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From the Klondike Gold Rush to the present day, British Columbia has attracted travellers and settlers in search of the good life. As the name implies, many of the province’s current residents have British ancestry – they came not necessarily in search of monetary wealth, but to enjoy the natural riches of wide open spaces, spectacular scenery, pristine lakes and rivers and abundantly fertile land. This tour, incorporating the friendly and beautiful cities of Vancouver and Victoria and an unforgettable journey into the heart of the majestic Canadian Rockies, invites you to join them in appreciation of their heavenly corner of the world


Rocky Mountaineer Train Journey – All Aboard from Vancouver to Banff

The Rocky Mountaineer Train Journey is an epic Canadian train ride from Vancouver to Banff. We show you what it’s like on board from beginning to end and after the trip.
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Banff – Lake Louise: Stunning Beauty and Nature At Its Best in the Canadian Rockies

For the first time ever, my husband and I are going to go skiing in the majestic Rocky Mountains: in March of 2006 we are going to go to stay a week in Banff, Alberta and we are also going to explore Lake Louise, the turquoise jewel of the Canadian Rockies. As we have never been to this region, I have started to do some research and contacted the official visitor information website for the communities of Banff and Lake Louise in Banff National Park.

I had a chance to speak with Quintin Winks, Manager of Media Relations for
Banff Lake Louise Tourism, who was able to provide me with excellent background information about the Banff / Lake Louise Region.

1. Please provide us with some general information about Banff / Lake Louise. Where is it located, what is the weather like?

Banff is located within Banff National Park, in the Canadian Rockies of Western Alberta. The town of Banff is famous for its spectacular setting, but it is more than just a pretty place. As Canada's first incorporated municipality in a national park, Banff is a very special community. It is environmentally-conscious, balanced, rich with character and culture and a friendly and open community. The elevation of Banff townsite is 1,383 m (4,537 feet), the highest town in Canada. The elevation of Lake Louise is 1,536 m (5,039 feet), the highest permanent settlement in Canada.

Summer (July – August):
The summer season usually has low humidity, warm temperatures and daylight hours lasting until 11:00 pm at the height of the summer equinox.

Autumn (Sept – Oct):
Fall sees diminishing daylight hours and warm days with cooling evening winds.

Winter (Nov – March):
Although it can and does snow at any time of the year, the first snows generally begin to fall in November. The average temperature during the winter months is around -12º C (6º F); However it is not unusual to have a two-week cold snap during December or January where temperatures plummet into the -30 degree C / F range. Fortunately Banff and areas west and south, regularly receive a welcome weather phenomenon called Chinooks, warm winds that produce spring-like temperatures in a matter of hours.

Spring (April – June):
Rain and warming temperatures begin to melt winter away from the valleys in April, however snow does not leave the mountain passes until mid-summer. While the average precipitation is relatively low during this time, snowmelt pushes the rivers to their crests.

2. How can one get to Banff / Lake Louise and what is the best way of getting around locally?

Located in the Rocky Mountains of Alberta, the town of Banff is located inside the boundaries of Banff National Park. It is situated 128 kilometers (80 miles) west of Calgary, 401 kilometers (250 miles) southwest of Edmonton and 850 kilometers (530 miles) east of Vancouver. Commercial airlines service each of these three Canadian cities, and buses to Banff and Lake Louise run year round.

Banff is easily accessed by bus or car using the Trans-Canada Highway. Calgary to Banff driving time is about 2 hours depending on traffic and road conditions. Speed ​​limits inside the national park are 90km / hour.

The closest major airport is the Calgary International Airport. Scheduled van and motorcoach shuttle services connect Banff with Calgary Airport. Departures are limited (usually 3 or 4 per day).

3. What are some of the major sights in and around Banff / Lake Louise?

Banff is famous first and foremost for its spectacular natural scenery, but also for its museums, national historic sites and heritage buildings.

Architectural and heritage guidelines ensure the town retains its mountain culture and charm. Banff also has three historic sites (Cave & Basin, Banff Park Museum and Bankhead) and numerous heritage buildings, one of the best performing art schools in the country (The Banff Center), top-notch art galleries (The Walter Phillips Gallery and Canada House Gallery among others) and a world-renown museum specializing in the art and history of the Canadian Rockies (the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies).

Wildlife is also abundant within Banff National Park and many visitors return home with memorable photographs of species that make use of the park.

From bridge to biking, there is so much to do in the Banff area including airplane tours, barbecues, billiards, boat tours, bowling, dogsledding, downhill and cross-country skiing, fishing, golf, hiking, snowshoeing, nature tours, horseback riding , carriage and sleigh rides, mountaineering and climbing, hiking, hot springs and spas, museums and art galleries, gondolas, snocoach tours, sightseeing, whitewater rafting, kayaking and float trips.

4. Please tell us about the skiing opportunities in Banff / Lake Louise and other winter activities on offer in your area.

Three outstanding ski resorts, Ski Banff @ Norquay , Sunshine Village and Lake Louise provide more than 7,700 acres and 240 trails offering countless options to skiers and snowboarders of any ability. From wide-open bowls and tree-lined glades covered with fresh dry champagne powder, to meticulous groomed slopes and state-of-the-art snowmaking, visitors enjoy unspoiled scenery, short lift lines, and guaranteed friendly local hospitality. The last major snowstorm through this area was less than one week ago and the snow conditions are powder, powder, powder. More snow is forecast in the coming days.

There are over 80km of cross-country trails within a short drive of the Banff townsite alone. The vast network of track-set and untracked trails, and telemark slopes throughout Banff National Park calls nordic skiers of all abilities. The Banff National Park Service keeps up to date trail conditions and weather forecasts.

Banff also offers guided snow-shoeing tours, ice walks, dog sledding and ice climbing, not to mention heli-skiing.

5. What about activities during the summer time?

Ride through a pine forest hearing only hoof beats, zoom down waterslides, or come face to face with a grizzly bear while exploring an interpretive museum. Banff Lake Louise offers something for everyone.

Enjoy the spectacular views from the Brewster Gondola, explore the Columbia Icefield from aboard the enormous snocoach, rent a bike and ride around the park or get up early and enjoy a bird walk in the spring. There's also guided tours through Johnston Canyon, nature walks, a skateboard park and several fine patios for enjoying a cool refreshment after hours of exploration in the summer sun. That's just the tip of the iceberg.

6. Banff / Lake Louise's history is connected to the expansion of railways across Canada. Please give us a brief historical overview of the area.

The railway passes through the Banff area and reaches Laggan Station (Lake Louise). Three railway workers, Frank McCabe, Tom McCardell, and William McCardell, stake claim to the natural hot springs on the side of Sulfur Mountain.

– 1884: Lord Steven, a former CPR director, christens the area "Banff" after his birthplace, Banffshire, Scotland.

– 1885: The federal government sets aside a 26 km² reserve surrounding the hot springs discovered two years earlier. Two years later, that area is increased to 670 sq. km. The Canadian Pacific Railway Company and the federal government cooperate in promoting the area as an international resort and spa as a way to support the new railway and ease the financial pressures on Confederation.

– 1888: The Canadian Pacific Railway Company builds the area's first large tourist accommodation, The Banff Springs Hotel.

– 1911: Automobile access to Banff is made possible by the construction of the Banff / Calgary Coach Road.

1917: The park's area is increased to 7 125 km². The Canadian government passes the first National Parks Act.

– 1930: Rocky Mountains Park is renamed Banff National Park and its size becomes fixed at 6641 km².

1933: The Banff Center for Continuing Education is founded.

– 1985: Banff, Jasper, Yoho and Kootenay National Parks along with four adjacent provincial parks are declared a World Heritage Site by the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

– 1990: Through a joint agreement between the local citizens and the federal and provincial governments, the town of Banff becomes the only incorporated municipality within a Canadian national park.

7. Our readers would like to find out about the festivals and special events in Banff / Lake Louise.

Festivals and special events are many in Banff and Lake Louise. The most immediate two are Ice Magic and Winterfest. Ice Magic involves artists from all over the world converging on Lake Louise and carving 300 kilogram blocks of ice into spectacular sculptures (January 27-29). Winterfest is a series of fun activities. The most up-to-date information on all festivals and special events can be found at

8. What about restaurants and entertainment in Banff / Lake Louise?

With inventive panache, chefs relentlessly reach new culinary heights. Recipes change according to the seasons and make use of the freshest local ingredients. During the fall and winter, this means game, squash and legumes, while spring features asparagus and mushrooms and summer highlights edible flowers and fresh fruits.

The town has a wide variety of tourism-related businesses including over 118 restaurants with food to suit every palette. There's Indian cuisine, sushi, Korean, Chinese, Western, Pasta, Thai, Greek and just about every other variation.

Banff is also home to The Banff Center. This institution is host to many forms of entertainment, including art galleries and installations, theater productions and concerts ranging in variety from string quartets, blues, jazz, ethnic and rock 'n' roll. There is something happening virtually every week of the year. Banff also has a cinema, bowling lanes, water slides and indoor pool and billiards hall. There's an indoor rock-climbing wall, skating rink, tennis courts and myriad other things to do for entertainment regardless of the weather.

9. What are some of the shopping opportunities in Banff / Lake Louise?

Enjoy strolling alongside locals and world-travelers as you discover a cosmopolitan collection of galleries, boutiques and cafés. Shops range from internationally recognized clothiers or independently-owned establishments to Canada's oldest department store.

10. What type of accommodations options are available in Banff / Lake Louise?

From five-star elegance to the cozy comfort of cabins or chalets, Banff Lake Louise has more than 100 hotels, motels, condominiums resorts, lodges and bed & breakfasts that will make you feel at home whatever your tastes.

11. What are some of the major events and big news stories coming up in 2006 and beyond in Banff / Lake Louise?

Banff looks poised to host a skins golf game this summer that will attract some of the biggest names in golf.

Also big in the news is the commencement of Banff Refreshing, a sidewalk expansion program and greening that will make downtown Banff much more pedestrian friendly and reduce the amount of traffic using the downtown core.

The first phase of the Trans-Canada Highway twinning project will also swing into high gear this summer, making transit through Banff National Park faster and safer than ever. Of note with this project are state-of-the-art wildlife crossing structures to keep animals off the highway.

Passing of a recent lighting bylaw means that Banff's night sky will become more and more clear as time passes.

Thank you, Quintin, for your time to provide us with more information about the beautiful Banff / Lake Louise area. We look forward to exploring your area first-hand in March!

For further information about Banff / Lake Louise please contact:

Banff Lake Louise Tourism

PO Box 1298, Banff, Alberta, T1L 1B3, Canada

Phone: 403-762-8421 Fax: 403-762-8163



Source by Susanne Pacher

2018 Toronto To Vancouver Cross Canada Bus Trip – Taipan Tours

Music by Sam Roberts Band – The Canadian Dream

Day 1
Depart from Toronto in the morning; travel to the largest town in northern Ontario – Sudbury and visit the famous Big Nickel. Next stop at the City of Maple Leaf – Sault Ste. Marie, enjoy the beautiful scenery and sunset of the largest lake in the world – Lake Superior.

Day 2 Sault Ste Marie – Wawa – Thunder Bay
In the morning to visit the “wild goose” town – Wawa, Giant statue of Canada Goose. Pass by White River home of favorite cartoon character Winnie the Pooh. Headed to our next hotel which is in Thunder Bay and checked out the Terry Fox statue along the way.

Day 3 Thunder Bay – Kenora – Winnipeg
Depart in the morning to Dryden for a pit stop, then to Kenora for Husky the Muskie. Got a tour of the Royal Canadian Mint in Winnipeg. Visited popular sites in Winnipeg and stayed over night there.

Day 5 Regina – Calgary
Depart from Regina to Calgary. Arrived in Calgary in the afternoon. Checked out the downtown core and climbed McHugh Bluff stairs. Got some smoked Alberta BBQ beef brisket for dinner at a local restaurant. Stayed overnight at a Calgary hotel.

Day 6a Calgary – Banff – Lake Louise
Departed Calgary in the morning and headed to Banff National Park to stop at “The Jewel of Rockies” – Lake Louise. Amazing views of the lake as you walked along it. Later we took the lake cruise Minnewanka and got a treat in seeing a family of bears near the water.

Day 6b Calgary – Banff – Lake Louise
After we took Banff Gondola ride up to the Sulphur Mountain and enjoy the panoramic view of Banff and Lake Minnewanka. Then visit the picturesque bow falls- venue of the famous movie “River of No Return”. Had dinner in Town of Banff and headed to Canmore for overnight stay at a hotel. Day 6 was definitely the best day for attractions.

Day 7 Jasper – Columbia Ice field – Glacier Skywalk – Salmon Arm
In the morning visited Jasper National Park. Made a quick stop at Bow Lake. Then headed to Columbia Ice Field, the largest ice mass in the Rocky Mountains. Transferred by the big-wheeled “Snow Coach” for a closer look at more than 300 meters deep Athabasca Glacier. After that we headed to the The Glacier Skywalk which is a small glass walk path above a valley. After lunch, stopped by Peyto Lake and then traveled through the Rocky Mountains and Yoho National Park. Final stop was at Salmon Arm where our hotel was at and then headed downtown for dinner at an Indian restaurant.

Day 9 Stawamus Chief – All three peaks
Had great memories hiking around Vancouver a long time ago and was super excited to do one during my recent short stay in Vancouver. Found a meetup group that organized a hike to Stawamus Chief. Listed for intermediate hikers, this hike was more difficult than I originally thought. It required you to hike up and down very steep slopes, walk on jagged slippery rocks and climb up and down big boulders using metal chains and rusty ladders. Though it was dangerous and tiring; it was very rewarding in the end with great views of the area and great memories.

Day 8-12 Vancouver
Headed to our final destination which was Vancouver. Decided to stay a few more days to enjoy the city a little bit longer. Visited many popular locations such as Stanley Park, Gastown steam clock, McArthurGlen Designer Outlet, Lonsdale Quay, downtown Chinatown, Queen Elizabeth Park, Granville Island, Vancouver Waterfront, and Sunset Beach Park. As well as tried out some of Vancouver’s delicious food at Japadog, Ryuu Japanese Kitchen, Lonsdale Quay Market, Ba Le Sandwich, Tako, Wak Wak burger, and Miku. There are many great places I didn’t have time to visit and lots of food on my must eat list I haven’t tried. Will be back again in a few years to cross those off.