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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:

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« Reply #200 on: February 17, 2015, 12:30:03 PM »
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« Reply #202 on: February 17, 2015, 03:02:08 PM »
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What's better banff or Norway?
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Re: Banff Master Thread
« Reply #206 on: April 15, 2015, 01:53:38 PM »
Anyone with recommendations where to stay in Jasper for one night?
The Fairmont is $380+ USD or can get a collection B ovations voucher for $332.
Too pricey.
I see Tonquin Inn or Malign lodge in the $150 CAD rate which is much more palatable. But I'm hesitant to book them...
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Re: Banff Master Thread
« Reply #207 on: April 15, 2015, 01:56:16 PM »
Anyone with recommendations where to stay in Jasper for one night?
The Fairmont is $380+ USD or can get a collection B ovations voucher for $332.
Too pricey.
I see Tonquin Inn or Malign lodge in the $150 CAD rate which is much more palatable. But I'm hesitant to book them...
Buy a Fairmont night from someone?

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« Reply #210 on: April 15, 2015, 02:11:15 PM »
I see Best western through Hotwire (99% sure) for $260 CAD all in
or $290 CAD with AAA rate, cancelable and I have $100 Best western gift card
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Re: Banff Master Thread
« Reply #211 on: May 04, 2015, 11:40:45 AM »
This is my 1st time posting so please bear with me. I'm debating between staying at the Fairmont Banff or Fairmont Lake Louise. Staying in both isn't an option for me.
What are the pros and cons of each one?
Which one has nicer views?
Which one is more strategically located so as to have shorter distances to other destinations in the Rockies?
Anything else I should consider?

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« Reply #212 on: May 05, 2015, 08:25:50 AM »
No one has an opinion/answer?

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« Reply #213 on: May 05, 2015, 08:44:25 AM »
No one has an opinion/answer?
Wait a bit somebody should. Why don't you look on Tripadvisor though? Unless you're looking for Jewish info it has lots more to offer.

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Thanks. That's what I did. I asked on TripAdvisor

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« Reply #215 on: May 07, 2015, 12:55:26 PM »
Thanks. That's what I did. I asked on TripAdvisor
That's the way to go. Curious what did they say?

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Re: Banff Master Thread
« Reply #216 on: May 07, 2015, 01:02:29 PM »

No one has an opinion/answer?
I haven't stayed in either so I can't help you there. But you might want to check out when the Kosher Tour is going to be there, and in which one they will be staying. I think they change each year.

Regarding if you want to be there when they are, is up to you. :) I asked them last year if I can join their minyan they hmmed and hawed and said they rather I don't.

Enjoy it, it's a awesome place, I went last year and loved it. You might want to consider investing in a expensive camera before your trip. Cellphones just don't do justice.

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« Reply #217 on: May 07, 2015, 01:21:07 PM »
My lord, KMR is expensive. Just asked if I could pay for a single meal
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« Reply #218 on: May 07, 2015, 01:40:50 PM »
My lord, KMR is expensive. Just asked if I could pay for a single meal
Yep take cost of trip multiply by 10=KMR.

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Re: Banff Master Thread
« Reply #219 on: May 08, 2015, 07:27:32 AM »
Is there any minyan around in August?  Or the closest minyan is Vancouver?