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  • The mountains as I drive into Banff
    The mountains as I drive into Banff
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    Rocky Mountains Calgary style

    by HotSpotJ Written Nov 8, 2009

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    The mountains as I drive into Banff

    If you fly to Calgary for business, try to get in a day early or stay a day later, and give yourself enough time to take the 90 minute drive into Banff in the mountains West of the city of Calgary. Banff is a quant little town surrounded by majestic mountains and great views everywhere. There are a number of lodges and hotels in the mountains that could make for a relxing night away from the bustling cities or madness of the metropolitan.

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    Visit Canmore

    by trek06 Updated Jul 27, 2005

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    Cougar Creek

    This is Cougar Creek trail in Canmore. The "Three Sisters" peaks can be seen in the back ground. Canmore is a great place for nature lovers and mountain bikers, with many trails in the area. I also highly recommend the Cougar Creek Cafe for a Latte or something healthy to eat. It's a neughborhood cafe with spectacular mountain views. There are other great pubs and restaurants downtown Canmore and a Nordic Centre for cross country sking, mountain biking. Also a great location for dog sledding in the winter.

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    Take a Drive to the Rockies

    by Bwana_Brown Updated Oct 10, 2004

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    Heading West on TransCanada Highway

    One of Calgary's main attractions is that you can have the city nightlife and also take advantage of the chance of a lifetime to visit the Canadian Rocky Mountains. These mountains are actually visible from the city, complete with snow-capped peaks when we were there. In only a little over an hour, you can be in one of Canada's 13 UNESCO World Heritage Sites - the combination of National Parks in Alberta and British Columbia that you will first enter via Banff National Park.

    Take it from me, I've been around the world and seen a lot of sights - this one should not be missed! For the sake of a few dollars, it is a memory that you will always carry with you!

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    Wapiti's in Jasper.

    by Alphons Updated Aug 26, 2004

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    Wapiti.

    Wapiti's in Jasper. I leave now the Calgary page and go to the Edmonton page. So i do the rest of the pictures of the Rocky Mountains on my.

    It is great to be with a motorhome in the Rocky Mountains. There are very good campgrounds with a lot of space.

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    Banff and Lake Louise!

    by Breen Written Aug 9, 2004

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    lake

    This is a beautiful landscape is is something you can't miss if you are around Calgary, Banff can be a tourist trap but its still good to see for the scenary. Be sure to check out some of the shops, but they do become repetative.

    Lake Louise is the highlight of this area, go about half an hour west of Banff and you will hit the hotel at Lake Louise, the view is enough for the trip. Stop and have a meal at the restaurent and take in the area, but watch for the wildlife, it will literaly steal food from your plate!

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    Huuuge Goats!!!

    by arv1 Written Feb 18, 2004

    visit banff.
    its really pretty and i dont think its too far! but if you're scared of goats dont go..there huge! but you get to see alot of animals and its pretty amazing! especially as you have a city RIGHT next to the mountains! it has to be done

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    Columbia Icefields

    by schmoopy Updated Jul 8, 2003

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    Try not to fall on the ice!

    Ok just like SUPER COOL!!
    A must if you are travelling between Banff and Jasper - you can't miss it. It is a gigantic slab of ice that stays frozen all year round (ok not the most scientific description...check out the website listed below for that). My Japanese friends have marvelled at the glacier and loved the Sno-Coach tours.

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    White Water Rafting!!!!

    by schmoopy Updated Jul 8, 2003

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    Fraser River Trip

    The Kicking Horse River that runs through Golden, British Columbia is the best known place for rafting in the area. You will be in for a wild ride, particularly if you go at the beginning of summer when the mountain snow run-off is at its peak. Another option for rafting is the Fraser River - trips for this river originate out of Jasper. I would say it is a little less lively than the Kickinghorse but the scenery is perhaps more spectacular.

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    Banff

    by schmoopy Updated Jul 8, 2003

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    My Japanese Friends enjoying Banff

    Banff is a wonderful national park and is truly a Canadian treasure. No matter what the season, the park offers amazing scenery. Banff townsite can get awfully crowded, especially in the summer time. Its shopping and restaurants attract tourists from near and far. Hotel prices double and triple in the summer season - camping is an option, but reservations are rare so you take your chances. There is a lot of hiking to do in the summer and skiing to do in the winter. Both are fantastic.

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    The roadtrip to Banff is a must!!!

    by mishadawn Updated Mar 12, 2003

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    Johnston's Canyon

    It is well worth your time to head out to the mountains! What ever the season, there is much beauty to see and adventure to be had!

    In the summer, my highlights are camping at Two Jack Lake and mountain hiking in Kanaskis. Johnson's Canyon (west of Banff) is a very scenic walk for those not interested in a big hike. Mt. Indefatigable in Upper Kananaskis provides one with exhilerating views and great excersize!

    In winter, of course there is great skiing! My favourite slopes are at Lake Louise. Approximately 40 minutes from Banff. There are also a few trails for a pleasant scenic walk. My favourite is just outside of Canmore ( approx. 15 minutes east of Banff) by the Marriott Residence Hotel - a nice, but pricey place to stay. Check out the Crazy Weed Kitchen in Canmore for lunch! They make great soups and unique sandwiches.

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    Check out the mountains!

    by mishadawn Updated Mar 12, 2003

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    What a view from up here!

    There is so much to see and do in the Kananaskis, Banff, Lake Louise & Jasper areas. You can easily make it out for a day trip from Calgary, but if you have the opportunity to stay longer, it really is worth it!!

    Here are some activities to consider:

    Soaking in the Hot Springs
    Hiking
    White water rafting
    Canoing
    Bird watching
    Camping
    Horse back riding
    Shopping in Banff
    Checking out some history at Banff Springs Hotel & Lake Louise Chateau

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    The mountains!!

    by Redlats Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Crowfoot Glacier, Banff National Park

    Calgary is next to (well 1 1/4 hours away from) Banff National Park. The scenery in Canada's mountain parks is outstanding, as can be verified by visiting VT member's Banff pages.
    This picture is of Crowfoot Glacier on the way from Lake Louise up to Peyto Lake. The crow's foot used to have three toes, but the bottom one melted, so he's limping on two now.

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    In Banff you can do lots of...

    by lexnrena Written Feb 25, 2003

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    In Banff you can do lots of things from skiing in the winter to hiking in the summer.
    The hot springs can sooth your tired bones in the evening.
    Then on to Pubs or the night life of your choice.

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    Ski Packages at Brewster's...

    by Navihawk Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Ski Packages at Brewster's Mountain Lodge
    include your choice of lift passes valid at Sunshine Village,
    Lake Louise, or Banff Mount Norquay.

    All hills feature spectacular mountain scenery, a wide variety of terrain,
    and all amenities including food service, daycare, ski lessons, ski rentals
    and high speed lifts. Access to the ski hills is by motorcoach or car.

    Sunshine Village Ski Area - Featuring all natural snow! Only 20 minutes drive west of the town of Banff. Features the new Goat's Eye Mountain ski area and magnificent views of Mt. Assiniboine, the 'Matterhorn' of the Rockies.

    Lake Louise Ski Area - Canada's largest ski area. 4000 acres of skiable terrain. 40 minutes west of the town of Banff. Outstanding views of famous landmarks including Victoria Glacier, Lake Louise and Mt. Temple.

    Banff Mount Norquay - Closest ski hill to Banff, brand-new day lodge. Offers views of Mt. Rundle and Mt. Brewster (named after Jim Brewster - 2nd generation of present 4th and 5th generation Brewster's of Banff).


    Your Package Includes

    Accommodations in a superior room
    Ski lift passes for ski resort of your choice (Banff Mount Norquay, Sunshine Village, Lake Louise Ski Area)
    Scheduled bus transportation between bus stop (1/2 block from Lodge) and ski resort
    Breakfast at Outfitters
    Superior Rooms feature two queen beds, satellite TV and full bath. Additional room nights are available from $88 per night plus taxes. We also have Loft Suites which offer a queen sized bed and TV upstairs with futon sitting area. TV, fridge and full bath on the main floor. Romance Suites offer a king size bed, sitting area, TV, fridge and double jacuzzi. All rooms feature log furnishings and western decor.
    KANANASKIS/ BANFF/ LAKE LOUISE

    ADVENTURE PACKAGE INCLUDES

    Horseback Riding · River Rafting · Guided Fishing Excursions · Golfing
    Guest Ranch Stay · Banff Mountain Lodge · Western BBQ · Fine Dining
    Hearty Box Lunches · Buffet Breakfasts
    Western Fare With Flare

    Experience the adventure of the Canadian Rockies with Brewster Rocky Mountain Adventures this summer. Our Adventure Package is available June through September and includes three full days of Soft Adventure Activities surrounded by spectacular mountain scenery. The Kananaskis Guest Ranch, only 60 minutes from the Calgary International Airport, is on the Bow River at the entrance to The Rockies. The Kananaskis Guest Ranch is the starting point for the first overnight stay of this Package which includes:

    Two nights at the Kananaskis Guest Ranch Cabin or Chalet Accommodations -Full Baths -Antique Furnishings - Daily Maid Service -

    2002 ADVENTURE PACKAGE RATE

    $789.00 per person based on double occupancy (Canadian Funds)
    $489.00 per person for additional persons ages 8 - 12(Canadian Funds)
    $549.00 per person for additional persons ages 13 and over (Canadian Funds)

    Not available to ages 7 years & younger due to height requirements for trail riding and rafting
    Indemnity waivers need to be signed by all participants for all Adventure Activities
    All applicable taxes not included
    Gratuities on meal portion only.

    Mountain Pack Trains for further information on overnight Back County Trips. Half Day Sunshine Meadows Guided Hikes from Banff. Inquire at time of booking. Bike Rentals in Banff.

    Additional accommodation nights are available at Brewster's Mountain Lodge and Kananaskis Guest Ranch with a 15% discount if booked in conjunction with Adventure Packages.Please note, lodge and Ranch accommodation is based on availability.

    BOOKING INFORMATION

    A deposit of 50% at the time of booking is required to guarantee bookings. This deposit is non-refundable 21 days prior to date of the reservation.
    Assistance for Car Rental Bookings are available with pick-up at the Calgary International Airport. Inquire at time of booking. As transfers are not included in this package rate,private transfers are required and recommended.

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  • I would definitely recommend...

    by PhilipBoylan Written Feb 25, 2003

    I would definitely recommend going to the Rocky Mountains and definitely visit the Baff Springs Hotel and Lak e Louise, both a gorgeous areas and the Lake in Lake Louise is just unbelievable.
    Everything in the region is an eye-opener, you get a surprise every time you turn a corner and no matter how good it gets it will always get better and better.

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