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34 { TRAVEL Q %5,7,6+ &2/80%,$ $1' $/%(57$ &$1$'$ THE CANADIAN ROCKIES BY LISA MARIE 34O kay…so last month we gave you a taste of the vibrant Vancouver…..now we travel two hours north to the spectacular village of Whistler, located in the Coast Mountains of British Columbia and Canada’s premier, year-round destination and home of the 2010 Winter Olympic/Paralympic games. September 2011 | www.AtlanticAveMagazine.com Taking the Sea to Sky Highway (Hwy 99) you will experience some of the most ruggedly beauti- ful views, so relax and enjoy the ride! Upon entering Whistler Vil- lage, you have a huge selection of places to stay, from chalets, lodges, condos, and townhomes to full-service A rated hotels. We FKRVH WKH 3DQ 3DFL¿F :KLVWOHU Village Resort located in the heart of the village, allowing for easy access to activities throughout the seasons. Whistler Village is charming and impressive and has consis- tently been ranked the number one mountain resort in North America, featuring two majestic mountains, Whistler and Black-comb, with endless opportunities for all kinds of unique expe RU ¿QG WKH XOWLPDWH DGUHQDOLQH rush. In short, Whistler has everything you will ever need to have the time of your life—and so much more. If you’re thinking of planning a trip make sure to visit www.whistler.com.After 3 nights in Whistler we loaded our car and headed east for our 10 hour drive to Banff National Park in the Province of Alberta and home to Alberta’s Rocky Mountains, close to Lake Louise and “The Hiking Capital of Canada.” If you don’t fancy driving this leg of the journey you could opt for a more relaxed mode of transport-train. The Rocky Mountaineer train between Van- couver and Banff offers service in both directions. Visit www. canadianrockiestrains.com and choose from a variety of trips. However, beware, its luxurious and expensive. On arrival in Banff we had booked to stay at The Rimrock Resort Hotel, a AAA/CAA Four Diamond Hotel located in the heart of the Canadian Rockies, ATHABASCA GLACIERBLACKCOMB MOUNTAIN - WHISTLERHORSE RIDING - BANFF, ALBERTA