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Drive Lake Lousie to Vancouver

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Drive Lake Lousie to Vancouver

Hi There,

We are travelling to Banff from Vancouver on the Rocky Mountaineer in mid August and will then hire a car and drive to Lake Lousie.

We have 4 days(3 nights) to drive from Lake Louise back to Vancouver and was wondering if anyone has a suggested route we could take on the drive back (including recommendations of which places to stop at overnight along the way).

Thanks so much

Cheers,

Karen

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11. Re: Drive Lake Lousie to Vancouver

Hi Karen

We spent one week in the Rockies last October, driving between Banff and Jasper and return. If you look at Frommy's advice re at least to drive from Banff to The Icefields Centre, just before you reach the Centre stop and walk to the top of Parker's Ridge. Takes about an hour to reach the top, actually if you do this walk then you need to go about 500 metres further, to take in stunning views of the Saskatchewan Glacier. Probably makes it a long day, but what the heck, it's worth every step, and when will you be back that way. Also suggest you contact Parks Canada by email and get them to send you a Map of the Icefields Parkway and the Mountain Guide. Great to use for planning and when you are on the road. A beautiful part of the world with seven days not being enough.

Regards

macca46

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12. Re: Drive Lake Lousie to Vancouver

Do you mean this map, macca?

pc.gc.ca/eng/…visit38.aspx

Karen, go to the bottom of that page and you will find a link to a .pdf version of the map which you could print.

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13. Re: Drive Lake Lousie to Vancouver

Wow!

Apologies for the delayed response I've been away for a week.

Thanks so much everyone for your words of advice and recommendations. I do love a bit of freindly banter when opinions differ ;-) And that helps me greatly.

Looking like at this stage we will have 2 days in Banff and then another 5 days after that to discover the region via road and get back to Calgary to fly to NYC.

Hopefully this will be enough tijme to get a half decent look around. The Icefields sound magnificent, as does Parkers Ridge. That will definitely be on the to do list!

The map is great Frommy - thank you :)

Cheers,

Karen

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14. Re: Drive Lake Lousie to Vancouver

One more question guys, if you dont mind...

Any recommended places to stay along the way? bb/hotel or otherwise?

There will be 4 of us so would need 2 rooms.

Thanks again

Karen

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15. Re: Drive Lake Lousie to Vancouver

In the Banff area you have a lot of options for accommodations. You can find more information about what is available by visiting www.banfflakelouise.com.

A few suggestions in Banff town include:

A Banff Boutique Inn - a small boutique hotel within walking distance of the town centre.

Banff Aspen Lodge - a nice hotel close to the town centre with a great outdoor hot tub.

Rundlestone Lodge - this hotel is a little bit further outside the town centre (about 10-15 minute walk) but offers excellent amenties such as a swimming pool and hot tub and several restaurants nearby.

Hidden Ridge Resort - an excellent hotel located in the Tunnel Mountain area of town but they offer condo style cabins or chalets that could accommodate 4 people in a unit. They also have a superb outdoor hot tub and sauna.

Elsewhere in Banff National Park some accommodation options are:

Castle Mountain Chalets - cabin style accommodation located halfway between Banff and Lake Louise.

Storm Mountain Lodge - also located about halfway between Banff and Lake Louise they offer fantastic cabins with a nice restaurant on site.

Baker Creek Chalets - located about 10 minute drive from Lake Louise village they have great cabins with nice walking trails along the creek. A great restaurant is also available here.

Simpson's Num-Ti-Jah Lodge - located at the sourthern end of the Icefields Parkway, about 30 km north of Lake Louise. This is a historic log lodge on the shore of Bow Lake. There is no cell phone service or internet access but you can truly get away from the hustle and bustle here.

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16. Re: Drive Lake Lousie to Vancouver

Hi Karen

Really don't know a lot about the accommodation between Banff and Jasper. For us, we arrived in Lake Louise via Field in the afternoon, took in Moraine and Lake Louise lakes in the late afternoon, (stayed at Lake Louise Inn) and again early next morning before setting off up the parkway to wards Jasper. By the time we came down from Parker's Ridge it was getting close to twilight so we drove on to Jasper and stayed at the Athabasca Hotel for a couple of nights, before heading back to Banff where we stayed for three more nights. So we did the Southern end of the parkway on one day and the northern end on another, with other trips from both Jasper and Banff. And we found ourselves pushed for time. But we did not mind getting in late as there were only two of us. We found the Athabasca Hotel to be fine for us. We travelled in early October and didn't bother to pre book accommodation and had no trouble. But I guess that in August you will have to. Others could advise on this.

Happy planning

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17. Re: Drive Lake Lousie to Vancouver

Hi Karen,

We (2 adults & 2 teenagers) are hiring a car through Hertz from Vancouver to Calgary. They don't charge a one way fee, but will if you drive the other way. We are driving through the Okanagan region (Kelowna, Vernon, Revelstoke etc.- not Kamloops) and using the Banff Aspen Lodge as our base. It had 1 QB & 2 Singles. (Not sure if you wanted that or 2QB.) We will be driving up to the icefields, Lake Louise etc while staying there. We will then continue onto Calgary and fly back to Brisbane via LA as this was much more economical. I have also learnt a few things from your questions. I have done a LOT of research and I'm sure there's still plenty I don't know about.

Jenny

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18. Re: Drive Lake Lousie to Vancouver

"They don't charge a one way fee, but will if you drive the other way."

This may be your experience, PJJRK, but it is not concrete advice. It would depend on the number of cars needed to be shifted back to the place of origin at the time the hirer is travelling. It is certainly not advice I would rely upon, sorry.

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