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Upper Hot Springs Pool - Banff

Upper Hot Springs Pool

Banff Springs Hot Pool

The hot pool is well worth visiting and is very popular with tourists. The pool is built like a normal swimming pool , located on the side of the mountain it offers spectacular views of the mountains and valley.

We did not enter the pool but had a coffee and enjoyed the view. There is a fee to enter the pool , but no fee just to view.

Summer Hours (May19 to Sept 30) 9am to 11pm
Winter Hours 10am to 10 pm

Address: Mountain Road

Directions: Approximately 4 km from Banff on Mountain Road on the way to Banff Gondola and Sulphur Mountain.

Phone: 762 1515

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Oct 6, 2007
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Banff Information Centre - Banff

Banff Information Centre

Banff Information Centre Banff Review

When arriving into a new destination our first stop usually is the Information or Visitor Centre where you can obtain brochures and maps on the location and nearby district. For those requiring accommodation the Banff centre has a Accommodation Available board which can save valuable time in obtaining suitable accommodation.

We found the service provided to be outstanding.

The centre is open summertime 8am to 8pm, winter 9am to 5pm

Address: 224 Banff Ave, Alberta .Canada

Directions: On Banff Ave near corner of Wolf Street.

Phone: 762 1550

Website: http://www.tourismbanff.com

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Oct 6, 2007
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A Section Of Cascade Gardens - Banff

A Section Of Cascade Gardens

Cascade Gardens Beauty & Mountain Views The Cascade Gardens Review

A short walk from Banff Ave across the Bow River Bridge and you will arrive at the beautiful Cascade Gardens and Canada House. The gardens are built into the hillside and as you walk through them you are surrounded with nice views of the Bow River, Banff town and the mountains in the distance.

We were there mid June and the gardens were in their prime, flower beds covered with flowers of every colour, huge trees dominating the gardens and providing shade for the visitors. Do not forget to take your camera as there are numerous photo opportunities.

Address: Cnr Bow River Bridge & Cave Ave

Directions: The Gardens are located on the grounds of the Administration Office of Banff National Park ,on the South End of Banff Avenue.

Phone: 403-762-1550.

Website: http://www.parkscanada.gc.ca

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Oct 7, 2007
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Lake Minewanka - Banff

Lake Minewanka

Drive To Nearby Lake Minnewanka Mountains/Lakes / Falls Review

Just 10 km out of Banff town you will come to the turnoff for the 14 km drive by beautiful Lake Minnewanka and Two Jack Lake. We took this drive twice during our 7 day stay, the first time late afternoon on a mid June day, where we saw the lake sparkling in the late afternoon sun and again early one morning when we were attempting to sight some animals in the wild.

Along the side of the road we saw some Bighorn Sheep, they managed to stop all traffic and some cars just stopped in the middle of the road, got out and started taking photos, so be on the alert when driving these winding roads.

There are many picnic sites and hiking trails for you to enjoy as well as the boat launching facilities and boat hire for Lake Minnewanka.

Address: Banff National Park Alberta Canada

Directions: Drive along Banff Ave towards Canmore, cross the rail line and the Trans- Canada Highway turning off at the Lake Minnewanka interchange.

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Jun 24, 2011
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The Museum - Banff

The Museum

Buffalo Nations Luxton Museum Banff Review

This was one of the best museums I visited on this trip, the everyday scences resembling the life of the Buffalo Nation People are outstanding. Our visit gave me an understanding of these people which rarely reaches the "big screen".

Entry Fee $8 Adults, $2.50 children aged 6 to 12 years.

Open Summer Time 11 am to 6 pm, From October 9 am to 5 pm

Address: 1 Birch Ave, Banff

Directions: Follow Banff Ave down across the Bow River Bridge and turn right, 100 metres further on you will se the museum.

Phone: (403) 762 2388

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Oct 8, 2007
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Elk In Bush Near Banff Upper Hot Springs - Banff

Elk In Bush Near Banff Upper Hot Springs

Sight Elk Near Banff Springs Animal sightings Review

We visited Banff hot springs mid afternoon and after an enjoyable time we decided to return to Banff township about 3:30 pm. After leaving the car park and travelling down the road for about 300 metres I sighted an Elk in the bush about 5 metres from the road.

Quickly stopped for a photo and then sighted another, they must have been a pair. We had not disturbed them and they continued to graze on the grass, however very soon there were 3 more cars and people everywhere causing the Elk to take flight.

It was mid June and I was told the Elk do not have horns at that time of year, they grow later in summer.

Address: Just Off Mountain Ave, near Banff Hot Springs

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Oct 8, 2007
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Grizzly Bears, Mother & 2 Cubs - Banff

Grizzly Bears, Mother & 2 Cubs

Grizzly Bear Sighting Animal sightings Review

We were returning to Banff late afternoon after an overnight stay at Jasper, a considerable drive when you have been active all day. After 5 days we had almost given up thinking we were going to see a grizzly bear when suddenly I sighted a car on the side of the road about 20 km from Lake Louise.

People had their cameras out so I thought we should stop and see what the attraction was. What a sight, mother bear and her 2 cubs just grazing on a clear patch of grass 60 metres from the road. The bears did not mind us looking, they knew we were there and I guess they thought they were a safe distance away. The 2 cubs were little fat bundles of fur, you just wanted to go over and pat them.

Address: They can be seen anytime , anywhere.

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Oct 8, 2007
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At Bow Falls - Banff

At Bow Falls

Bow Falls, A Comfortable Hike Mountains/Lakes / Falls Review

We drove up to the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel and had a look around, then decided to visit the nearby Bow Falls and walk the paths along the riverside. It was a good move, the falls and river looked beautiful with mountains of water tumbling over the falls.

This section of the river is made for tourists, good paths and tracks to walk, well signposted, and all designed to give you a nice view of the Bow River and Falls. We enjoyed our walk and the rain managed to hold off for the hour we were there.

This is an excellent excursion as it is only about 5 minutes drive from Banff town, close enough for many people to walk. No entry fee.

Address: Bow Falls Drive, Banff, Alberta Canada

Directions: Travel along Banff Ave, cross the Bow River Bridge and immediately turn left and continue along Glenn Ave till you reach the Banff Springs Hotel, the falls are past the hotel.

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Oct 9, 2007
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The Hoodoos - Banff

The Hoodoos

Walk or Hike the Hoodoos Mountains/Lakes / Falls Review

Just out of town along Tunnel Mountain Road you will come to these unusual looking mountains overlooking the valley, river and forest. We went early evening hoping to sight some animals but had no luck, however we were rewarded with the magnificent scenery.

There are several paths and hiking tracks which lead to several excellent viewpoints overlooking the valley. For those who wish to hike it would be an excellent destination.

Address: Tunnel Mountain Road, Banff, Alberta.

Directions: We drove out of town along Banff Ave towards Canmore and turned right into Tunnel Mountain Road, drive for 3 or 4 minutes and you will arrive at the campgrounds. The Hoodoos are opposite. Will take approx 10 minutes to travel by car.

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Oct 24, 2007
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Canada House - Banff

Canada House

Canada House - National Parks Administration The Cascade Gardens Review

Situated in the beautiful Cascades Gardens just across the Bow River Bridge, it is an easy walk from town. The Park Administration Building has interactive exhibits about Canada's land and people. Admission is free and whilst there you can enjoy the Cascade Gardens, a great place to take photos of the town and landscape.

Summer Entry 10am to 6pm, May 21st to September 30.

Address: Parks Canada box 900 Banff Alberta Canada T1L1K2

Directions: The Gardens are located on the grounds of the Administration Office of Banff National Park ,on the South End of Banff Avenue.

Other Contact: 760 1338

Phone: 403-762-1550.

Website: http://www.parkscanada.gc.ca

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Oct 27, 2007
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