There is no way to describe the Alberta Rockies without gushing over their breathtakingly colossal presence. No matter what the season, they are designed to overwhelm as they reach their jagged peaks into the changing skies.
Every season is ideal for visiting as there is no end to things to do in the region. Visit world famous Banff National Park, the quieter resort of Jasper in Jasper National Park, the beautiful town of Canmore just outside Banff National Park, or Hinton, just vacation outside of Jasper National Park.
The people are hospitable, friendly and unlike other destinations, enjoy tourists from all nationalities.
Transportation in Alberta
From Vancouver it is easy to take the train to Banff and Jasper. Then from each of these locales, there are very good highway links to the rest of Canada as well as to the U.S. With Calgary International Airport near to Banff, there is also bus service and car rental service for easy access to all areas of the region. Edmonton International Airport is near to Jasper and it is from the airport that you can take a bus, train, or rental car to the resort. Jasper is linked to the transcontinental train service, Via Rail Canada, making it an easy point from which to reach out to other Canadian locales.
Alberta Rockies Climate
The sun shines all year long in the Alberta Rockies. In winter you will see blue skies along with the cold weather. Even though it’s cold, make sure to bring your sunscreen, as the altitude makes your skin vulnerable to the sun’s rays. Summers in Alberta bring warm days and chilly nights, with some days bringing rain, so make sure you pack adequate attire. Spring unveils a wild display of alpine wildflowers that thrive in the warm weather. But don’t be fooled. In the mountains the weather is always subject to changing on a dime, so if you travel in Spring, or Autumn for that matter, bring clothing that you can layer. Autumn in the Rockies is a riot of golden color, with crisp mornings and evenings that can warrant cold weather dressing.
Accommodations in Alberta and Banff National Park
There are three world-renowned hotels in the Alberta Rockies which should be visited even if you do not stay in any one of them. The Banff Springs Hotel is a castle-like building that maintains its Old World charm. Located in the heart of the Banff townsite, this hotel is a full facility resort that will make you feel
like a king or queen during your stay.
Chateau Lake Louise is a magnificent hotel that sits on the edge of Lake Louise. The quality of service and the stunning surroundings will make your stay here feel like an opulent gift, no matter what price you pay for lodging.
With its elegant cabins that ring the main building, access to cross-country skiing trails, and a world-class golf course, The Jasper Park Lodge deserves its reputation as lodging to the Hollywood stars.
It is no secret why people come from all over the world to ski the fine powder of the Alberta Rockies. Just read the top ski magazines and everyone gushes over skiing in Alberta. With stunning scenery at every turn, the area’s pride is its world-class resorts that offer trails for all levels of skiing. Go to Marmot Basin near Jasper, Lake Louise and Sunshine between Banff and Lake Louise, Banff Norquay, or Nakiska in Kananaskis Country where the 1988 Olympics for downhill skiing were held. Each one of these resorts is a jewel, offering the best conditions for skiing in the world. I ski here, finding that the snow conditions
are generally more favorable and consistent than ski resorts in the Colorado and US Rockies.
This paradise is located to the southwest of Banff National Park and is loaded with some of the most spectacular mountain scenery imaginable. With its splendid variety of flora and fauna, exquisitely maintained cross-country trails (which become hiking trails in spring), you can’t choose a more quintessential experience than in Kananaskis Country. Stay in a luxury hotel or camp in the wilderness…
whatever you decide, you will be rewarded by some of the best facilities in one of the most astounding regions the world over.
The Jasper Tramway
As Canada’s longest and highest aerial tramway, you will ride up, up and away to see the spectral sites below. Take a hiking trail at the top, or relax at the glassed-in restaurant while you look at the 260 degree scenery just outside. Go late in the day to enjoy the sunset and a romantic twilight dinner.
The Icefields Parkway
Offering kilometers of unadulterated scenery, the parkway lies between Jasper and Lake Louise. Considered one of the greatest mountain drives in the world, you will be stunned by the snowcapped summits, the waterfalls, lakes, rivers, and glaciers. With numerous viewing points along the way, you can also take hikes from these areas. There are many campsites along the route, allowing you to enjoy the area to the fullest as you traverse the parkway from one end to another. A stop at the Columbia Icefield’s Visitor Centre is a must. Here you will receive information about the glacier before walking to it or taking a snowcoach onto the surface.