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Trip to Banff / Lake Louise / other places

Post by Rob5TCP » Sat Aug 12, 2017 1:39 pm

I've been to Edmonton, AB, Canada several times and we have gone to Banff twice (and love it there).
This trip we will be 5 days in Canmore (near Banff);
4 days in Edmonton (where she is from);
1-2 days around Lake Louise;

Considering
1 day at the Yamnuska Wolfdog Sanctuary (closest we will probably ever get to Wolves);
1 day at the Royal Tyrrell Museum (I love dinosaurs)
1 day at the Discovery Wildlife Park in Innisfalls

The last one I am not so sure about (we've been to the Bronx Zoo many times and the San Diego Wildlife Park).
Not sure if this is worth the diversion.

other areas of interest would be appreciated (in Edmonton / Calgary she knows most of the areas to go to)
it's the wilder areas -- Jasper for this trip is out.

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Post by Rob5TCP » Sat Aug 12, 2017 6:18 pm

Any Bogelheads from Alberta - or vacationed there ?

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Post by mmarreco » Sat Aug 12, 2017 7:31 pm

Looks like you already know what to do. I've vacationed in the area and I have family in British Columbia so I travel every year to the area. One of the things that I thought was worth the expense was to spring for the Fairmount hotels in Banff and Lake Louise. It made our trip so much memorable and I would do that again (but my next trip will likely be on a motorhome).

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Post by climber2020 » Sat Aug 12, 2017 8:26 pm

The highlights of my visit there a few years back were Emerald Lake and hiking the Iceline trail in Yoho.

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Post by Alexa9 » Sat Aug 12, 2017 8:48 pm

I thought this was a good list, see for yourself:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wETgdf9FM-4

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Post by Rob5TCP » Sat Aug 12, 2017 9:00 pm

mmarreco wrote:
Sat Aug 12, 2017 7:31 pm
Looks like you already know what to do. I've vacationed in the area and I have family in British Columbia so I travel every year to the area. One of the things that I thought was worth the expense was to spring for the Fairmount hotels in Banff and Lake Louise. It made our trip so much memorable and I would do that again (but my next trip will likely be on a motorhome).

Friends of hers stayed there and loved the hotel; but weren't thrilled with the room (for the money). We are either going to have brunch there or she would like to do afternoon tea.

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Post by Rob5TCP » Sat Aug 12, 2017 9:01 pm

Alexa9 wrote:
Sat Aug 12, 2017 8:48 pm
I thought this was a good list, see for yourself:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wETgdf9FM-4
Great video - we are definately going to do a cruise. Last time we were there the Gondola was already closed - that's on our list for this trip.
Will also check out some other videos -- good idea.

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Post by Koogie » Mon Aug 14, 2017 10:09 am

Rob5TCP wrote:
Sat Aug 12, 2017 9:00 pm
Friends of hers stayed there and loved the hotel; but weren't thrilled with the room (for the money). We are either going to have brunch there or she would like to do afternoon tea.
We stayed there once... still dream about that breakfast buffet.. lol If you have never been up it, I also recommend going up Sulphur Mt. The overlook over the town of Banff is amazing. We took the gondola up (only if you like heights) and walked back down. It is a long walk.

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Post by Peculiar_Investor » Thu Aug 17, 2017 8:34 pm

Rob5TCP wrote:
Sat Aug 12, 2017 1:39 pm
I've been to Edmonton, AB, Canada several times and we have gone to Banff twice (and love it there).
This trip we will be 5 days in Canmore (near Banff);
4 days in Edmonton (where she is from);
1-2 days around Lake Louise;

Considering
1 day at the Yamnuska Wolfdog Sanctuary (closest we will probably ever get to Wolves);
1 day at the Royal Tyrrell Museum (I love dinosaurs)
1 day at the Discovery Wildlife Park in Innisfalls

The last one I am not so sure about (we've been to the Bronx Zoo many times and the San Diego Wildlife Park).
Not sure if this is worth the diversion.

other areas of interest would be appreciated (in Edmonton / Calgary she knows most of the areas to go to)
it's the wilder areas -- Jasper for this trip is out.
What time of year is the visit planned?

Royal Tyrrell Museum is spectacular and we take most of our visitors there. It is a solid 2+ hours drive from Calgary, so it will be much longer from Canmore and/or Lake Louise.

I'm not familiar with either of the other attractions you are considering visiting.

In the Lake Louise area, make sure you check out Moraine Lake. You might also want to check out Johnston Canyon, which is on the secondary highway between Banff and Lake Louise. Highly recommended drive one way if you are driving back and forth between Banff and Lake Louise.
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Post by Rob5TCP » Thu Aug 17, 2017 9:09 pm

Peculiar_Investor wrote:
Thu Aug 17, 2017 8:34 pm
Rob5TCP wrote:
Sat Aug 12, 2017 1:39 pm
I've been to Edmonton, AB, Canada several times and we have gone to Banff twice (and love it there).
This trip we will be 5 days in Canmore (near Banff);
4 days in Edmonton (where she is from);
1-2 days around Lake Louise;

Considering
1 day at the Yamnuska Wolfdog Sanctuary (closest we will probably ever get to Wolves);
1 day at the Royal Tyrrell Museum (I love dinosaurs)
1 day at the Discovery Wildlife Park in Innisfalls

The last one I am not so sure about (we've been to the Bronx Zoo many times and the San Diego Wildlife Park).
Not sure if this is worth the diversion.

other areas of interest would be appreciated (in Edmonton / Calgary she knows most of the areas to go to)
it's the wilder areas -- Jasper for this trip is out.
What time of year is the visit planned?

Royal Tyrrell Museum is spectacular and we take most of our visitors there. It is a solid 2+ hours drive from Calgary, so it will be much longer from Canmore and/or Lake Louise.

I'm not familiar with either of the other attractions you are considering visiting.

In the Lake Louise area, make sure you check out Moraine Lake. You might also want to check out Johnston Canyon, which is on the secondary highway between Banff and Lake Louise. Highly recommended drive one way if you are driving back and forth between Banff and Lake Louise.
I am leaving for Edmonton in a week -- will be in Canmore (by Banff) a week later.
We've definitely decided on Royal Tyrrell - still undecided on Dinosaur Prov Park.

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Post by Peculiar_Investor » Fri Aug 18, 2017 7:17 am

Rob5TCP wrote:
Thu Aug 17, 2017 9:09 pm
We've definitely decided on Royal Tyrrell - still undecided on Dinosaur Prov Park.
Dinosaur Provincial Park is another 2+ hours east from Royal Tyrrell. We've done it once and didn't feel the need to go back with any of our visitors, it's just too much additional driving time.

On the way to Royal Tyrrell, you might want to stop at Horseshoe Canyon for a quick visit.
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Re: Trip to Banff / Lake Louise / other places

Post by Rob5TCP » Sat Aug 19, 2017 9:52 am

Peculiar_Investor wrote:
Fri Aug 18, 2017 7:17 am
Rob5TCP wrote:
Thu Aug 17, 2017 9:09 pm
We've definitely decided on Royal Tyrrell - still undecided on Dinosaur Prov Park.
Dinosaur Provincial Park is another 2+ hours east from Royal Tyrrell. We've done it once and didn't feel the need to go back with any of our visitors, it's just too much additional driving time.

On the way to Royal Tyrrell, you might want to stop at Horseshoe Canyon for a quick visit.
We checked it out - thank you -- we are also looking at Horsethief canyon as well.
Both look like nice diversions on the way to Tyrrell.

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Post by btenny » Sat Aug 19, 2017 11:13 am

I suggest you look into a tour of the glaciers outside Banff. See below.

https://www.brewster.ca/attractions-sig ... xperience/
https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_ ... berta.html

And for even more great scenery go south to the Glacier National Park in Montana. See below.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glacier_N ... _Park_(U.S.)
https://www.nps.gov/glac/planyourvisit/index.htm

Go visit the Olympic Games venue in Calgary. The ski jumping hill and the bob sled runs are cool.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canada_Olympic_Park
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1988_Winter_Olympics

Good Luck.

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Post by djbaer » Sat Aug 19, 2017 11:41 am

I'll second the recommendation for Johnston Canyon. It's always one of my favorites on a visit to Banff. Plan to do the walk to the lower falls and, if you're up to it, to the upper falls as well. As a kid we stayed at the Johnston Canyon Bungalo Camp (now it's called Johnston Canyon Resort). Certainly not the Fairmont Hotels but a great location if you're open to cabins for accommodations.

I'd also second the recommendation for the secondary road between Banff and Lake Louise. I think it's called the Bow Valley Trail. Beautiful drive and great views and photo stops all along the way. Much better than driving the interstate.

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Post by Random Poster » Sat Aug 19, 2017 1:53 pm

Takakkaw Falls in Yoho National Park, just west of Lake Louise in B.C.

The falls are more impressive in the early summer, but I enjoy seeing them and hiking around the area whenever the road is open.

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Post by patngordo » Sat Aug 19, 2017 5:46 pm

We only had a day to visit Banff, so we drove over from Calgary early, parked at the train station and caught the 0730 departure of Hop On Banff to get us around.

https://www.hoponbanff.com

Those people were great. I don't like dealing with overflowing parking lots, so this was just perfect. Got back to the car at 6 PM. (If you're in Banff at dinner time, Saltlik Restaurant (downstairs in the bar) is outstanding)

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Post by gailwinters » Sun Aug 20, 2017 9:28 am

djbaer wrote:
Sat Aug 19, 2017 11:41 am
I'll second the recommendation for Johnston Canyon. It's always one of my favorites on a visit to Banff. Plan to do the walk to the lower falls and, if you're up to it, to the upper falls as well. As a kid we stayed at the Johnston Canyon Bungalo Camp (now it's called Johnston Canyon Resort). Certainly not the Fairmont Hotels but a great location if you're open to cabins for accommodations.

I'd also second the recommendation for the secondary road between Banff and Lake Louise. I think it's called the Bow Valley Trail. Beautiful drive and great views and photo stops all along the way. Much better than driving the interstate.
We just got home yesterday from a trip to Banff/Jasper/Glacier.

I definitely recommend Johnston Canyon. The walk to the lower falls is a must in my opinion. I didn't go to the upper falls, but the rest of my group did and they loved it.

We drove the Bow Valley Trail and it is beautiful.

Moraine Lake is a great place for an easy walk beside the lake, and the views are worth it.

We flew into Calgary, rented a car and drove to Waterton, then Glacier, Canmore, Banff, Jasper, then back to Calgary for the flight home. The wildfires produced quite a bit of haze on our drive from Banff to Jasper, but when we drove back, the wind direction had changed, the haze was gone, and the views were spectacular.

Canmore is a nice little town. We were able to book a condo there and we really enjoyed our brief visit.

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Post by Rob5TCP » Sun Aug 20, 2017 5:42 pm

gailwinters wrote:
Sun Aug 20, 2017 9:28 am
djbaer wrote:
Sat Aug 19, 2017 11:41 am
I'll second the recommendation for Johnston Canyon. It's always one of my favorites on a visit to Banff. Plan to do the walk to the lower falls and, if you're up to it, to the upper falls as well. As a kid we stayed at the Johnston Canyon Bungalo Camp (now it's called Johnston Canyon Resort). Certainly not the Fairmont Hotels but a great location if you're open to cabins for accommodations.

I'd also second the recommendation for the secondary road between Banff and Lake Louise. I think it's called the Bow Valley Trail. Beautiful drive and great views and photo stops all along the way. Much better than driving the interstate.
We just got home yesterday from a trip to Banff/Jasper/Glacier.

I definitely recommend Johnston Canyon. The walk to the lower falls is a must in my opinion. I didn't go to the upper falls, but the rest of my group did and they loved it.

We drove the Bow Valley Trail and it is beautiful.

Moraine Lake is a great place for an easy walk beside the lake, and the views are worth it.

We flew into Calgary, rented a car and drove to Waterton, then Glacier, Canmore, Banff, Jasper, then back to Calgary for the flight home. The wildfires produced quite a bit of haze on our drive from Banff to Jasper, but when we drove back, the wind direction had changed, the haze was gone, and the views were spectacular.

Canmore is a nice little town. We were able to book a condo there and we really enjoyed our brief visit.
I am leaving for Edmonton on Thursday; then going to Tyrell Museum and Horseshoe and Horsethief Canyons the following week. The week after that we will be Canmore/Lake Louise. Just got the book Easy walks and hikes in the Canadian Rockies and plan to hit several of the attractions; including Johnston Canyon. we will be exploring all options there.

Hopefully fires will have died down somewhat by then or at least not spread any closer to Banff.

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Post by SQRT » Sun Aug 20, 2017 6:21 pm

mmarreco wrote:
Sat Aug 12, 2017 7:31 pm
Looks like you already know what to do. I've vacationed in the area and I have family in British Columbia so I travel every year to the area. One of the things that I thought was worth the expense was to spring for the Fairmount hotels in Banff and Lake Louise. It made our trip so much memorable and I would do that again (but my next trip will likely be on a motorhome).
Fairmont hotels are awful in my view. They usually have great locations (because they got there first) but the rooms, service and decor are sub standard in my view. You are paying a lot for a pretty average room. Better choices are The Rimrock in Banff and the Post Hotel in Lake Louise.

In my opinion Marble Canyon is a better place to visit than Johnson Canyon, but to each their own. If you go to Mable Canyon have a meal at the rustic Storm Mountain Lodge.

We live in Canmore, retiring here about 10 years ago. Wonderful town with a very young active population. We particularly like biking with lots of great mountain biking trails as well as road biking. Legacy trail, Lake Minnewanka Loop, Bowvalley Parkway, Moraine Lake road are marvellous. Be warned though. It's really busy here this year. Parking is an issue in Banff, Lake Louise, Moraine Lake.

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Post by Rob5TCP » Sun Aug 20, 2017 7:32 pm

SQRT wrote:
Sun Aug 20, 2017 6:21 pm



In my opinion Marble Canyon is a better place to visit than Johnson Canyon, but to each their own. If you go to Mable Canyon have a meal at the rustic Storm Mountain Lodge.

We live in Canmore, retiring here about 10 years ago. Wonderful town with a very young active population. We particularly like biking with lots of great mountain biking trails as well as road biking. Legacy trail, Lake Minnewanka Loop, Bowvalley Parkway, Moraine Lake road are marvellous. Be warned though. It's really busy here this year. Parking is an issue in Banff, Lake Louise, Moraine Lake.
I am adding Marble Canyon to the list-- never looked because it was in B.C. not Alberta. I am not going until two weeks from tomorrow so season should be a little bit less crowded. Last time in Canmore we had Mysic Lodge for $700 for a WEEK. This year it's about 3x the price for the place. We selected another place nearby.

When we first visited, they were offering some great deals on Canmore condos (back in 2010). If I didn't live in NYC, that would have been very tempting. Beautiful town and wonderful environment.

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