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Month: June 2019

Things to do near Banff in the Spring

Things to do near Banff in the Spring

Have you ever considered visiting Banff and the surrounding area in April or early in the spring? I have to admit, when I started looking up things to do near Banff in the springtime, I was a little worried that there would be too much snow for us to see many of the sights, and terrible rainy weather with few mountain views. Still, if you are willing to risk less than perfect weather, visiting Banff (and Jasper) in the springtime…

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Icefields Parkway – Hikes and Highlights

Icefields Parkway – Hikes and Highlights

The Icefields Parkway has to be one of the most beautiful roads on the planet. It links Banff to Jasper in Alberta, Canada, with 230 km (143 miles) of ridiculously pretty mountain-filled views. We drove from Jasper to Banff in April, and although we were worried that the temperamental spring weather would mean rain, mist and no views; We ended up driving under blue skies dotted with fluffy clouds. It is possible to drive along the whole route in one…

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Castle Mountain Lookout – Banff Hikes

Castle Mountain Lookout – Banff Hikes

If you’re looking for a fun, non-technical hike near Banff, hiking up to the Castle Mountain Lookout is a fantastic option. If you have microspikes, this trail is still accessible in the early springtime, when many of the high alpine walks are still deep under snow. The hike finishes at an old fire lookout. The fire lookout building may be long gone, but you’ll be able to sit on the foundations and see the spectacular view. We combined this with…

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C-level Cirque – Banff Hikes

C-level Cirque – Banff Hikes

The trail to C-level Cirque is a forest-filled walk up to an old mining area just outside of Banff. There are some fantastic views of Lake Minnewanka on the way up, and then the viewpoint at the top allows you to stare up into a massive mountain bowl, that has been hollowed out by a glacier. This was the highest that miners were able to dig for coal. Our most recent trip to Japser and Banff was in the middle…

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