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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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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

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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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Post by SQRT » Mon Aug 21, 2017 9:45 am

Rob5TCP wrote:
Sun Aug 20, 2017 7:32 pm
SQRT wrote:
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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.
Hopefully it will be a little less busy when you arrive. Marble canyon has a lovely hiking path beside it that has wonderful wide open vistas because of a forest fire that passed through a decade or two ago. Another great place to visit is the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies in Banff. It is an oasis of quiet in what is often a hectic place. Especially if if is raining.

No advice on lodgings in Canmore but I wouldn't say they they are "world class". Hopefully you won't be too disappointed. Try The Trough and Crazy Weed restaurants. Drive up to the Spray Lakes and through Kanninaskis country. Spectacular. Silver tip golf course has a lovely patio that's great for drinks and to watch golfers coming down the 18th hole. Restaurant pretty good as well. The scenery is also spectacular but everywhere in Canmore is like that.

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Post by Rob5TCP » Mon Aug 21, 2017 8:12 pm

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Hopefully it will be a little less busy when you arrive. Marble canyon has a lovely hiking path beside it that has wonderful wide open vistas because of a forest fire that passed through a decade or two ago. Another great place to visit is the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies in Banff. It is an oasis of quiet in what is often a hectic place. Especially if if is raining.

No advice on lodgings in Canmore but I wouldn't say they they are "world class". Hopefully you won't be too disappointed. Try The Trough and Crazy Weed restaurants. Drive up to the Spray Lakes and through Kanninaskis country. Spectacular. Silver tip golf course has a lovely patio that's great for drinks and to watch golfers coming down the 18th hole. Restaurant pretty good as well. The scenery is also spectacular but everywhere in Canmore is like that.
We are less interested in fine dining (I live in NYC and there are plenty here). More looking to dining in Canmore places with a great view (Crazy Weed is one, Iron Goat, Summit Cafe, and Market Bistro. No matter where I dine in NYC, I can not get views like yours.

Marble Canyon is one of our top three choices now.
No golfing for us at Silver Tip, but might go there for drinks.

I found from AirBNB that we ARE staying at Mystic Springs again (though for much more than the last time we were there).
Your suggestions have been helpful and have given us some good things to do.

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Post by FIREmeup » Tue Aug 22, 2017 11:07 am

A lot of great ideas above. My wife and I actually combined a Glacier National Park and Banff/Lake Louise trip. One of our favorite hiking trips thus far.

Anyway, Johnston Canyon is a great little hike that is not too challenging and very kid friendly. Very pretty.

I am surprised there was no mention of the tea house hikes based out of Lake Louise. My wife and I did stay at the Fairmount Chateau Lake Louise and though maybe it isn't quite the value as far as amenities it is hard to put a price on a lakeview room. By no means was this accommodation poor. I guess we did it in September and it was $400 a night for a lakeview room taking in the currency exchange and I thought that was worth it for the 2 nights. We stayed in Banff Ave Lodge for the other part of our Canadian stay for a much cheaper per night price. Anyway, back to the hikes. There are two tea houses up in the mountains. Lake Agnes Tea House and the Plain of Six Glaciers Tea House. You can just pick one as an out and back or they have a connecting trail. It was awesome to hike for a little and then sit down to some glacier tea and pastries then hike again and have some soup then hike back and enjoy a glorious meal at the hotel.

Peyto Lake is also worth the drive to. A very short flat path from the parking lot. Lake Morraine is a must since you can drive up to it. Lake Louise Gondola can take you to the top of the mountain and the seemingly large Lake Louise is miniscule from up there. Had lunch outside on a beautiful clear day.

For more challenge the Iceline Trail is beautiful. Make sure you are well researched going into a hike like this one though.

Enjoy! So much to do and everything is absolutely gorgeous. I cannot wait to get back to that area.

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Post by SQRT » Tue Aug 22, 2017 4:32 pm

Rob5TCP wrote:
Mon Aug 21, 2017 8:12 pm
SQRT wrote:
Mon Aug 21, 2017 9:45 am
Hopefully it will be a little less busy when you arrive. Marble canyon has a lovely hiking path beside it that has wonderful wide open vistas because of a forest fire that passed through a decade or two ago. Another great place to visit is the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies in Banff. It is an oasis of quiet in what is often a hectic place. Especially if if is raining.

No advice on lodgings in Canmore but I wouldn't say they they are "world class". Hopefully you won't be too disappointed. Try The Trough and Crazy Weed restaurants. Drive up to the Spray Lakes and through Kanninaskis country. Spectacular. Silver tip golf course has a lovely patio that's great for drinks and to watch golfers coming down the 18th hole. Restaurant pretty good as well. The scenery is also spectacular but everywhere in Canmore is like that.
We are less interested in fine dining (I live in NYC and there are plenty here). More looking to dining in Canmore places with a great view (Crazy Weed is one, Iron Goat, Summit Cafe, and Market Bistro. No matter where I dine in NYC, I can not get views like yours.
Right. I understand. The objective of dining in Canmore/Banff/Lake Louise is not fine dining but rather avoiding terrible food. The only places I can say that never disappoint us are the Trough in Canmore and the Post Hotel in Lake Louise. We had a wonderful meal at the Post yesterday. Have a great trip.
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Post by Rob5TCP » Wed Aug 23, 2017 7:27 am

Thanks for the good tips. I leave for Canada tomorrow
and Canmore about 8 days later.

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Post by SQRT » Wed Aug 23, 2017 9:48 am

Rob5TCP wrote:
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Thanks for the good tips. I leave for Canada tomorrow
and Canmore about 8 days later.
Weather looks great but being in the mountains it is always variable. We were showing a friend some of the sights up around Lake Louise yesterday. Boy was it busy. No way to drive to the actual lake. Had to take a shuttle bus. This would be one reason to stay at the Fairmont as you would at least have a parking spot. Got to Moraine lake around 815 AM and already no parking. Beautiful drive up highway 93 to Bow lake.

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Post by DrGoogle2017 » Wed Aug 23, 2017 10:29 am

We've just been to Banff in the last week of July. We didn't stay at the Fairmont, but did go there for lunch. You get free parking if you go there for lunch, no need to take the shuttle bus. Plus out of the terrace near the lunch place, my husband was able to take amazing pictures of the Lake Louise.
Since we were not an early couple( did I mention we are retired :D ), we were not able to get to Lake Morraine in the morning, we went to Lake Emerald instead and did rent a canoe and rowed for 1 hour. It was a very enjoyable experience. Then in the afternoon, we were able to get into Lake Morraine. All three lakes are beautiful.
I stayed downtown in Banff for much better choice of restaurants. Maple syrup ice cream is to die for. Have a great time in Banff. It's such a beautiful area.

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Post by cantos » Thu Aug 24, 2017 12:01 am

Glad I got in before OP hit Canmore. Two things you will never regret in life:

Communitea is a MUST eat place.

Ha Ling Peak. Hike it (for adults and teens+).

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Communitea is a MUST eat place.
Never heard of it and I live in Canmore? New place?

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Post by Silk McCue » Fri Aug 25, 2017 9:36 am

My wife and I spent a week in Banff a few years ago and enjoyed fishing, riding atvs and horseback riding. One of our favorite excursions was a private hiking trip with Nadine. a wonderful lady that is 1/2 of a couple that provide excellent service. You can check out their offerings at http://www.greatdivide.ca/

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Post by SQRT » Fri Aug 25, 2017 11:05 am

SQRT wrote:
Fri Aug 25, 2017 4:03 am
cantos wrote:
Thu Aug 24, 2017 12:01 am


Communitea is a MUST eat place.
Never heard of it and I live in Canmore? New place?
Ok checked it out. Informal cafe. Maybe good for lunch or morning coffee. Couple of streets off the "main drag".

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Post by Whakamole » Fri Aug 25, 2017 11:36 am

You can also rent a canoe at Lake Louise. I recommend it. No shortage of photo opportunities.

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Re: Trip to Banff / Lake Louise / other places

Post by cantos » Fri Aug 25, 2017 8:24 pm

SQRT wrote:
Fri Aug 25, 2017 11:05 am
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Communitea is a MUST eat place.
Never heard of it and I live in Canmore? New place?
Ok checked it out. Informal cafe. Maybe good for lunch or morning coffee. Couple of streets off the "main drag".
Incredible lunch place. Great for families. Food is top notch.

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Re: Trip to Banff / Lake Louise / other places

Post by SQRT » Sat Aug 26, 2017 1:10 pm

cantos wrote:
Fri Aug 25, 2017 8:24 pm
SQRT wrote:
Fri Aug 25, 2017 11:05 am
SQRT wrote:
Fri Aug 25, 2017 4:03 am
cantos wrote:
Thu Aug 24, 2017 12:01 am


Communitea is a MUST eat place.
Never heard of it and I live in Canmore? New place?
Ok checked it out. Informal cafe. Maybe good for lunch or morning coffee. Couple of streets off the "main drag".
Incredible lunch place. Great for families. Food is top notch.
Ok might give it a try, although the plastic chairs are a little "off putting".

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Re: Trip to Banff / Lake Louise / other places

Post by Rob5TCP » Sun Sep 10, 2017 11:12 pm

Now back in Edmonton and returning to NY in a few days.

Marble and Johnson Canyon were great little hikes. Nice views and not too strenuous for her.
We also did Bow Valley, Tunnel Mountain / Hoodoos and the wildlife tour from Discover Banff
(got some great shots of an Elk and his "harem").

On the way back we stopped at Yamnuska Wolf Dog sanctuary and it was a super time. Closest I will ever get to a near wolf (high content).

Thank you Bogleheads for the recommendations.
For a short visit we also went to Elk Island National Park to see the herd of Bison.

The only downer was the air quality some days were quite bad due to fires in B.C. Today was the first really clear day in awhile.

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