"The Canadian Rockies" Top 5 Page for this destination Banff National Park by Camping_Girl

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The Canadian Rockies

I am so fortunate to live within a 2 hour drive of the town of Banff. The country here is so beautiful.

Lake Louise, Field, Jasper

Lake Louise and Field are close enough to Banff that you can easily visit all three places from one base, there's no need to pack up and move from hotel to hotel. Its about a 45 minute drive from Banff to Lake Louise, and Field is about another 20 minutes or so past LL.

Jasper is a different story. It is about a 3 hour drive from LL to Jasper, with the Columbia Icefields about midway between the two. You should plan on a full day to travel the Icefields Parkway, there are so many things to see along the way. I would strongly urge anyone planning on visiting Jasper to spend a few nights in Jasper as well. The travelling distance is great enough that you could never do justice to Jasper on a day trip from Banff.

My suggestion would be to allow a minimum of 3 days in Banff area, 1 day to travel from Banff to Jasper, and 2 days in Jasper, if your schedule permits this.

Now that I have established the closeness of LL and Field to Banff, you will understand why all my tips for all 3 areas are being headed up under Banff. It makes it a lot simpler for everyone to see what you can easily see in a day trip from Banff or LL.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Beautiful Scenery, Turquoise Lakes, Waterfalls
  • Cons:Really crowded during July and August
  • In a nutshell:Stunning Scenery and Lots to Do
  • Last visit to Banff National Park: Sep 2010
  • Intro Updated Mar 9, 2011
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  • KristaB's Profile Photo
    Jul 19, 2014 at 12:36 AM

    On my Bucket list, I really enjoyed your writing and photos, thank you!

  • GentleSpirit's Profile Photo
    Sep 2, 2012 at 6:27 AM

    how gloriously beautiful it is there! brought back some wonderful memories. the Canadian rockies are always right at the top of my list of places i cant get enough of

  • angiebabe's Profile Photo
    Dec 18, 2011 at 6:29 PM

    See my last visit here was 2007 and you have tips with stunning views dated after this so have enjoyed another roam around lovely Banff thanks - have to come visit here for real one day!...and is your main pic the hotel that was the setting for The Shining?! Glad you liked my Como page/Italy pics - thanks for rating a tip. Enjoy your Christmas week!

  • Martin_S.'s Profile Photo
    Sep 2, 2010 at 4:47 AM

    Sometimes it is difficult to describe in words just how beautiful a place is, but it was easy for me after seeing some of your photos of Banff, my description was "WOW". Martin

  • Jenniflower's Profile Photo
    Mar 24, 2009 at 1:01 AM

    Banff National Park is splendid - we love our national parks... coming to Yosemite in August - have done most of South Africa's ones!

  • easterntrekker's Profile Photo
    Feb 24, 2009 at 8:02 PM

    Such a beautiful part of Canada. I plan on visiting my son there in June. Can't wait , its been awile.

  • DAO's Profile Photo
    Jan 21, 2009 at 1:33 PM

    Spray lakes, Paint Pots, Surprise Corner, Hoodoos? Boy, people need to save your tips so they can walk around safely! And thank you for writting a great tip on a bad restaurant. Too few of those are written about places we should avoid.

  • globetrott's Profile Photo
    Jan 10, 2009 at 3:24 PM

    an excellent page and great pics, thanks for sharing ! These ice-sculptures are looking interesting as well !

  • joiwatani's Profile Photo
    Nov 17, 2008 at 8:24 PM

    Thanks for the tips on Banff. Hope to get there this summer.

  • glabah's Profile Photo
    Nov 15, 2008 at 10:43 PM

    I will definitely have to come back and take a look at your pages again. Went through there in 1996, as part of providing technical support for a passenger car on the Rocky Mountaineer train.

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