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Banff and Round About

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A September 2002 trip to Banff by Drever

Banff Avenue from across the Bow River Photo, Banff, Alberta More Photos
Quote: I spent five days in Banff National Park. These were spent at Banff, Lake Louise and visiting the Columbian Ice Fields. We were travelling through from Calgary to Victoria.

Banff and Round About

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Overview

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Banff National Park is the result of one tectonic plate pushing under another. The result is like the action of a paint scraper. First the paint rears and then it fall flat. Travelling through the Rockeries you can see the result. The newer mountains have their rocks on a more vertical plane than the older mountains. This action has led to Banff National Parks 6,641 square kilometres (2,564 square miles) of valleys, mountains, glaciers, forests, meadows, rivers and hot springs. Built into the park are carefully sited resorts such as the town of Banff and Lake Louise. Visitors can tour historic sites, soak in hot springs, stroll along the shores of Lake Louise, spend a night in the historic Banff...Read More

Banff Rocky Mountain Resort

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Hotel

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The tour operators had booked us into the Banff Rocky Mountain Resort which looks like a small village in its own right. We arrived before the rooms were ready. The rooms were being ionised to make them fresher - new one on me! We were seated in a comfortable lounge so we didn't mind. We had a "Standard Twin Bedded Suite" with sette and a gas fireplace which we didn't need to use. It was clean and did smell nice so maybe there is something to ionising. Inside the chalet-style building, the room which was on the second floor, was gloomy from the overhang of the roof. The walls were white and the room had wall-to-wall carpeting. Supplied also was a fridge and bowls to allow us to make o...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 30, 2002

Banff Rocky Mountain Resort
1029 BANFF AVE
Banff, Alberta T1L1A2
403-762-5531

Columbia Icefield Snocoach Tours

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Attraction | "Columbia Icefield Glacier Tour"

Columbia Icefield Snocoach Tours Photo, Banff, Alberta
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We took a day trip from Lake Louise to the Columbia Icefield located on the boundary of Banff and Jasper National Parks. This is one of the largest accumulations of ice and snow south of the Arctic Circle, covering an area of nearly 325 square kilometres. The Icefield feeds eight major glaciers including the Athabasca, Dome, and Stutfield Glaciers, all visible from the Icefields Parkway road. Apparently the Columbia Icefield is the only true "continental divide," for its meltwater feeds streams and rivers that pour into the Arctic, Atlantic, and Pacific oceans. In front of the Columbia Icefield Visitor Centre lies the Athabasca Glacier--a tongue of ice 6km long and 1km wide. It used to practical...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 31, 2002

Columbia Icefield Snocoach Tours
100 Gopher Street
Banff, Alberta T1L 1J3
+1 877 423 7433

Lake Louise

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Banff National Park Photo, Banff, Alberta
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Lake Louise Village was a travel stop on a tour which took us from Calgary through to Victoria. On the way to the village we stopped at Lake Louise - photo attached. The Chateau Lake Louise on its shore was imposing but totally out of place. Down the one side of the lake was a path which offered a nice scenic walk in the chilly air of late September. On the way we were entertained by the antics of a friendly chipmunk. We arrived by coach after about a 10 minute drive at Lake Louise Village. It is one of those places built for skiers. The place amounted to two hotels, slightly more restaurants and perhaps five shops -including a post office, small grocery market, camera shop, and bookstore. For ...Read More

Banff town

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Banff Avenue from across the Bow River Photo, Banff, Alberta
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Banff is a town that has been designed to blend into the park. It does this so successfully that in my attempt at photographing the town it is difficult to see it for the trees. It has various rules and regulations concerned with the national park such as only materials found in the park can be used for building houses. Banff mostly consists of a street (Banff Avenue) about a mile long with various short side streets. Houses are low-level timber houses so as to fit into the park. There are some beautiful log cabins and houses. The town is full of restaurants – over 100. It is difficult to recommend one. In general we just had a look at the menu and if it suited we walked in. We were never disapp...Read More