06/08/2014 11:19 EDT | Updated 06/08/2014 11:59 EDT

Retro Alberta Posters Make Us Long For Simpler Times

Alberta's Rocky Mountains are certainly a timeless beauty, but there's something to be said for the days when they weren't so accessible to tourists.

Nowadays, thousands of people pack the shores of Waterton Lake, Moraine Lake and Lake Louise each summer day to take in the towering mountains and dip their toes in the aqua-blue water.

But there was a time, not long ago, when the mountains weren't so easy to get to. Long train rides or car trips were required to access the Banff Springs hotel or Chateau Lake Louise. People generally travelled less, and their stays were longer, giving time for leisurely cocktails and long dinners.

These retro-inspired posters harken back to simpler days, when tourists visited Alberta for a taste of unparalleled luxury.

It was a time of stylish attire, tasteful entertainment, and refined relations — a time where you could, perhaps, wander a lake shore with a martini in hand and not be afraid to spill your cocktail in the throng of tourists.

We can't help but feel inspired by the aesthetics of these vintage ads. Click through the gallery to check them all out.

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