/ Moving to Canada?
Canmore is the place to stay, Banff is mega is you're up for some serios partying but getting decent accom is hard. Also Canmore is a little cheaper and the ski resorts are between 20 and 45 min drive. Ice climbing is in abundance with Junkyards on your door step, WI 2-3 and is an absolute play ground for ice. You also have loads more to go at all season long, all within a max 1 hour drive and normally a short walk in. Personally I'd say the mountaineering is just as serious as any other mountainous area but again loads of stuff to go at from easy plods to serious long routes.
Enjoy, it's a awesome place to live and enjoy the hills!
Greetings from Vancouver. There's plenty of mountaineering around Whistler and the Coast & Cascade mountains in general. There's also alpine terrain on Vancouver Island.
Canmore has much better ice and better mountaineering though and your money will go further. The ski touring is not as good though.
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