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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

Icefield Parkway/Glaciers Tips (7)

Many amazing sights

Favorite thing All along the highway there are ample opportunities to pull over and take in the sights. It seems that every 10 km, there is another view point. I would recommend that you should stop at as many as time allows. Our 5 hour trip turned out to be 8 hours and we did not stop at all the places we would have liked. Next time we will spend a couple days camping on our way up the Ice Field Highway.

Take your time and enjoy the place.

Fondest memory There are so many hikes, trails and view points that you can not see them all in one trip.

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Hermanater
Aug 22, 2006

Sun worshipers

Favorite thing We were surprised to see large numbers of people lolling on the rocks at Mistaya Canyon as if they were sea lions in the North Pacific. I believe the reason for the crowd was the close proximity to various hostels and campgrounds. I'm sure that lying on the rocks listening to the roar of the falls is a pleasant way to spend a few hours while the sun is out. Hard to find fault with their choice of afternoon's diversion.

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zrim
Aug 01, 2003

Icefield Parkway (2)

Favorite thing The Icefield Parkway (#93) between Banff and Lake Louise was first completed in 1939, then upgraded in 1961. The entire Parkway follows the foot trail developed by Banff guide Bill Peyto in the early 1900's whom Peyto Lake was named after. Today the road remains open year-round, and many scenic stops have been developed along the way. When travelling on Parkway, better keep your gas tank full in Jasper or Lake Louise, for services along the road are very limited. The photo was taken at Big Bend viewpoint, a few km north of Saskatchewan Crossing.

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mht_in_la
Jul 04, 2003

Icefield Parkway (1)

Favorite thing The Icefield Parkway connects Jasper and Lake Louise. It's 230 km long and can easily be travelled in 4 hours, although most people spend much longer than that to enjoy the scenery along the drive. It's considered one of the most beautiful mountain highways in the world. When you visit Banff and Jasper National Park, there's no other route.

When driving along Icefield Parkway, watch out for wildlife because there are unmarked animal trails crossing the highway. At one point the Park Service developed several underpasses for large animals to cross but it didn't seem to work. It's common to see deer, mountain goats causing "deer jam" or "goat jam". The photo shows a deer wandering at a crossroad (#93 and #1)

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Jul 04, 2003
 
 
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Crowfoot Glacier

Favorite thing Crowfoot Glacier got its name because its "claws" clinging to the steep slopes look like a crow foot. However, after the rapid retreat in recent years, only 1 of the 3 toes can be seen today. The Glacier is best seen from Bow Lake right by Icefield Parkway (#93).

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mht_in_la
Jul 03, 2003

The Snow Forest at the Bow Summit.

Favorite thing The Trees that grow at this elevation have to be tough , they have sap that is soo tough that is does not freeze,and they have wax-coated needles that protect the tree fom strong drying winds.
Upturned needles catch fistfull of snow that insulate from the extreem cold.
Bow Summit's two main trees may look a like,but check them out, the needles of Engelman's Spruce trees are pointed and sharp when you touch them, Subalpine are softer and blunter Spruce needles have four sides and feel square when rolled betwen two fingers. Fir needles are flatter ,and will not roll.

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Waalewiener
Jun 24, 2003

Peyto Glacier.

Favorite thing The peyto Glacier once filled this Valley, now it is merely a tongue at the large Wapta Icefield.You can see the proof of the Glaciers former presence.Past Glacial advances gouged out the U-shape of the valley at the bowl of the lake. The Glacier is one of the best shaded Glaciers in the Canadian Rockies The recent discovery of 3000 year old wood fragments covered by the Ice indicates that much of what is now Glacier ,once was Forest. But advances and retreats are part of a Glaciers life.
The Glacier has receded about two kilometers in the last century.

Fondest memory The greates memories are seeing the enormous mountains their peaks covered with snow ,and then the postcard view of the lakes ,you wonder if it all can be real.

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Waalewiener
Jun 23, 2003

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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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Getting to Banff National Park

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