Get out of the city and see the Rockies!!! I do not want to take anything away from Calgary, it is a nice (looks brandnew to me...) and very friendly city, but hey... with the Rocky Mountains (and Kananaskis Country, Canmore, Banff Ntl Pk, Lake Louise etc.) next door, why would you want to stick around Calgary during a beautiful, sunny day?
You can always do that on a poor day! Unless you have lots of time to spend...
I am an outdoors person, and i love HIKING! (even got officially certified...hehe) The canadian rockies are just perfect for hiking, plus you get rewarded with amazing views from points that cannot be reached other than by foot!!! Of course, if time is short, there is still so much to see, that you can do a scenic drive to all the places! But I wouldn´t recommend just going for 'a weekend' or so... you will regret it! Take 2 weeks minimum or 3... better are 4 or more... or stay forever (wish I could... ;-) )
For impressions (pictures), view my travelogues...
Well, since this is a Calgary page, we've to see Calgary, right?
In essence, Calgary is the best gateway city to the Canadian Rockies. It's only about 2 hours drive to Banff. And it is much cheaper to stay the night in Calgary than in Banff.
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.
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.
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!
Banff Upper Hot Springs
The hot springs are naturally heated (36-40 degrees Celsius) mineral waters. You can enjoy a relaxing dip while looking at the majestic scenery around you.
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.
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
Once you finally do make the trek to Calgary, the fun doesn't stop here........
Even though it's a long drive, and it's crawling with tourists and everything is outrageously overpriced (even Mc Donald's).....it's a must do! It's BANFF NATIONAL PARK!
No matter what you like to do, or what time of the year you decide to visit, Banff has something to offer!
Why not go up and spend the day shopping, skiing or hiking? And what better way to rest your weary bod, than takin' a dip in the hot springs???? (If all else fails... there is always the scenery & wildlife!)
Hungry? There are tons of restaurants to appease even the fussiest of palates! (Melissa's Mis-Stak is a great place for Alberta Beef or some seafood!).....
Still up for a little something? Head off to a pub (Rose & Crown) or club (Aurora or Out of Bounds) and chat up some locals!
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.
The mountain road en route from Calgary to Lake Louise is one of the most scenic in Canada, especially when there's a storm brewing and the clouds are ominously low. Lake Louise is an exquisite emerald green and ringed by towering mountains. You can rent a canoe to go out in the lake. Remember: the mountains can be really cold, even in the summer. I visited in July and we parked our car next to a small snowbank. So of course I had to buy that $5 hot chocolate from that deluxe hotel...
well we drove up from vancouver b.c. went to Kamloops first nice clean canadian town , then I think it was 12 hours from there to hwy 83 that take you north from lake louise toward the columbia glaicer(on the southern edge of jasper prov.park) the mountians here are folded and tilted -very beautiful! unlike any others in the world we saw herds of ram and a 7'moose on the way! and more trees than you can imagine.
Hiking around Lake Louise at Banff National Park. It was so beautiful and calming! The chateau was exquisite. No trip to the Calgary area is worth-while without visiting Banff.
We found some fresh water springs and saw some adorable chipmunks.
Another beautiful mountainous national park! Jasper townsite is less busy and a tad less touristy than Banff.
Venture out of Calgary and hike in the Rockies.
The scenery is wonderful and relax in the hot springs in Banff.
This is my new favorite thing to do in the Rockies. Very fun, very exciting, and you get to see great Alberta scenery in a way that you never would otherwise!