Topic Wiki

List of TR's:

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 54086 times)

Offline Dan

  • Administrator
  • Dansdeals Lifetime 50K Presidential Platinum Elite
  • **********
  • Join Date: May 2008
  • Posts: 50176
  • Total likes: 1320
  • DansDeals.com Hat Tips 16441
  • Gender: Male
    • View Profile
  • Location: CLE
  • Programs: UA Global Services, AA Lifetime Plat, DL Dirt, SPG Plat, Hyatt Diamond, Fairmont Lifetime Plat, Hilton Diamond, Priority Club Plat, Avis Chairman, National EE, Hertz PC
Re: Banff and Jasper Master Thread
« Reply #555 on: April 16, 2018, 07:31:29 PM »
Read my TR.
Save your time, I don't answer PM. Post it in the forum and a dedicated DDF'er will get back to you as soon as possible.

Offline tzifanya54

  • Dansdeals Presidential Platinum Elite
  • ********
  • Join Date: Jan 2012
  • Posts: 4615
  • Total likes: 27
  • DansDeals.com Hat Tips 1
    • View Profile
Re: Banff and Jasper Master Thread
« Reply #556 on: April 16, 2018, 08:14:30 PM »
IIRC it wold be like 2-3 hours to the Columbia Icefields if you drove straight. I would go at least that far. Best suggestion would be to get a good guide book and read up on the area.
Or that  :)
Read my TR.

Offline jedderai

  • Dansdeals Gold Elite
  • ***
  • Join Date: Nov 2014
  • Posts: 140
  • Total likes: 0
  • DansDeals.com Hat Tips 0
    • View Profile
Re: Banff and Jasper Master Thread
« Reply #557 on: April 23, 2018, 03:26:01 PM »
@Dan TR was great an very helpful. Thanks!

Do you recommend the photographer you used there?  If so, please send info.

I will be going from the 28th of June to the 2nd of July BH.  Seems like the dates Im going will be crazy packed because of Canada Day (July 1st), but those are the only days I can go.  Does anyone know if traffic there gets really bad?  Also, is it a bad idea to go to glaciers on a Friday? I believe Shabbos starts past 9pm.





Offline Dan

  • Administrator
  • Dansdeals Lifetime 50K Presidential Platinum Elite
  • **********
  • Join Date: May 2008
  • Posts: 50176
  • Total likes: 1320
  • DansDeals.com Hat Tips 16441
  • Gender: Male
    • View Profile
  • Location: CLE
  • Programs: UA Global Services, AA Lifetime Plat, DL Dirt, SPG Plat, Hyatt Diamond, Fairmont Lifetime Plat, Hilton Diamond, Priority Club Plat, Avis Chairman, National EE, Hertz PC
Re: Banff and Jasper Master Thread
« Reply #558 on: April 23, 2018, 03:31:56 PM »
@Dan TR was great an very helpful. Thanks!

Do you recommend the photographer you used there?
Thanks.
Nope.
Save your time, I don't answer PM. Post it in the forum and a dedicated DDF'er will get back to you as soon as possible.

Offline Mutty

  • Dansdeals Lifetime Platinum Elite
  • *******
  • Join Date: Jun 2010
  • Posts: 1385
  • Total likes: 6
  • DansDeals.com Hat Tips 0
    • View Profile
  • Programs: AA Lifetime Gold; PC Platinum; AccurHotels Platinum; National Executive; Marriot Silver Elite; Hilton Gold; SPG Gold; Hertz #1 Club Gold 5 Star; SixT Platinum; Avis First
Re: Banff and Jasper Master Thread
« Reply #559 on: April 23, 2018, 03:48:29 PM »
I have an app that anyone going to the Banff area must have (if driving yourself). It was recommended to us and we were so happy we downloaded it. Basically it's a GPS type app on your iPhone that gives you the tour of wherever you are at the time, like the ride to Banff, the ride to the icefields. It tells you the history of wherever you're driving at the moment - it knows where you are. It tells you things like how long a particular walk might take and perhaps stop here and not there. It's inexpensive and so worth it. Check the site. I bought the bundle when we went. Here's the site:
https://gypsyguide.com/tour/canadian-rockies/
“You see things; you say, 'Why?' But I dream things that never were; and I say 'Why not?”

Offline Specialized

  • Non-Elite Member
  • Join Date: May 2017
  • Posts: 13
  • Total likes: 0
  • DansDeals.com Hat Tips 0
    • View Profile
  • Location: Calgary, AB
Re: Banff and Jasper Master Thread
« Reply #560 on: April 24, 2018, 07:10:41 PM »
I just to Banff with my kids on Sunday, and it was a perfect day. Slightly pre-season (but parking lots are beginning to fill up), easy paths for strollers on the Tunnel Mountain hoodoo lookout, the candy store reopened. There's a nice new playground which was quiet and had a lot to do.

Online mgarfin

  • Dansdeals Lifetime Platinum Elite
  • *******
  • Join Date: Dec 2012
  • Posts: 1781
  • Total likes: 52
  • DansDeals.com Hat Tips 2
    • View Profile
Re: Banff and Jasper Master Thread
« Reply #561 on: May 09, 2018, 07:10:10 PM »
Fairmont Lake Louise

1. Anyone used free nights from a "friend" and checked in without an issue?
2. Will they store freezer items?
3. Can you get a microwave in room? or how else can you get meals heated?

Offline Mutty

  • Dansdeals Lifetime Platinum Elite
  • *******
  • Join Date: Jun 2010
  • Posts: 1385
  • Total likes: 6
  • DansDeals.com Hat Tips 0
    • View Profile
  • Programs: AA Lifetime Gold; PC Platinum; AccurHotels Platinum; National Executive; Marriot Silver Elite; Hilton Gold; SPG Gold; Hertz #1 Club Gold 5 Star; SixT Platinum; Avis First
Re: Banff and Jasper Master Thread
« Reply #562 on: May 10, 2018, 10:43:51 AM »
Fairmont Lake Louise

1. Anyone used free nights from a "friend" and checked in without an issue?
2. Will they store freezer items?
3. Can you get a microwave in room? or how else can you get meals heated?
1. I don't know. 2. yes 3. in room - request it (I was on the gold floor but I don't know if that makes a difference for 2 and 3.
“You see things; you say, 'Why?' But I dream things that never were; and I say 'Why not?”

Offline Traveler718

  • Dansdeals Gold Elite
  • ***
  • Join Date: Jun 2010
  • Posts: 183
  • Total likes: 3
  • DansDeals.com Hat Tips 0
    • View Profile
Re: Banff and Jasper Master Thread
« Reply #563 on: May 14, 2018, 05:42:45 PM »
Not the same as a "friend," but I used my wife's free night in Lake Louise without any problems.

Offline jedderai

  • Dansdeals Gold Elite
  • ***
  • Join Date: Nov 2014
  • Posts: 140
  • Total likes: 0
  • DansDeals.com Hat Tips 0
    • View Profile
Re: Banff and Jasper Master Thread
« Reply #564 on: May 22, 2018, 06:25:09 PM »
Is it recommended to rent an SUV or is a regular car good for drive up from calgary and IP?

Offline how

  • Dansdeals Lifetime Platinum Elite
  • *******
  • Join Date: Jun 2010
  • Posts: 1527
  • Total likes: 2
  • DansDeals.com Hat Tips 6
    • View Profile
Re: Banff and Jasper Master Thread
« Reply #565 on: May 22, 2018, 06:42:40 PM »
Is it recommended to rent an SUV or is a regular car good for drive up from calgary and IP?
your preference

Offline Traveler718

  • Dansdeals Gold Elite
  • ***
  • Join Date: Jun 2010
  • Posts: 183
  • Total likes: 3
  • DansDeals.com Hat Tips 0
    • View Profile
Re: Banff and Jasper Master Thread
« Reply #566 on: May 23, 2018, 03:44:08 PM »
I didn't experience any need for an SUV. As long as you plan to stick to the main roads, a regular car is completely adequate.

Offline Mutty

  • Dansdeals Lifetime Platinum Elite
  • *******
  • Join Date: Jun 2010
  • Posts: 1385
  • Total likes: 6
  • DansDeals.com Hat Tips 0
    • View Profile
  • Programs: AA Lifetime Gold; PC Platinum; AccurHotels Platinum; National Executive; Marriot Silver Elite; Hilton Gold; SPG Gold; Hertz #1 Club Gold 5 Star; SixT Platinum; Avis First
Re: Banff and Jasper Master Thread
« Reply #567 on: May 23, 2018, 04:13:08 PM »
I didn't experience any need for an SUV. As long as you plan to stick to the main roads, a regular car is completely adequate.
I agree. Did the same. All regular roads.
“You see things; you say, 'Why?' But I dream things that never were; and I say 'Why not?”

Offline sam28

  • Dansdeals Lifetime Platinum Elite
  • *******
  • Join Date: Jun 2010
  • Posts: 1271
  • Total likes: 3
  • DansDeals.com Hat Tips 0
    • View Profile
Re: Banff and Jasper Master Thread
« Reply #568 on: May 23, 2018, 04:49:08 PM »
is Banff a good place to go with kids age 4 and 10 ? if yes how long should we stay in order to cover it in full ?

Offline Specialized

  • Non-Elite Member
  • Join Date: May 2017
  • Posts: 13
  • Total likes: 0
  • DansDeals.com Hat Tips 0
    • View Profile
  • Location: Calgary, AB
Re: Banff and Jasper Master Thread
« Reply #569 on: May 24, 2018, 08:05:05 AM »
is Banff a good place to go with kids age 4 and 10 ? if yes how long should we stay in order to cover it in full ?
Yes, but you need to plan how to help the four year old with the long, scenic parts and limit the hikes. Look for playgrounds, candy stores. Any amount of time is good, but most people take a few days to a week.