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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 38165 times)

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Re: Banff Master Thread
« Reply #75 on: June 11, 2013, 11:19:28 PM »
Can you take a babysitter along?? You'll definitely enjoy the trip much more that way!! The Canadian Rockies is really awesome- I can't wait to get back there!
If you are taking along a babysitter why limit yourself to the C Rockies.

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Re: Banff Master Thread
« Reply #76 on: June 11, 2013, 11:26:05 PM »
Can you take a babysitter along?? You'll definitely enjoy the trip much more that way!! The Canadian Rockies is really awesome- I can't wait to get back there!

I enjoy the trip better when I don't take the babysitter (wife) along    :D

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Re: Banff Master Thread
« Reply #77 on: June 12, 2013, 02:33:30 PM »
I'd like to visit Banff this summer (perhaps with another couple), and I was thinking about simply renting an RV which would help me accomplish three things:

1) I'd be able to skip paying for hotels,
2) I'd have a vehicle to visit all the different sites (as I understand a car is necessary), and
3) I'd be able to, well, rent an RV, which is on the bucket list.

Anybody got ideas or experience with renting RVs? Renting RVs in banff?
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Re: Banff Master Thread
« Reply #78 on: June 12, 2013, 03:06:25 PM »
I'm also looking forward to doing this one day, but from people I've spoken to who've done this it's
A. Not so comfy
B. You won't end up saving that much $
C. Definitely doesn't sound doable with another couple
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Re: Banff Master Thread
« Reply #79 on: June 12, 2013, 03:15:05 PM »
Saving money is least compelling reason.

The adventure and experience are the chief reasons why I'd try to pull this off.

It'd have to a close couple ;)
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Re: Banff Master Thread
« Reply #80 on: June 12, 2013, 03:18:06 PM »
Saving money is least compelling reason.

The adventure and experience are the chief reasons why I'd try to pull this off.
Understood, that's why I said I plan on doing it at some point as well. just letting you know.
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It'd have to a close couple ;)
Maybe I have different perception of things but unless you were married to your brother in laws sister and he was married to your sister I don't see how it could be done
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Re: Banff Master Thread
« Reply #81 on: June 12, 2013, 03:24:46 PM »
That just might be the case :P
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Re: Banff Master Thread
« Reply #82 on: June 12, 2013, 03:30:36 PM »
You definitely see lots of RVs on the road in the Canadian Rockies...

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Re: Banff Master Thread
« Reply #83 on: June 12, 2013, 04:34:12 PM »
You definitely see lots of RVs on the road in the Canadian Rockies...
All driven by Chinese for some reason

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Re: Banff Master Thread
« Reply #84 on: June 12, 2013, 04:35:14 PM »
All driven by Chinese for some reason

As it turns out, I'm a Chinese descendant. So at least I won't be hurting that statistic :P
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Re: Banff Master Thread
« Reply #85 on: June 12, 2013, 04:43:40 PM »
Save the RV for a cross country trip. Although there many many RV's around Banff you will enjoy the drive, scenery, and parking more with a regular car. Although it will be convenient to have a flush-able toilet with you wherever you go.  ;D

As far as sleeping in an RV with another couple...... No comment

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Re: Banff Master Thread
« Reply #86 on: June 13, 2013, 01:35:50 AM »
Any more TRs?
Am I crazy to go to Banff with a baby in a stroller?
Dan I've been to banff/jasper many times. It's certainly not worth going with a kid in stroller

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« Reply #87 on: June 13, 2013, 01:41:53 AM »
Save the RV for a cross country trip. Although there many many RV's around Banff you will enjoy the drive, scenery, and parking more with a regular car. Although it will be convenient to have a flush-able toilet with you wherever you go.  ;D

As far as sleeping in an RV with another couple...... No comment

2 bedroom RV? :)
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Re: Banff Master Thread
« Reply #88 on: June 13, 2013, 04:13:13 AM »
Don't share an RV with anyone you wouldn't share a tent.

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Re: Banff Master Thread
« Reply #89 on: June 13, 2013, 09:14:14 AM »
Don't share an RV with anyone you wouldn't share a tent.
this is my understanding as well
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