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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 Town/ Lake Louise Town Tips (5)

Don't expect to spend a week in Banff.

Favorite thing Banff is a very beautiful city and you have to make a stop there if you're in Alberta. However, it is a very small city and it is obvious that it survives mainly on tourism. So if you're not into ski, which you could do every day and never get tired of it, this town will be too small for you to spend a whole week there. Consequently, if you're in town for more than 3 or 4 days, I suggest you take the Icefields Parkway up to Jasper National Park and then make a stop in Edmonton, which is only about 4 hours away.

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Quartzy
Mar 16, 2006

Village of Lake Louise

Favorite thing Lake Louise Village is small and has only the basic amenities. There are a few lodges or resorts, a campground, several gas stations, a post office, a grocery store and a few places to look at nick-nacks. The Lake Louise visitor center has a decent exhibit on geology and a twenty minute film (I only stayed for about 45 seconds--too much to see for yourself outside).

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zrim
Jul 26, 2003

Lake Louise Village

Favorite thing Lake Louise Village doesn't amount to much, but it's an essential supply stop, with more or less everything you need in terms of food and shelter (at a price). Most of it centers round a single mall and parking lot, with a brand-new youth hostel and a few outlying motels dotted along the service road to the north. There's nothing to do in the village, and unless you have a vehicle to take you to the lakes you're likely to be bored and frustrated. The smart new Lake Louise Information center, a few steps from the car park, offers not only information but also high-tech natural-history exhibits (daily mid-June to mid-Sept 8 a.m.-8 p.m., 8 till 10 p.m. in high summer; winter 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; 522-3833).

Fondest memory A short way from the village, the Lake Louise Gondola runs partway up Mount Whitehorn (2669m). To reach it return to and cross over the Trans-Canada, and follow the road towards the ski area; the gondola is signed left after about 1km (daily June & Sept 8 a.m.-9 p.m.; July & Aug 8 a.m.-10 p.m.; $9 return, $5 one-way). At the top (2034m) are the usual expansive views, self-service restaurant, and several trailheads.

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sunnywong
Sep 15, 2002

Lake Louise Townsite

Favorite thing Lake Louise is just a 40 minute drive northwest of Banff, it is less commercial than Banff. The town of Lake Louise is in the valley, just west of the Trans- Canada Highway. The town was built originally as a rail stop to get visitors up to the Chateau Lake Louise. When the highway was built, a variety of accommodations (including an International Hostel) sprung up in the valley. There is now a shopping mall, a number of fine restaurants in the town of Lake Louise.

Lake Louise itself has two parts: the townsite in the Bow River Valley, and the famous Lake itself on a plateau up the road. Be sure to enjoy both parts of Lake Louise.

Fondest memory The town is also the starting point of the Icefields Parkway, and the town's visitor centre is "Mile Zero" of the road that winds past the Columbia Icefields up to Jasper.

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sunnywong
Sep 11, 2002
 
 
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Banff Townsite

Favorite thing The town of Banff was established in 1883 when the trans-continental railway was built through the Bow River valley. Banff has an elevation of 1,395 m (4,580 ft), but is nestled by mountains that tower a mile above.

Fondest memory The town is the centre of recreation, tourism, and dining in the Canadian Rockies and Banff National Park. It not only has the largest number of hotels and beds & breakfasts, but also has an abundance of manmande and natural attractions. There are plenty of scenic wonders on the roads around Banff. The town's attractions are clustered in three main areas:
(A) In the Town centre, between Bow River and the Highway (#1)
(B) On Tunnel Mountain, overlooking the town
(C) On Sulphur Mountain on the opposite bank of the Bow River

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Sep 11, 2002

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"CANADA'S FIRST 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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