Banff

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Banff Town (Shutterstock)

No article about the best towns in the Rockies would be complete with a shoutout to Banff. As one of the most famous mountain towns in Canada, Banff is chock-full of wooden buildings, relaxing hot springs, nearby lakes, and the iconic Fairmont Banff Springs. The castle-like structure soars above the trees providing an amazing view of Lake Louise.

Jasper

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Township of Jasper (Shutterstock)

Another famous mountain town is Jasper. It’s a famous filming location with the likes of The Revenant and Game of Thrones both calling Jasper part of their set. The town is situated directly in the Centre of Jasper National Park. You can book a ride on the Jasper Skytram┬áto experience magnificent views of Jasper unlike any other in the town!

Peace River

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Peace River (Travel Alberta/Instagram)

Peace River is a relatively unknown town in for tourism in Alberta but we’re here to tell you it’s a must-visit this summer! The small-town vibe along with the friendly residents are all a part of what makes Peace River the perfect day out with the family. Lengthen your stay and pack up your camping gear for a great view of their many lakes.

Nanton

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Nanton Grain Mill (Dinner with Julie/Instagram)

Take a stroll down the historic Main Street to find boutique shops, antique stores, and local vendors that offer you the kinds of merch that no box store or outlet mall ever could. Stay awhile and check out the Nanton Nite Rodeo, the longest-running night rodeo show in Canada, performed by local and regional superstars.

Bon Accord

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Bon Accord Northern Lights (Dan Jurak/Instagram)

Bon Accord is possibly one of the most environmentally sustainable towns in Canada. The town prides itself on its commitment to waste reduction and recycling, keeping the green spaces as healthy as possible. Bon Accord is also world-famous for its breathtaking view of the Nothern Lights.

Golden

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Kicking Horse River – Golden, BC (Shutterstock)

A short three-hour drive into British Columbia will bring you to Golden, BC. It’s basically an outdoor adventure park with something for everyone! Rent a paddleboard and avoid capsizing or take a stroll through one of Golden’s many trails.

Lake Louise

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Ski Resort – Lake Louise (Shutterstock)

Ending off this list is possibly one of the most picturesque towns in the Rockies. Lake Louise is not only the most stunningly beautiful lakes in Canada but also a perfect weekend getaway destination. Lake Louise boasts great restaurants and hotels to compliment its amazing views. We challenge you to jump into the lake and see how long you can bear the frigid temperatures!

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