For the initially time ever, my husband and I are going to go skiing in the majestic Rocky Mountains: in March of 2006 we are going to go to remain a week in Banff, Alberta and we are also going to explore Lake Louise, the turquoise jewel of the Canadian Rockies. As we have never ever been to this region, I have began to do some research and contacted the official visitor info web page for the communities of Banff and Lake Louise in Banff National Park.
I had a likelihood to speak with Quintin Winks, Manager of Media Relations for
Banff Lake Louise Tourism, who was in a position to provide me with exceptional background info about the Banff / Lake Louise Region.
1. Please provide us with some general info about Banff/Lake Louise. Exactly where is it positioned, what is the weather like?
Banff is positioned within Banff National Park, in the Canadian Rockies of Western Alberta. The town of Banff is well-known for its spectacular setting, but it is more than just a pretty place. As Canada's initially incorporated municipality in a national park, Banff is a very unique community. It is environmentally-conscious, balanced, wealthy with character and culture and a friendly and open community. The elevation of Banff townsite is 1,383 m (four,537 feet), the highest town in Canada. The elevation of Lake Louise is 1,536 m (five,039 feet), the highest permanent settlement in Canada.
Summer (July - August):
The summer season normally has low humidity, warm temperatures and daylight hours lasting till 11:00 p.m. at the height of the summer equinox.
Autumn (Sept - Oct):
Fall sees diminishing daylight hours and warm days with cooling evening winds.
Winter (Nov - March):
Although it can and does snow at any time of the year, the initially snows usually start to fall in November. The average temperature during the winter months is about -12 C (6 F) having said that it is not unusual to have a two-week cold snap during December or January exactly where temperatures plummet into the -30 degree C/F range. Fortunately Banff and areas west and south, often obtain a welcome weather phenomenon referred to as Chinooks, warm winds that generate spring-like temperatures in a matter of hours.
Spring (April - June):
Rain and warming temperatures start to melt winter away from the valleys in April, having said that snow does not leave the mountain passes till mid-summer. While the average precipitation is comparatively low during this time, snowmelt pushes the rivers to their crests.
two. How can one particular get to Banff/Lake Louise and what is the best way of obtaining about locally?
Situated in the Rocky Mountains of Alberta, the town of Banff is positioned inside the boundaries of Banff National Park. It is situated 128 kilometres (80 miles) west of Calgary, 401 kilometres (250 miles) southwest of Edmonton and 850 kilometres (530 miles) east of Vancouver. Commercial airlines service each and every of these 3 Canadian cities, and buses to Banff and Lake Louise run year round.
Banff is easily accessed by bus or automobile using the Trans-Canada Highway. Calgary to Banff driving time is about two hours depending on traffic and road circumstances. Speed limits inside the national park are 90km/hour.
The closest key airport is the Calgary International Airport. Scheduled van and motorcoach shuttle services connect Banff with Calgary Airport. Departures are restricted (normally three or four per day).
three. What are some of the key sights in and about Banff/ Lake Louise?
Banff is well-known initially and foremost for its spectacular organic scenery, but also for its museums, national historic internet sites and heritage buildings.
Architectural and heritage guidelines ensure the town retains its mountain culture and charm. Banff also has 3 historic internet sites (Cave & Basin, Banff Park Museum and Bankhead) and several heritage buildings, one particular of the best performing art schools in the country (The Banff Centre), best-notch art galleries (The Walter Phillips Gallery and Canada Residence Gallery amongst others) and a world-renown museum specializing in the art and history of the Canadian Rockies (the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies).
Wildlife is also abundant within Banff National Park and a large number of guests return residence with memorable photographs of species that make use of the park.
>From bridge to biking, there is so a lot to do in the Banff region including airplane tours, barbecues, billiards, boat tours, bowling, dogsledding, downhill and cross-country skiing, fishing, golf, hiking, snowshoeing, nature tours, horseback riding, carriage and sleigh rides, mountaineering and climbing, hiking, hot springs and spas, museums and art galleries, gondolas, snocoach tours, sightseeing, whitewater rafting, kayaking and float trips.
four. Please tell us about the skiing opportunities in Banff/Lake Louise and other winter activities on supply in your region.
Three outstanding ski resorts, Ski , Sunshine Village and Lake Louise provide more than 7,700 acres and 240 trails offering numerous selections to skiers and snowboarders of any ability. From wide-open bowls and tree-lined glades covered with fresh dry champagne powder, to meticulous groomed slopes and state-of-the-art snowmaking, guests get pleasure from unspoiled scenery, short lift lines, and guaranteed friendly local hospitality. The last key snowstorm through this region was less than one particular week ago and the snow circumstances are powder, powder, powder. Way more snow is forecast in the coming days.
There are more than 80km of cross-country trails within a short drive of the Banff townsite alone. The vast network of track-set and untracked trails, and telemark slopes throughout Banff National Park calls nordic skiers of all skills. The Banff National Park Service keeps up to date trail circumstances and weather forecasts.
Banff also gives guided snow-shoeing tours, ice walks, dog sledding and ice climbing, not to mention heli-skiing.
five. What about activities during the summer time?
Ride through a pine forest hearing only hoof beats, zoom down waterslides, or come face to face with a grizzly bear whilst exploring an interpretive museum. Banff Lake Louise gives a thing for everyone.
Take pleasure in the spectacular views from the Brewster Gondola, explore the Columbia Icefield from aboard the huge snocoach, rent a bike and ride about the park or get up early and get pleasure from a bird walk in the spring. Theres also guided tours through Johnston Canyon, nature walks, a skateboard park and quite a few fine patios for enjoying a cool refreshment right after hours of exploration in the summer sun. Thats just the tip of the iceberg.
6. Banff / Lake Louise's history is connected to the expansion of railways across Canada. Please give us a brief historical overview of the region.
The railway passes through the Banff region and reaches Laggan Station (Lake Louise). Three railway workers, Frank McCabe, Tom McCardell, and William McCardell, stake claim to the organic hot springs on the side of Sulphur Mountain.
- 1884: Lord Steven, a former CPR director, christens the region "Banff" right after his birthplace, Banffshire, Scotland.
- 1885: The federal government sets aside a 26 km reserve surrounding the hot springs found two years earlier. Two years later, that region is improved to 670 sq. km. The Canadian Pacific Railway Business and the federal government cooperate in promoting the region as an international resort and spa as a way to support the new railway and ease the financial pressures on Confederation.
- 1888: The Canadian Pacific Railway Business builds the area's initially large tourist accommodation, The Banff Springs Hotel.
- 1911: Automobile access to Banff is produced feasible by the construction of the Banff/Calgary Coach Road.
- 1917: The park's region is improved to 7 125 km. The Canadian government passes the initially National Parks Act.
- 1930: Rocky Mountains Park is renamed Banff National Park and its size becomes fixed at 6641 km.
- 1933: The Banff Centre for Continuing Education is founded.
- 1985: Banff, Jasper, Yoho and Kootenay National Parks along with 4 adjacent provincial parks are declared a Globe Heritage Webpage by the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
- 1990: Via a joint agreement among the local citizens and the federal and provincial governments, the town of Banff becomes the only incorporated municipality within a Canadian national park.
7. Our readers would like to obtain out about the festivals and unique events in Banff/Lake Louise.
Festivals and unique events are a large number of in Banff and Lake Louise. The most immediate two are Ice Magic and Winterfest. Ice Magic involves artists from all more than the world converging on Lake Louise and carving 300 kilogram blocks of ice into spectacular sculptures (January 27-29). Winterfest is a series of fun activities. The most up-to-date info on all festivals and unique events can be identified at /
8. What about restaurants and entertainment in Banff / Lake Louise?
With inventive panache, chefs relentlessly reach new culinary heights. Recipes change according to the seasons and make use of the freshest local ingredients. Through the fall and winter, this implies game, squash and legumes, whilst spring capabilities asparagus and mushrooms and summer highlights edible flowers and fresh fruits.
The town has a wide assortment of tourism-related enterprises including more than 118 restaurants with food to suit every single palette. Theres Indian cuisine, sushi, Korean, Chinese, Western, Pasta, Thai, Greek and just about every single other variation.
Banff is also residence to The Banff Centre. This institution is host to a large number of forms of entertainment, including art galleries and installations, theatre productions and concerts ranging in assortment from string quartets, blues, jazz, ethnic and rock n roll. There is a thing happening practically every single week of the year. Banff also has a cinema, bowling lanes, water slides and indoor pool and billiards hall. Theres an indoor rock-climbing wall, skating rink, tennis courts and myriad other things to do for entertainment regardless of the weather.
9. What are some of the shopping opportunities in Banff / Lake Louise?
Take pleasure in strolling alongside locals and world-travellers as you discover a cosmopolitan collection of galleries, boutiques and cafs. Shops range from internationally recognized clothiers or independently-owned establishments to Canada's oldest department store.
ten. What type of accommodations selections are offered in Banff / Lake Louise?
>From 5-star elegance to the cozy comfort of cabins or chalets, Banff Lake Louise has more than 100 hotels, motels, condominiums resorts, lodges and bed & breakfasts that will make you really feel at residence whatever your tastes.
11. What are some of the key events and huge news stories coming up in 2006 and beyond in Banff/Lake Louise?
Banff looks poised to host a skins golf game this summer that will attract some of the largest names in golf.
Also huge in the news is the commencement of Banff Refreshing, a sidewalk expansion plan and greening that will make downtown Banff a lot more pedestrian friendly and lower the amount of traffic using the downtown core.
The initially phase of the Trans-Canada Highway twinning project will also swing into high gear this summer, making transit through Banff National Park quicker and safer than ever. Of note with this project are state-of-the-art wildlife crossing structures to maintain animals off the highway.
Passing of a recent lighting bylaw implies that Banffs night sky will turn into more and more clear as time passes.
Thank you, Quintin, for your time to provide us with more info about the beautiful Banff/Lake Louise region. We appear forward to exploring your region initially-hand in March!
For further info about Banff/Lake Louise please make contact with:
Banff Lake Louise Tourism
P.O. Box 1298, Banff, Alberta, T1L 1B3, Canada
Phone:403-762-8421 Fax: 403-762-8163