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.
Alberta & BC Rockies Communities
Rockies Attractions & Accommodation
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Here are some of the hotels, motels, campgrounds, and lodges/cottages to be found along the Trans Canada Highway:
Banff & Rockies AccommodationsBow Valley Park
Seven campgrounds within Bow Valley provincial park.
Banff & Rockies AccommodationsBrewsters Mountain Lodge
3.5 Stars with business ctr, gift shop, handicap fac, jacuzzi, restaurants, lounge, meeting rooms, banquet facilities, handicapped rooms. Comp. local calls, local shuttle.
Banff & Rockies AccommodationsBanff National Park - Castle Mountain
44 sites, 26 ft max RV length, 44 no hookups. tenting. tables. wood
Banff & Rockies AccommodationsFairmont Jasper Park Lodge
Located on 100 acres of wildreness land, this 4-1/2 star resort has 446 luxury rooms in cedar chalets and heritage log cabins. 4 restaurants, 3 lounges, pool, fitenss facility, golf course, tennit, boating, and riding stables.
Banff & Rockies AccommodationsWillow Rock campsites
124sites, 34 E hookup, 90 no hookups, 20 ft width, tenting, dump station, laundry, toilets, public phone, table, fire rings, grills, wood.
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Banff & Rockies Travel & AttractionsWhite Grizzly Adventures
Boutique a la carte snowcat services for high ability level skiers and snowboarders on long runs 30-45 degree dropping 900 metres (3,000 feet) each, in the Selkirk Mountains (11 metre/35 ft) of annual snow, guided by UIAGM/ACMG certified guides.
Banff & Rockies Travel & AttractionsHusky Smittys Fernie (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 & AttractionsWaterton Lakes
One of Canada's oldest, built from 1929-1939, this 18-hole course will challenge you a amidst impressive mountain scenery, the public course offers a range of amenities including club and cart rentals, a pro shop, a practice green and a l
Banff & Rockies Travel & AttractionsIsland Lake Lodge
World famous powder skiing from this remote lodge. nestled in the peaks of the Canadian Rockies,with fine mountain dining, massage, outdoor hot tubs and the feeling of untouched powder.
Banff & Rockies Travel & AttractionsWildhorse Mountain Ranch
Personalized service, well trained horses, excellent meals, unique programs, Old West Fort with cabins, Professional Programs and Events, Specializing in Girls Horse riding camps, PTSD Programs, Outdoor adventures, Canoeing & more
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