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: 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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Off to Western Canada

In an attempt to sideswipe the astronomical prices of Europe in early 2008, Adam and I headed to Western Canada — or as we like to call it, “America’s Hat” — for 8 days in late May.

In a conservative twist for us, we planned to go only to incremental parts of the country rather than try to tackle huge amounts of terrain in a short time.   I thought it might be good to leave ourselves open to at least the concept of a nap.

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