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 AccommodationsBlack Cat Guest Ranch
16 rooms in main Lodge, with fireplace, dining room and seminar facilities. No pets, no phones in rooms. Trail Riding, hiking, bbqs, cross-country skiing.
Banff & Rockies AccommodationsDeer Lodge
3 stars log, brick and stone hotel & conference centre between Lake Louise lake & town. 73 rooms are furnished with antiques, others have balconies. Hiking trails just across the street.
Banff & Rockies AccommodationsBest Western Invermere Inn
Centrally located. Well appointed banquet and meeting room facilities, outdoor spa and exercise room, cold beer and wine store, spacious rooms with queen or king-size beds.
Banff & Rockies AccommodationsBayshore Inn
Bayshore Inn, Located in Waterton National Park, Alberta, Canada
Banff & Rockies AccommodationsTonquin Inn
135 Units, 33 with kitchenettes. Executive suite with fireplace and sauna. Small conference room, guest laundry.
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Banff & Rockies Travel & AttractionsArrowhead Brewing
We brew and package all of our beer right here at Arrowhead. Customers can either enjoy a pint or a beer tasting flight here in our tap room, or take home 6 packs, bomber bottles or growlers.
Banff & Rockies Travel & AttractionsNational Car and Truck Rental
National Car Rental operates in over 3,000 locations, and operates over 275,000 quality vehicles that serve over 15 million business & leisure travelers annually.
Banff & Rockies Travel & AttractionsDr. Duncan Murray Recreation Centre
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 & AttractionsFairmont Hot Springs Resort
Fairmont Hot Springs Ski Resort Ski Area offers an introductory half-pipe and snowboard park, a triple chair lift, Poma Tow and 13 runs for a full day of skiing enjoyment. Stay at 4.5 star Fairmont Hot Springs Resort. 12 km of X-C trails.
Banff & Rockies Travel & AttractionsHertz Rent A Car
Great cars. Great rates. Great Srvice. Hertz is the preferred car rental company of CAA. Free customer pickup & return, Unlimited km rates. One-way rentals. daily, weekly, weekend rates.
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