Calgary - 2 hours
• Cup of coffee from $3.00 • Small beer from $4.00 • Bottle of house wine from $21.00 • Poutine from $6.95 • Glass of coke from $1.50 • Canadian Club from $7.00 • Sandwich from $14.00 • Pizza from $14.00 • Burger & fries from $13.00
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So what's it like?
Massive ski area, beautiful Rockies scenery and lively town.
The three ski resorts of Banff and Lake Louise lie in the heart of the Rockies - expect phenomenal snow conditions in one of North America’s biggest ski areas. There’s wildlife everywhere, often spotted from the shuttle bus, which takes between 15 and 45 minutes depending which resort you choose to ski. You’ve got the busy Canadian town of Banff, built when the railroad came through in the 1880s, or stay in the quiet, sleepy village of Lake Louise. And it’s pretty much compulsory to go dog sledding or on a snowmobiling trip out into the wilderness, through the awe-inspiring mountains.
No other resort in Western Canada is as easy to access. Banff is just an hour and a half from Calgary Airport. Getting to the skiing is easy, there’s a regular shuttle bus, and you always get a seat. If one bus fills up, another comes in right behind it. It’s like a mini excursion and you’ll often spot elk, bighorn sheep and moose.
The resorts open in November and close in May, so at Christmas or Easter you can expect great snow. Banff is incredible value for money during the low winter season when you can stay in good hotels at bargain prices. Because you have to get the bus to and from the ski resorts the après can be a little quiet. However, Banff bars and pubs are busy in the evening with a great mountain town vibe. There are some great places to eat too, whether you’re after something fancy or just simple Canadian cuisine.
Ski Information Beginners
All three mountains offer plenty of gentle slopes and good ski schools, perfect for complete beginners or those who just want to take it easy.
Ski Information Intermediates
Sunshine Village and Lake Louise ski resort offer endless runs for the intermediate skier, most of which are wide open runs, plus there are some gentle bowls for the adventurous.
Ski Information Advanced
An advanced or expert skier or boarders’ playground, the back bowls on Lake Louise are phenomenal. On Sunshine try the steeps and bumps on Goats Eye Mountain and if you are after a real challenge then Delirium Dive for pros only.
Banff has laid back bars and lively pubs and clubs • Wild Bill's & Elk and Oarsmen are great Canadian bars • Rose and Crown and St James Gate are popular, usually with good live music • Aurora and Hoodoo’s nightclub for those who want to carry on the party
Cinema with films in English, evening out at the ice hockey in Calgary, helicopter rides, ice climbing, indoor swimming pool, natural hot springs pools, outdoor ice skating, spa treatments
A huge choice and variety for eating out • Wild Bill's & Elk and Oarsmen are a must for huge portions of Canadian fare – think ribs, nachos, wings! • a really good Greek restaurant called Balkan and Mexican restaurant called Magpie and Stump • for a high level of cuisine with local produce head to The Bison and Salt Lik, these are two of our favourites • for fine dining head to the Fairmont or Buffalo Mountain Lodge, both have exceptional restaurants
Make Banff or Lake Louise the location for your truly beautiful white wedding. Marry in the splendour of the Canadian Rockies - choose to make your vows in the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise or Fairmont Banff Springs.
Call the weddings team on 0871 230 8123 (call charges apply) for more information.