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: 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: Lake Louise

Continued from Post Hotel

Just up the road from the Post Hotel is one of the star attractions of Banff National Park, Lake Louise.

A natural wonder, the lake (though half-frozen when we visited) is ice blue, a result of mineral run-off from the massive, protective mountains around it. A UNESCO World Heritage Site that’s reached by a short path from a public parking lot, it nonetheless feels like the corporate property of the iconic Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise. [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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Western Canada: Arriving in Banff National Park

Continued from Off to Western Canada

First off, if you’re going to rent a car for driving through Canada’s Banff National Park, learn from our mistake:  Make sure you get a car with power windows.

The landscapes are so incredible that you’ll be rolling your windows down every five minutes.  Having a power button could be the difference between nabbing a photo of a quick-moving bear…or not.

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