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Visiting Banff

Banff is easily Canada’s most popular outdoor attraction, drawing visitors year-round to experience its magnificent scenery. Craggy peaks, cascading waterfalls, and crystal-clear lakes combine to create a portrait of classic Canadian wilderness. And wildlife-watchers are in for a treat: bear, elk, and moose all roam here.... Read More Banff is easily Canada’s most popular outdoor attraction, drawing visitors year-round to experience its magnificent scenery. Craggy peaks, cascading waterfalls, and crystal-clear lakes combine to create a portrait of classic Canadian wilderness. And wildlife-watchers are in for a treat: bear, elk, and moose all roam here.    Close

Stories and Tips Banff

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Sunny Banff

Written by MagdaDH_AlexH on 25 Mar, 2011

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…Read More


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Out and About: Winter in the Rockies

Written by callen60 on 28 Feb, 2009

We were married on a cold Michigan night 25 years ago, trudging through snowdrifts and road salt to the rehearsal dinner, our wedding, and the reception. Back then, it seemed appropriate to head south for a honeymoon, and we woke after a few brief hours…Read More


Winter Driving in the Canadian Rockies

Written by callen60 on 28 Feb, 2009

Canada’s Rockies are more accessible in winter (or other seasons) than you might initially suspect. It’s quickest to approach from Alberta, although it’s a longer but beautiful approach from Vancouver and the west. Calgary and Edmonton share the same longitude, four hours apart and directly…Read More


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Canada's Rockies: National Parks, or National Highways?

Written by callen60 on 28 Feb, 2009

The U.S. invented the national park in 1873 to protect Yellowstone’s fairyland of thermal features, although you might say that ‘reserving’ the Hot Springs of Arkansas in 1820 was the precursor to this landmark decision. Either way, Canada followed in those steamy footsteps by establishing…Read More


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Snowshoe New Year's Eve

Written by callen60 on 15 Feb, 2009

When we settled on spending three nights at Storm Mountain Lodge, switching our reservation from the stratospherically priced Chateau Lake Louise, we thought we’d have an equally special stay and save nearly $900 in the bargain. Nonetheless, given the $270 CDN nightly price tag, I…Read More


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Castle in the Mountains: Banff Springs Hotel

Written by callen60 on 15 Feb, 2009

This is the place that created Banff. Well, this and the railway, and the railway made this place. After the Hot Springs were discovered in 1883, the Canadian Pacific began planning to create a reason for passengers to ride its new trains. "Since we can’t…Read More


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Icefields Parkway

Written by Vanilla Sugar on 13 Oct, 2008

National Geographic calls The Icefields Parkway "one of the world’s ten greatest drives." This endorsement alone made me persistent in my goal to travel this stretch of road through the heart of the Canadian Rockies. Our motorhome "Dolly’s Pride" would stay parked in the…Read More


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Notes & Thoughts Part 2 - Banff Springs

Written by jenandfrank on 02 Jul, 2006

Ice Field ParkwayThis is a stretch of road between Banff and Jasper, considered one of the world's most scenic drives, located just west of Lake Louise. It is a two hour drive from Banff Springs. Once at the Columbia Ice Fields, it is another…Read More


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Notes & Thoughts Part 1 - Banff Springs

Written by jenandfrank on 02 Jul, 2006

Banff Gondola – 403-762-2523 or http://www.banffgondola.comThe gondola is something we felt we had to do if for nothing else but to get a bird's eye view of the park. We were not disappointed. The views atop Sulfur Mountain are absolutely gorgeous. Definitely a photo op.…Read More


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Eden Restaurant

Written by jenandfrank on 02 Jul, 2006

Eden - Rimrock Resort Hotel, 100 Mountain Avenue, Banff – 403-762-1865 or www.rimrockresort.comLocated on the same street as the Banff Gondola is the Rimrock Resort, a quaint, understated hotel. The Rimrock is part of the Leading Hotels of the World and judging by Eden -…Read More


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