Thank you for subscribing!
Got it! Thank you!

We're upgrading the Forums!

You can now add or change a profile photo. Simply click on your username above and upload an image. User blogs will be added back very soon.

advertisement

Forums » Alberta & the Canadian Rockies » A few questions from first-time visitor to Banff/Canmore

Avatar
JeffanieKC

A few questions from first-time visitor to Banff/Canmore

by JeffanieKC »

My family is travelling to Banff in July to celebrate my mom's 70th birthday. The first part of the trip we are staying in Canmore, then the second part we are staying at Cathedral Mountain Lodge in Field. I'm trying to get a feel for travel time from Canmore to some of the  destinations we are considering. We've got two kids, 7 and 9 years old, who aren't great car travelers (prone to motion sickness), so I am trying to select activities/hikes that don't require too much driving to reach a trailhead.  Lake O'Hare at Yoho Natl Park looks so beautiful that it may be worth the drive. Can anyone give me an idea how long it would take to get there from Canmore and also from Field? 

And what about from Canmore to the Fairmont in Banff?

Thanks so mich in advance for any help!

Stephanie 

Avatar
drfumblefinger

RE: A few questions from first-time visitor to Banff/Canmore

by drfumblefinger »

Lake O'Hare is an incredible place, but it has extremely limited access.  Parks Canada issues a limited number of passes each day, which tend to be quickly snatched up.  But contact Parks Canada to see if there any places available the day you're interested in.  http://www.pc.gc.ca/eng/pn-np/bc/yoho/natcul/ohara/a.aspx

A great hike to do with kids is the circuit around Emerald Lake, very close to Field (less than half an hour) but several hours from Banff.  The trail is around 4 miles and one of the flatest hikes around.  And the scenery is absolutely spectacular.  To read and see more, try this link: http://drfumblefinger.com/wrdprs/blog/2012/06/yoho-national-park-emerald-lake/

A longer and slightly more challenging hike close to Field is to Twin Falls, but with a great and scenic destination.  http://hikingwithbarry.com/2010/07/04/twin-falls-%e2%80%93-yoho-national-park-%e2%80%93-june-30-2010/

From Canmore, Lake Louise is about an hour drive away.  There are many places to hike near Banff, including Johnston Canyon.  Most are within 15-20 minutes drive.  Banff is around a 10-15 minute drive from Canmore and it's easy to get to.  There is a park office in downtown Banff.  I'd go there and ask one of the rangers to help you pick out some good local hikes.  The Parks Canada website can also help you familarize yourself with hikes.  Here's that link: http://www.pc.gc.ca/eng/pn-np/ab/banff/activ/randonee-hiking/banff.aspx

Avatar
JeffanieKC

RE: A few questions from first-time visitor to Banff/Canmore

by JeffanieKC »

Thanks so much! Just the information I was hoping for. :-)

Avatar
prairiegrl56

RE: A few questions from first-time visitor to Banff/Canmore

by prairiegrl56 »

www.Banff.ca has a lot of the information you need for the trails. Banff townsite itself has many charms although its touristy in summer. Places to visit include: main street culminating with the gardens at the end. Luxton Museum contains some native historical artifacts, Bow Falls is lovely, Banff hot springs is perfect for a leisurely family soak, Lake Minniwanka, Sulfer Mountain, The Banff Springs Hotel..all worth a visit and easy access once you're in Banff itself. A horseback ride or a river float for families are unique ways to experience the beauty of the mountains too. I can recommend Johnson's Canyon as well. Canmore has a different feel and its worth exploring, for eats, more down to earth prices, more a town than a national park. Hope this is useful. Have a lovely time.
advertisement