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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Banff & Rockies AccommodationsNew Old Town Cottages
. Stay with us at New Old Town Cottages and RV Park during your visit to the area to have the best of both worlds - surround yourself with nature in a relaxing, serene & rustic environment while remaining in Rocky Mountain House town limits.
Banff & Rockies AccommodationsDrake Inn, The
26 newly ecorated rooms with cable TV, private balconies. Hositality suite, meeting rooms, restaurant & pub with licensed deck. Pets welcome $10 charge.
Banff & Rockies AccommodationsRimrock Resort Hotel
Close to Upper Hot Springs. Only 4 diamond hotel in Banff National Park, hotel concierge, fine dining, on-site salon, complimentary shuttle to downtown Banff. In room videos.
Banff & Rockies AccommodationsQuinn Creek Campground
Stay our our wonderful campground, and enjoy the great outdoors… see our website for details
Banff & Rockies AccommodationsAstoria Hotel
The Astoria Hotel is a cozy little Alpine Hotel of character and charm. An excellent restaurant and a popular bar on premises and plenty of shopping adjacent make the Astoria a convenient home for visitors.
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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 & AttractionsBaldface Lodge
One of the largest snowcat skiing operations in the world with 36,000 acres of chutes, glades and bowls. Baldface's lodge features single occupancy rooms, queen suites, three private massage rooms, business centre, home theatre, sauna
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 & AttractionsGranite Pointe Golf Club
This course, with splendid views of the Kokanee Glacier, Kootenay Lake and the mountain city of Nelson, has undergone a 1993 overhaul and expansion to 18 holes by acclaimed architect Bill Newis. Golfers traverse challenging terrain and feat
Banff & Rockies Travel & AttractionsMission Hills Golf Course
Three unique 9-hole layouts await you at Mission Hills: The Pine, The Badger, and The Creek. These Executive courses will delight you as they challenge you from the first tee to the last, with gorgeous Rocky Mountain vistas and narrow tree-
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