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Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 19, 2016
See all on the Icefields Parkway going North in one day?  (1 Answer)

Two youngish senior couples driving from Lake Louise to Jasper on September 12 and planning to stay 2 nights in Jasper before doubling back on the Icefields Parkway and on to (Banff) Canmore. Can you help us plan our stops along the way going North and returning South. (We can also spend some Jasper time on the Parkway if needed.) Obviously want to see the usual top spots, but no need to add hiking. In your recommendations, please tell us if we need to make advanced reservations.

Thanks so much in advance.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 17, 2016
One week in Rockies for youngish Seniors  (5 Answers)


Two youngish senior couples (non-hikers) driving the Rockies in mid Sept (9-17). After driving to Salmon Arm from Vancouver, based on some online input several months ago, we head to Lake Louise, go to Jasper and then double back to Banff (Canmore) and fly home from Calgary. Itinerary and places for us to stop is as follows:
Lake Louise (2 nights)
Trails around Lake
Chateau Lake Louise Hotel
Lake Louise Gondola
Moraine Lake
Emerald Lake and Takkakaw Falls

Icefields Parkway to Jasper
Peyto Lake
Bow Lake
Mistaya Canyon
Wilcox Pass Hike-
Athabasca Falls
Snowcoach to Glacier –
Sunwapta Falls

Jasper (3nights)
Malign Lake
Malign Canyon
Medicine Lake
Bow Valley (Highway 1A to Banff)
Johnson Canyon
Castle Mtn.

Banff Gondola
Bow Falls
Tunnel Mtn.
Minnewanka boat tour

Canmore for lodging (2 nights)

Comments on itinerary appreciated, but specific question about the drive from Lake Louise to Jasper and back. Must we (and should we) take the Icefields to and from Jasper? Anything missing? Also, is the Annual Park pass advisable? Does not seem so for our group of 4.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 28, 2016
Wilcox Pass hike - Canadian Rockies

I would like to walk only a part of the trail for no more than an hour each way, preferably less. I understand that the beginning of the trail is uphill through a forested area which eventually opens up into a plateau with superb views of the glacier. Timewise, how far up is it to the views of the glacier? Will I be able to see the sheep as well on this short hike? Thanks.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 22, 2016
Looking for Western Canada/Rockies ideas.  (6 Answers)

Looking to do some sort of sight seeing from July 12th-16th.
I will be coming from Vancouver but flying back to Halifax afterwards.
I have been looking at Jasper/Banff but accommodation prices are so steep/scarce.
Also, would my best bet be to fly to Calgary and take some sort of tour from there?
(We won't be driving so not renting a car)
Is there any other western location I should be thinking of instead that would be good for a few days trip?
I have no return flights booked yet so I could fly out of anywhere really.
Thanks in advance!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 31, 2013
Driving Icefields Parkway with a trailer?  (3 Answers)

We will be driving from Banff to Jasper in July of 2014. If we camp in Jasper we would be hauling a small trailer with us. Will this be difficult to park at the sites along the road or is there plenty of parking?

I'm not worried about driving with the trailer on mountain roads (I live in Colorado) but I know that at some of the Nat'l Parks here, like Rocky Mountain, there is very limited parking to just pull off and snap a few photos. If the trailer will be too difficult I could leave it in Banff and stay in a hotel in Jasper. Thanks for any advice you have!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 22, 2013
best transportation to Jasper Alberta  (3 Answers)

Looking for transportation from Edmonton to Jasper possibly via train. any suggestions would be appreciated.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 11, 2012
Parks Canada Pass  (5 Answers)

Not exactly sure where to post this, so trying the Alberta Forum. Going to be arriving in Jasper by the train, then picking up a rental car the next day. We will be driving about Jasper National Park, and also into Yoho, Banff and Kootenay, and perhaps others. Do we need a Parks Canada Pass? Is that something that the rental agency would already have for the car? We're booked at hotels in Jasper and Banff, so not camping. It's been a long time since I was in the parks, so don't remember what was required. Suggestions please.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 04, 2012
Columbia Icefields from Banff or Jasper  (13 Answers)

I apologize if this question has been asked before - didn't see it in my searches.
Is it better to go to the Columbia Icefields from Jasper or from Banff? It will be, I know, a day trip to do either but wondering which is closer. Will have a couple of days in both places, but our trip plan doesn't take us all the way between the two (we're doing a long drive around through Alberta from Jasper to Edmonton to Drumheller to Banff and down to Radium). I'm thinking it would be better from Banff but wondering if I'm right, and use our time in Jasper for other exploring.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 02, 2011
Edmonton Bar Scene  (1 Answer)

Interested in recommendations for live music at country and Irish bars in downtown or the Strathcona entertainment area. Also good sports bars. Thank you.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 01, 2011
Ukrainian Restaurants  (7 Answers)

I'm planning a trip for an Aussie of Polish/Ukrainian heritage to Edmonton and then driving down to Drumheller, and over to Banff. I've seen A Taste of Ukraine restaurant listed but wondered if anyone had any other recommendations in Edmonton or somewhere on the routing I mentioned. Fanciness or price are not the issues - good food is! Good food with good value would be even better, but it is the authentic Ukrainian-Canadian food that I"m looking for!
All help is appreciated - something VTers are notoriously good at!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 21, 2011
Planning a trip for late June/early July 2012 -- Calgary, Banff, Jasper, & Glacier - need advice  (1 Answer)

My husband and I are planning a trip to the Calgary Stampede next year and want to travel around the week prior. We are going to take 10 days off of work and were considering driving/visiting Glacier, Jasper, Banff and Lake Louise. But we need your advice on what to see, where to stay, how long we need in each location, etc.

Let me start off with questions regarding the Stampede. How many days should we attend? Is it worth being there on opening night? Is it better on a weeknight than a weekend? Does anyone have any hotel recommendations in Calgary for under175 a night? We’re willing to take the train/bus and I’ve heard that we may want to stay out by the University Hotel Village. Suggestions?
Now on to our other travels. What are the muse see attractions and must do activities? I’ve been to Banff and Lake Louise before but it was nearly 20 years ago and I’m sure a lot has changed. My husband has not been there so we’ll be discovering it together. How many days should we allow in the Banff area? Any lodging and food recommendations? How about any comments on taking a helicopter tour or going fishing?

What other cities/attractions should we not miss? Is driving to Glacier National Park doable?

Any and all advice will be greatly appreciated. Thank you for helping us plan a much needed vacation!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 04, 2011
Calgary Tower to airport  (2 Answers)

I arrive at the Calgary Tower train station at 10:00 at night and need to get to my hotel located at the airport. Can the C train get me there - or will I have to walk too far from the end of the line? Is there an alternative way to get there - bus, etc??
Thanks in advance.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 09, 2011
How many days in Jasper, Banff, Yoho NP? Recommendations?  (3 Answers)

Hi everyone,

this July our 3-girls-combo will be travelling to BC/Alberta for 3 weeks and would like to loop from Vancouver to the Rocky Mountains and back by car. Since we will stay some days in Vancouver and 4 days on Vancouver Island, we're talking about 12/13 days to drive to/through the Rockies and back. I know this is quite tight a schedule, but we cannot afford to take more holiday.

Therefore, I would like to ask your advice whether our travel itinerary is manageable and every bit of suggestion for a nice alteration or nice places to stay over is warmly welcome! Also, we would need some help with the distances and driving time, since we lack a concept of "doable" road kilometers (depending on the quality of the roads and speed limits...)

We plan to spend about 4 days for the distance Vancouver to Mount Robson, including a 2-day hike at Joffre Lake Provinical Park. So, when having 2 days reserved for the way back to Vancouver, this gives us 6 days for the NP-Loop.
We had planned to start out with a 3-day-hike on the berg lake trail (or are 2 days enough?), continue into Jasper NP following further south towards Banff NP and then take a right to Lake Louise, Yoho NP. The last 2 days we had in mind to keep them free for our journey back to Vancouver (is that enough time? Are there any nice stops on the way?).

Considering that we are short on time, do you have any suggestions regarding where to camp, how many days to stay, and what and where are the Must-see's. We are a bit lost about how many days gives us a nice trip without being too rushed but also gives us a chance to come back to vancouver in time. (I know that you could spend easily several weeks there (and believe me, I definitely would like to do so, but this is just not the option).

For instance, how long should be plan to stay at Lake Louise? If we are not following the super-touristy way, the better! A little off the beaten track would be nice and also a little cheaper, I reckon.

With regards to the Campgrounds: do we have to reserve them all right away? or is there still possibilities to do so on short notice, if we change our mind?

Any more advice concerning good (maybe a little more secluded) Campgrounds, or activities as walks and trails? I reckon, our focus will be on scenery, wildlife, but also a bit of "holiday/relaxing time".

Cheers for your help, we will appreciate it!
Julia (with Ada and Sonja)

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 02, 2010
Road trip to Edmonton  (3 Answers)

I will be arriving in Vancouver at the start of October and am thinking about hiring a car and traveling to Edmonton. I would like to do a circuit back to Vancouver and have about 7days. I would like visit Banff, Lake Victoria and Calgary if possible. I would appreciate any suggestions or ideas.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 18, 2010
Ten days in Alberta  (4 Answers)

I am an Aussie that will be spending a few weeks in Canada and the US this Sept. Just a few queries about my ten or so days in Alberta (we are flying in and out of Calgary.) We will hire a car.

We plan to spend some nights (approx 3) in Camrose as we would like to see some smaller towns and hopefully some of the prairie type countryside as opposed to all mountains. Have I chosen a suitable place? Please give other suggestions as well as accommodation suggestions (we are tossing up between Bed and Breakfasts and motels.)

We plan to also spend time at Jasper (approx 3).

In Calgary we will probably have 3 nights and am unsure about accommodation here. We usually stay in Best Western style motels but if anyone could suggest a nice Bed and Breakfast that would be great too. Also we fly out to the US (Las Vegas) on a 8.30am flight which means we have to be at the Calgary airport rather early-can anyone recommend a shuttle service or a close motel for that final night.

I have asked this question before but no one was super sure on the answer-if we fly into the US and then go to Canada will we be able to return to the US despite only being gone for 10 or so days?? Please point me in the direction of a helpful website if you know one.

All suggestions and advice are more than welcome. I look forward them all.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 13, 2009
Jasper river rafting

I am planning a trip through Alberta for myself and my 8 year old grandson next summer. We hope to spend a day or half day river rafting in the Jasper area. What are the best or most popular rafting companies in that area? Thanks.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 11, 2009
One way rental in Calgary  (4 Answers)

I am trying to rent a minivan Aug 24 until Sept 2 and plan to drop in Vancouver, the cheapest rate I can get is 3300.00!! anyone have suggestion as where I can find a rental cheaper that purchasing the car. Thanks Brian

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 26, 2009
vacation to banff and calgary  (1 Answer)

I am trying to plan a trip to kamloops, banff and calgary in early August. Thinking to stay in kamloops 2 nights and drive to banff and stay 1 night there. I am thinking to stay at calgary for 2 days and drive back to vancouver in 1 day. I would like to get some advices, if anyone knows about cheap stay ( with kitchenete) in all theree cities. Also I would like to know about the best places to visit during our visit.thank you all

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 22, 2009
Single traveller trying to choose where to go in Canada  (6 Answers)

I turn 40 in late September and am currently single, so rather than spend this horrible birthday at home in the dreary UK I'm planning to visit your amazing country again, but on my own this time.
I've seen the falls etc so am looking for something equally awe inspiring this time if possible.
Would the Rockies fit the bill do you think?

Also, having been in a car accident of my own making whilst driving on the right hand side of the road in Spain, I'm keen to use public transport to get around. Is that possible in the Rockies? Are there trains etc through Banff/Jasper apart from the Rocky Mountainier?
Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 19, 2009
Travelling the Rockies  (3 Answers)

I am flying into Calagry early july and would like to spend a week travelling the Rockies on a budget. Does anyone know a cheap way of getting around up there? Are there buses/ trains or is a car the only option?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 03, 2009
Mt. Assiniboine  (2 Answers)

How involved is a hike into Mt. Assiniboine and lake Magog?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 16, 2009
Several questions regarding visit in June 2009  (3 Answers)

Hi there!

We're going to visit Banff and Jasper National Park in June of this year. We'll spend one week in each park.

What kind of weather can we expect in that time of the year?

We are thinking about going to Waterton Lakes National Park for one day. How long will it take us to get there? We would love to see some wild buffalo's. Is there any chance we'll see them there? Will it be easy to find them?

Can you also give us some advice on spotting wildlife ?

Thank you in advance!

Kind regards,
Ralph and Lenny

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 12, 2009
Question about the Banff and Jasper NP admission fees  (3 Answers)

I planned to fly to Calgary and go to Banff for two nights, then Jasper for two nights, then come back to Banff for two more nights. So it is a 7 days/6 nights trip. I just found out the NP daily admission fee is19.60 for a family. That means I have to pay the following way:

1st day at Calgary, go to Banff (over night) =19.60
2nd day at Banff, go to Yoho NP, come back to Banff (over night) =39.20
3rd day at Banff, go to Jasper (over night) =39.20
4th day at Jasper (over night) =19.60
5th day at Jasper, go to Banff (over night) =39.20
6th day at Banff (over night) =19.60
7th day at Banff, go to Calgary =19.60

Because I am going in and out of different parks 10 times in 7 days, therefore the total fee is196.00. Wow! That's a lot.

Can someone shed some light? Thanks.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 03, 2009
Dogsledding... Where to do it? Whistler or Lake Louise?  (3 Answers)

My wife and I will be honymooning in March through Alberta (Jasper, Lake Louise & Banff) and Whistler & Vancouver.

We'd love to experience the Inuit way of mushing and want to know where would be the most scenic place to do it - Whistler or Lake Louise?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 20, 2009
Waterton Lakes National Park news update

For anyone planning a vacation to Waterton Lakes National Park in 2009, be advised that the historic Kilmorey Lodge burned to the ground today, January 20, 2009. The cause of the fire has not yet been determined.

The owners plan to rebuild the building, a replica of the original, but it is unknown at this time how long that will take.

This poses a problem for winter travellers in particular, as the Lamp Post Dining Room at the Kilmorey is the only restaurant open in Waterton during the winter months. But, the owners of the Kilmorey also own the Waterton Lakes Lodge, and the plan is to have a full-time winter restaurant opened there by the end of this week.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 30, 2008
Edmonton to Jasper transfer  (7 Answers)

My wife and I are flying in to Edmonton in March 09. We're due to land at about 3pm.

We then need to get to Jasper that same day. What are the best options available for transfers?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 27, 2008
Elk Island National Park  (4 Answers)

Hi there!

We're planning to go to Alberta in late May / early June next year. We're going to Banff and Jasper National Park and we know these parks are great, but there aren't any buffalo's there.
We read there were some buffalo at Elk Island National Park. Is it worthwile to go there? And for how long? Or is there any other place near Banff or Jasper where we can see buffalo?
What would be the best place to stay when we go to Elk Island National Park?

We hope you can help us!!
Thanks in advance!

Ralph and Lenny

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 03, 2008
Elk Island National Park near Edmonton  (3 Answers)

Hi there!

We're planning to go to Elk Ilsand National Park in late May / early June next year. Our questons are:
- Is it worthwhile to go there?
- For how long should we go?
- Where is the best place to stay? Somewhere in Edmonton or in a nearby hotel?

Thank you in advance!

Kind regards,
Ralph and Lenny

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 26, 2008
12 days: Starting in Edmonton ending in Calgary  (7 Answers)

We are coming into Calgary in mid August for 12 days. Flying into Edmonton and out of Calgary. Does anyone have itinerary suggestions? We are 2 adults, a 15, 11 and 6 year old. We were hoping to do the major National Parks but there is so much to see and we don't know how much time we should spend in each. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 31, 2008
Honeymoon in Alberta - March 2009  (5 Answers)

G'day, I'm coming to Alberta in March 2009 for my honeymoon and am planning on skiing a number of resorts including Whistler & Banff/Lake Louise.

We are planning to spend 2 weeks skiing and 1 week roadtripping in between. What is there to see and do in March (early spring i guess?) We're planning on driving from Whistler to Banff. Would RV-ing it be recommended? What parks and trails are open?

Also does the Rocky Mountaineer operate in March? We were considering taking it back to Vancouver if it's operating.


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