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Alberta's Rockies

There's more to the Rocky Mountains than breathtaking beauty - a change to observe the forces of nature at work and to learn the many human dramas that have been played out in the shadow of these giants. Learn about the Aboriginal peoples who overcame geographical obstacles and travelled through the passes and river valleys to trade news and goods with those of other regions. Hear tales about the thousands of men who laboured, and the many who died, to build a railroad through the rock in the late 1800s so a country could be joined from sea to sea. Watch the retreat of the Columbia Icefield, a 325-square-kilometre field of ancient ice that has helped to shape the rugged terrain. And, of course, admire the mountains that still stand watch over the natural and human events that continue to unravel on their peaks and in their valleys.

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