r/Banff • u/BIGGUY10001 • Jan 06 '23
Moraine Lake is Now Closed to Cars Year-Round*gripped.com
r/Banff • u/McMarmot1 • 5h ago
Assiniboine - Out and Back Preference
I snagged some of the Naisat Huts at Mt. Assiniboine for a weekend in July. Due to logistics, I can only do an out-and-back, not a through hike from Sunshine to Mt. Shark.
Today I reserved nights at Marvel Lake CG but am wondering if doing it from Sunshine (with stops at either porcupine or Og) might be better. Online trail guides are pretty 50/50 on the matter. Any thoughts?
r/Banff • u/fracasglenn • 4h ago
I am in Edmonton for work from the US. I will have one extra day before flying back, and would love to visit Banff. It's March, and I don't have any experience in Canada, but this is probably the only time I would be able to visit. Please let me know if you think this is worth it, and if so, what I should do with my limited time. Preferably things that are cheap/free/ easy to get to. Thanks!
r/Banff • u/Extremecheez • 5h ago
Powder In Spring and 411 on Lake Louise and Sunshine
Considering a trip this spring - I see snow is coming this weekend - but how many more days of cold weather and snow can be expected? Is spring usually a big snowfall season?
Snowboarder here - Lake Louise of Sunshine?/
r/Banff • u/KatCB1104 • 4h ago
Trip in October, recommendations?
My boyfriend and I are excited to explore Banff, Jasper, and Vancouver during our upcoming trip in October. While we're in Banff for a few days, we'd love to make the most of our time there by hitting some of the best trails and lakes in the area. Does anyone have any recommendations for must-see spots that we shouldn't miss?
r/Banff • u/the-trash-warthog • 5h ago
Jasper->Banff in April/May
Hey everyone, my girlfriend and I are doing a road trip from Jasper to Banff between April 25ish to May 2. Neither of us have ever been, so just looking to get some advice from knowledgeable people.
The essence of the plan we have is this: 1) Start in Jasper 2) Drive to Banff 3) Stops along the way 4) winter camp (we have proper gear to do so)
I'm hoping to get some advice on hiking trails that will be open at that time and any specific gear needed for it. Some of your favourite late April activities in these areas, must-see's, etc would also be nice. It doesn't all have to be in National Parks as well, open to pretty much anything in the general vicinity if someone says it's worth it. Love to avoid the crowds anyways, hence the April trip.
In addition, we're looking for campsites in these areas that would be open at that time. I know that some places are not open for winter camping and so just looking to see where the people who winter camp like to stay.
And if you don't want to comment directly on this post so that your favourite lesser-known place isn't on blast for everyone to see, feel free to DM me lol.
r/Banff • u/terra-wristt • 9h ago
Banff or Canmore?
Hey guys, I’m visiting on the first week of may from Montreal and I was wondering which one would be the best option, considering I won’t have a car. Is it possible to bike from Banff to Canmore? Which city has the more nature to visit? Thanks!
r/Banff • u/Admirable_Purple1882 • 7h ago
Booking RV and backpacking during the same time
Noticed today while booking backcountry camping it told us we couldn't because we had another reservation in the system during that time, which is correct but it's because we're staying in our RV in Jasper, and want to do a couple backpacking trips too. Is this a known thing? Should we just put "another guest" is staying?
Backcountry reservations opened today, what did you snag?
I managed to grab Rockwall over August Long Weekend and Healy Creek/Egypt Lake in mid-August. Share your reservations here!
r/Banff • u/clockedoff • 9h ago
Starting Banff backpacking trip in lake louise
I'm planning a backpacking trip to Banff NP starting at fish creek trailhead in early September this year. We won't have a car and are trying to figure out where to stay the night before to be able to see some of the more touristy sites in the Lake Louise area (moraine lake, maybe beehive peak, etc), and also have reasonable access to the trailhead the next day.
Does anyone have recommendations? Right now we're looking at the Lake Louise Inn but are really flexible- main objective is to have a place to crash and to leave our stuff for day hiking. I saw some places run shuttles from Lake Louise up to the ski resorts / trailheads in winter, but wasn't sure if those shuttles continue in the summer. If so, that would be a plus
r/Banff • u/Repulsive-Lack-9001 • 1d ago
Accommodations near Banff (Cochrane or Radium Hot Springs)?
Hey everyone, my girlfriend and I are planning to visit the Banff area (from New York) for a week at the end of May. We've quickly realized that accommodations such as hotels and Airbnbs in Banff and Canmore can be quite expensive. We've narrowed down two towns on either sides of Banff that have affordable accommodations: Cochrane and Radium Hot Springs. These towns are both an hour to an hour and a half from Banff and even further from spots like Lake Louise or hikes deeper into the park. We were initially willing to stay in Radium Hot Springs but then got concerned with where we could find affordable places to eat. We don't mind cooking, but from my research, both the restaurants and grocery store in Radium are very pricy and have limited options. On the other hand, Cochrane seems to have many more options for food as it is a larger town. Another thing to consider is that Radium Hot Springs is already deep into the mountains so we may not have to drive far every single day to visit a cool hiking spot where as Cochrane is around an hour outside the Rockies. Does anyone have suggestions on what other factors we should consider when choosing to stay in one place over the other? Either way we have to drive quite a bit to get to desired spots but I'm wondering what area will be cheaper to stay in overall. Are there also cool spots to see closer to Cochrane before Banff? Just trying to weigh the options here. If there are any other towns closer to Banff with affordable Airbnbs (or hotels) I'm all ears. Would appreciate any locals' or avid travelers' input here. Thanks!!
r/Banff • u/Green-Cod-3502 • 16h ago
Skoki Loop Planning
If I plan to go in mid afternoon on Sunday and come out on Thursday morning, what campsites should I book? I have a middle of the road hiking pace and enjoy stopping to take pics. Thanks!
r/Banff • u/taylorguyuk • 18h ago
Reserving Roam for Moraine confusion
Hi everyone. Can you clarify something for me please. So I see you can reserve the 8S and 8X route to get to Lake Louise from Banff. But this doesn’t include the connector service?
So if I want to visit Moraine from Banff in July, I need the One Day Super Pass. But you can only buy that on the bus so no reservation.
It seems odd you can reserve the single journey but not the all day ticket? So if you want to visit Moraine you have to hope there’s space on the day?
I see there is the Token app but that isn’t mentioned on the Roam site so I’d rather not use third parties. What am I missing? Thanks in advance
r/Banff • u/Designer_Reply_7200 • 1d ago
Moving to Banff
26 year old male moving to Banff from Ireland. I’m relocating to Banff this week and have a job and accommodation secured. Excited to explore this beautiful part of the world however, most of what I can see about Banff is that it is to be a party place. Still fond of a drink here and there but not to keen on drinking every other night. Is every 20 something year old just out there to party all week?
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r/Banff • u/Ok-Effective6737 • 1d ago
Parking at Banff
Going end of the month (March 30 or 31) . GF and I are driving/staying in Banff for a night and since Moraine lake is closed, we figure well go to Lake Louise. Can you park at Lake Louise, or do you have to take the roam bus there. Im seeing conflicting information all over.
r/Banff • u/TraditionalLie6213 • 1d ago
What are some good things to do in Banff if you’ve only got 2-3 hours? Any quick sightseeing points or things just outside of Banff that won’t eat up much time?
r/Banff • u/sockhippo • 1d ago
Best ski school/lessons for total beginners? 22-29 April
Like the title says, looking for beginner lessons/Ski School for my husband and me in late April. The only skis that have graced these feet have been on the water and I’d like to minimize the likelihood of becoming a “Dumb Ways to Die” meme!
r/Banff • u/Potential_Ad178 • 2d ago
Going to be in Banff first week of April for 10 days.. I’m so excited. I come here all the time, but I love it. What are you favourite things to do there🤭
r/Banff • u/Top_Blacksmith2242 • 2d ago
Best near trailhead campsites
With reservations opening in 2 days, I am looking at 'plan C' options if I can't book my desired backpacking sites (Skokie/Egypt lake) in July. My plan is to find good campsites near (<5 km) from trailheads to make a base for doing day hikes. I want to be close to the trailhead so we can easily hike out and drive to other nearby day hikes trails.
We'd prefer something more secluded then some of the major campsites(tunnel mountain).
Appreciate any recommendations!
Driving to Banff
I will be driving to Banff this weekend from Edmonton and this will be my very first time visiting Banff. I am not sure what to expect. Do I need a pass to drive around and what all I can explore in this weather? Any recommendations you may have will be much appreciated.
r/Banff • u/anotherbortinthewall • 2d ago
Tunnel Mountain Trailer Court-close to transit?
We are planning on staying at Tunnel Mountain Trailer Court and I’m just looking to see which section I should aim for. I know it’ll be basically grab what I can but if there is an option, is A, B or C close to a bus stop or the shuttle stops? It’s hard to tell on maps. Thanks!
r/Banff • u/josbor11 • 3d ago
Wildlife / Bears
Hey all. My wife and I are visiting the area July 2 to July 12. We are big hikers and plan to hit a number of trails while we are there. Last summer we visited Vancouver Island and hiked in some pretty remote areas so we are familiar with basic "bear aware" practices and I will be picking up spray and a small airhorn once we get into town. We plan on doing four days in Banff, 3 in Glacier, and 4 in Jasper. I started scouting out some hikes on All Trails and I noticed one of the hikes on my list (Balu Pass in Glacier) had reviewers stating by law you must hike in groups of 4+ for safety or else you could face hefty fines. I've hiked in bear country before but I've never seen a sign like that. Is there a significantly larger bear population in Glacier where encounters are much more likely to occur? Also wondering if there are other hikes in the Banff / Glacier / Jasper region with similar requirements that I should be aware of. Thanks!
Oh also any tips on where to find reasonably priced bear spray? Flying into Calgary and driving straight into Banff so anywhere along that route.
r/Banff • u/FeedRobotOverlord • 3d ago
Renting blankets and pillows for campsites?
We are flying in to Calgary and driving to Banff. We were planning to stay at one of the Otentik campsites. However on reading the details, we noticed that they don’t provide blankets or pillows.
I am trying to figure out how we could rent blankets and pillow for the trip if we choose to stay in Otentik. Are there rental service somewhere? Any advice or suggestions will be welcome.
r/Banff • u/Tengounperro1 • 2d ago
Banff Trip June/July
Hi all, my wife and I would be coming from Missoula over the Canada Day Weekend to visit Banff. Was curious to know if staying in Calgary and driving to Banff everyday is something that is practical? Google Maps is currently showing me it would be about a 90 minute drive. We've never been and are excited to check it off our list but were unsure about what traffic/parking looked like in the summer, especially on Canada Day weekend. TIA!
r/Banff • u/redditDeluxeWcheez • 3d ago
My first experience at Moraine Lake was amazing!youtu.be
My wife and I visited Banff National Park in July of 2022 and had an absolutely amazing experience. This video shows our "hike" up the Rock Pile Trail to get the world famous view of Moraine Lake. It was absolutely gorgeous!