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 AccommodationsSilver Creek Lodge
Silver Creek Lodge offers luxurious mountain getaways. With an onsite spa and Asian-fusion restaurant, three outdoor hot pool, fitness and meeting facilities and fully self-catering suites, Silver Creek is the perfect mountain escape. Pet friendly.
Banff & Rockies AccommodationsBanff Inn
Banff Inn is the ideal Banff hotel for your Canadian Rockies vacation, and is one of Banff National Park's premier choices when it comes to mountain lodging.
Banff & Rockies AccommodationsFairmont Banff Springs Hotel
This castle overlooking the Spray River & Bow River, has an adjoining conference centre, riding stables, tennis courts, indoor and outdoor pools, and golf course. It is THE place for the rich & famous to stay.
Banff & Rockies AccommodationsKokanee Chalets Cabins
Our sites are spacious, lush and well kept. We have many acres of space here so you can choose to be deeper in the forest - or closer to the office and our other amenities like the hot tub, showers, laundry etc.
Banff & Rockies AccommodationsHoliday Inn Canmore
AAA 3 diamonds resort property with 360 degree view of the Rockies, with banquet & convention facility, business services, health club, jacuzzi, outdoor hot tub. Close to SilverTip Golf.
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Banff & Rockies Travel & AttractionsBanff Ski Hub
Plan and book your ski vacation today - book accommodation, lift tickets, ski and snowboard rentals. Plus, web cams, snow reports, photos and more to help plan your ski vacation in Banff National Park.
Banff & Rockies Travel & AttractionsBootleg Gap Golf
This Les Furber designed course has an 18 hole championship course winding along the St Mary River, a 9 hole course and a great practice facility. The signature hole of this recently opened course is the 193 year par 3 12th hole, where you
Banff & Rockies Travel & AttractionsRK Heli-Ski/Hike Panorama
Heli-skiing trips in winter and heli-hiking excursions in summer months with 36 years experience. Enjoy 1,500 square kilometres of spectacular terrain in the breathtaking Purcell Mountains with annual snowfalls of up to 1,100 cm (36 ft).
Banff & Rockies Travel & AttractionsGrizzly Paw Brewing Company (Brewery)
Enjoy a pint of our handcrafted beer or try our taster set to sample one of each so you can decide on your own favourite.
Banff & Rockies Travel & AttractionsLake Louise
Four separate mountains offer 11 square miles of skiing. Selected as most scenic resort in North America - Ski Magazine annual reader survey (2004).
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