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Winter Tour: Banff and its Wildlife
"Build a connection to the World Heritage Site as you visit Banff's landmarks and view wildlife in their natural winter habitat. Hear how the history of the Bow Valley changed when three railway workers rediscovered a hidden treasure. See and le habitat and their winter survival adaptations. This is Banff's best tour for viewing wildlife and animal species are seen on 95% of the tours. Please note: This tour is seasonal and only operates from December through April.""""Join a personalized small-group tour and discover beautiful Banff in the winter! Over three hours your local guide will point out all the landmarks and wildlife in their natural habitat particularly their ability to survive the cold winter months."title=Tour+Highlights&1=Enjoy+a+sightseeing+tour+of+Banff+and+its+wildlife&2=Visit+historic+places+and+famous+landmarks&3=Learn+about+the+history+and+geology+of+the+area+from+your+knowledgeable+guide&4=Complimentary+pickup+and+drop+off+from+most+Banff+hot
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Johnston Canyon Icewalk
Hike on steel walkways built into the canyon walls and get an airy view of the canyon below. Travel through breathtaking scenery and nature on your way to the trail head and learn about the history and geology of Johnston Canyon.This popular wal""Join this small-group Banff guided tour and hike on steel walkways which have been built into the canyon walls. Travel through prime wildlife habitat and learn how Johnston Canyon was formed. You'll be led past lower falls and end up at breathtaking uptitle=Icewalk+Highlights&1=Enjoy+a+beautiful+tour+of+the+Johnston+Canyon+Icewalk%AE&2=Look+out+for+the+various+types+of+wildlife+which+inhabit+the+area&3=Learn+about+the+history+and+geology+of+the+area+from+your+knowledgeable+guide&4=Complimentary+pick"""Banff Canada"
From CAD71.00
 
Maligne Valley and Wildlife Tour
"There’s only one way to see the splendor that is the winter wildlife and nature of Jasper National Park. This guided tour takes you in a van through the most stunning sites of the park including Athabasca Valley Maligne Valley and Medicine Lake. See the diversity in the National Park as the van rolls along. There is minimal walking. Get great photos of animals along the way including Elk deer sheep goats
From CAD68.00

Banff National Park Tips (8)

MORAINE LAKE

Favorite thing The Valley of the Ten Peaks surround MORAINE LAKE.The highest peak is Deltaform at 3,424 metres (11,230 feet) and all the peaks---Fay, Little, Bowlen, Perren, Septa, Allen, Tuzo, Neptuak, Deltaform and Wenkchemna---are white-capped with what remains of the Wenkchemna Glacier. Views of these incredible mountains can be seen from the trails around the lake.

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LoriPori
Feb 16, 2005

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Favorite thing Banff National Park

Banff National Park is located in the Canadian Rocky Mountains on the Alberta side of the Continental Divide. It is situated 128 kilometres (80 miles) west of Calgary, 401 kilometres (250 miles) southwest of Edmonton and 850 kilometres (530 miles) east of Vancouver. Commercial airlines service each of these three Canadian cities, and buses to Banff and Lake Louise run year round.

If you are driving into the park, the Trans-Canada Highway (#1) runs west from Calgary into the park and through Banff and Lake Louise, then continues west towards Vancouver. From the town of Banff, Lake Louise is located 55 kilometres (35 miles) to the west, while the town of Jasper in Jasper National Park is 287 kilometres (180 miles) to the northwest.

Tour buses operate within the Four Mountain Parks (Banff National Park is bordered by Yoho, Kootenay and Jasper National Parks). There are also several car rental agencies in Banff and Jasper townsites, as well as in the neighbouring cities.

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Distances from the Town of Banff
Calgary 128 km
Canmore 26 km
Edmonton 401 km
Halifax 5121 km
Jasper 287 km
Lake Louise 58 km
Montreal 3872 km
New York 4448 km
Quebec City 4142 km
Radium 134 km
San Francisco 2050 km
Toronto 3563 km
Vancouver 850 km
Whitehorse 2514 km

"All below available on the web site shown above"

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Fondest memory Map how to get there.

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Simonneeddy
Nov 13, 2002

No shortage of cash machines

Favorite thing Sometimes when going to sites that are a bit remote, like Banff, I wonder whether I will be able to get more cash if I need it. Most places in Canada have at least one ATM, but once in a while a place, especially out in the country, will surprise you.

Anyway, you needn't worry about this in Banff. There seem to be plenty of opportunities to withdraw more cash if you need it. There are several bank branches in the townsite, and many stores and restaurants have private ABMs as well.

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MissAntarctica2002
Feb 18, 2004

Make the most of your time

Favorite thing The best thing about Banff is the scenery. I have been all around the Americas and the only thing that comes close is maybe Santa Marta area in Colombia.

The tip I would like to give skiers is to go between Easter and the end of May. Prices drop, the crowds go away and it snows a lot. For locals, April and May are favourite ski months. www.independentbanff.com is a good place to find current information.

Fondest memory One time I was walking at night with some friends near whisky creek and a wolf did a full circle around me and my friends. It wasn't at all aggressive (wolves aren't dangerous like hollywood would have you believe)

chrisbanff
Dec 15, 2008
 
 
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How to get there

Favorite thing Banff National Park is located in the Canadian Rocky Mountains on the Alberta side of the Continental Divide. It is situated 128 kilometres (80 miles) west of Calgary, 401 kilometres (250 miles) southwest of Edmonton and 850 kilometres (530 miles) east of Vancouver. Commercial airlines service each of these three Canadian cities, and buses to Banff and Lake Louise run year round.

If you are driving into the park, the Trans-Canada Highway (#1) runs west from Calgary into the park and through Banff and Lake Louise, then continues west towards Vancouver. From the town of Banff, Lake Louise is located 55 kilometres (35 miles) to the west, while the town of Jasper in Jasper National Park is 287 kilometres (180 miles) to the northwest.

Fondest memory Tour buses operate within the Four Mountain Parks (Banff National Park is bordered by Yoho, Kootenay and Jasper National Parks). There are also several car rental agencies in Banff and Jasper townsites, as well as in the neighbouring cities.

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sunnywong
Sep 07, 2002

National Park Entrance Fees & Permits

Favorite thing Fees vary from Park to Park - some fees are activity/facility related - visitors planning on travelling throughout several parks in the mountains are advised to purchase the Western Annual Pass - it will make your visit a lot less stressful...

Fondest memory Website:
http://www.canadianrockies.net/bnpfees.html

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sunnywong
Sep 14, 2002

Banff National Park

Favorite thing Banff National Park is the most famous of the Canadian Rockies' parks, which makes it Canada's leading tourist attraction - so be prepared for the crowds that throng its key centers, Banff and Lake Louise, as well as the best part of its 1500km of trails, most of which suffer a continual pounding during the summer months.

Fondest memory Two popular highways offer magnificent vistas - the Bow Valley Parkway from Banff to Lake Louise, and the Icefields Parkway from Lake Louise to Jasper,

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sunnywong
Sep 15, 2002

Great Scenery

Favorite thing Just get out and about & see this world class scenery for yourself - you will be rewarded countless times.

Fondest memory Even the trees proclaim Banff's great beauty
Signalling clearly "V" for victory

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scottishvisitor
Sep 01, 2005

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"CANADA'S FIRST NATIONAL PARK"
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"The Canadian Rockies"
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"BANFF NATIONAL PARK"
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Things to Do Near Banff National Park

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Cave and Basin

Tourism in the area started here with this Hot springs Cave. Today bathing is no longer allowed in the cave ( you can view it though) but you can still visit the site and hike the trails in the nearby...
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Buffalo Nations Luxton Museum

This was one of the best museums I visited on this trip, the everyday scences resembling the life of the Buffalo Nation People are outstanding. Our visit gave me an understanding of these people which...
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Johnston Canyon

We decided to begin our trip with a visit to Johnston Canyon, one of the parks most popular hikes. Perhaps we should have picked another time than a gorgeous Sunday afternoon because the trail was...
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Upper Hot Springs

We only had 1 day to sight-see in Banff. We had spent the previous day on the road from Jasper so today we just wanted to do something local. Perfect! I had seen pictures of the hot springs and...
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Bow Falls

Early Sunday morning, we were in town and looking to kill some time, and we ended up hiking along this trail - you take Banff ave across the river, and the trailhead begins about here. For the first...
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Hiking/Trails

One of the most easily accessible alpine meadows in the Rockies is the Sunshine Meadows area, just west of Banff. A ski area in the summer, the Sunshine Meadows complex stays open in the summer to...
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