TWT Travel Binder: Alberta

Here are some resources to help you plan your own “travels with two” to Alberta.

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Western Canada: One Night in Calgary

Photo by Gonzalo Pineda-Zuniga

Photo by Gonzalo Pineda-Zuniga

Continued from The Town of Banff

Calgary, Alberta is 127 km along the 1, or Trans-Canada Highway, from the town of Banff in Banff National Park.

This is a little over an hour’s drive, where huge snowy mountains slowly give way to grassy golden plains dotted with horses and cows.

When we were there, in late May 2008, just about every third animal was a baby; looked like it had been a romantic winter.

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Western Canada: The Town of Banff

Continued from Johnston Canyon

Note: Our trip to Western Canada was taken in May 2008.

Taking the gentle, narrow 1A out of Banff National Park, we headed to Banff, the biggest town in these parts (shy of sprawling Calgary).

Banff itself is preternaturally clean, touristy, and watched over by a few incredible peaks that rivaled any we’d seen before.   [Read more…]

Western Canada: Johnston Canyon

Continued from Oh, Yoho

At popular Johnston Canyon in Banff National Park, we parked and took the 1/2 mile woodland path and catwalk alongside rushing, mineral-green Johnston Creek to its lower set of waterfalls.  

The Canyon is a big tourist draw in any season, giving us a taste of what high season might be like at every park attraction.  

However, it’s full of people because it’s absolutely worth a visit, as it has the most easily accessible falls in Banff National Park; it requires no one to helicopter in to rescue you.   [Read more…]

Western Canada: Oh, Yoho

Continued from The Road To Golden

Note:  Our trip to Canada was taken in May 2008

We left our cozy base in Banff’s Lake Louise, drove the length of Kootenay National Park, took The Road to Golden, and headed back up through British Columbia’s small and stunning Yoho National Park.  

Darn good set of choices.

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