Frequently Asked Questions about Banff and Canmore


Frequently Asked Questions about Banff and Canmore

Banff National Park, Alberta

Sometimes I get emails from people who aren’t asking me to pay a bill or to subscribe to the latest Viagra upgrades (useless by the way). There is plenty of information about the towns of the Canadian Rockies but sometimes, there are some questions that can only be answered by your very own Banff Insider. If you have a question that needs answering before visiting, email me at and if I can’t answer it, I’ll walk through Banff in the peak of winter with only my hat on!

Is there anything you want to know about Banff?

Is there anything you want to know about Banff?

There doesn’t seem to be too many electronics shops around Banff. My laptop cord has just gone caput. I don’t suppose by any chance you know where I could get it fixed?

Sarah Jones, Ontario

Banff is quite a touristy town so you will find plenty of camera shops around. There is also a Source shop downstairs in the Cascade Mall just off Bear Street. However, for something more particular like a broken laptop cord, your best bet would be heading to Canmore. It is only 20 minutes drive away and caters much better to all this type of stuff. There is a shop on Main St. called Metron Technologies that should be able to help you. There is a guy in there called Lee Loney who is an IT tech and knows more about computers than Bill Gates. For any technical problems you have, this is the place to go.

I have heard the cost of living is quite expensive in Banff. Is it as bad as people make out?

Andrew Clark, Nova Scotia

This is probably the question I am asked most. The truth is yes, Banff is fairly expensive but it doesn’t have to be. If you are careful, you can live quite cheap. Particularly if you are renting a house, you can shop in Safeway, buy your drinks for cheap in Locals Liquor and eat at the cheaper restaurants or when they have specials. Also because it is such a small town, pretty much everything is walkable. Taxi costs are practically nonexistent. It is only expensive if you make it expensive.

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2 comments on “Frequently Asked Questions about Banff and Canmore”

  1. Bob, U.S.A.

    Hi my name is Bob,
    I have a few questions…the first concern I have is about wildlife;
    What keeps the bears from attacking us, are they kept in captivity and then released at certain times? Aswell I am concerned for transportation cause I dont have a 4X4 so can I get around easily? Aswell less important in my room do y’all use those canadian degrees when refering to temperature? Oh and I dont have special adaptors for my electrical equipment what should I do?
    Well any help provided would be greatly apreciated.
    Really looking forward to my Canada vacation really hoping I can visit an Indian tribe too with my kids they shouldn’t be too hard to find around there…
    God bless

  2. Matt

    Let’s go through each question one at a time:

    1. Bears generally do not head into town, however if you head into the woods, your best bet for bear safety is some bear spray and a large group of people (4+)
    2. In a National Park, all animals are free to roam. The only fenced in area is the highway.
    3. Roads are cleared of snow regularly. A good set of snow tires and you should be fine.
    4. Temperature is listed in degrees Celsius in Canada, as well as everywhere outside the US. Most places will include degrees Fahrenheit as a courtesy to any American tourists.
    5. Canada and the US use the same power outlet configurations.
    6. The closest Native Reserve is the for the Stoney Tribe, which is located between Calgary and Banff National Park.

    Thank you,

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