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Kosher Food/ Restaurants:
The local supermarkets (e.g. Nesters or IGA in Banff) have many kosher shelf products.

Synagogue:
None, though check GoDaven for temporary minyanim

Things to Do:

Banff
Johnston Canyon hike, Upper Falls recommended, 2 hr round trip.
Banff Gondola, take boardwalk (15 min, spread out stairs) to peak for amazing views
Mountain Biking - e.g. Tunnel Bench Loop (moderate, lots of fun with great views)
Bow Falls and Bow River
Lake Minnewanka and Two Jack Lake loop drive - boat cruise tour and speedboat rentals available

Lake Louise (45 min drive from Banff)
Shoreline trail walk
Canoe rentals
Lake Agnes teahouse hike (moderate, 2.5 hrs round-trip, can continue to Little Beehive or Big Beehive)
Plain of 6 Glaciers hike (moderate, 5-6 hrs round trip, Tea House along the way)
Lake Louise gondola


Moraine Lake (30 min drive south from LL)
Parking is extremely limited, arrive very early or later in the day, road is closed when parking is full
Walk along lake
Canoe rentals sometimes available
Rockpile climb to great viewpoint

Athabasca Glacier Adventure (90 min drive from Lake Louise or Jasper)
Early arrival recommended (first tour is at 10:30am, book online in advance)
2 hour duration, bring bottle to drink glacier water
Wear layers, temperature is unpredictable
Skywalk is a tourist trap, you can skip it and stay on bus to return to parking lot

Icefields Parkway drive from Athabasca Glacier to Banff with scenic stops:
Parker Ridge trail 2-hour round-trip hike (medium difficulty, uphill climb)
Peyto Lake viewed from Bow Summit (cars must park in lower lot and walk 10 min, but later in the day the upper lot can be used)
Bow Lake (quick pullout stop)

Jasper

Yoho Park


Hotels:

Getting Around:
A car is basically a must, though there are shuttles from Banff to the major attractions.
The nearest commercial airport is Calgary (YYC), a 90 min drive from Banff.

Notes:

Author Topic: Banff and Jasper Master Thread  (Read 37891 times)

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Banff and Jasper Master Thread
« on: February 20, 2011, 03:47:56 PM »
Perhaps we can start a master thread for Banff....can anyone recommend activities, hotels etc as I began the task of planning a holiday?

Thanks!
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Re: Banff - Canada
« Reply #1 on: February 20, 2011, 04:23:37 PM »
Rimrock and Fairmont are the nicest in Banff. There is another Fairmont in Lake Louise which is 40 minutes away. You can also stay in hotels in Canmore which is about a half hour away from Banff.

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Re: Banff - Canada
« Reply #2 on: February 20, 2011, 06:06:42 PM »
i personally stayed at fairmont was not at all impressed view from hotel room is limited because windows are very small rooms are stuffy and small basically you paying for location

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Re: Banff - Canada
« Reply #3 on: February 20, 2011, 08:28:51 PM »
We stayed at the http://www.beckerschalets.com/ many years back. Was nice and in the middle a Icefields Parkway. Many cabins have kitchens as well.

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Re: Banff - Canada
« Reply #4 on: February 20, 2011, 09:06:45 PM »
Not sure what your budget is, but KMRtours has been running summers up at the fairmont for several years now. A few years ago, they even did a pesach there.

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Re: Banff - Canada
« Reply #5 on: February 21, 2011, 01:28:57 AM »
I'm looking for post pesach 2 days..thanks everyone keep the tips coming! what is good to do there activities wise?

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Re: Banff - Canada
« Reply #6 on: February 21, 2011, 01:48:02 AM »
I'm looking for post pesach 2 days..thanks everyone keep the tips coming! what is good to do there activities wise?

Just go see the mountains, it's breathtaking, one of the most beautiful places I've ever been.
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Re: Banff - Canada
« Reply #7 on: February 21, 2011, 07:17:25 AM »
Just go see the mountains, it's breathtaking, one of the most beautiful places I've ever been.
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Wherever you go the view is breathtaking. For a start lake Louise, lake moraine, Ice fields, Gondola at Banff, Bow lake, Takkawa falls, Lake minnawanka loop.
How long r u staying? It will be very cold there right after pesach

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Re: Banff - Canada
« Reply #8 on: February 21, 2011, 08:44:32 AM »
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Wherever you go the view is breathtaking. For a start lake Louise, lake moraine, Ice fields, Gondola at Banff, Bow lake, Takkawa falls, Lake minnawanka loop.

I recognize most of those names, but I didn't remember them on my own, thanks for listing them.

I heard Jasper (another state park north of Banff) is even more beautiful. Since it's even further off the beaten path, fewer tourists get there.
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Re: Banff - Canada
« Reply #9 on: February 21, 2011, 03:46:47 PM »
In Banff we stayed at rim rock it was gorgeous. It was ten years ago so I can't tell u what it is today. In Jasper we stayed at Fairmont it wasn't as fancy but very scenic huge grounds etc. We did cave rappeling abd glacier climbing and also scenic drives. Was an extremely memorable trip!
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Re: Banff - Canada
« Reply #10 on: February 22, 2011, 08:09:53 AM »
The ice fields are in Jasper. They are about 2 1/2 hours from banff but the drive is well worth it with breathtaking scenery along the way. (and bears and other wildlife). if you want to saty in jasper there is a fairmont there too a little past the ice fields. (The main sites are near banff. jasper is more quiet natural beauty.)
The Rimrock is still beautiful. and a little cheaper then fairmont. (unless you used the friend and family rate 2 years ago!!!)

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Re: Banff - Canada
« Reply #11 on: February 22, 2011, 04:58:22 PM »
Check out these gypsy guides, they are absolutely the best self tour guides for driving the canadian rockies.

http://www.gypsyguide.com/canada/index.php


also, don't forget to stop at Peyto Lake, the photos i took there are the ones i was able to blow up and hang on my wall - people don't believe that it is real - the color of the lake is fascinating.

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Re: Banff - Canada
« Reply #12 on: February 22, 2011, 05:17:17 PM »
Check out these gypsy guides, they are absolutely the best self tour guides for driving the canadian rockies.

http://www.gypsyguide.com/canada/index.php


also, don't forget to stop at Peyto Lake, the photos i took there are the ones i was able to blow up and hang on my wall - people don't believe that it is real - the color of the lake is fascinating.
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Peyto Lake is gorgeous. the color comes from rock particles of melting glaciers. fascinating! But  once you snap your picture and take in the view your on your way!

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Re: Banff Master Thread
« Reply #13 on: May 16, 2011, 10:26:54 PM »
Where is the best place to stay when visiting all these places? Banff? Or lake louise itself?

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Re: Banff Master Thread
« Reply #14 on: May 31, 2011, 01:16:07 PM »
Usually Banff. Lake louise has nothing there besides the beautiful lake