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Banff/Lake Louise Lodging Recommendation?

I had posted this thread on the R Series forum and someone wisely suggested I post here.

My wife and I are planning a trip next July to Glacier National Park and then up to Banff/Lake Louise. We don't know the area and are hopeful one of you may be able to recommend lodging, other than camping, in the Banff/Lake Louise area? I saw the Fairmont properties but at $400-$600/night, well beyond our $250/night max. My interest is to have a comfortable, clean place which we can walk to restaurants and attractions from so that once the day is done, we can clean up and leave the bike. Also, aside from the lodging, is one area or another preferable? Thanks for your guidance.


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Consider staying in Canmore. Much less expensive. Close to Banff. Lots of good restaurants.
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Log onto priceline.com and there are 88 hotels listed for Canmore ranging in price from $105. to over $300. I am sure you can locate a nice motel or hotel for a reasonable price there. In Canmore you are just a short drive into Banff where you can take in many of the sights in the rockies. Very scenic and pretty views. Take your camera for sure.
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I would suggest the ride up to Jasper, Much nicer area, not as commercialized.

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Yeh! The Banff/Jasper Highway is one of the prettiest on the planet.
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I've stayed a couple of times in the winter at the Ptarmigan Inn in Banff. It's walking distance to downtown and very comfortable.

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Prices used to be reasonable, but it's been a few years since I've stayed there so not sure now.

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Re: UPDATE-Banff/Lake Louise Lodging Recommendation?

So we're all set with accommodations from Banff, Lake Louise, and Jasper. As I have to drop my wife off so she can fly home while I ride home to Boston, we were wondering what the best of the following two options would be: Ride from Jasper to Edmonton or Jasper to Calgary for her to fly home? Calgary is about $100 cheaper. Not a deal breaker though.

The former shows as 241 miles, the latter 261 miles so no real difference. Having come up from Banff we would've seen most of the Jasper to Calgary ride already. However, perhaps the ride from Jasper to Edmonton isn't as beautiful or for some other reason is the poorer choice. May I ask for some experienced guidance here?


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You will not be displeased with the ride from Jasper to Edmonton. I have travelled both ways a few times and they are beautiful rides.

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If I can offer some route choices once you are in Calgary.
From Calgary take the 1A Highway through Cochrane which will take you back to the Trans Canada Highway 1 just outside Canmore. Take the TC #1 west through the park gates into Banff. The 1A is a much nicer ride to Canmore/Banff, although a little slower.
Once you leave Banff, 1 West, just outside Banff you will see a sign for the Bow Valley Parkway, (Johnson Canyon). If you are site seeing Johnson Canyon is a great place to hike. The Bow Valley Parkway will come out right at Lake Louise as you cross over the TC #1 highway. When in Lake Louise make sure you go up to The Chateau Lake Louise and at least take some pictures of the emerald blue water in the lake. If you have time walk around the Lake to the end and see what looks like a milk stream feeding into the lake, (minerals from the glacier) which give the lake the emerald blue color.
When leaving Lake Louise you will take the Ice field Parkway off the #1 west to Jasper, rated as one of the best 10 scenic drives in the world, (in some books). When in Jasper a great restaurant to eat at is Evil Dave's, interesting name but outstanding food.
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I forgot to mention and definitely take the #16, Yellow head Highway to Edmonton, not a spectacular as the Ice field Parkway you came to Jasper on but none the less a great ride.

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Lots of accomodation in Nisku or Leduc. Both only a couple of minutes drive to the departure deck at the Airport.
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So we're all set with accommodations from Banff, Lake Louise, and Jasper. As I have to drop my wife off so she can fly home while I ride home to Boston, we were wondering what the best of the following two options would be: Ride from Jasper to Edmonton or Jasper to Calgary for her to fly home? Calgary is about $100 cheaper. Not a deal breaker though.

The former shows as 241 miles, the latter 261 miles so no real difference. Having come up from Banff we would've seen most of the Jasper to Calgary ride already. However, perhaps the ride from Jasper to Edmonton isn't as beautiful or for some other reason is the poorer choice. May I ask for some experienced guidance here?
I may of missed something here, but when do you expect to do this trip?

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Trip is scheduled for July 18-27.


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As I continue with my planning, I have a route question. Coming north out of Glacier National Park to Banff, I see I could take Hwy 89 north, eventually finding Hwy 22 north rather than 89. My question relates to Hwy 40 which I would prefer to take as it gets us to TC1 near Banff but on what appears to be a smaller, preferable road. However, I note Googlemaps refers to this road as Kananaskis "Trail". Is it a paved road? The word "trail" worries me as I don't want to take my R1200RT onto an adventure trail.

On a similar note, is the road "Smith Dorrien Trail" just west of Hwy 40 a paved road or truly a trail?


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Yes Kananaskis Highway #40 is fully paved. It is closed until about mid June to allow for the local Elk migration that takes place every year.

If you are coming from Glacier National Park I would take Highway #17US/#6CA and cross the border at Chief Mountain Highway (small one shack border crossing, check operation hours as limited). These are good paved 2 lane highways and excellent scenic routes. Take Highway #6 North into Pincher Creek where you can get fuel and food. From there take Highway #3 West (Crowsnest Hyw) to Highway #22 North into Longview, again where you can get fuel and food. In Longview about 100' past the Esso service station is the start of Highway #40 West, as mentioned fully paved 2 lane highway. Note there is no fuel between Pinch Creek and Longview as well as Longview and Canmore heading to Banff on the #1 Highway. (although in Kananaskis, on the highway #40, there is a small service station that has limited hours and only regular fuel).

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Hi Randy,

I am curious about why you have me traveling from 3 to Hwy 22 North all the way to Longview before turning west to 40 as opposed to only going north on 22 to hwy 517 and then catching 40 much further south than Longview? No fuel perhaps? Or is that lower portion of 40 not that scenic?

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I had posted this thread on the R Series forum and someone wisely suggested I post here.

My wife and I are planning a trip next July to Glacier National Park and then up to Banff/Lake Louise. We don't know the area and are hopeful one of you may be able to recommend lodging, other than camping, in the Banff/Lake Louise area? I saw the Fairmont properties but at $400-$600/night, well beyond our $250/night max. My interest is to have a comfortable, clean place which we can walk to restaurants and attractions from so that once the day is done, we can clean up and leave the bike. Also, aside from the lodging, is one area or another preferable? Thanks for your guidance.
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Just did the Edmonton, Jasper, Banff, Red Deer, Edmonton trip this weekend. Although we were 4 wheeling it, it was a great weekend. You will be in high season when you plan to get to Banff so I would suggest that you plan ahead and make reservations well ahead of time. Make sure you stop at Athabasca Falls on your way north from Banff to Jasper, it is a great stop.

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