Driving to Banff from Calgary

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Getting to Banff from Calgary

Banff National Park, Alberta

By John McKiernan
Staff Writer

As far as confusing drives go, the trip from Calgary airport to Banff must take the biscuit. After what may have been a long flight, the last thing you want to do is stress on new roads. If all goes well and you don’t end up circling suburban Calgary for 6 days, the drive should take no longer than 90 minutes. Considering Calgary is the gateway city to the many wonders of the Canadian Rockies especially Banff, Canmore and Lake Louise, one would have thought that it would be better signposted. Don’t worry loyal reader, here are some solid directions courtesy of Google Maps to make sure you make it to the safety of your Rockies’ hotel in one piece.

The skyline of confusing Calgary.

The skyline of confusing Calgary.

1.Head southeast on Airport Rd NE
0.6 km
2.Turn right to stay on Airport Rd NE
0.4 km
3.Turn left at Air Services Pl NE
15 m
4.Slight left at Barlow Trail NE
0.4 km
5.Slight left to stay on Barlow Trail NE
0.2 km
6.Turn left at 96 Ave NE
2.6 km
7.Slight left to merge onto Hwy 2 S
7.9 km
8.Take exit 258 to merge onto 16 Ave NE W/HWY-1 W
3.3 km
9.Slight right at HWY-1 W
120 km
10.Take the exit toward Banff
0.5 km
11.Turn left at Banff Ave
4.2 km

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