Surrounding Area

2009 June - BGMR Timeshare 007

Banff National Park:

Canada’s first national park, only 1.5 hrs drive west of Calgary, Alberta, Canada.  From humble beginnings as a 26 square kilometre hot springs reserve, Banff National Park now consists of 6,641 square kilometres of unparalleled mountain scenery nestled in the heart of the magnificent Canadian Rockies.

Each year, millions of visitors come to Banff to marvel at the emerald waters of Lake Louise, walk among the flower-filled heavens at Sunshine Meadows, and drive beneath the towering jagged peaks lining the Icefields Parkway.  The resort town of Banff is set among the towering mountains of Rundle, Tunnel, Cascade and Norquay.

Snow-capped peaks, glistening glaciers and sweeping vistas are just one part of the allure of Banff National Park. We also offer all the best summer and winter activities in the Canadian Rockies. A white water rafting trip is truly one of Canada’s best adventures. Our golfing, hiking, bird-watching, mountain climbing, canoeing, skiing, fishing, and all types of guided tours are second to none.

Winter temperatures range from a low of −14.1 °C (6.6 °F) to a high of −4.6 °C (23.7 °F). Summer temperatures in the warmest month are pleasant with an average high of 21.9 °C (71.4 °F) and an average low of 7.4 °C (45.3 °F). Snow has been recorded in all months of the year.

You can enjoy all the comforts of home in the town of Banff and the village of Lake Louise, or step out into the wilderness and the home of some of North America’s wildest creatures, including grizzly bears, caribou and wolves.

Banff:

Banff is a resort town in within Banff National Park and one of Canada’s most popular tourist destinations, known for its mountainous surroundings, abundance of natural resources and hot springs.  It is a destination for outdoor sports and features extensive hiking, biking and skiing areas all located within the national park.  Located in the Alberta rockies along the Trans-Canada Highway, approximately 126 km west of Calgary and 58 km east of Lake Louise.  At an elevation of 4600 – 5350 feet, Banff is the community with the second highest elevation in Alberta after lake Louise.

For a great selection of the best restaurants in the Banff and Lake Louise area, please visit the Banff Dining guide.

Canmore:

Canmore is the closest full-amenity town to the resort and is located in the Bow Valley, approximately 81 km west of the City of Calgary, near the southeast boundary of Banff National Park.  Canmore lies nestled along the banks of the Bow River in the heart of the Rocky Mountains.  Settled in 1883 Canmore had a modest beginning as a coal-mining town that continued until the mine closed permanently in 1979.  Chosen as the site of the Nordic Ski Events for the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics, Canmore has attracted international attention as a major tourist destination.  Over the past 12 years, there has been significant residential and commercial growth in the town resulting in a current population of over 10,000.  Known for it’s endless outdoor recreational opportunities, Canmore is a terrific place to embark on your next outdoor adventure – skiing, hiking, biking and fishing are just a few of the activities you can enjoy in this scenic mountain community.

For a great selection of the best restaurants in the Canmore area, please visit the Canmore Dining guide.

Lake Louise:

Lake Louise is located in a small hamlet within Banff National Park in Alberta, Canada. The scenery is nothing short of extraordinary. The backgrounds are filled with views of several snow-capped mountains including Mount Temple (3,543 m (11,624 ft)), Mount Whyte (2,983 m (9,787 ft)) and Mount Niblock (2,976 m (9,764 ft)). It is known as the “Hiking Capital of Canada.” The area offers an incredible variety of recreational and sightseeing opportunities with everything from glaciers to waterfalls.

Annual snowfall averages 3.3m and snow has been recorded during every month of the year. You will find some of the best powder skiing in North America, unmatched wildlife viewing opportunities, the famous Canadian Rockies scenery; and perhaps you’ll find the mountain retreat you have been looking for your whole life.

Lake Louise was named after Princess Louise Caroline Alberta, the wife of John Campbell, the 9th Duke of Argyll, who was the Governor General of Canada from 1878 to 1883. The Village of Lake Louise is on the Trans-Canada Highway fifty-seven kilometers (thirty-five miles) west of Banff. This story-book village offers a range of travel amenities and wonderful dining opportunities.