Banff - Canada

Banff is the largest town in Banff National Park, in Alberta's Rockies, Canada. It is also the first incorporated municipality located within a national park in Canada. At 1,463 m (4,800 ft), it is the town with the highest elevation in Canada. It is surrounded by mountains, notably Mount Rundle, Sulphur Mountain, Mount Norquay, and Cascade Mountain; and situated above Bow Falls near the junction of the Bow and Spray Rivers. Banff is located 126 km (78 mi) west of Calgary and 58 km (36 mi) east of Lake Louise, on the Trans-Canada Highway. The Town is a member of

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AK :

I am planning a visit to calgary and also banff to ski at end of march. I also planning to rent a car to drive from calgary to banff. I never been to canada before either. Would it be easy driving for the visitor from calgary to banff, wouldn't I get lost? I also want to visit icefield parkway where I can drive along lake Louis, how can I do that? Wouldn't be dangerous to drive during winter time? Thank you for the info and answers!!

jim m :
"you can rent a car, it's a nice drive to banff the roads are good , get a map it's easy to follow, and you won't get lost lots of signs , it's not dangerous that time of the year, go and find an info centre and get all the info and maps you'll need , you should be able to ski in most ski places , there are lots of tour buses you can take also that will help you on your visit , you will love it there but you gotta come back and see it all in the warmer times of the year, great place to visit, hope and I'm sure you'll in joy, have fun....jim"
firehorsetwo :
"What a great idea! If you want to rent a car, the drive will take you a little more than an hour. It's a nice enough drive, nothing that fascinating until you get closer to Banff. The drive from Banff to Lake Loiuse is much more interesting, it is also about an hour. The icefield may closed to visitors (if it has been warm and the ground is thawing - not the ice field - the access walk/hike to get there) so do check ahead. The highways are well travelled, well maintained. If there is any threat of foul weather, you will know. The best thing to do is wait it out, or if you must get there - drive half as fast as you think you can go. The weather in late March should be fine. FYI - Driving in areas used to heavy snow is a LOT safer (prepared) than driving in urban areas that never get any snow (panic). Also - The weather will change in a matter of hours. Bring layers, gloves, sunglasses, and skit hat. Peel off what you don't need rather than be caught without it. Don't forget your camera!"
SteveN :
"Very simple drive from Calgary to Banff. You take the Trans-Canada Highway all the way. When I was last there, we were driving at night to get to Banff. Along the way, we stopped when we saw the "northern lights" effect. This is like a flowing rainbow that happens in the night sky (best I can describe it). During the day trip back, we looked in the fields and wonder what all the little brown clumps of dirt were for, but then we realized it was hundreds of prairie dogs just standing motionless as we passed by. If you startled them, you would hear a strange yelp and they would run off or disappear into the hole. And while we were at the hotel in Banff, we opened up the blind in the morning and were surprised to find two elk grazing on the front lawn. If you ever saw the opening credits to the show Northern Exposure starring Rob Morrow, it was kind of like greeting a moose at the front door! You should have a wonderful time, as it is great country out there."
therese z :
"its like one way, very easy about 50 minute drive"
adspi :

I have already seen a Yahoo! answer regarding this post but I'd like to know how can I go from Vancouver to Banff. Is it cheaper hiring a car? When in Banff, is lodging pretty expensive? Are 2 days enough in Banff?

minijumbofly :
"The cheapest way is to car pool. i.e. driving. Hired or rentals are more costly. Banff is not cheap by any means, so book your lodging well in advance. You don't want to be stuck in the middle of nowhere moaning about having to paid US$300 for a modest last minute room. (Happened to me, and the clerk was telling me to count my blessings at that) During peak season, they do run 100% full a lot. 2 days is just about right for Banff... IMHO."
K M :
"Westjet return to Calgary is about $200 + taxes. You'd rent a car from Calgary and Banff is only a 45 min drive from there. Or there are buses. It's beautiful. Lake Louise is just north and is a little more reasonably priced. If you're looking to ski its got a great hill. 2 days isn't very long, I'd take 3-4 at least."
derekfusss :

First time going to Banff.? First time going to Banff.? I will have 2days to spend in Banff. Any must visit places, restraunts, stores, etc? Should I get a rental car at the Calgary Airport?

nyninchdick :
"Banff Springs Hotel is a must. Also, the main street downtown, plan on spending 3 or 4 hours just wandering around. If you can fit it in, a gondola ride up Sulfur Mountain is good. The hot springs is worth a visit, but try to do it really early or really late in the day. I would get a tour bus from Calgary, parking is a problem in Banff townsite. Its about a 1 1/2 hour ride from Calgary."
pinkpiglet126 :
"May I ask why you continue to ask the same question over and over? First it was 5 days, then 15 then 1 and now 2. What gives?"

 

Comments on Banff

ac_sites
Date: 2008-02-04 22:03:39

The Fairmont Banff Springs rises out of the Canadian Rocky Mountains like a great gothic castle. Lording it above it above the fir trees, its towers and turrets are part fairytale, part Scottish baronial domain, both transported to the Canadian wilderness. For a traditional winter wedding venue you won't find anywhere much more dramatic.


Artashes
Date: 2008-02-04 22:03:39

Canadian Mountain Holidays (where helicopter skiing began) is offering the most expensive skiing package ever: $21,000 per person to get dropped by helicopter in Canada's biggest mountains, never touched by skiiers/snowboarders!


007c
Date: 2008-02-04 22:03:39

Promo Code: GG-NLBuffalo Mountain Lodge7th Night Free7 Nights from $1,659Book by 1/31/2008Mont Royal Hotel7th Night Free7 Nights from $1,279Book by 4/30/2008The Fairmont Banff Springs4th Night Free4 Nights from $1,079Book by 3/31/2008


bryanw
Date: 2008-02-04 22:03:39

I'll digg this story alright.I'll Digg a grave for it because it's supposed to be why celebrities are in Banff supporting JFK's waterkeeper fund, and instead it's a self-indulgent piece of tripe . LOL can I Digg something and be that critical? The poor writer gets one sentence to actually talk about a real issue. Boo National Post. Ok. I read it.


coderbari
Date: 2008-02-04 22:03:41

The Fairmont Banff Springs rises out of the Canadian Rocky Mountains like a great gothic castle. Lording it above it above the fir trees, its towers and turrets are part fairytale, part Scottish baronial domain, both transported to the Canadian wilderness. For a traditional winter wedding venue you won't find anywhere much more dramatic.


chuckadog
Date: 2008-02-04 22:03:41

Canadian Mountain Holidays (where helicopter skiing began) is offering the most expensive skiing package ever: $21,000 per person to get dropped by helicopter in Canada's biggest mountains, never touched by skiiers/snowboarders!


ahuddy
Date: 2008-02-04 22:03:41

Promo Code: GG-NLBuffalo Mountain Lodge7th Night Free7 Nights from $1,659Book by 1/31/2008Mont Royal Hotel7th Night Free7 Nights from $1,279Book by 4/30/2008The Fairmont Banff Springs4th Night Free4 Nights from $1,079Book by 3/31/2008


cybiao
Date: 2008-02-04 22:03:41

I'll digg this story alright.I'll Digg a grave for it because it's supposed to be why celebrities are in Banff supporting JFK's waterkeeper fund, and instead it's a self-indulgent piece of tripe . LOL can I Digg something and be that critical? The poor writer gets one sentence to actually talk about a real issue. Boo National Post. Ok. I read it.




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