Lonely Planet Banff, Jasper and Glacier National Parks (Travel Guide)
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Lonely Planet Banff, Jasper & Glacier National Parks is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Go hiking and camping in the Backcountry in Banff; mountain-biking and horseback riding in Jasper, or wildlife spotting in Glacier; all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of Banff, Jasper & Glacier National Parks and begin your journey now!
Inside the Lonely Planet Banff, Jasper & Glacier National Parks Travel Guide:
- User-friendly highlights and itineraries help you tailor your trip to your personal needs and interests
- Insider tips to save time and money and get around like a local, avoiding crowds and trouble spots
- Essential info at your fingertips - hours of operation, phone numbers, websites, transit tips, prices, emergency information, park seasonality, hiking trail junctions, viewpoints, landscapes, elevations, distances, difficulty levels, and durations
- Focused on the best - hikes, drives, and cycling tours
- Honest reviews for all budgets - eating, sleeping, camping, sight-seeing, going out, shopping, summer and winter activities, and hidden gems that most guidebooks miss
- Contextual insights give you a richer, more rewarding travel experience - history, geology, wildlife, and conservation
- Over 52 full-color trail and park maps and full-color images throughout
- Useful features - Travel with Children, Clothing and Equipment, and Day and Overnight Hikes
- Covers Banff National Park, Jasper National Park, Glacier National Park, Lake Louise, Lake Minnewanka, Bow Valley, Backcountry, Kananaskis Country, Lake O'Hara, Jasper Town, Blackfeet Indian Reservation and more
The Perfect Choice: Lonely Planet Banff, Jasper & Glacier National Parks, our most comprehensive guide to these Canadian national parks, is perfect for both exploring top sights and taking roads less traveled.
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8km (3 miles); follow the busy main road back to Banff, or reverse the route for a quieter return journey. Goat Creek Trail Duration 2-3 hours one way Distance 19. 1km (11. 9 miles) Difficulty Moderate Start Whiteman’s Gap Finish Banff Nearest Towns Banff (Click here), Canmore (Click here) Transportation Car/minibus Summary A great doubletrack between Banff and Canmore that crosses several types of terrain and winds its way between the Goat Range and Mt Rundle. This much-recommended one-way route is best done with two vehicles, or on an organized tour that provides transportation from either end of the trailhead.
Breakfast is included. A Bear & Bison GUESTHOUSE $$$ ( 403-678-2058; www. bearandbisoninn. com; 705 Benchlands Trail; r C$179-279) A gabled lodge with a country vibe. Twelve rooms in all: some boast hardwood floors, chiropractic mattresses and antique dressers, others multijet massage tubs and private patios. Some of the decor is a bit dated, but rates include a huge breakfast (try the maple French toast or the raspberry and blueberry pancakes). Mystic Springs APARTMENT, RESORT $$$ (www. mysticsprings.
Waterfowl Lakes Campground CAMPGROUND $ Offline map (Icefields Parkway; campsites C$21. 50; mid-Jun–late Sep) The best serviced of the parkway campgrounds, Waterfowl Lakes is nicely situated at the head of the lake and has lots of large, wooded, wheelchair-accessible sites and surprisingly fancy facilities, including flush toilets and BBQ shelters. Lodging Num-Ti-Jah Lodge HOTEL $$$ Offline map ( 403-522-2167; www. num-ti-jah. com; Icefields Parkway; d mountain/lake view from C$205/220, incl meals C$403.
8 miles) you’ll reach Second Summit Lake, where the trail can be muddy after rain thanks to heavy horse traffic. The valley swings due east at this point and the path enters denser forest on its journey to Jacques Lake, 5. 2km (3. 3 miles) away. This lake is the turnaround point for most day hikers, although there is a campground at its eastern end. Fishing is not permitted. Beyond here, the path continues along the epic Southern Boundary Trail, 164 more kilo- meters (102 miles) of eerie isolation. North of Jasper Town Sulphur Skyline Duration 3 hours round-trip Distance 8km (5 miles) round-trip Difficulty Moderate-difficult Start/Finish Miette Hot Springs parking lot Elevation Change 700m (2297ft) Nearest Facilities Miette Hot Springs (Click here) Transportation private Summary A short, rarely dull hike that delivers spectacular views from a ridge high over one of Jasper’s more remote corners.
3km (5. 8 miles). If the weather’s clear, from here you should have a great view of Mt Assiniboine spiking skywards, way off to the southeast. At 12. 3km (7. 8 miles) the trail meets the junction to Porcupine Campground (where most hikers spend their first night). To reach the campground, head right (south) for another kilometer (0. 6 miles). DAY 2: PORCUPINE CAMPGROUND TO LAKE MAGOG 6-7 HOURS, 15. 5KM (9. 7 MILES) On day two, head southeast from the camp-ground for 3. 5km to rejoin the main trail, which heads into the aptly named Valley of the Rocks.