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Old 10-09-2015, 10:13 AM   #1
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Hello all,
While Vic and I are desperately trying to get one last trip in for 2015 we are looking forward to our 2016 travel season. For our big trip of the year we are thinking Banff National Park might be a premier destination. Neither of us have been there but based on recommendations from friends and acquaintances it appears to be a must do!
Any recommendations for must see and must do would be greatly appreciated. Campsites, timelines, and routes are all things we will be researching over the winter months.
Thanks in advance!
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Johnston Canyon, a nice day walk:
Johnston Canyon | 30 Minutes from Banff β€’ Banff.com
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Old 10-09-2015, 11:51 AM   #3
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We loved Banff when we went, pre-trailer, many years ago. Be sure to see Lake Louise. There is an easy hike beside it but canoeing and kayaking on it looked fun too! Banff Lake Louise- Official Site | Banff Canoeing & Kayaking, Summer activities & adventures- Alberta, Canada Check out the Fairmont Chateau on the Lake.
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Banff is Beautiful, but, right up the road, less crowded, even more stunning (IMHO anyway) and not to miss, is Jasper National Park and the Ice Field Hiway you take to Jasper, and you can take a tour on the Colombia Glacier (still I think).


Lake Louise, although beautiful, seems a bit crowded and touristy, but worth a visit.


And a little to the west is Emerald Lake and Rogers Pass, both are magnificent.


And... if Sheldon is a popular name at your house, there is the double spiral rail tunnels to see. eh
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We loved Banff. Went to the ice fields, Lake Louise, Johnston Canyon, and more. My only suggestion is to carefully research your camping destinations. Trains pass through that area every night all night. Some cabins and campgrounds were literally right beside the tracks. For peaceful nights, end your day at least a couple of miles away.
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Banff does become a bit of a zoo in the summer months. Over the years, it has become a wealthy tourists destination with some amazing shops on the main drag. The Whyte Museum of the Rockies is worthwhile.


Campground reservations are a must.

If you golf, the course at the Banff Springs Hotel is special, but book well in advance.


On your way there or back, check out Riding Mountain National Park in Manitoba and Cypress Hills Provincial Park in Alberta.


On the BC side of Banff National Park is Yoho National Park with the beautiful Emerald Lake.


The Bow Valley Parkway (Highway 1A) and the Icefields Parkway (Highway 93) deserve consideration. Peyto Lake, the Columbia Icefields, Maligne Lake and Maligne Canyon.
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skip though Banff and Lake Louise and head for Jasper, way less tourists and a much more relaxed atmosphere. The plus is the drive up through the Columbia Icefeilds! We go a few times a year (live in Edmonton). This time of year is nice but you have to be prepared for the weather to turn on you.
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Also if you are coming up through Montana at Coutts /Sweetgrass crossing then you should check out a gem in southern Alberta "Writing on Stone Provincial Park" just east of Milk River, Alberta. Just be sure to book a site as it fills up fast. You will be camping in the Milk River valley surrounded by Hoodoos. Head Smashed In Buffalo Jump is also worth the trip.
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I agree with Bob, while Banff are is absolutely gorgeous, with lots to do, I would highly recommend taking the Icefields Parkway to Jasper. This drive is one of the most stunning roads you will ever travel on, and Jasper offers lots of great beauty too, with lots to see and do.

As far as the townsites go, I much prefer Jasper to Banff, as it is way less crowded, though still very busy during the summer months. I would recommend skipping July and August if that would work for you.
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I found Kicking Horse Campground to be a beautiful place to stay in--and close to many other features. Don't miss Peyto Lake at Bow Pass! The Spiral Tunnels train loops are fascinating!
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Cool Our Experience

We loved The West Edmonton Mall:

West Edmonton Mall - Website

The Fort Edmonton Historic Park:

About Alberta

The Reynolds Alberta Museum in Wetaskiwin is fabulous:

Reynolds-Alberta Museum

Wiki Alberta Museums for a list of many more.

If you're interested in dinosaurs,

Tourism | Dinosaurvalley.com

Many fossils are found in Alberta.

There is also Head Smashed In Buffalo Jump.

Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump World Heritage Site

You could spend all summer in Alberta and not see it all.

PS. We don't live in Alberta, nor are we spokespersons for them.


Lake Louise is overrated. We liked nearby Moraine Lake better and it is even on their currency.

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Yep, Alberta has a lot to offer. One year Judy and I dove our Volvo 122 wagon, first to Calagry for stampede week and then north, past Edmonton, until the then dirt road ended at Yellowknife, on Great Slave Lake. A few mosquitos way up that way though.


And I always that most of the Dinosaurs went to Branson, Mo to die LOL
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I love this site!
Thanks everyone for the recomendations and advise. Vic and I have a bit of research to do and decisions to make but I know we are now pointed in the right direction.
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My wife thought that Lake Louise was the most "picturesque" place she has ever seen, and I have to agree with her. However, I think that Moraine Lake, just a very few miles away, is even more spectacular - if not quite so perfectly picturesque.

We visited Lake Louise last year on June 8, toward evening, and pretty well had the place to ourselves; two days later we visited during mid-day, and the place was crowded with visitors. And yes, the Icefields Parkway is a spectacular trip.
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