Banff & Rockies, Alberta on TransCanadaHighway.com
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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Mystic Springs is Canmore’s ultimate family accommodations; featuring Canmore’s largest outdoor hot pool, fully self-catering kitchen, two-bedroom chalets, meeting and event facilities and located minutes from downtown Canmore. Pet friendly.
36 sites no hookups, 24 ft width, 35 ft max RV size, tenting, non-flush only toilets, public phone, groceries, table, fire rings, grills, wood. No showers.
Perfect for the budget conscious traveler looking for an Inn with a cozy mountain feel. Includes free Wi-Fi, parking and complimentary Banff ROAM transit passes. Pet-friendly.
Conveniently located on Cranbrook Street North (Hwy 3), opposite Tamarack Shopping Mall. Outdoor heated pool, meeting facilities, dining room and lounge. 27-inch television with 50 plus channels, well-equipped kitchen units avail.
Fully-serviced campground with the following amenities:
â€¢ Each site has a picnic table and fire pit
â€¢ Dump station and water fill points
â€¢ Washrooms/showers are wheelchair accessible
â€¢ Pop, Ice Cream and some RV Supplies
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Limousine service offering Airport limousine and wedding limousine services.
Quiet country vacation cabins, teepees and campsites along the Athabasca River near Jasper Park. Guided trail rides and overnight holding corrals for guests horses (bed & bale).
Excellent deep snow skiing all winter long! Friendliest ski resort southwestern Alberta.
Only 20 minutes from the town of Jasper, Marmot Basin has 84 trails on over 1,675 acres of terrain supported by world class facilities. The mountain offers 3,000 vertical feet of skiing and snowboarding on 100% natural dry Rocky Mountain powder.
Hike or snowshoe in Lake Louise! Walking against the dramatic backdrop of the Canadian Rockies or amidst the quiet beauty of winter, you will discover the stories behind the scenery of Banff National Park.
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