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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Banff & Rockies AccommodationsBanff National Park - Lake Louise Campground & Trailer Park
Campground is located 1 km from the village of Lake Louise, 4 kms from the lake itself, All soft-sided camping units must stay within an enclosed electric fence in the Lake Louise Tent campground due to seasonal bear activity.
Banff & Rockies AccommodationsSnow Valley Motel & RV Park
Stay our our wonderful campground, and enjoy the great outdoors… see our website for details
Banff & Rockies AccommodationsRed Carpet Inn
Sattelite TV & HBO, whirlpool during ski season.
Banff & Rockies AccommodationsBest Western Wayside Inn
Hotel has 88 spacious, air-conditioned rooms with queen-size beds, meeting rooms, business ctr, restaurants, lounge, pool and hot tub. Pet-friendly or handicapped accessible rooms upon request Kids 12 and under stay fee in room with adult.
Banff & Rockies AccommodationsAmethyst Lodge
97 airconditioned units, with hairdryers and clock radios, phones, cable TV. Convention facilities. No charge for children under 15 sharing parents room.
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Banff & Rockies Travel & AttractionsGreyhound Canada (Greyhound Bus Depot)
Greyhound Canada is the largest provider of intercity bus transportation in Canada, serving nearly 1,100 locations. It has become an icon of bus travel, providing safe, enjoyable and affordable travel to 6.5 million passengers each year.
Banff & Rockies Travel & AttractionsSilverTip
The Golf Course at SilverTip is a spectacular and challenging experience created by Les Furber. SilverTip climbs from an elevation of 1,310 metres (4,300 feet) to 1,560 metres (5,200 feet) and vides an awe inspiring view of the valley and Canmore.
Banff & Rockies Travel & AttractionsCanmore Golf & Curling Club
A beautiful golf course with the Rocky Mountains in the backdrop, Canmore is located one hour west of Calgary. The course opens with its most difficult hole first, a 504-yard 5 and finishes with the second most difficult, a 520-yard 5. In b
Banff & Rockies Travel & AttractionsCopper Point Golf Club
Designed by talented Alberta architects Gary Browning and Wade Horracks, the 6,807-yard par-70 championship course takes 3-1/2 hous with ten par-3s and eight great par-4s.
Banff & Rockies Travel & AttractionsSparwood Golf Club
Enjoy fantastic views, fantastic golf at BC's easternmost golf course with spectacular Rocky Mountains scenery. The course is finely manicured and a pleasure to play. MacIsaac's "on the green is open year-round with a full menu, lounge
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