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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 40893 times)

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Re: Banff Master Thread
« Reply #30 on: May 23, 2012, 12:51:43 AM »
I'm planning a trip for mid June.

  I'm trying to get an idea of how much time I will need to see everything. I will have 2 and a half days, I mainly want to drive and see the scenery, maybe a little hiking. I'm willing to drive up to ten hours a day total, preferably about 6-7. Given the above, will I be able to start from Calgary and go all the way to Jasper, or is that too much?

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Re: Banff Master Thread
« Reply #31 on: May 23, 2012, 12:55:20 AM »
If you really wanna drive alot, and the drive is stunning it is possible but it will be a long drive in each direction. What do you want to do in Jasper the ice field?

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Re: Banff Master Thread
« Reply #32 on: May 23, 2012, 02:34:26 PM »
If you really wanna drive alot, and the drive is stunning it is possible but it will be a long drive in each direction. What do you want to do in Jasper the ice field?

Not sure what I want to do in Jasper.... I just thought it would make sense to drive up to Edmonton and see different things on the road, rather than turn around and go back to Calgary and see the same scenery again.


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Re: Banff Master Thread
« Reply #33 on: July 22, 2012, 11:21:54 PM »
Any more reports of doing Banff with small children?
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Re: Banff Master Thread
« Reply #34 on: July 22, 2012, 11:31:39 PM »
Any more reports of doing Banff with small children?

Do you plan on going on hikes? If you're driving around in a car and going to observation areas, it shouldn't be hard on your kids, but they might be bored.
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Re: Banff Master Thread
« Reply #35 on: July 22, 2012, 11:39:13 PM »
Do you plan on going on hikes? If you're driving around in a car and going to observation areas, it shouldn't be hard on your kids, but they might be bored.

+1. There's a lot of driving depending on how much you want to see. I haven't had a chance to write up a trip report but feel free to PM me if you want more detailed info on what to see etc.

BTW the whole area is gorgeous, nicer in my opinion than Switzerland.

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Re: Banff Master Thread
« Reply #36 on: July 22, 2012, 11:43:17 PM »
Is it a place where we will miss out on incredible hikes/views due to having an infant in a stroller or would we be able to accomplish a lot regardless of that?

A few hours of driving is perfectly doable.
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Re: Re: Banff Master Thread
« Reply #37 on: July 23, 2012, 12:30:33 AM »
Is it a place where we will miss out on incredible hikes/views due to having an infant in a stroller or would we be able to accomplish a lot regardless of that?

A few hours of driving is perfectly doable.
Not willing to put the kid in a carrier/hiking knapsack?
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Re: Banff Master Thread
« Reply #38 on: July 23, 2012, 12:55:16 AM »
Not willing to put the kid in a carrier/hiking knapsack?
Never really tried, is that practical at 23 pounds?
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Re: Re: Banff Master Thread
« Reply #39 on: July 23, 2012, 12:58:39 AM »
Never really tried, is that practical at 23 pounds?

I've done it for easier hikes for a maximum hour at a time. Wasn't bad. I got a little achey here and there.
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Re: Banff Master Thread
« Reply #40 on: July 23, 2012, 12:59:56 AM »
Is it a place where we will miss out on incredible hikes/views due to having an infant in a stroller or would we be able to accomplish a lot regardless of that?

A few hours of driving is perfectly doable.


  I can't fully answer that as we mainly did driving with a few hikes here and there, and we traveled without my daughter. Some of the trails we went on were kind of steep and I would not recommend for a stroller unless you are up to a good workout. other trails were flat, YHMV lol. Maybe go with a stroller/knapsack combo?

As far a driving keep in mind that for example the Columbia Icefields highway is about 3 hours of driving without stops.


While I'm on the subject there's a stop on the Columbia Icefields Highway called Mistaya Canyon which is not really mentioned in guidebooks as something special. It's a powerful river that turns into a waterfall and then becomes a river though a canyon. We were there in June so maybe the water is stronger then but for us it was one of the highlights of our trip.

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« Reply #41 on: July 23, 2012, 01:01:58 AM »
C'mon type up a trip report :)
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Re: Re: Banff Master Thread
« Reply #42 on: July 23, 2012, 09:13:57 AM »
Never really tried, is that practical at 23 pounds?
In just did a pretty strenuous two hour hike with it. It's doable but I wouldn't do longer than that, and maybe a little more of a moderate hike.
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« Reply #43 on: July 23, 2012, 12:22:23 PM »
The tough traveler knapsacks seem like they get nice reviews
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