Banff Journals

Exploring The Canadian Rockies

A November 2001 trip to Banff by indigirl

Bow Falls Photo, Banff, Alberta More Photos
Quote: A quick weekend in Banff and Lake Louise with my beautiful girlfriend.

Exploring The Canadian Rockies


Bow Falls Photo, Banff, Alberta
The Gondola in Banff has fabulous views and is well worth the , but prepare for the cold. Lake Louise is overrated unless you have time to ski or hike. Downtown Banff was very cute with a great little pizza shop and a huge herd of elk!

Quick Tips:

If you arrive without a hotel reservation, Banff's main street has an electronic terminal you can make hotel reservations from. It works like a computer and lets you view the various properties (including prices), and then call (for free) the ones you want to check with.

Best Way To Get Around:

Definately driving!

Downtown Banff


Downtown Banff Photo, Banff, Alberta
Downtown Banff is a charming little center of shopping and restaurants. From the standard souvenirs, to upscale brand name retailers, Banff can provide for a nice afternoon or evening of shopping. If you need a reservation in a local hotel, the local tourist agency has set up an outside computer terminal right downtown to check prices and availability for free. We found this feature very convenient and easy to use! Don't miss the McDonald's... it's the only one I've seen with a working fireplace and internet terminals! We drove outside the downtown area and around a residential neighborhood and stumbled upon a herd of elk! Beautiful to see wildlife up close like that! ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 4, 2002

Downtown Banff
Banff, Alberta

Banff Sulphur Mountain Gondola

Attraction | "The Banff Gondola"

Banff Sulphur Mountain Gondola Photo, Banff, Alberta
We debated whether or not the Gondola was worth the $20 each to ride, but in the end, went for it. Since we arrived just after opening, the mountaintop was quiet and peaceful and afforded fabulous views of the Rockies and downtown Banff. Well worth the money, but try and get there before the many tour buses!

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 20, 2001

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

Lake Louise Ski Area

Attraction | "Lake Louise"

Lake Louise Ski Area Photo, Banff, Alberta
Lake Louise was very crowded with tourists when we visited. We didn't have time to go cross country skiing or hiking in the mountains, so we walked around the edge of the semi-frozen lake and played in the snow. I'm glad we drove out there, but we didn't need to allocate much time.

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on December 20, 2001

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