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A Week in the Canadian Rockies

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A June 2003 trip to Banff by Gerry May

Banff Rocky Mountain Resort Photo, Banff, Alberta More Photos
Quote: We spent a wonderful week in Banff, Alberta, and the beautiful Canadian Rockies. In addition to the spectacular outdoor sights and activities, we found wonderful shopping and dining.

A Week in the Canadian Rockies

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Things to Do This was our first trip to the Canadian Rockies and we found this to be a fantastic area to visit. In a week, we had just hit the highlights and we were ready to explore in more detail. Unfortunately we had to go home. I will try to write more detailed activity entries for some of these, but here is a quick list of things to do. - Shop on Banff Ave. for both touristy and nice items. - Ride the gondola - See Bow Falls and the Hoodoos. Many people miss these beauties right on the edge of town. - Visit the Banff Springs Hotel, even if you can’t afford to stay there. - Visit Lake Minnewanka and hike or take the boat ride for nice mountain views....Read More

Banff Rocky Mountain Resort

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Banff Rocky Mountain Resort Photo, Banff, Alberta
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Best Things Nearby:The Banff Rocky Mountain Resort is located on the outskirts of the town of Banff in Banff National Park. It is aboout a 90 minute drive from Calgary. The "best things nearby" are some of the most beautiful and spectacular mountain scenery in the world. The view of the mountains from the resort is beautiful and there are a countless number of wonderful sights within a short drive of the resort. Nearby summer activities include the Sulphur Mountain Gondola, Lake Minnewanka, Bow Falls, and a great collection of shops in Banff. Within an hours drive you will also find Lake Louise, Moraine Lake, Bow River Parkway, Johnston Canyon, and the village of Canmore. For a full day of...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 7, 2003

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

Banff Sulphur Mountain Gondola

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Attraction | "The Banff Gondola"

Banff Sulphur Mountain Gondola Photo, Banff, Alberta
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The Banff/Sulphur Mtn. Gondola was built to provide a view of the Town of Banff and the surrounding Bow River Valley. And that it does! For less than $20 (CDN) for adults, a clean, modern gondola carries you up more than 2100 vertical feet from the base station. The ride takes you well above the trees and might be troublesome to someone with an extreme fear of heights. At the top you are greeted by an observation building with two restaurants and plenty of outside observation points. If it is cool or windy, good views are still available from within the building. The views from the observation deck are fantastic and provide a good perspective of how Banff and the Bow River fit in amongst the m...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 8, 2003

Banff Sulphur Mountain Gondola
Hot Springs Road
Banff, Alberta T0L 0C0
+1 403 762 5438

Lake Louise Ski Area

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Attraction | "Lake Louise"

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Lake Louise Area A visit to Lake Louise is a necessary part of any visit to the Banff area. Depending on your expectations, you might find this a pleasure or a minor hassle. The first thing that struck us was that, other than the lake and Chateau, there was not much in Lake Louise. The village is separate from the lake and contains a couple of motels, restaurants, and gas stations. Lake Louise itself is beautiful. It is located up the mountain at the base of a glacier. The glacier-tinted water and the mountainous background make for a picturesque setting. The grand old hotel, the Chateau Lake Louise, sits at the near end of the lake and makes a great picture itself. During our visit (...Read More

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Lake Louise Ski Area
Junction of TransCanada Highway and Highway 93
Banff National Park, Alberta T0L 0C0
+1 403 522 3555

Columbia Icefield

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Attraction | "Icefields Parkway"

Columbia Icefield Photo, Banff, Alberta
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A drive along the 200km of the Icefields Parkway will be one of the most beautiful and one of the most isolated drives that you will ever take. Be sure to check your gas gauge, because I remember only one gas station on the entire parkway. The parkway, also called Highway 93, exits from TransCanada 1 shortly beyond Lake Louise. Expect to drive through much of the parkway without specific places to stop, just taking in the magnificent and changing scenery.Plan ahead if you want to take some of the more extensive hikes. Consider quick scenic stops along the route Bow Lake, with the unusual Num-ti-jah Lodge, and Bow Summit for the origin of the Bow River. After crossing Route 11, the only real highwa...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 10, 2003

Columbia Icefield
Columbia Icefield
Banff, Alberta

Yoho National Park

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Yoho National Park Photo, Yoho National Park, British Columbia
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In a last-minute decision we took off from Banff to visit the neighboring Yoho National Park, and we are very glad that we made this choice. Yoho N. P. is a small park in British Columbia, located just over the continental divide from Lake Louise along TransCanada 1. Just after you pass into British Columbia, be alert for the pull-off for the spiral tunnels. In order to ease the extremely steep railroad climb over the divide, the tracks go into the mountain, loop around inside the mountain, and emerge above. If you happen to be there when a long train is passing, you might be able to see the front of the train emerge from the tunnel as the rear is still entering the tunnel. As the highwa...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 15, 2003

Yoho National Park
P.O. Box 99
Field, Canada V0A 1G0
(250) 343-6783