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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.

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Re: Banff and Jasper Master Thread
« Reply #660 on: July 11, 2019, 12:20:34 PM »
Thank You! What about meal-mart cold cuts. Do they carry stuff like that?
Costco doesn't sell that. You can get it at Superstore on Southport, Safeway at Glenmore Landing, or Sobey's in Bridlewood. Sobey's usually has the best selection.

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Re: Banff and Jasper Master Thread
« Reply #661 on: July 11, 2019, 12:33:21 PM »
It seems that Superstore was the original supplier, but they did what they wanted and didn't really listen to the needs of the community. There were supply shortages at crucial times, and there wasn't much variety. The Jewish community went to an out of neighborhood grocery store and sold the concept that it would expand their customer base. Sobey's did this, and they were quite successful. They offer a 15% discount the first Tuesday of every month, and many people do their full shopping then. Safeway is part of the same chain, so they did some of the same.

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Re: Banff and Jasper Master Thread
« Reply #662 on: July 15, 2019, 01:55:22 PM »
I will be travelling from Israel to New York and then to banff.
I am trying to figure out cellphone. I have an unlocked phone with a sim card from H20/Att for new York.
What should I do about my time in Banff, which is only 3.5 days. Can I rely on whatsapp in the hotel. I understand the roads have minimal reception, so it might pay to use the gypsy app. Any info appreciated

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Re: Banff and Jasper Master Thread
« Reply #663 on: August 13, 2019, 10:09:20 PM »
I see that many people are coming in for Shabbos Nachamu. Are there any Minyonim scheduled in the Banff/Lake Louise area? If so, where? How about for Shabbos?

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Re: Banff and Jasper Master Thread
« Reply #664 on: August 13, 2019, 11:09:32 PM »
I see that many people are coming in for Shabbos Nachamu. Are there any Minyonim scheduled in the Banff/Lake Louise area? If so, where? How about for Shabbos?
There is a post on GoDaven site, temporary minyanim section. Dunno details.

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Re: Banff and Jasper Master Thread
« Reply #666 on: June 02, 2020, 09:05:41 PM »

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« Reply #667 on: June 23, 2020, 07:29:38 PM »
Any idea if us citizens will be allowed in through the border?

US citizens are allowed through for business, but if they catch you in Banff, you get whacked with fines. They are looking for it.

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« Reply #668 on: June 23, 2020, 08:29:22 PM »
US citizens are allowed through for business, but if they catch you in Banff, you get whacked with fines. They are looking for it.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/rcmp-americans-banff-alaska-1.5621452
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Re: Banff and Jasper Master Thread
« Reply #669 on: July 19, 2020, 12:15:13 PM »
https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/stars-air-ambulance-1.5655105

I remember going on the busses and being repeatedly told that climbing up the glaciers by foot is extremely dangerous, I guess, now the busses are as well.
One tourist trap down?
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Re: Banff and Jasper Master Thread
« Reply #670 on: July 31, 2020, 12:58:26 PM »
I am planning a trip to Banff with my wife and 3 kids aged 7,4 & 2. We will be landing there around 1pm on Sunday and leaving at 5pm on Thursday.
Anyone have an tips on what we should do considering the age of the kids?
Do the stores with Kosher products have any Meat, chicken, cheese etc...?
I am booked at the Stoneridge Resort. Should I be looking to stay elsewhere?