Banff & Rockies, Alberta on TransCanadaHighway.com
Why Visit Alberta's Rockies?
Close to international airports, but rugged in the extreme. Everything from stunning peaks to pretty lakes to huge icefields. Enjoy hiking, horseback riding, rafting, skiing, and snowboarding. And check out the wildlife!
The Rockies are most likely the most beautiful part of the Trans-Canada Highway. The mountains are unique for a number of reasons. They managed to evade the flattening effect of the past several ice ages that covered most of the rest of North America. This makes the peaks very sharp and rugged, and they rise over a mile above the valley floor. The northerly position of the Banff also means that the snowcover stays on the mountain tops and the glaciers through the summer (its not snowy in the valleys!). The stunning beauty of the mountains here, the glaciers and the aqua blue-green lakes are the reason the Canadian Pacific Railway guilt a series of castle-like mountain hotels around the turn of the century.
Banff is the magnet of the Canadian Rockies and is the largest mountain community in the stunningly beautiful Rockies. To its north is the smaller town of Lake Louise, and to its east, just outside the national Park gates, is the town of Canmore. These three form the heart of tourism in the Alberta Rockies.
Coming from the East, you approach Canmore first, just 5 kilometres east of the Banff National Park Gates, as the highway winds its way through the first range of mountains. Canmore is best known for the Canmore Nordic Centre, the host of the cross country and biathlon events in the 1988 Winter Olympic games. The town is also on the northern entrance to Kananaskis Country, a large mountainous provincial park. It is also known for the cheapest gas between Calgary and Vancouver (no BC sales taxes, no National Parks rents) and lots of hotels close to the Trans-Canada Highway and close to Banff's natural beauty. Canmore is a very relaxed town with many fine restaurants, small non-touristy shops,and lots to see and do in and around
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The town of Banff was established in 1883 when the trans-continental railway was built through the Bow River valley. The town is the centre of recreation, tourism, and dining in the Canadian Rockies and has an elevation of 1,395 m (4,580 ft), but is cradled by mountains that tower a mile above. Tourists are always surprised by the variety and proximity of wild animals around town: you'll often find elk, mountain goats, moose, and sometimes bears foraging on lawns and gardens around the town site. Many visitors stop and swim in the natural hot springs above the town, or take a ride up the Sulphur Mountain Gondola for an aerial view of the area.
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Lake Louise is just a 40 minute drive northwest of Banff, and is much cozier and less commercial than Banff. It feels like the doorway to the ruggedness of the Rockies on both sides of the Albert-British Columbia border, as well as the Icefields Parkway to the north which winds past several stunning glaciers. Lake Louise itself has two parts: the town site in the Bow River Valley, and the famous Lake itself on a plateau up the road. Be sure to enjoy both parts of Lake Louise.
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Rockies Attractions & Accommodation
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Banff & Rockies AccommodationsLakeview Hotels Hinton
55 air conditioned rooms, some 2 bedroom loft suites with jacuzzis. Complimentary continental breakfast and newspaper. Laundry facilities, cable TV with in-hjouse movies.
Banff & Rockies AccommodationsWindtower Mountain Lodge
AAA 3 diamonds grand lodge style building, with warm inviting lobby and courteous desk staff, on site hot tub, fitness room, cafe, and putting course. BBQ and picnic area, nack shop, video library,. Complimentary parking & coffee/tea
Banff & Rockies AccommodationsBest Western Coach House Motor Inn
Conveniently located on Cranbrook Street North (Hwy 3), opposite Tamarack Shopping Mall. Outdoor heated pool, meeting facilities, dining room and lounge. 27-inch television with 50 plus channels, well-equipped kitchen units avail.
Banff & Rockies AccommodationsRed Carpet Inn
Sattelite TV & HBO, whirlpool during ski season.
Banff & Rockies AccommodationsFairmont Creek Road
5 stars 1 & 2 bedroom villas in self contained recreational complex with business centre. Guests can enjoy two golf courses, tennis courts, snack bar, clubhouse and three hot mineral pools.
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Banff & Rockies Travel & AttractionsGrande Rockies Resort
A luxury resort that offers the incredible standards and service of a boutique hotel and the personal comforts of a grand vacation home. 1 & 2 bedroom suites, full kitchens, food service, pool, waterslide, hot tub, conference & fitness centres.
Banff & Rockies Travel & AttractionsRiverside Golf Resort at Fairmont Hot Springs
This course, surrounded by a residential development was Canada's 1998 course of the year. The Columbia Rivers winds through the course, with lots of wildlife. The "Double Cross"6th hole is a stunning 3, crossing the river twice.
Banff & Rockies Travel & AttractionsFernie Wilderness
Snowcat skiing and boarding in bottomless powder on predominately gladed tree skiing, with occasional tree bands leading into open chute. Fly-fishing float trips on the scenic Elk and Flathead Rivers are world-class
Banff & Rockies Travel & AttractionsValhalla PowderCats
Catering to strong skiers and riders on alpine bowls and steep, old growth forests located in the heart of the legendary Valhalla Mountains. Caribou Bowl has doubled their total skiable acres on dry, untracked powder
Banff & Rockies Travel & AttractionsOld Entrance B 'n B Cabins & Trailrides
Quiet country vacation cabins, teepees and campsites along the Athabasca River near Jasper Park. Guided trail rides and overnight holding corrals for guests horses (bed & bale).
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