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Visit Banff, Lake Louise and Jasper

Alberta is one of the most popular destinations to visit in Canada especially in the summer months and this year marking the 150th anniversary of Canadian Confederacy makes a great time to visit the National Parks of Banff and Jasper.

Our recent blog detailed the Parks Canada offer of free entry to its National Parks this year so our blog this week will describe the three main towns in the Banff and Jsper National Parks which are found in the majority of Holidays2 Itinearies to the Western Side of Canada. 

The most popular arrival airport is Calgary which is served by many international airlines and receives a daily direct flight from London Heathrow with Air Canada, currently utilising the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, one of the most modern airliners in the world with a flight time of approximately 9 hours. 

Collecting your hire car or boarding your scheduled coach transfer is relatively easy and is within walking distance from the terminal so you will be away from the airport quickly to start your holiday.

Banff is approximately a 2 hour drive from Calgary, Located in the heart of Banff National Park, Canada’s first National Park. Banff Avenue, which is the main thoroughfare through the town has a diverse range of hotels, shops, restaurants and bars to suit all tastes and pockets. 

Ride to the top of nearby Sulphur Mountain by the Banff Gondola where you can take a view of six mountain ranges. For a more unique and adventurous view, why not travel to Mt Norquay on the ‘Via Ferrata’ or Iron Road. Ride up to the start site on an open chairlift where experience guides will meet and assist you with the equipment you need. Then using an anchoring system of cables and ladders, you will climb to cross a suspension bridge to overlook nearby mountains and valleys. 

For a more relaxing experience, visit the Banff Upper Hot Springs, rejuvenate in the warm waters of the springs after your adventures in the Park. Banff has many places to eat in the evening from Brew Pubs, Steakhouses, Sushi and Boutique Restaurants. 

Lake Louise is located 35 miles northwest of Banff, the small town is located just minutes from its namesake. It makes an excellent stopover between Banff and Jasper. If the budget allows, stay at the iconic Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise in one of the many lakeview rooms and watch as the sun rises over the lake. 

Jasper National Park is the largest national park in Canada and the lovely town of Jasper lies at its heart. Jasper is a centre of adventure for the park with plenty of nearby hiking trails and mountain biking trails to allow you to visit nearby natural attractions like Maligne Lake and Canyon. Pyramid Lake, Sunwapta Falls and the Athabasca Falls.

Located between Lake Louise and Jasper is the Columbia Icefield Discovery Centre, where you can board a dedicated ice explorer vehicle to travel onto the Athabasca Glacier and put your feet on the frozen ice. Then take a walk along the  Glacier Skywalk, where giant glaciers rest above and the spectacular glacier-formed Sunwapta Valley teems with wildlife below. Experience waterfalls, wildlife, fossils and more on this exciting 1-kilometre cliff-edged walkway that leads to a platform where glass is all that separates you from a 918-foot drop

Like Banff, there is a fine and diverse range of accommodation in the town from 3star lodge accommodation to the 5star Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge and together with a wide choice of restaurants, bars and shops in the town, makes Jasper a great location for your Western Canada Holiday. 

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