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 AccommodationsBanff Inn
99 rooms, with balconies, some loft suites, some with fireplaces. underground parking; coffe shops, no charge for children under 12 sharing parents rooms.
Banff & Rockies AccommodationsPorcupine Group Camp
20 sites no hookups, 18 ft width, 30 ft max RV length, tenting, non-flush toilets, tables, fire rings, wood. For groups by reservation.
Banff & Rockies AccommodationsWindtower Mountain Lodge
AAA 3 diamonds grand lodge style building, with warm inviting lobby and courteous desk staff, on site hot tub, fitness room, cafe, and putting course. BBQ and picnic area, nack shop, video library,. Complimentary parking & coffee/tea
Banff & Rockies AccommodationsAmethyst Lodge
97 airconditioned units, with hairdryers and clock radios, phones, cable TV. Convention facilities. No charge for children under 15 sharing parents room.
Banff & Rockies AccommodationsPine Grove Camping
Water from a hand pump. Although Alberta Parks strives to maintain water quality, we recommend that you bring your own drinking water. Capacity based on 50-foot units, including tow vehicle. Discounts: mid-week Senior/youth groups
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Banff & Rockies Travel & AttractionsTorchlight Brewing Co.
Torchlight Brewing is a start up nano-brewery in Nelson BC Canada. We are committed to producing high quality, and innovative craft beer from natural ingredients using environmentally conscious practices.
Banff & Rockies Travel & AttractionsJasper Fitness & Aquatic 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 & AttractionsHertz Truck & Car Rentals
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.
Banff & Rockies Travel & AttractionsValhalla PowderCats
Catering to strong skiers and riders on alpine bowls and steep, old growth forests located in the heart of the legendary Valhalla Mountains. Caribou Bowl has doubled their total skiable acres on dry, untracked powder
Banff & Rockies Travel & AttractionsCranbrook Golf Club
Only minutes from Cranbrook, this sources is lined with Ponderosa pines, Douglas fir and other mature trees. The course hosts a number of Provincial championships, and offers licensed dining and banquet facilities. Open April - October
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