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: Post Hotel

Continued from Arriving in Banff National Park

In Banff National Park, we were especially excited about our digs, the elegant, red-roofed Post Hotel in Lake Louise.

On this May 2008 trip, we went against our usual grain and stayed four-star all the way; that year, the Post had been reviewed by Travel & Leisure Magazine as the #1 hotel in Canada.

Can’t tell you if it’s the best in the whole country…but it was pretty darn wonderful.

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