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 AccommodationsKOA Hinton/Jasper
Three creeks border the beautiful clean-air campground in an open, treeless meadow at the foot of the mountains. It's a perfect base for trips to area parks. The entrance to Jasper National Park is 15 minutes away.
Banff & Rockies AccommodationsWaterton Lakes Lodge Resort
The Waterton Lakes Lodge Resort in Waterton Park boasts clean & comfortable rooms, ideal for all travellers. Conference centre great for weddings or corporate retreats. Onsite restaurant, pool and fitness centre. Pet friendly.
Banff & Rockies AccommodationsBest Western Plus Siding 29 Lodge Banff Hotel
Need a hotel in Banff, AB? Stay at the Best Western Plus Siding 29 Lodge Banff Hotel, Banff, AB, Canada.
Banff & Rockies AccommodationsBanff National Park - Tunnel Mountain Campground
322 sites all with full hookups, dumping station, public phone, no tenting. within 8 km of the downtown Banff
Banff & Rockies AccommodationsKOA Revelstoke Campground
Our RV Park feature pull-thrus and back-ins up to 120 feet, 30- and 50-amp service with full hookups. Beautiful Mount Begbie towers over our quiet and peaceful lower/upper meadow.
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Banff & Rockies Travel & AttractionsWindermere Valley Golf Course
This course has a number of strong 3's, but the 18th hole is an exciting 5, with a double-tiered green.
Banff & Rockies Travel & AttractionsKananaskis Country Golf Course
Golf Digest Magazine rates it as one of the top 25 public courses in North America and judged as the Best Super-Value 36 hole golf course in North American and the Caribbean. 136 irregularly shaped sand traps, tree lined fairways and strate
Banff & Rockies Travel & AttractionsBanff 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 Travel & AttractionsRetallack Lodge
world-class cat skiing, snowboarding and summer mountain biking experiences in the remote wilderness high up in the Selkirk Mountains which receive up to 13 meters (40 ft) of snow on terrain only suitable for advanced to expert skiers
Banff & Rockies Travel & AttractionsRevelstoke Mountain Cat-skiing
Revelstoke Mountain Resort in the legendary Selkirk Mountains to ski on abulous alpine bowls, naturally gladed slopes and our renowned light, dry powder snow. Cat-skiing operates on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from December 15th thru March.
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