Banff Journals

Banff and Environs

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A travel journal to Banff by MagdaDH_AlexH

Lake Louise Photo, Lake Louise, Alberta More Photos
Quote: Canmore, Banff, Lake Louise and around; May 2010

Awe at first sight: Magnificent Rockies

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rural living near Cochrane Photo, Alberta, Canada
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Our first glimpse of the Rockies is from a quintessential Albertan vehicle, a large, four wheel drive pick-up truck, looking mostly new but with a long crack in the bottom of the windscreen and a few other chips dotted around it. In the UK, such a windscreen would fail a MOT test of road worthiness, but here everybody – and I mean everybody – drives with one. The grit that covers the roads in the winter makes chips, and cracks, inevitable. We are driven from Calgary to a rural plot near Cochrane, where the Family live. The 'plot' is a bit of an understatement, as we are talking 100+ acres of woodland and pasture. The Family (who, sadly, belong to the Other Adult, not your writer) live in ...Read More

Sunny Banff

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Banff Photo, Banff, Alberta
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Banff is a major centre for tourism in the Canadian Rockies, the main town in the national park which bears its name and probably the most famous settlement in the area. But then, all of Canadian Rockies are about tourism. The European settlement of the area started with the railways, and the railways brought the visitors searching for dramatic landscapes and healthy airs. Hotels (many of them railway hotels, owned by the powerful Canadian Pacific railway company) followed the railways and the visitors flocked to the wilderness. And wilderness it remains, despite the veneer of civilization and technology, despite the roads, ski lifts, bear-proof rubbish bins and cable cars, the Rockies, as...Read More

Banff Sulphur Mountain Gondola

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Attraction | "Bubble car up a mountain"

Banff Sulphur Mountain Gondola Photo, Banff, Alberta
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Banff Gondola is a cable car that takes up those unwilling or unable to walk up the Sulphur Mountain. The gondola takes four passengers in a small, enclosed car. The cable car climbs 698m to a level of 2,281m (almost 7,500 feet) and arrives at the Upper Terminal eight minutes after departure. The ride itself is rather spectacular, with increasingly awe-inspiring views opening before the eyes as the cable car travels up. It is, also, of course, possible, to climb up Sulphur Mountain (a steep but not particularly long climb, well maintained 5.3km path that takes about two hours one way in decent weather) and those who are only riding down, get the journey half price – or free if there is no ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 20, 2011

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

Lake Louise in snowy May

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Lake Louise Photo, Lake Louise, Alberta
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Lake Louise is probably the most famous lake in the Canadian Rockies, know for its beautiful landscape, strikingly green-blue water colored by the rock flour carried from surrounding mountains and a luxury hotel (The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise) that's been standing on its eastern shore since the early years of the 20th century. Lake Louise is a glacial lake situated at 1,750 m above sea level, about 20km from Banff 5km from the hamlet of Lake Louise and the Trans-Canada Highway that turns west towards Golden at the Lake Louise hamlet (while the famous Icefields Parkway continues north to Jasper). We take a Greyhound bus from Canmore to Lake Louise, and get off at the Samson M...Read More

Laggan's Mountain Bakery and Deli

Restaurant | "Country Park with Deer"

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Our guidebook recommended the Kellari (Cellar) taverna on the seafront. Being contrary tourists, we decided to eScottish Deer Centre is one of those glorified country parks with vaguely local animals in them that seem to be a common attraction in Scotland. I am not saying it in a dismissive way, as I generally like them (and already wrote a positive review of another one near Comrie). They are located very near Cupar, Fife, about 30 minutes drive from Dundee, 40 minutes from Perth and a bit over an hour from Edinburgh. There is ample free parking at the site. The site, obviously, includes the deer park itself (which is my second favourite part): an extensive areas of enclosures...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 9, 2011

Laggan's Mountain Bakery and Deli
Samson Mall
Lake Louise, Alberta T0L 1E0
(403) 522-2017