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 AccommodationsThe Juniper Hotel & Bistro
The Juniper Hotel sits at the foot of Mount Norquay and looks out to majestic mountain ranges, the Bow Valley, Banff town site and Vermilion Lakes. The only hotel north of the TransCanada highway, the Juniper offers exclusive views.
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 AccommodationsKicking Horse River Chalets
Log Chalets on Kicking Horse River, queen bed, bathroom with shower, full kitchen, living room with fireplace, sofa bed, loft with queen & 2 singles. BBQ.
Banff & Rockies AccommodationsBanff National Park - Lake Louise Campground & Trailer Park
Campground is located 1 km from the village of Lake Louise, 4 kms from the lake itself, All soft-sided camping units must stay within an enclosed electric fence in the Lake Louise Tent campground due to seasonal bear activity.
Banff & Rockies AccommodationsThe Canyon RV Resort & Campground
Stay our our wonderful campground, and enjoy the great outdoors… see our website for details
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Banff & Rockies Travel & AttractionsGranite Pointe Golf Club
This course, with splendid views of the Kokanee Glacier, Kootenay Lake and the mountain city of Nelson, has undergone a 1993 overhaul and expansion to 18 holes by acclaimed architect Bill Newis. Golfers traverse challenging terrain and feat
Banff & Rockies Travel & AttractionsGreat Divide Nature Interpretation
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.
Banff & Rockies Travel & AttractionsGreat Canadian Heli-Skiing
Skiing in groups of four guests and one guide, with a maximum of 24 guests per week in the Selkirk and Purcell Mountain ranges on almost 2,000 square km of powder skiing terraiin. Stay at the Heather Mountain Lodge with gourmet meals, lounge, massage
Banff & Rockies Travel & AttractionsHertz Rent A Car
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 & AttractionsNakiska Resort Ltd.
Built for the 1988 Olympic Games, held in Calgary and area. Minutes from Kananaskis Village
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