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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 38164 times)

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Re: Banff Master Thread
« Reply #90 on: June 13, 2013, 09:44:53 AM »
Dan I've been to banff/jasper many times. It's certainly not worth going with a kid in stroller
Want to write a TR with what you did there (and what could and can't be done with a kid in a stroller?)
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Re: Banff Master Thread
« Reply #91 on: June 13, 2013, 01:44:01 PM »
Want to write a TR with what you did there (and what could and can't be done with a kid in a stroller?)
I hope to write a TR when I have a chance, although I didn't go with a stroller.

The 2 main aspects of the Canadian Rockies are the beautiful scenery and the activities (camping,hiking,biking,rafting)..... If youre traveling with a kid you can see all the scenery while driving through banff/jasper and making stops along the way, but you'll be missing out on the many hikes and other activities. It all depends on what you want out of the trip.

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Re: Banff Master Thread
« Reply #92 on: June 13, 2013, 02:06:48 PM »
Camping is what you do with guys, not with your wife.

You don't think any of the hiking trails are stroller friendly?

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Re: Banff Master Thread
« Reply #93 on: June 13, 2013, 02:10:46 PM »
Camping is what you do with guys, not with your wife.

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Re: Banff Master Thread
« Reply #94 on: June 13, 2013, 02:13:05 PM »
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When you guys hike/camp the Kalalau trail lemme know about it.
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Re: Banff Master Thread
« Reply #95 on: June 13, 2013, 02:40:45 PM »
When you guys hike/camp the Kalalau trail lemme know about it.
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Re: Banff Master Thread
« Reply #96 on: June 13, 2013, 03:26:42 PM »
So only the Kalalau trail is camping?
Yup.
And only the insane all-day hike my wife and I did in LIH is hiking :D

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Re: Banff Master Thread
« Reply #97 on: June 13, 2013, 04:24:03 PM »
You don't think any of the hiking trails are stroller friendly?
Dunno. There are tons of different trails, so you might find some that are fine for strollers, but IMO a stroller will really limit your options.

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Re: Banff Master Thread
« Reply #98 on: June 13, 2013, 04:27:20 PM »
Dunno. There are tons of different trails, so you might find some that are fine for strollers, but IMO a stroller will really limit your options.
Sounds like you went mostly for the hikes. There are gorgeous hikes but there is plenty do to besides, especially if your only going for 3 - 4 days.

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Re: Banff Master Thread
« Reply #99 on: June 13, 2013, 04:28:07 PM »
Dunno. There are tons of different trails, so you might find some that are fine for strollers, but IMO a stroller will really limit your options.
Of course. An infant will always limit what you can do on every trip.

That in it of itself doesn't mean it's not worth doing unless there's nothing worth doing there when you have in infant (a la an OWB in MLE/BOB)
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Re: Banff Master Thread
« Reply #100 on: June 13, 2013, 05:18:12 PM »
Of course. An infant will always limit what you can do on every trip.

That in it of itself doesn't mean it's not worth doing unless there's nothing worth doing there when you have in infant (a la an OWB in MLE/BOB)
I don't think it's waste of time. Just driving around and making stops at different lakes (moraine, louise, emerald, peyto...), falls (takakawa, Johnston, sunwapta) and mountains along the way is beautiful. Certainly very relaxing.
Also, if you're not gonna do too many hikes you can drive down to the Waterton lakes, which are also supposed to be beautiful, although I've never been there.

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Re: Banff Master Thread
« Reply #101 on: June 13, 2013, 05:22:09 PM »
Driving around with a toddler and missing a nap unfortunately doesn't qualify as relaxing :'(
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Re: Banff Master Thread
« Reply #102 on: June 13, 2013, 05:29:31 PM »
Driving around with a toddler and missing a nap unfortunately doesn't qualify as relaxing :'(
so stay home 8)

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Re: Banff Master Thread
« Reply #103 on: June 13, 2013, 05:32:13 PM »
If I had that attitude I wouldn't have flown on 45+ flights with Rafi in the past 20 months and I'd have to change my screen name to yehuda S  ;)
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Re: Banff Master Thread
« Reply #104 on: June 13, 2013, 05:32:17 PM »
so stay home 8)
::) Or go somewhere more conducive for a two year old
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