Banff Journals

Cruising the Canadian Rockies

A June 2003 trip to Banff by RThanne

Fairmont Banff Springs Photo, Banff, Alberta More Photos
Quote: After a four-year struggle with losing my vision, I successfully completed five major eye surgeries. To celebrate being able to see again, I took a road trip from Puget Sound to the Canadian Rockies, home of Banff National Park.

Cruising the Canadian Rockies

Overview

Entrance to Banff Photo, Banff, Alberta
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Growing up in the midwest, we took many local road trips. I heard Auntie Esther rave glowingly of the beauties of the Canadian Rockies, Lake Louise, and Banff. I always hoped to some day see them for myself. After struggling with failing vision for nearly 5 years, I decided to celebrate my recovery by taking a road trip. With my vision nearly restored to 20/20, I set my cruise control and headed for the Rockies. When three Canadian Pacific Railway workers discovered a cave of hot springs in 1883, they opened the way for Banff National Park, the third largest national park in the world. Banff National Park includes the town of Banff, Lake Louise, the Icefields Parkway, and over 1000 miles ...Read More

Fairmont Banff Springs

Hotel | "Fairmont Vacation Villas at Hillside"

Fairmont Banff Springs Photo, Banff, Alberta
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Best Things Nearby:This exquisite resort is nestled in the most scenic and lovely spot in the world. Just outside your door are golf, horseback riding, fishing, hiking, and many other activities. You may choose a different hot spring every day for swimming. Although I am not a golfer, golf is one of the biggest draws to this world-class golf course.Best Things About the Resort:Fairmont has roomy units, with most of the amenities of a large destination resort. The location is ideal for visiting both Banff and Lake Louise, as well as many closer places of interest. The birthplace of the mighty Columbia is just below, and snow-capped peaks are in the distance.Resor...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 30, 2003

Fairmont Banff Springs
405 Spray Avenue
Banff, Alberta T1L1J4
(403) 762-2211

WorldMark Arrow Point Photo, Banff, Alberta
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Best Things Nearby:View! Lake! Lake Coeur d'Alene is known as one of the five most beautiful lakes in the world, according to National Geographic magazine. One can stay here and enjoy numerous outdoor and water sports, or drive into the town of Coeur d'Alene for casino and night life activity. Nearby is a theme park for family fun.Best Things About the Resort:View! Space! The friendliest people I have ever met in timeshare work here, and provide many, many onsite activities for all ages.Resort Experience:I spent only one night at this scenic resort, as a stop on my trip to Fairmont Hot Springs and Banff National Park. It is a long 30 minute drive on a n...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 30, 2003

WorldMark Arrow Point
4570 S. Arrow Point Drive
Banff, Alberta

Monod's At Chateau Lake Louise

Restaurant | "Chateau Lake Louise"

Monod's At Chateau Lake Louise Photo, Banff, Alberta
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After viewing the majestic Victoria Glacier and beautiful Lake Louise, I had lunch at The original and architecturally interesting Chateau Lake Louise which was originally built in 1890.

There is a fine dining room here. However, I chose the alternative of a small cafeteria-style lunch room, where I had a sandwich, chips, beverage and dessert for about $12.00 US. Windows overlooked the lake and the trails leading up to the Chateau.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 30, 2003

Monod's At Chateau Lake Louise
129 Banff Ave
Banff, Alberta
(403) 762-4571

Banff National Park

Best Of IgoUgo

Attraction | "Part One: Cruising Through Banff National Park"

Banff National Park Photo, Banff, Alberta
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I left my home on Puget Sound in Washington State early in the morning, cruised into a glorious sunrise and crossed the Cascade Mountains. Arriving in Coeur dAlene mid afternoon, I was delighted to have a long evening at Arrow Point Resort. From Coeur dAlene to Fairmont Hot Springs in British Columbia, I followed Highway 95 through the rolling grain fields of the Okanogan country and into the mountains, following the Kooteney River. I crossed the border at Eastport, which becomes Kingsgate on the Canadian side. Several hours later I arrived at Fairmont Hot Springs, my home for a week of day trips around Banff National Park. Set at the headwaters of the Columbi...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 30, 2003

Banff National Park
Banff
Banff, Alberta

Banff National Park

Attraction | "Part Two: Cruising Through Banff National Park"

Banff National Park Photo, Banff, Alberta
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Leaving Radium Hot Springs on the Banff-Radium Highway, I saw bighorn sheep, mountain goats, moose, and a host of other large and small mammals. Heading east, I came to the spot that marks not only the line between British Columbia and Alberta, but marks the great Continental Divide. Crossing the Continental Divide is always a thrill for me, as I think of all the waters of North America flowing either West to the Pacific Ocean or East to the Atlantic Ocean. Displays at the picnic area describe this phenomenon, which may be seen in action as the creek separates mid-flow. Where the Banff-Radium Highway intersected with Hwy 1, also known as the Tran-Canada Highway, I ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 30, 2003

Banff National Park
Banff
Banff, Alberta

Holiday on Horseback

Best Of IgoUgo

Attraction | "Cruising on Horseback"

Holiday on Horseback Photo, Banff, Alberta
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One way to explore the backcountry away from the roads is to hire a trail horse and head for the hills. A small group of us decided to spend the afternoon in the hills above Fairmont. We gathered at the stable and selected horses to match our size, ability, and experience. A guide led the way across to the trailhead and up the side of a mountain. Within moments we were in what appeared to be wilderness except for the faint trail worn in the dirt. Winding our ways through forested areas, we saw many signs of deer, elk, and numerous bear droppings. Crossing several creeks, we broke out into an open area overlooking Columbia Lake, where water from the Columbia Glacier begins its jour...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 1, 2003

Holiday on Horseback
132 Banff Avenue
Banff, Alberta T0L 0C0
+1 403 762 4551