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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 39627 times)

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Re: Banff and Jasper Master Thread
« Reply #525 on: September 03, 2017, 03:20:09 AM »
I didn't check all three but tetween jasper and Banff I would go with jasper (and its cheaper)

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Re: Banff and Jasper Master Thread
« Reply #526 on: September 03, 2017, 03:37:05 PM »
Anyone have thoughts on Banff Gondola vs Lake Louise vs. Both?

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Re: Banff and Jasper Master Thread
« Reply #527 on: September 05, 2017, 02:29:07 PM »
Anyone have thoughts on Banff Gondola vs Lake Louise vs. Both?
We did the Banff one. If it's cloudy, don't waste your money. We wasted ours.
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Re: Banff and Jasper Master Thread
« Reply #528 on: September 05, 2017, 05:01:32 PM »
same rule for virtually all Gondolas.  Only go up if it is a clear day...

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Re: Banff and Jasper Master Thread
« Reply #529 on: September 12, 2017, 03:13:05 PM »
Very true. Last week was smoky from the wildfires, the staff at the Banff gondola recommended that we wait for a clear day (the reservation date/time on the tickets is non-binding). We went up on Sunday as the sun was setting over the peaks. The views were breathtaking. My advice for anyone in the future is that Banff gondola is very worthwhile, as long as it's a clear day. Be sure to climb the boardwalk to the peak.