D05 Jasper Banff
Published: 12/10/2019
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All the way to the southeast of the park, about a hundred kilometers from Jasper Village, is the Columbia Icefield. The ice field, which partially extends along the Icefields Parkway, has an area of 325 square kilometers and the ice reaches thicknesses of up to 320 meters.
It is therefore one of the largest ice masses under the Arctic Circle. With a specially designed vehicle - the Ice Explorer - it is possible from mid-April to mid-October to make a trip on the Athabasca glacier. Every eighty-minute trip departs from the Icefield Discovery Center and is led by an experienced guide who talks about the glaciers, ice fields and the surrounding area. During the ride you can get off to walk the glacier yourself.

The Columbia Icefield Highway takes us further through the Canadian Rockies. This 'highway' is actually a 'slow road' because there is little traffic. Along the way spectacular snow-capped mountain peaks, the famous Lake Louise, forests and: watch out for Grizzlies!
The lake is five kilometers from the town of Lake Louise and has an area of almost one kilometer. The Fairmont Chateau Hotel is located on the east bank. Lake Louise is a good base for walks in the area. Moraine Lake and Lake Agnes can be reached on foot from here. In the vicinity of Lake Louise you will find Emerald Lake (Yoho National Park), Bow Lake (Banff National Park), Lake O'Hara (Yoho National Park) and Peyto Lake (Banff National Park). In the summer, these glacial lakes turn beautifully green-blue. In the winter the lakes are covered with a
thick layer of ice and a large pack of snow. The destination is the famous winter sports resort of Banff, which is surrounded by glaciers. The spas and bath houses in Banff were the sights for the very first tourists. Take the Banff Gondola to the summit of Sulfur Mountain and enjoy the view of six different mountain ranges all year round (in good weather). The Banff Skywalk is a one-kilometer route along the mountain top.

Other sights in Banff National Park are the Bow Falls, a small, beautiful waterfall, and the Hoodoos Viewpoint. You see hoodoos here; narrow rock formations that resemble stone people. The bend where Tunnel Mountain Drive turns into Buffalo Street is popularly called 'Surprise Corner'. Here you have a surprisingly beautiful view of the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel.

In this 4-star route you drive on beautiful good roads, through a breathtaking environment, you drive through a long mountain range. You should definitely do a lunch and ride over the glacier stop at the Columbia Icefield Glacier Adventure and Columbia Icefield Center.

History:
In the nineteenth century, the government wanted to build a railroad to connect British Columbia quickly and efficiently with densely populated Eastern Canada. Near the spot where nowadays the town of Banff is located, the Canadian Pacific Railway railway company encountered hot springs. The government needed money to finance the railroad and therefore wanted to turn the sources into a tourist attraction. The plan received a lot of resistance. The disagreement came to an end in 1885 when the government named the springs 'Hot Springs Reserve'. It became a protected area of 26 square kilometers, which could not be resold and where occupancy was prohibited. Two years later, on June 23, 1887, new territory was added to the Reserve. The nature reserve had 665 square kilometers and was named Rocky Mountains National Park - the first national park in Canada! Only in 1930 the name changed to Banff National Park.
For a sensible and sustainable management of the park, engineers thought about how to construct roads. In the meantime, resort communities have been built along the railway line, including Lake Louise. These were to make the long train journeys for passengers more comfortable. The hotels and bathhouses together formed a village: Banff, named after the Scottish region of Banffshire, where the directors of the railway company were born. When the car arrived, Banff National Park grew to become Canada's most visited national park. Various laws and pacts had to guarantee the sustainability of the park. Banff National Park even became World Heritage.

A recent event that increased the popularity of Banff National Park was a remarkable story about a squirrel. An American couple who wanted to photograph themselves with the help of the self-timer suddenly saw a ground squirrel appear in front of the lens. The photo, with the squirrel looking straight into the lens, has subsequently become the symbol of the relative tame nature of wild animals in Banff National Park on the internet.
Ice Explorer
Banff Bow Falls
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View route collection Top car and motorcycle tour through Canada USA and the Rockies
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Traveling by car or motorcycle through Canada, USA and the Rockies, is a journey that you do not just make, so also not 15 days driving and then back home. No, book a stay of several days in Vancouver, Jasper, Banff, Seattle and Port Alberni and again Vancouver to visit multiple places of interest in these cities, so that this tour becomes an unforgettable tour that you can look back on with pleasure.

Don't forget to arrange and pack the following:
* This is only a summary and completely personal and may differ per person.

Take out travel insurance, +31 for numbers in GSM, Take out gas (in part), Health insurance coverage at destination ?, Switch off electrical devices, Lighting (timer), Check passport validity, Antenna from radio / TV for lightning, Residence address for those staying behind, Remote control book home alarm, Smart Parking.

Hand luggage:
Liquids in packaging of max. 100 ml, Liquids in hand luggage in clear plastic bag.

For on the road:
Sweets, Book, Earplugs, Country and road map (s), Directions, Maps in your navigation system

Money & Securities:
Bank card / giro card, Credit card (Remember pin code), Cash, Internet banking calculator, Medical insurance card, Travel insurance card.

Travel documents:
Passport, (International) Driving license, Ticket (s), Reservation receipts, Hotel vouchers, Arrival / Departure time, Check-in & check-out times, Valid visa (ESTA), Travel guide.

Clothing:
Underwear, Belt, Shirts / T-shirts, Short pants, Long pants, Shoes, Socks, Swimming trunks, Towel, Bath slippers.

Personal stuff:
Watch, House Keys, Wallet, Sunglasses.

Toiletries:
Deodorant, Shower gel / Soap, Comb / brush, Shaving gear, Shampoo, Toothbrush, Toothpaste, Sanitary pads

Health & Medicine:
Own medicines, Insect repellent, Cold sore ointment, Ointment for insect bites, Sunscreen, Norit, Paracetamol, Suction cup for insect bites, First aid bag.

Miscellaneous:
Travel bag / hip bag, Leatherman (= checked bag), Pen or pencil, Head lamp, Lighter, Tools & Electronics, Mobile phone & charger, Photo / video camera & charger, Memory card (s), World plug / adapter, Ipod & charger, Adapter cable Ipod, Headphones, iPad & charger, Navigation & charger / plug, Socket, Fuelpack battery.

Engine (accessories):
Helmet, Motorcycle clothing, Motorcycle boots, Chain lock / disc brake lock, Gloves, Bandana, Inside bags (plastic shopping bag), Insulation bag, Lashing straps, Tiewraps, Rainsuit, Rainaway.

Addresses:
Address list, Telephone number embassy, ​​Telephone number to block (bank) card (s), Telephone number (airline tickets).
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Traveling by car or motorcycle through Canada, USA and the Rockies, is a journey that you don't just make, so also a 15-day drive and then back home. No, book a stay of several days in Vancouver, Jasper, Banff, Seattle and Port Alberni and again Vancouver to visit multiple places of interest in these cities, so that this tour becomes an unforgettable tour that you can look back on pleasure.

Don't forget to arrange and pack the following:
* This is only a summary and completely personal and may differ per person.

Take out travel insurance, +31 for mobile numbers, Take out gas (in part), Health insurance coverage at destination?, Switch off electrical devices, Lighting (timer), Check passport validity, Antenna from radio / TV for lightning, Residence address for those staying behind, Remote control book home alarm, Smart Parking.

Hand luggage:
Liquids in packaging or max. 100 ml, Liquids in hand luggage in transparent plastic bag.

For on the road:
Sweets, Book, Earplugs, Country and road map (s), Directions, Maps in your navigation system

Money & Securities:
Bank / giro card, Credit card (Remember pin code), Cash, Internet banking calculator, Medical insurance card, Travel insurance card.

Travel documents:
Passport, (International) Driving license, Ticket (s), Reservation receipts, Hotel vouchers, Arrival / Departure time, Check-in & check-out times, Valid visas (ESTA), Travel guide.

Clothing:
Underwear, Belt, Shirts / T-shirts, Short pants, Long pants, Shoes, Socks, Swimming trunks, Towel, Bath slippers.

Personal stuff:
Watch, House Keys, Wallet, Sunglasses.

Toiletries:
Deodorant, Shower gel / Soap, Comb / brush, Shaving gear, Shampoo, Toothbrush, Toothpaste, Sanitary pads

Health & Medicine:
Own medicines, Insect repellent, Cold sore ointment, Ointment for insect bites, Sunscreen, Norit, Paracetamol, Suction cup for insect bites, First aid bag.

Miscellaneous:
Travel bag / hip bag, Leatherman (= checked bag), Pen or pencil, Head lamp, Lighter, Tools & Electronics, Mobile phone & charger, Photo / video camera & charger, Memory card (s), World plug / adapter, Ipod & charger, Ipod adapter cable, Headphones, iPad & charger, Navigation & charger / plug, Socket, Fuelpack battery.

Engine (accessories):
Helmet, Motorcycle clothing, Motorcycle boots, Chain lock / disc brake lock, Gloves, Bandana, Inside bags (plastic shopping bag), Insulation bag, Lashing straps, Tiewraps, Rainsuit, Rainaway.

Addresses:
Address list, Telephone number embassy, ​​Telephone number to block (bank) card (s), Telephone number (airline tickets).