Banff Journals

Alpine April--A wonderful week in Banff

An April 2000 trip to Banff by madaunt

Mountain Goats near Banff Photo, Banff, Alberta More Photos
Quote: Springtime in the Rockies is a great time for hiking, biking, viewing wild animals, and sightseeing. Our April week in Banff included everything, even the Northern Lights!

Alpine April--A wonderful week in Banff

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Overview

Mountain Goats near Banff Photo, Banff, Alberta
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Even before you reach the spectacular sights and recreation of Banff National Park, the road trip from Calgary to Canmore offers wonderful scenery from the modern, new city through ranchlands, farming country, the foothills, and on into the mountains. Sightseeing in April is unbelievably good: the Rockies are still snowy on the peaks, the trees in the forests are "breaking bud" with soft, beautifully green, new growth, the flowers in the Alpine meadows are just coming into bloom, and the wild animals and their young offspring are feeding everywhere. The drive from Banff to Jasper is also a thrill-of-a-lifetime: mountains, rivers, glaciers, bears, moose, elk, mountain goats, bighorn sheep, and tour...Read More

Banff Gate Mountain Resort

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Hotel

Banff Gate Mountain Resort Photo, Banff, Alberta
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Best Things Nearby:The East gate of the Banff National Park is only about 15 minutes away from this resort and "The Big City" of Calgary is a scenic drive of 55 miles. From this resort, one easily access great hiking, skiing, and wildlife trails. Also, the world-famous destinations of Banff, Jasper, and Lake Louise are all close enough for easy day trips.Best Things About the Resort:The individual chalets all have incredible mountain views from every window and deck. Graceful deer ambled past our chalet every evening. Because this resort is located right on Pigeon Mountain, there are good hiking and ski trails on site. And even the indoor swimming pool and the hot tub are s...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 14, 2003

Banff Gate Mountain Resort
Box 8113
Banff, Alberta
(403) 678-6308

Banff Park Museum

Attraction | "Banff National Park"

Banff Park Museum Photo, Banff, Alberta
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This is a huge park with mountains, forests, meadows, rivers, streams, lakes, and many, many wild animals. We spent part of every day of our one-week holiday in this park and saw new things every time we went there. There are organized activities at different times of the year and the park information stations have plenty of literature, schedules, and announcements. Along with all the natural wonders, there are also lots of modern amenities such as restaurants and clean restrooms. We didn't camp here, but other tourists told us that it is an excellent facility for tenting, too.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 14, 2003

Banff Park Museum
92 Banff Avenue
Banff, Alberta T0L 0C0
+1 403 762 1558

Lake Louise Ski Area

Attraction | "Lake Louise"

Lake Louise Ski Area Photo, Banff, Alberta
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We have seen this jewel of a lake, described in summer as water painted with a peacock feather, many times. It is gorgeous year-round. When we visited this time in mid-April, the lake was frozen so it appeared to be a perfect pale turquoise, set against the dazzling white snow and the dark green forest. Because the snow was five feet deep and melting into large slushy ponds in some areas, we only walked partway around the lake. When we were at the most distant point from any shelter, the sun suddenly disappeared behind soft grey clouds and snow began to fall. At first the snow came as lazy flakes gently drifting down. We were amazed at how quickly the temperature dropped. Moments before we had bee...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 14, 2003

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

Columbia Icefield

Attraction | "Icefields Parkway--from Lake Louise to Jasper"

Columbia Icefield Photo, Banff, Alberta
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The drive from Lake Louise to Jasper is one unbelievable sight after another. We encountered bighorn sheep, mountain goats, elk, deer, and one young female moose right on the TransCanada Highway. The scenery is so beautiful: frozen Bow Lake, the Crowfoot Glacier, the blue-white expanse of the ice fields themselves, and the toe of the Columbia Glacier. And after you leave the ice fields, there is the magnificent valley view of the Saskatchewan River. Every aspect of the view reveals peace and majesty. Then you reach Jasper, a post-card perfect town beside a blue-green river. Jasper in mid-April is full of flowers, friendly dogs, and tourists who all seem to be young, fit, tanned, and gorgeous. Jus...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 14, 2003

Columbia Icefield
Columbia Icefield
Banff, Alberta