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Banff National Park


Visited in July for 6 days by Mixed with budget* of: US$2500


Banff National Park is the best area to visit in Banff region. It had very beautiful lakes like Lake Minnewanka, Two Jack Lake. It also had nice valley/river view at Tunnel Mountain Trail and water fall like Bow Falls. All of these sites can be reached by driving without hiking. The sites were surrounded by nice restaurants and hotels. Lake Louise and Lake Moraine are next to Banff National Park. There is a nice hotel (Lake Louise Lake House) right at the lake side with breathtaking lake view. Lake Moraine is about 15 minutes away from Lake Louise, it’s very pretty too. Oh, everyone would tell you to visit Tea House through taking 2.5 hour trail at Lake Louise. I followed the recommendation. The view is nice but may not worth the effort. Icefields Pkwy entrance is north to Banff National Park is about 30 minutes driving. Then, it would take another 2 hours to get to Columbia Icefields, where you can walk on the glacier ice and get the tour to skywalk. It would take another 1 hour to get to Jasper in north. The ticket for a family of 4 for bus to Columbia Icefields glacier ice and Skywalk is more than $200. It might be exciting for folks never lived in cold weather, but not us. We should have taken more time on Icefields pkwy, which had Sunwapta Falls, Bow lake and Bow summit and more. They are all next to road, no need for hiking to see them. For Jasper, only place we would recommend you to visit is Malgne Canyon. For lakes, we like Lake Louise and Lake Moraine a lot better. Yoho National Park is about 1 hour west to Banff. Emerald lake in the park that can be reached by car is a very peaceful and pretty place to see. In the same day, we revisited sites on Icefield Pkwy such as Bow lake, Bow Summit, Num-Ti-Jah Lodge. Kootenay National Park is located south west to Banff downtown for about 30 minutes. The first site we visited in the park is Marble Canyon, which was the only place in the park we would like to visit again.

Author's home state: TEXAS.   Created on: 2018-02-03
* Budget is for family of 2-4, including lodging, travel expense, entry fee, but excluding meals. If author didn't specify a value, it would show $0 by default.

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Trip itinerary

Date Activities Hotel
2015-07-14 00:00:00 Fly to Seattle, 4.5 hrs of flight. In the afternoon, visited Space Needle and Chihuly Garden and Glass. Residence Inn Seattle Bellevue/Downtown\n605 114th Avenue SE Bellevue Washington 98004 USA
2015-07-15 00:00:00 Drive to Olympic National Park (Take ferry to Bainbridge Island for 0.5 hrs, then drive 1.5 hrs to Hurrican Ridge in Olympic park to Hoh rain Forest in 2.5 hrs, Another 40 minutes drive to Rialto Beach). 2.5 hrs drive and 0.5 hr Ferry back to Seattle) Residence Inn Seattle Bellevue/Downtown\n605 114th Avenue SE Bellevue Washington 98004 USA
2015-07-16 00:00:00 Drive 0.5 hrs to visit Boeing plant (need to reserve online ahead of time to get in). Drive 0.5 hrs to visited Pike Place Fish market, Waterfront and Pioneer Squre. Drive 1 hr back to hotel Residence Inn Seattle Bellevue/Downtown\n605 114th Avenue SE Bellevue Washington 98004 USA
2015-07-17 00:00:00 Drive to North Cascades Park in 2 hrs. Spent 4.5 hrs in park, visited Thunder Knob Trail, Diablo Lake Overlook, Happy Creek Forest Walk, Washington Pass Overlook. Drive 2 hrs back to hotel Residence Inn Seattle Bellevue/Downtown\n605 114th Avenue SE Bellevue Washington 98004 USA
2015-07-18 00:00:00 Drive 2 hrs to Mountain Rainier National Park. Take the Pacific Crest Trail for 2 hrs. Drive 2hrs to the Crab Pot for seafood lunch. Drive 0.5 hrs to walk on the Alki Beach. Drive 0.5 hrs back to hotel Residence Inn Seattle Bellevue/Downtown\n605 114th Avenue SE Bellevue Washington 98004 USA
2015-07-19 00:00:00 Drive to Banff for 10 hrs through Trans Canadian Hwy, very pretty sceneric route with green mountains and rivers/lakes along side of the road Stoney Nakoda Resort & Casino \n888 Nakoda Way Seebe AB T0L1N0 Canada
2015-07-20 00:00:00 Drive 0.5 hrs to Banff National Park. Visited Lake Minnewanka, Two Jack Lake, Johnson Lake, Tunnel Mountain Trail, Bow Falls in the morning. Lunch at Silver Dragon. Take Banff Gondala and Johnston Canyon in the afternoon. Stopped by Upper Hot Springs and Banff Springs Hotel for a few minutes Stoney Nakoda Resort & Casino \n888 Nakoda Way Seebe AB T0L1N0 Canada
2015-07-21 00:00:00 Drive 1 hr to Lake Louise Lake House, then drive another 0.2 hrs to Lake Moraine, Take the Lake Moraine Trail for 1 hrs, Dinner at Communitea Cafe at Canmore Stoney Nakoda Resort & Casino \n888 Nakoda Way Seebe AB T0L1N0 Canada
2015-07-22 00:00:00 Drive 3 hrs to Columbia Icefield. Take the bus tour on glacier and walk on Glacier Skywalk. Drive another 1 hr to Jasper. Had lunch at Lou Lou's Breakfast and Pizzeria. Drive by Patricia Lake and Pyramid Lake. A quick visit to Malgne Canyon. Stopped by Sunwapta Falls, Athabasca Falls and Bow Lake on the way back to Hotel 4 hrs. Stoney Nakoda Resort & Casino \n888 Nakoda Way Seebe AB T0L1N0 Canada
2015-07-23 00:00:00 Drive 1 hr to visit Yoho National Park( Drive to Takakkaw Falls, Natural Bridge and Emerald Lake). Drive 1 hrs back to Icefields parkway to stop by Bow Summit, Num-Ti-Jah Lodge. Lunch at Trailhead in Lake Louise. Spent 2 hrs for the Tea House trail at Lake Louise Stoney Nakoda Resort & Casino \n888 Nakoda Way Seebe AB T0L1N0 Canada
2015-07-24 00:00:00 Drive 1 hr to visit Kootenay National Park. Marble Canyon is the best place and the only place we should have visited in this park. Also stopped by Oliver Lake, Paint Pots and Juniper/Sinclaire Canyon (2 hr trail) & Radium Hot Spring, which you shold not spend time if you had a tight schedule. Drive 1.5 hrs back to Hotel, have the lobster and steak buffet for CAD$27.50/person on Fridays, best value! Stoney Nakoda Resort & Casino \n888 Nakoda Way Seebe AB T0L1N0 Canada
2015-07-25 00:00:00 Drive to Vancouver for 9 hrs through Trans-Canada 1 West. fHad dinner in the food court of Crystal Mall (on 2nd floor of the hotel we stayed). Visited Vancouver Convention Center, pass by Vancouver Lookout at night Hilton Vancouver Metrotown\n6083 McKay Ave, Burnaby, BC, V5H2W7\nProperty Information: +1 604 438-1200
2015-07-26 00:00:00 Drive 1.5 hrs to Shannon Falls and Whistler Village through Sea-to-sky highway (99N). On the way back to hotel, visited Porteau Cove Park on the beach. Hilton Vancouver Metrotown\n6083 McKay Ave, Burnaby, BC, V5H2W7\nProperty Information: +1 604 438-1201
2015-07-27 00:00:00 Drive 0.5 hrs then take ferry at B.C. ferries Terminal to go to Victoria island (visit Butchart Gardens, Victoria Downtown area- Parliament Building, Inner Bay, Fisherman's Wharf, walked on coast line). 0.5 hrs to drive back to Ferry Terminals. $300 spent for the day including ferry fee and Butchart Gardens' entry fee. Hilton Vancouver Metrotown\n6083 McKay Ave, Burnaby, BC, V5H2W7\nProperty Information: +1 604 438-1202
2015-07-28 00:00:00 Drive to Stanley park in 0.5 hrs, walked along the coast. Drive 0.5 hrs to walk on suspension bridge in Lynn Canyon Park. Had lunch in Golden Lake resturant closeby. Then drive back to Seattle in 2.5 hrs. Stayed in the Hyatt Club Lounge enjoying the view of Washington lake and Mountain Rainier for the rest of the afternoon with nice free food and drink (need to be Hyatt Club member to enter the Club Lounge) Hyatt Regency Bellevue on Seattle's Eastside\n900 Bellevue Way NE\nBellevue, Washington, USA, 98004-4272\nTel: +1 425 462 1234
2015-07-29 00:00:00 Drive 0.5 hrs to airport and fly back to Houston from Seattle, flight of 4.5 hours
Total 9 hrs of flights and about 65 hrs of driving

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