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Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 27, 2016
Banff in early March (around 3rd-8th)  (4 Answers)

I am planning a trip to Banff for early March, and really want to go hiking with my dog. Are there hiking trails that are open and not impossible for someone with no snow/ice hiking experience?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 23, 2016
Banff-Jasper in late October  (12 Answers)

Hi. I'm planning to go to Banff-jasper in late October for a week but as I was checking the tours. Most of them only operates until mid October and most of the attractions are also only open until mid Octobee. I will be travelling alone so hiring a car is not an option for me. Is it still worth going at this time? Badly need advice. Thank you in advance.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 07, 2016
Banff avenue  (4 Answers)

How long is Banff avenue. Are the shops and restaurants all the way along. Or just do far. Is it possible to walk the entire length

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 15, 2015
Best Cell / Mobile Phone to use in Banff / Sunshine / Lake Louise area of Canada

I will be in the Banff area for a number of months and would like some advice on what is the most cost effective and useful cell / mobile service provider to use. My uk issued smartphone is quad band so should work for calls but the 3G frequency will be wrong for internet service. Internet service in Canada seems relatively expensive compared to UK so I am wondering if it would be better to use wifi hotspots where possible. Any advice would be appreciated.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 15, 2014
4 nights in Banff and Jasper. Comments please

I will be leaving for this wonderful are in a week time. I am able to come up with itinerary based on some past reviews and posts. I will be doing camp tenting and campsites are already booked. I am facing difficulty in filling places in correct order. This will be my only once in a lifetime trip, so I do not want to skip major points. We are not much into hiking.
Day-1 Reaching Calgary at 12. Pick car and and leave for Lake Louise. Overnight stay at Lake Louise Campground. Same day Lake Louise and Lake Moraine.
Day-2 Yoho NP, Emerald Lake, Natural Bridge, Wapta Falls, Takakkaw Falls. Will I have time to go further on Trans-Canada and see some more places ? Back to Lake Louise campground and night stay.
Day-3 Packup and head to Jasper, Icefields Parkway, Icefields Parkway tour by Brewster, Maligne Canyon (or Mt. Edith Cavell), Medicine Lake, Athabasca Falls. Overnight stay in Wapiti campgrounds.
Day-4 Packup tent and leave for Banff, Vermillion Lake. Overnight at Two Jack Campground.
Day-5 Lake Minnewanka boat tour. I will have return flight at 7 in evening. What else I can see on this full day ?
Really need help to plan.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 23, 2014
8 Day Itinerary September 1-8  (5 Answers)


My wife and I are arriving in Calgary from California on August 31. We will drive to Banff and I'm looking for advice on how to go about visiting Banff and Jasper National Parks. Should we locate in Lake Louise area and stay put, driving to Banff area and Jasper area for day trips? Or should we move our lodging around, staying some in Banff, some in Lake Louise and some near Jasper.
Any advice from those in the know would be appreciated.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 08, 2014
Need to contact Mountain top souvenir shop in Banf  (2 Answers)

Can someone help me find the phone number of the Mountain Tops shop. It is a Souvenir shop in Banf and has the address
HDS 7224

  1. 0888219

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 08, 2014
Need to contact Mountain top souvenir shop in Banf  (1 Answer)

Can someone help me find the phone number of the Mountain Tops shop. It is a Souvenir shop in Banf and has the address
HDS 7224

  1. 0888219

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 04, 2014
Banff - and Jasper?  (4 Answers)

We have 4 nights in the Canadian Rockies (July 18-22),coming up from Glacier NP, and will be heading over to Vancouver afterwards.
We have two young boys, aged 1 and 3, so have to be conscious of amount of time spent in the car, and am wondering: should we include Jasper, or just focus on Banff?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 25, 2014
Visiting Banff with a 22-month old - thoughts/tips?  (2 Answers)

We'll be flying into Calgary, renting a car and driving to Calmore where we'll probably stay for about 5 nights so that we can make day trips to surrounding places such as Three Sisters, Lake Louise, Banff, and the many others.

I've never been to this part of Canada before and am just wondering if anyone has any thoughts or advice on doing this sort of vacation with a just-under 2 year old. We'll be staying away from horeseriding and other things we can't take part in with her, and want to stick to easy-walking stuff where she could be in a stroller, such as the hike around Lake Louise, strolling around Banff, etc.

Any suggestions appreciated! Thanks in advance.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 19, 2014
Living and working in Banff  (4 Answers)

Hey, Ive been traveling the last 8 months primarily through Asia and now in Europe. Im from Montreal Canada and am heading back home in April but have been rethinking living in Montreal. I have always wanted to travel to Alberta as im big on hiking,camping and snowboarding but have never had the opportunity. I lived in Vancouver during the Olympics for 4 months and never had a chance to go to Alberta. How easy would it be to get a descent job? Im a 28 year old female that has loads of work experience including retail managing and insurance at Standard life. I also Have a bachelors degree in Human Relations.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 18, 2014
Motorcycle travel in late May  (2 Answers)

I have the last week in May off, and want to visit Banff during that time. I know it'll still be chilly during the day, but from my web research, it should be above freezing, averaging around 40-50F. Would that be a fair assumption?

Would I be limited to the major thorough fares (CA-1), or would most roadways be clear of ice and snow by that time?

Any advice will be greatly appreciated!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 17, 2014
My Final Trip- Need some review  (3 Answers)

This is what I ended up planning and need some advice from local members:

I need one help- I have one extra day (Feb 24) at Banff/or Calgry and need some planning help. How do you guys suggest I spend that day? Me & My wife are adventurous so do not mind activities. I can spend a day at Banff or Calgary or drive around. Suggestions pls.

Feb 20- See calgary
Feb 21- Sking lessons at Mt Norquay
Feb 22- Snow shoeing + Snow Mobiling (2-3hrs)
Feb 23- Half day ice Climbing (2hrs) & maybe half a day sking
Feb 25 go back to Calgary & fly back


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 15, 2014
Looking for Group to join- Ice Climbing? Group Discount- get in touch

We are two people and I am looking for other members who wishes to do Ice Climbing as a group lessons. We will be doing ice climbing as beginners. I will be there at Banff on Feb 21 to Feb 24

Any members who wish to join as group, please let me know coz that makes a huge price difference in rates for the ice climbing lessons.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 14, 2014
Car Rental  (3 Answers)

I am planning to come to Banff for the next week- Feb 21 to Feb 24. I dont have snow driving experience. I will be driving from calgary to Banff.

Although I plan to stay in Banff for 3-4 days, I see that most of the ski resort, tours like snow mobling, icewalks etc etc do pickups etc. Hence I do not see much car travel. Maybe will use car for nearby 15-20 min drive.

Can I go with compact cars? I see the prices are half than full size.

Recommendations pls

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 27, 2014
Getting to Banff and not driving around? Is it easy to access all the sites?  (11 Answers)

Hi there,

Planning a trip in April 2014 from Vancouver to Banff. Are there any recommendations on: 1. Best, easiest and most scenic route from Vancouver to Banff - via trains / buses? I will not be driving 2. Is it easy to get around Banff on public transport? 3. Can I get to Lake Louise, the national parks and all the other tourist spots without a car?
4. Would 4 days be enough to to all of the above?

Any tips would be much appreciated. I really wanted to do the rocky mountineer but that doesnt start til the end of April and I will be travelling at the very beginning of April.

Many thanks

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 13, 2014
Available activities in April  (2 Answers)

Planning a trip to Banff, but it looks like the soonest we could come is in April. From what I've read, skiiing is still available at that time, but it sounds like we might be too late for other winter activities (icewalks, shoeshoeing, dog sled) but probably too early for the summer activities.

What are you thoughts on Banff in April...will there be enough to do for several days? Or will some of the Winter activities still be going on at that time?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 03, 2014
Backpack for 2 months  (7 Answers)

I'm leaving for Western Canada this summer with only a backpack for luggage! I need to buy a new one, and I don't know a lot about backpacks since it is my first big trip! I hesitate between a 60L and 70L... Does a 70L is too big??
Thank you!!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 02, 2014
Muggings & Crime  (6 Answers)

TV interview with the charity runner who was mugged recently has said it is not "if" you are mugged it is "when" you are mugged. My husband and I are driving from Canmore to Jasper - had planned to visit Banff - just how safe is this route and should we adjust our trip to avoid getting mugged - OK there are pickpockets in every city and you have to be as streetwise as possible, but comments such as expect to get mugged in Banff has put us off of visiting. Comments welcomed please. Thankxs

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 27, 2013
Banff for 8 nights or Banff 5 nights plus Fernie 3nights?  (3 Answers)

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.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 30, 2013
Best place to stay?  (4 Answers)

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!
Thanks, Jo

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 16, 2013
Banff in October?  (3 Answers)

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?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 27, 2013
driving to Banff from Calgary  (6 Answers)

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?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 26, 2013
Summer Skiing / Boarding  (2 Answers)

Is there any snowboarding / skiing open in the summer? Am thinking about next year at the end of the summer.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 29, 2013
Where should I spend more time: Rocky or Vancouver?  (10 Answers)

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.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 15, 2013
webgrove  (9 Answers)

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.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 23, 2012
Age groups in Banff  (7 Answers)

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.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 27, 2012
HELP - Getting married at Lake Moraine September 2012 - Need ideas of places to stay, things to do  (5 Answers)

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!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 19, 2012
Winter Start 2012  (7 Answers)

Hi Everyone,
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.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 18, 2012
Banff national park pass  (4 Answers)

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!!


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