For the first time ever, my husband and I are going to go snowboarding inside the majestic Rocky Mountains: in March of 2006 we are going to visit stay a week in Banff, Alberta and we also are going to explore Lake Louise, the turquoise jewel of the Canadian Rockies. As we’ve by no means been to this vicinity, I have started out to perform a little research and contacted the professional traveller statistics internet site for the communities of Banff and Lake Louise in Banff National Park.
I had a chance to talk with .ca domains Quintin Winks, Manager of Media Relations for
Banff Lake Louise Tourism, who was capable of offer me with splendid history records about the Banff / Lake Louise Region.
1. Please provide us with a few general information about Banff/Lake Louise. Where is it positioned, what’s the weather like?
Banff is located inside Banff National Park, inside the Canadian Rockies of Western Alberta. The city of Banff is famous for its astonishing setting, but it is more than only a quite vicinity. As Canada’s first integrated municipality in a national park, Banff is a very special community. It is environmentally-conscious, balanced, rich with man or woman and subculture and a friendly and open community. The elevation of Banff townsite is 1,383 m (4,537 feet), the highest city in Canada. The elevation of Lake Louise is 1,536 m (5,039 toes), the highest everlasting settlement in Canada.
Summer (July – August):
The summer time normally has low humidity, warm temperatures and daylight lasting till 11:00 p.M. At the height of the summer season equinox.
Autumn (Sept – Oct):
Fall sees diminishing daytime and heat days with cooling night winds.
Winter (Nov – March):
Although it may and does snow at any time of the 12 months, the first snows usually start to fall in November. The average temperature throughout the iciness months is round -12º C (6º F); however it isn’t always uncommon to have a two-week cold snap all through December or January wherein temperatures plummet into the -30 diploma C/F range. Fortunately Banff and regions west and south, often acquire a welcome weather phenomenon called Chinooks, warm winds that produce spring-like temperatures in a rely of hours.
Spring (April – June):
Rain and warming temperatures start to melt winter faraway from the valleys in April, but snow does no longer leave the mountain passes until mid-summer. While the average precipitation is fairly low during this time, snowmelt pushes the rivers to their crests.
2. How can one get to Banff/Lake Louise and what is the satisfactory way of having round locally?
Situated in the Rocky Mountains of Alberta, the metropolis of Banff is placed in the obstacles of Banff National Park. It is located 128 kilometres (80 miles) west of Calgary, 401 kilometres (250 miles) southwest of Edmonton and 850 kilometres (530 miles) east of Vancouver. Commercial airways carrier every of those three Canadian towns, and buses to Banff and Lake Louise run 12 months spherical.
Banff is without problems accessed via bus or vehicle using the Trans-Canada Highway. Calgary to Banff riding time is ready 2 hours depending on traffic and street conditions. Speed limits inside the national park are 90km/hour.
The closest major airport is the Calgary International Airport. Scheduled van and motorcoach trip services join Banff with Calgary Airport. Departures are restrained (generally three or 4 per day).
3. What are a number of the essential points of interest in and around Banff/ Lake Louise?
Banff is well-known first and main for its stunning herbal scenery, however also for its museums, country wide historic web sites and background homes.
Architectural and historical past guidelines make sure the metropolis keeps its mountain subculture and charm. Banff also has 3 historic web sites (Cave & Basin, Banff Park Museum and Bankhead) and severa history buildings, one of the nice appearing art colleges in the united states of america (The Banff Centre), pinnacle-notch art galleries (The Walter Phillips Gallery and Canada House Gallery among others) and a global-renown museum specializing in the artwork and history of the Canadian Rockies (the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies).
Wildlife is likewise considerable inside Banff National Park and many visitors return home with memorable snap shots of species that employ the park.
From bridge to biking, there may be so much to do in the Banff vicinity including plane excursions, barbecues, billiards, boat excursions, bowling, dogsledding, downhill and pass-us of a skiing, fishing, golf, trekking, snowshoeing, nature tours, horseback riding, carriage and sleigh rides, mountaineering and mountain climbing, hiking, hot springs and spas, museums and art galleries, gondolas, snocoach tours, sightseeing, whitewater rafting, kayaking and flow trips.
Four. Please inform us about the snowboarding opportunities in Banff/Lake Louise and other iciness activities on offer for your vicinity.
Three outstanding ski lodges, Ski Banff@Norquay, Sunshine Village and Lake Louise offer greater than 7,700 acres and 240 trails providing endless alternatives to skiers and snowboarders of any capability. From huge-open bowls and tree-lined glades blanketed with clean dry champagne powder, to meticulous groomed slopes and contemporary snowmaking, visitors revel in unspoiled scenery, brief carry lines, and assured pleasant nearby hospitality. The last main snow fall thru this region become less than one week ago and the snow conditions are powder, powder, powder. More snow is forecast inside the coming days.
There are over 80km of move-usa trails inside a brief pressure of the Banff townsite on my own. The tremendous network of song-set and untracked trails, and telemark slopes all through Banff National Park calls nordic skiers of all talents. The Banff National Park Service keeps updated path situations and weather forecasts.
Banff additionally gives guided snow-shoeing excursions, ice walks, dog sledding and mountaineering, no longer to mention heli-snowboarding.
Five. What approximately activities at some point of the summer season?
Ride thru a pine forest listening to only hoof beats, zoom down waterslides, or come head to head with a grizzly endure at the same time as exploring an interpretive museum. Banff Lake Louise offers something for absolutely everyone.
Enjoy the stunning perspectives from the Brewster Gondola, explore the Columbia Icefield from aboard the significant snocoach, rent a bike and ride around the park or get up early and experience a hen stroll inside the spring. There’s also guided excursions thru Johnston Canyon, nature walks, a skateboard park and numerous satisfactory patios for taking part in a cool refreshment after hours of exploration in the summer time sun. That’s just the tip of the iceberg.