Banff Journals

Oh Canada! How we loved the Rockies!

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A May 2004 trip to Banff by Lovestogo

Columbia Icefield Photo, Banff, Alberta More Photos
Quote: Our journey through the Canadian Rockies found millions of evergreen trees, snow-capped mountains, emerald-green and crystal-blue lakes, diverse wildlife, spectacular glaciers, and ever-changing mountain landscapes. What a wonderful time we had exploring the Rockies in Oh Canada!

Oh Canada! How we loved the Rockies!

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Overview

Bow Lake Photo, Banff, Alberta
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This was our first visit to Banff, Canmore...Home%20of%20the%20Beautiful%20Three%20Sisters"target="_blank">Canmore, and the Canadian Rockies. We quickly discovered that even with the best-laid plans, 2 weeks was not long enough to see and do everything! Some of our most favorite and memorable things to do were: Bow Falls & the Banff Springs Hotel -- Go into the hotel and take a peek around, even if you don’t stay there. It is absolutely beautiful! Bow Falls is close to the Banff Springs Hotel. Lake Louise -- The emerald-green water, the Chateau La...Read More

Mountain Restaurant

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Restaurant

Mountain Restaurant Photo, Banff, Alberta
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During our 2-week stay, we ate at the Mountain Restaurant several times because of the variety on their menu. Sometimes our appetite level or desire for the same type of cuisine was not together, so this restaurant had something for each of us. If we couldn’t make up our minds, we headed to the Mountain Restaurant. The food was always delicious, the portions were huge, and all, but one, servers were extremely polite and highly efficient. We ate breakfast one morning at the Mountain Restaurant, and each of us had the deluxe omelet. A jumbo omelet it was, as it consisted of three jumbo eggs stuffed with cheddar cheese, bacon, ham, onions, mushrooms, and green peppers - all for C$12. B...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 29, 2005

Mountain Restaurant
200 Village Road
Banff, Alberta
(403) 522-3573

Columbia Icefield

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Attraction | "Climbing Columbia Icefield's Athabasca Glacier"

Columbia Icefield Photo, Banff, Alberta
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The Columbia Icefield is one of the largest accumulations of ice and snow south of the Artic Circle. Lying in the middle of this 125-square-mile ice field is the Athabasca Glacier, which can be seen from the Icefields Parkway, and is easily accessible either by snocoach or walking. When planning our trip, the snocoach tour caught my eye as something fun to do. We arrived at the Icefields Visitor Center and went inside to locate the restrooms and have a look around. We found the Snocoach Tours, a Parks Canada information desk, a gift shop, and the hotel’s front desk on the main floor. The second floor had a f...Read More

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Columbia Icefield
Columbia Icefield
Banff, Alberta

Bow Summit and Peyto Lake

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Attraction | "Bow Summit (Peyto Lake)"

Bow Summit and Peyto Lake Photo, Banff, Alberta
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There are no words or photographs that can capture or accurately describe the beauty of Peyto Lake at Bow Summit. It really is something you have to see to believe. Bow Summit is approximately 42km (26 miles) north of Lake Louise on the Icefields Parkway (Highway 93). Bow Summit is not a mountaintop, but rather a height of land that separates waters that flow south to the Bow River from those that flow north to the Mistaya River. Upon turning from the Icefields Parkways, a small parking lot is to your right, with restrooms. The main road continues up approximately a quarter-mile to a larger parking lot for buses and licensed handicapped vehicles. On ...Read More

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Bow Summit and Peyto Lake
Banff National Park
Lake Louise, Alberta

Timberline Tours

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Attraction | "Lake Agnes by Horseback"

Timberline Tours Photo, Banff, Alberta
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Horseback riding has become one of our favorite things to do while vacationing in a national park. Being very novice riders, we search for a 2- to 4-hour ride that is moderate in terrain but provides a rewarding experience. Most of all, we want the gentlest horses. We chose Timberline Tours, located at the Lake Louise Corral, behind Deer Lodge. They offered a 3-hour ride to the Lake Agnes Teahouse for $65. We made our reservations a day in advance and had our choice of either a morning or afternoon ride. We chose the afternoon ride, both for warmth and, hopefully, better photo opportunities. After signing a waiver of liability, the three of us were matched to horses. ...Read More

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Timberline Tours
P.O. Box 14
Banff, Alberta T0L 1E0
(403) 522-3743

Easy Hikes in Banff National Park

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Lake Louise Photo, Banff, Alberta
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We did some easy walks/hikes while spending 2 weeks in the Banff and Canmore areas. These are strolls that anyone can enjoy on almost flat and wide, well-groomed trails or boardwalks. However, all three of these are also some of the most popular sites to see, so crowds are always around. Lake Louise Shoreline Trail The trail leaves from the front of the Lake Louise Chateau and is 2km/1.2 miles (one-way) and easy. The Lake Louise Shoreline Trail is one of the busiest but also easiest trails that provides awesome views of the Chateau Lake Louise, as well as the lake itself. With very little elevation gain, the path follows the lake, is easy to walk, and is a...Read More