Hi. My partner and I have already booked 5 nights in Banff in the middle of December. We're wanting to spend the majority of time snowboarding. We're both begginer/intermediate boarders and in our late twenties/ early thirties. We have an extra 3 nights after this to stay somewhere in the Banff area but just can't decide whether to remain in Banff town or to go explore more mountains elsewhere like Fernie? Any advice would be much appreciated.
Hi! My boyfriend and I are looking to come to Banff for a skiing holiday for a month in January. We have found a lovely, reasonably priced apartment in Canmore, would this be too far from the ski resorts? We are ideally looking for an apartment or something like that rather than a hotel so we can stay in and cook to save on money. I can't seem to find many apartments in Banff centre?
My boyfriend is a ski instructor but I'm a bit of a novice so will not want to ski everyday, would you recommend any other places to visit? We are considering getting a car but trying to stick to a budget! Any advice would be greatly appreciated!
Hi..I'm thinking of travelling to Banff for my 23rd birthday. I was just wondering if there is much of a nightlife October? We would be coming for the weekend on the 4-6. And any suggestions of things to do during the day?
Hi there I'm flying to Calgary and thinking of driving to Banff eeekkk I'm from Australia on vacation and on my own I can drive here back home :) it looks like an easy drive??? I'll be doing this in November, any advice for this Aussie traveller?
Is there any snowboarding / skiing open in the summer? Am thinking about next year at the end of the summer.
Hi..We 8 friends are planning to give our first tour to Vancouver through rocky in Last week of April. We have total 8 days for the tour. We live at Winnipeg and we gonna take two cars and drive to Banff first then Jasper and finally to Vancouver. But we are not sure where should we stay more. We are planning to give 3 days in Vancouver and 3 days in Banff+Jasper. Some of us think that Vancouver is better than rocky and some of us think just the opposite. Can anybody help us to suggest about it? Since we, nobody, ever visited these area, we are confused about. We want to use our time and money efficiently as well.
We will be in Banff for 2 nights, what suggestions would anyone have to do around Banff. We will be in Lake Louise for 2 nights as well.
Hi everyone, I'm strongly considering going to Banff for some work and I was wondering what the age group is there? I'll be 26 by the time I go and I'm wondering if I'll feel older with all the younger (18-21, 22) people working there? Is it more of a mixed crowd with the age groups because I have heard that Banff is mostly a young person town. I'm extremely interested in the life style that Banff has to offer with all the outdoor adventure and activities but don't really care to be hanging out with people 8 years younger than me. Thanks in advance.
We are coming from Michigan to get married at Moraine Lake this September and are starting to line up hotels in the Canmore, Banff and Jasper areas as we want to drive each day to see something new. We will be in the area for one week.
I have a few questions for everyone:
1) What are must sees in each of these areas?
2) Which places would you recommend staying in each of these areas? We tend to like unique, funky types of places to stay such as treehouses, igloos, etc. Is there anything like this there? If not unique, other gorgeous places to stay?
3) Best places to see wildlife???
Thank you SO much everyone! We are really hoping to make this honeymoon/wedding beyond memorable!
I have been reading through the posts on here, very useful info!
I am in the UK and I've signed up with an agency called Smaller Earth so I can work and travel in Canada. Basically, they gaurentee me a job in a ski resort for the first 6/7 months of my stay then I can travel the rest of the country.
If I get my first choice, I'll be doing bar work at sunshine village and living in Banff...or one of the cheaper towns near by.
Is anyone on here heading out a similar time? I plan to stay at Samesun Hostel for the first couple of weeks til I can find people to live with. Bit scary as I'm going alone and am a little concerned as to whether I will be able to handle the extreme cold but I'm really looking forward to the adventure! Anyone who's in the same boat then message back :) Also any tips from the pros would be most useful.
I'm travelling to Banff on the train from Vancouver and will be staying in Banff for a few nights. I'm hiring a car (probably drive up to Lake Louise) in Banff and then will drive down to Calgary airport. Do I need to buy a national park pass only when I pick the hire car up in Banff and have it for the number of days I have the car? And if so, where can I buy one? Very confused - my travel agent doesn't seem to know!!
Recently posted on Vancouver forum, about living and working there for summer. We are 4 Irish friends (age 21/22) wanting to come out at the start of May to live and work in Canada.
Was told about option of Banff, and its something ive definitely warmed to, but friends are still unconvinced and think vancouver would be better.
What would peopl advise?
Obviously good nightlife/party vibe is very important - (friends werent convinced banff had enough bars/clubs)
Job market - Ease of getting a good servers job in vancouver ( i know itll be relatively easy in banff)
Things to do during day - (Friends were worried Banff is too small and we'd end up bored if we were there for 11/12 weeks)
Weather - they think being in rockies, the weather wont be as good as in vancouver.
Any help anyone could provide would be much appreciated. Basically im all for banff, but friends need more convincing on its party-credentials
Hi, we are heading to Alberta for a month of skiing (resort and backcountry) plus some ice climbing.
We are planning on hiring a car and wondered what sort of vehicle we need. Ie, do we need a 4x4?
Thanks for any tips
Hey guys, I am traveling to Banff at the start of February from Australia, will be hiring a car and driving to Banff for a week of skiing between the 3 resorts. I would then like to head to Whistler. What is the best way get from Banff to Whistler? I would like to drive but is this possible over winter? and if so what route is best?
I'm planning a surprise get away for my husband's b-day in March. I was thinking of spending a weekend in Banff. I'm planning on taking a greyhound into town. I read on the Banff tourist site that some of the resorts/hotels offer shuttle buses to the ski resorts. My question is has anyone used public transportation to get to the attractions? I was thinking of maybe the Gondola ride and lake Louise and the hot springs would be fun. The tourist site said there is public transportation to get you through-out the town. Just wondering what people have experienced.
Im wondering if there are any Australian's travelling to Banff/Canada in 2012?
Im heading over about May next year for a working holiday by myself and it would be great to know if anyone is doing the same!
Im a 20 year old female and im currently organising a trip through the Global Work & Travel Company.
Any travel advice/tips/stories you have on Banff or Canada in general would be fab! :)
Trying to plan a backcountry trip to Banff in July. Did an 8 day trip in Glacier National Park last year, wanted to do 6 days in Banff this summer. Saw on their website that a good 6 day grip is the SawBack Trail. Coming from the states and need to fly. I'm assuming the Calgary is the best place to fly into. How hard is it to get transportation from there? Figure we'll need a hotel for the last night after we get out, any suggestions?
I know this is kind of vague, just starting trip planning and not sure where to start for this one. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
My friend is looking to get married in Banff or Canmore on the weekend of August 20. She's been looking around, contacting hotels, but isn't really interested in a lot of the packages the hotels offer (or they don't fit into her budget).
Can anyone suggest a space for a wedding in Banff or Canmore that isn't at a hotel? (Or if you know of any great wedding packages at a hotel, that, too. Not sure what their budget is) For example, we got married a few years ago at a museum in Edmonton and she really liked that idea.
I should also add that they will only be having 50 people max.
I am staying in Seattle till June. Only have a 4 to 5 day time span to go to Banff. I would like to drive, so that I may stop where I want when I want. What must I NOT miss? Would like to keep prices down. How far is Lake Lousie and Jasper from Banff? I plan on doing this in early April or first week end in May.
I have always wanted to go here but never had the chance. Just have to MAKE it happen while semi close!!
This is a typical girls question but wondering how dressy/casual banff is on a night.
Basically I want to know if, being a girl in my 20s, can I live in my Uggs for 11 nights or if we go to bars/nightclubs am I going ot have to be a bit more presentable?!
A friend and I will be visiting Banff for 4 days during the last wk of Dec. We will fly into Calgary and head straight for Banff. Could someone please advise if you would rent a car or go entirely via public transportation? Am aware of the shuttle that I could take from the airport. I don't mind driving and like the idea of driving around Banff and nearby area but unsure if the road conditions would making driving difficult.
Would also appreciate any recommendations on lodging - nothing fancy, just clean & safe.
I am coming to Banff from the UK for the first time in January 2011 and have read something about paying a National Park Fee.
Does everyone pay this? I will be staying in Banff town, skiing maily, I will not be hireing a car, do I still need to pay, I can't seem to find this information on any official websites.
My boyfriend and I are moving to Banff this fall and are currently looking for work but finding it hard over the internet. I was just wondering when the best time is for finding a job. I have a year of retail experience and he has matenience experience. Will we have better luck with finding a job if we have experience?
And how much money should we bring with us when we go out there? We currently have about 4000 between us.
hey guys, I'm moving from Australia to Banff in early January of 2011! I'm a young female (18) looking to do my snowboarding instructor course (1&2). I am just organizing my visa etc.
Has anyone been to banff? Any aussies? Is it true that it's easy to get work there (at a bar, cafe? snow??) I will not have much money when I arrive and although I have backup work arranged its in Kamloops (British Columbia) and I would like to stay and work in Banff for a while!
Please let me know if you have any tips, recommendations, warnings, info - Anything! I'm so excited to go, but really I just realized I'm a bit clueless. Haha I am an experienced traveler and snowboarder though, hope that will count for something haha =)
Thank you! Julinka
(Hope this isn't a breach of forum etiquette already posted this in a US forum (Glacier national park) - I thought I would post here are well as the question subject matter is essentially split across both countries
Myself and a friend are close to booking flights to the US this summer. To give a bit of background we're from the UK and he'll be doing all the driving (pretty imperative since I can't actually drive) He says he does not mind how we drive- last year he covered 3500 miles in 2 weeks the 2000+ contemplated here therefore are peanuts relatively speaking.
In any case we would be flying into Boise Idaho in early August, with a rough itinerary as follows : Day 1 drive to Yellowstone (preferably past and with a very brief stop at craters of the moon); Days 2 and 3 in and around Yellowstone; Day 4 drive to Glacier; Day 5 in Glacier ; Day 6 drive to Banff; Day 7 in and around Banff; Day 8 drive to Jasper ; Days 9 and 10 in and around Jasper; Days 11 and 12 driving to Vancouver; 3 Days in Vancouver then on the last day drive to Seattle spend the afternoon there and fly back to London the following morning.
Now I'll be the first to admit that as yet I know very very little about any of these destinations other than that they are worth going to - this is a trip that for various reasons is pretty last minute. I know we're trying to pack an awful lot in but given how far we are going and particular how willing my friend is to drive I'm not necessarily unduly worried about that, what I am worried about is spreading ourselves too thinly whether the distances I've allocated a day for are actually feasible and whether we'll be able to find accommodation that's not a complete dump without too much advance booking. I'm quite aware that all we will get out of all these places is a taste but my instinct is that that's better than nothing..... As far as accommodation goes I don’t think either of us mind being as far as an hour's drive out of a place as long as we find somewhere decent and not overpriced. We would also prefer to drive the most scenic routes possible between places) Plus obviously as of now the day allocations are not fixed they can be moved around - the only bright line is that we want to have 3 days in and around Vancouver.
In any case to summarize is what I've got planned remotely feasible or is it to coin a phrase nuts and undoable?
I visited Banff in May and saw some wonderful wine glasses in a gift shop. I have been trying to find the store online since returning home to Liverpool England . Could anyone help. i'm unsure of the name of the store but i remember it had a very large stuff moose ( teddy ) in the back of the store .
Does anyone have any knowledge or opinion regarding Alpine B & B ? The price seems great but the lack of photos and reviews on it makes me a bit unsure?
Hi we are looking for several cheap places to stay in the Banff area for July or August of 2010. We are older and don't mind the property not being 5 star, 2 would work fine. Could someone give me an idea what we are going to have to pay. We are retired and I would like to start planning our trip.
me and a group of friends are looking to go to Banf skiing and boarding next winter (2011).Can anyone tell me how expensive or not day to day stuff is? i.e. food and drink.thanks
Hi Im trying to find a nice hotel to stay in Banff that is close to the shops/restaurants. Im looking at the Delta Royal Canadian Lodge or the Foxwood Inn & Suites (the pool looks awesome). Can anyone tell me if those are within easy walking distance of shops? I was also considering the Fairmont Banff Springs but I think that would be a real hike back & forth wouldt it? We will be there late September. I like to start planning trips early :) Thanks!