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.
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Banff & Rockies AccommodationsPair A Dice RV Park & Campground
Newest R.V. Park in the heart of the Creston Valley with beautiful mountain scenery. 444 Spacious full hook-up sites with 15/30/50 amp. Service. Sparkling Restrooms/ Laundromat facilities. GOOD SAM PARK
Banff & Rockies AccommodationsSpring Creek Mountain Village
Downtown Canmore just a 10 minute stroll away from this 4 Diamond Rated Facility, RV Hook-Ups, Picnic Tables, Fire Pits and Firewood, No Tents allowed, Enjoy swimming, boating, hiking, golfing, fishing, horseback riding & exploring natura
Banff & Rockies AccommodationsCanyon Ridge Lodge
Canyon Ridge Lodge is a beautiful timber frame lodge. There are 3 large B&B rooms with private en-suite bathroms,a large guest lounge and hot tub.Or the spacious Self-Catered,Purcell Suite with one bedroom, large Kitchen/Lounge is for up to 4 people.
Banff & Rockies AccommodationsTonquin Inn
135 Units, 33 with kitchenettes. Executive suite with fireplace and sauna. Small conference room, guest laundry.
Banff & Rockies AccommodationsNoah's Ark Resort
Nestled in tall cedar trees we have sixty-seven large RV sites. We have a variety of electrical services that were recently re-wired to grow with our client's needs. Some pull-through sites
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Banff & Rockies Travel & AttractionsBanff Adventures Unlimited
Speed along on a variety of Zip-lines on our course, for great recreation in a scenic outdoor environment. Individuals and groups books are both welcome.
Banff & Rockies Travel & AttractionsGloria Clark Ltd (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 & AttractionsDe'd Dog Pub
Presently, the De’d Dog Bar & Grill is without doubt one of Jasper’s most popular and loved places to eat, drink, unwind, meet with friends-
Banff & Rockies Travel & AttractionsPincher Creek Golf Club
The finest nine hole municipal public courses is noted for it's excellent greens, scenery and challenging holes. A driving range as well as a practice green are available. A fully stocked Pro Shop as well as an excellent Bar and Restaurant,
Banff & Rockies Travel & AttractionsPark Distillery Restaurant and Bar
Campfire-inspired cooking. Spirits distilled in-house. Plus enough cold craft beer to satisfy the thirst of a CPR expedition party missing since 1865.
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