Anyone that comes to Calgary, must go to the mountains for as long as possible. You can ski/snowboard, hike, camp, shop, fish or pretty much anything you can think of. There are not a lot of people in Canada, this means you can find places with absolutely no people.
Fondest memory: The landscape in the fall is Beautiful. All the colors will blow you away. I always miss the uncrowded places when I travel.
Located in south central Alberta, Calgary is the heart of the pronvince. Oil fields all around. The picturesque Bow River meanders its way through the city.
1.5 hours drive on Highway 1 west to Banff National Park, 2 hours to Lake Louise.
A 3 hour drive north is Edmonton.
above is a map of Calgary
Fondest memory: Spending time with Lena of course.
That is where she is from and I dragged her back to B.C. with me.
When visiting Canmore, you absolutely must hike and bike. Great hikes in the general area include the Lake O'Hara circuit, Fairview Mt., Wilcox Pass, Chinaman's Peak and Sentinel Pass. For biking, check out the Canmore Nordic Center (ran into a huge bear there) and the Goat Creek Trail.
Fondest memory: Lake O'Hara was pretty cool!
Just see as much as you can. I mean I travelled all over the city and then travelled into the Drumheller badlands and to the Banff national park and both were tremendous areas and truely breathtaking
Fondest memory: Probably the top of Sulphur Mountain in Banff, when you get up there, you really get to see the beauty of the surrounding areas and you get the idea that maybe you are just one of a billion ants on this planet.
It was at ****** Falls (i will put in the correct name, have to look it up again, all i know the spelling is brutal, but a nice place, you take the Kicking Horse Pass from Field, B.C. to get there)Anyway, it was Canada Day, and there they were, they way i used to adore them when i was a little kid. 2 officers from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) in their formal dress! When asked for pictures with them, the answer was: ' Thats what we are here for! Welcome to Canada!' That was really nice. Tho they were doing a tough job, they had pictures taken with thousands of people and teddys and...
I bet afterwards they wished they had chosen the highway patrol for that day instead of doing the PR-thing up there, considering ridiculous things the poor mounties had to pose with! Oh well...
make a trip to Banff National Park and see Lake Louise. It's so beautiful! The air is fresh and the water is clear! It's a must see!
Fondest memory: Hiking around Lake Louise on the trail, and then up the mountain. We hiked for three hours, and then found a lovely little place, but I won't ruin the suprise and tell you what it was. It's was worth the walk, though!
The little town of Banff is very nice. It has all the required ski town stuff. The town has all forms of shopping, bars, rock and roll music and people. The Banff Springs Hotel is great.
Fondest memory: I wasn't able to try the skiing but the natural surroundings are beautiful. Banff is inside a Canadian National Park. The hiking is great and winter offers a different experience. This a picture of a big horn sheep that was on the road near Johnson Canyon.
We stayed for two nights in Banff. It was very cold, though some of us decided to rent bikes to get a bit around. But of 'some of us' remained only I, who rent a bike 'aus Protest' against the weather.
I bought some gloves (I will never do a trip withouth woolen gloves and socks!!!). I was lucky and it stopped raining. It was a great tour, I saw a lot of 'wild' animals and took some great pics.
Go West...young man...in the words of 'The Cult', whilst in Calgary, a definite must to head out to the Rockies at some point...why? Absolutely spectacular, as well as the likes of the tourist towns of Banff, Canmore, Lake Louise...you can't beat the feeling of being out in the wilderness, and the Rockies definitely allow you to feel that!!!
Fondest memory: Snowboarding!! what more do I need to say...hit the mountains for some of the best snow and biggest ski mountains in the world, although this season, apparently, was not a very good one...I still had a blast!
A highlight to being in Calgary is taking a two hour drive West to Lake Louise. Not only is there world-class skiing and beautiful hiking trails, but the site of the Chateau Lake Louise is unforgettable.
Picture an old regal hotel built in the early century looking out on a glacial aqua color lake with snowcapped mountains and a glacial field as a backdrop. It will take your breath away. When there, treat yourself to Sunday brunch in the Chateau, looking out at this scene.
Fondest memory: The best things about Calgary are the wide open spaces and feeling of peace.
I love travelling to other countries and experiencing other ways of life. But, there is nothing like coming back home to relish in the natural beauty and calmness of our surroundings. Calgary is not over-populated so there is always a feeling of space wherever you go (which as Canadians we are afforded by this huge country of ours). Life here is safe and seems so far away from the war, hate, pollution and other sad parts of life in other places.
Favorite thing: Take a drive through the scenic Rocky Mountains to Lake Louise, a perfect emerald set amongst the stones.
driving to banff and jasper and hike there - amazing places
go to lake louise and there is a nice walk around it or rent a kayak...
Go to Canmore hiking and biking. Pick up a book from any bookstore and hit the trails.
Fondest memory: Hiking the Yukness Ledge in Yoho
I have ski Banff several times, this year they didn't have much snow but normally is great skiing.
While in Calgary, go to Olympic Park.