Banff Journals

Banff National Park

A July 2004 trip to Banff by s2artr

Quote: We spent five beautiful days in Banff. The Canadian Rockies are full of spectacular scenery and much wildlife viewing.

Douglas Fir Resort and Chalets

Hotel | "Douglas Fir Apartments"

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The accommodations were beautiful. We had a studio in the lodge building. It was very roomy and had a full kitchen including a dishwasher and all kitchen furnishings. It had a fireplace and a patio, telephone and cable telvision. The facility had complete recreational facilities including two indoor pools, one with two waterslides, two whirlpools, steamroom, sauna, raquetball and squash courts, and a complete fitness center. Firewood was readily available and complementary for the fireplaces. There were also barbeques available and a playground for young children. The staff was extremely friendly and helpful. Discounted tickets were available for the Upper Hot Springs and the Sulphur Mountain Gondola ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 15, 2004

Douglas Fir Resort and Chalets
525 TUNNEL MOUNTAIN ROAD
Banff, Alberta T1L1B2
800-661-9267

Maple Leaf Grill

Restaurant | "The Maple Leaf"

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Wonderful warm restaurant with very attentive service. The food was absolutely delicious and the service was very attentive. They refer to their cuisine as Canadian. Dishes include meats, poultry and fresh fish, as well as game. The interior is mostly wood, with dining service on the ground floor and in the loft. The selection of wines was extensive. Do try the Canadian wines from the provinces of British Columbia or Ontario.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 15, 2004

Maple Leaf Grill
137 Banff ave
Banff, Alberta T1L
(403) 760-7680

Ticino Swiss-Italian Restaurant

Restaurant | "Ticino"

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Banff has over 40 restaurants, many of which fit the fine dining category. We sampled several on our five day stay in Banff. Ticino was by far the best. We actually returned twice, as the food was so delicious. Ticino is the southermost canton of Switzerland and is the Italian section of the country. Therefore, this restaurant, owned by a Swiss gentleman has a mixture of cuisines from his native country. We ordered a roasted rack of veal and breast of duck, which was memorable in taste and presentation, with five different types of fresh vegetables as accompaniments. On our second visit, we had medallions of vennison with a blueberry sauce that was fantastic.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 15, 2004

Ticino Swiss-Italian Restaurant
415 Banff Avenue, Box 1536
Banff, Alberta T1L 1B5
(403) 762-3848

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It is a short easy hike to the lower falls on a paved trail. The falls are beautiful. There is even a tunnel you can walk through to get a view very close to the base of the falls. Beware of the mist and slippery rocks near the falls. Protect your cameras.

The trail to the upper falls is more demanding and will take more energy with an uphill climb but you will be rewarded with the view of three falls flowing into one pool, which is gorgeous.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 15, 2004

Johnston Canyon Hike
Banff National Park, Bow Valley Pkwy.
Banff, Alberta

Banff Sulphur Mountain Gondola

Attraction | "Sulphur Mountain Gondola"

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We took the gondola to the top of Sulphur Mountain on July 7, 2004. The day was mostly cloudy with light rain showers. The visability was poor. The facility on top the gondola contains two restaurants, a snack bar and a gift shop. There is also an outside observation area with picnic tables, but onour visit, it was cold and wet. I took the trail to the summit of Sulphur Mountain. The trail is a boardwalk with many flights of steps in a switch back pattern, perhaps 1/3 to 1/2 mile. On the summit there is a cosmic ray observatory. To my surprise, it was snowing heavily when I reached the summit. Be sure to dress warmly in layers at any time of year.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 15, 2004

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