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 AccommodationsAthabasca Hotel
This centrally-located and recently renovated hotel, known to locals as the "Atha-B" has 39 rooms with bathrooms, 22 with sinks and shared facilities. Some suites with whirpools. Home of the "Atha B Lounge" often with live bands.
Banff & Rockies AccommodationsBayshore Inn
Bayshore Inn, Located in Waterton National Park, Alberta, Canada
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 AccommodationsWaterton Glacier Suites
Waterton Glacier Suites is centrally located in the heart of Waterton and surrounded by mountain beauty. This classic lodge is 4.6 km from the Waterton Lakes Golf Course and 11.3 km from the Waterton Lakes National Park.This family owned and operate
Banff & Rockies AccommodationsMount Royal Hotel
Since 1908, 3 stars hotel in the heart of downtown Banff with complimentary newspaper, outdoor parking, in room coffee/tea. 136 rooms, beauty parlour, great dining, conference center, gift shop, whirlpool.
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Banff & Rockies Travel & AttractionsMount Begbie Brewing
The company is named after Mt. Begbie, a majestic glacial mountain that dominates the Revelstoke skyline.
Banff & Rockies Travel & AttractionsPark Place Lodge
After a big day of skiing, mountain biking or fly-fishing, the Pub Bar & Grill is Fernie’s favourite gathering spot to share a few good laughs over beer & chicken wings. Watch all the top sporting events on our large
Banff & Rockies Travel & AttractionsSt Eugene Mission Golf Resort
Designed by Les Furber, this new course combines views of the St Mary River with those of Fisher Peak, and the Purcell Mountains across the river.
Banff & Rockies Travel & AttractionsCanmore Elevation Place
Test your climbing skill on a variety of climbing walls and courses, to prepare yourself for great recreation in a scenic outdoor environment, or enjoy climbing indoors when the weather gets rough. Individuals and groups bookings are both welcome.
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.
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