7 nights Banff Canada holiday £553pp Oct 2019 from London Heatrow - £1,659 at Expedia 3 People
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7 nights Banff Canada holiday £553pp Oct 2019 from London Heatrow - £1,659 at Expedia 3 People

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Just to be clear, Canmore (servicedby the excellent bus system) is about 25 mins drive from Banff, 30 mins to the centre of the main strip.

I love Canmore, its nice, quieter, homelier bars, good beer from the microbrewery ..not pulsing with clubs or screaming late night weekender crowds from calgary (as borne out by years in Banff).

Its not much cheaper BUT the supermarkets are bigger there for anyone doing some cooking in holiday digs with facilities.

Its essentially the mining town (you can visit the nearby ghost town remains) feeder to the mine.
Its x-country trails & nordic centre are excellent, you can drive easily in most vehicles round the back roads (gravel tracks) ..good hspital (if you need it) home to lots of olympians in training / old olympians & ultra marathon runners..
Due to its quieter location (yes it has a tim hortons just off the main road) ,,but beamer's is better in town) you will likely see coyotes, maybe a wolf or two, cougars also come down to town around dusk & the rampant bunny population problem introduced by well meaning but dumb people ...they now breed like....
Good access to Calgary (an hour & a smidge away) up the main road. Highway 1.
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Great place to go! Everything is just out of this world up there. Heat added.
Edited by: "salahwrexham" 8th Sep
Just to be clear, Canmore (servicedby the excellent bus system) is about 25 mins drive from Banff, 30 mins to the centre of the main strip.

I love Canmore, its nice, quieter, homelier bars, good beer from the microbrewery ..not pulsing with clubs or screaming late night weekender crowds from calgary (as borne out by years in Banff).

Its not much cheaper BUT the supermarkets are bigger there for anyone doing some cooking in holiday digs with facilities.

Its essentially the mining town (you can visit the nearby ghost town remains) feeder to the mine.
Its x-country trails & nordic centre are excellent, you can drive easily in most vehicles round the back roads (gravel tracks) ..good hspital (if you need it) home to lots of olympians in training / old olympians & ultra marathon runners..
Due to its quieter location (yes it has a tim hortons just off the main road) ,,but beamer's is better in town) you will likely see coyotes, maybe a wolf or two, cougars also come down to town around dusk & the rampant bunny population problem introduced by well meaning but dumb people ...they now breed like....
Good access to Calgary (an hour & a smidge away) up the main road. Highway 1.
And the price for 4 would be ?
Note you won't be getting that view as Moraine Lake Road will be closed by then...and the lake will have mostly drained out too. Still a good time to go as it is probably the quietest time of the year to visit. In between the summer and winter season.

Would also recommend staying in Canmore, much more of a real town compared to Banff!
Oh yeah & that picture is of the Lake louise view from beyond the hotel, personally experienced a nice avalanche there some years ago in the summer (snow remains).
Lake louise is about 75 minutes away by car doing 55mph. from canmore.The lake is beautiful but the hotel sucks, ie you drive to it, get out, walk for 10 minutes, gaze, car journey back, its too tourist filled too! (& is out of the way from Lake louise "town" & the ski lifts).

In October the temps will drop considerably & the first of the proper winter snow starting to materialise, BUT it's DRY cold (so not cold) ..Geordies will love it!
How much for two pls
How much for one please?
Some very knowledgable people in the comments, thank you!

Would it be worth going to Canmore in October without hiring a car? Is there enough to do for the 7 nights? My wife and I would love to go and coincidentally have a week off from work that week, but she has fairly low mobility. Thanks.
Wolfhowl08/09/2019 14:10

Some very knowledgable people in the comments, thank you!Would it be worth …Some very knowledgable people in the comments, thank you!Would it be worth going to Canmore in October without hiring a car? Is there enough to do for the 7 nights? My wife and I would love to go and coincidentally have a week off from work that week, but she has fairly low mobility. Thanks.


Don’t go if you can’t hire a car. Some of the finest mountain scenery in the world, but you need a hire car. Distances are huge by UK standards. Just driving the Icefields Parkway from Banff to Jasper is like driving from London to Liverpool, and back
Mr_Gus08/09/2019 12:05

Just to be clear, Canmore (servicedby the excellent bus system) is about …Just to be clear, Canmore (servicedby the excellent bus system) is about 25 mins drive from Banff, 30 mins to the centre of the main strip.I love Canmore, its nice, quieter, homelier bars, good beer from the microbrewery ..not pulsing with clubs or screaming late night weekender crowds from calgary (as borne out by years in Banff).Its not much cheaper BUT the supermarkets are bigger there for anyone doing some cooking in holiday digs with facilities.Its essentially the mining town (you can visit the nearby ghost town remains) feeder to the mine.Its x-country trails & nordic centre are excellent, you can drive easily in most vehicles round the back roads (gravel tracks) ..good hspital (if you need it) home to lots of olympians in training / old olympians & ultra marathon runners..Due to its quieter location (yes it has a tim hortons just off the main road) ,,but beamer's is better in town) you will likely see coyotes, maybe a wolf or two, cougars also come down to town around dusk & the rampant bunny population problem introduced by well meaning but dumb people ...they now breed like....Good access to Calgary (an hour & a smidge away) up the main road. Highway 1.


While I’ve stayed in Canmore and it’s very nice, it’s nothing like the convenience of Banff. There’s plenty of driving to get you to Lake Louise, Peyto Lake etc. and if your there for a week what you don’t need is the additional 60 mile return journey from Banff to Canmore.

Plus there are some stunning walks straight out of your hotel door in Banff, unlike Canmore. I actually prefer Banff than Canmore. Right in the heart of the action, rather than 30 miles down the road in a nice enough town
Edited by: "Bobbins" 8th Sep
Wolfhowl08/09/2019 14:10

Some very knowledgable people in the comments, thank you!Would it be worth …Some very knowledgable people in the comments, thank you!Would it be worth going to Canmore in October without hiring a car? Is there enough to do for the 7 nights? My wife and I would love to go and coincidentally have a week off from work that week, but she has fairly low mobility. Thanks.


You "NEED" a car, & i'd recommend one anyway winter or summer (the back streets of banff are 6 inc thick ice in winter ..lol, easy driving thank to crossroads).
To take in views, do stuff at your own pace, Banff (where we normally stay) a vehicle is advisable, or you will burn so much on trips that will have spent more money than hiring a car in the 1st instance.
recommend Hertz, via the fairmont banff (over the bridge & slightly up the hill, they won't stiff you).

Canmore is a TOWN in BANFF national park (on the edge) whereas the TOWN OF BANFF is a full on "TOWN, TOWN" & a party town.
If you like sushi, then do not miss the "sushi train" small eatery (the big sushi place on the main strip is overpriced imho). ..sushi train place won as one of the top small eateries in canada a few years back, the older guy in there (he never used to be grey) is the the sushi master compared to his more slap dashed apprentice.
You have to have a car to visit this part of the world. Expect crowds so early starts if you want to experience it a little quieter. Canmore is great, much prefer it to Banff as its quieter but still has enough close by.

To put into perspective just how nice the National Park is, I have driven most of the USA and Canada in a van, and Banff was easily the best national park we visited, simply incredible place.
Adnarm9208/09/2019 18:38

You have to have a car to visit this part of the world. Expect crowds so …You have to have a car to visit this part of the world. Expect crowds so early starts if you want to experience it a little quieter. Canmore is great, much prefer it to Banff as its quieter but still has enough close by.To put into perspective just how nice the National Park is, I have driven most of the USA and Canada in a van, and Banff was easily the best national park we visited, simply incredible place.



I’ve also done most NPs west of Denver and I agree about Banff. But, Yosemite is on par.
loved the Canadian Rockies!
i stayed in Canmore for 2 nights and Banff for 1 night in August 2018. In my opinion providing you have a car (which for Canada is the best way to make the most of your time getting around) then either place is a great to stay with Banff having the edge for a more developed tourist town (with the crowds!) and places to eat/drink.
Wherever you go in the Rockies the miles pass by quickly whilst you gaze at the amazing scenery.

I too also went to the Sushi restaurant with the Sushi train set...as it was one of the last places to close.. but also one of our best meals in Canada!.

There are so many beautiful places to see - I travelled with my wife and 2 kids (8 & 12) and they loved it. The Icefields Parkway (icefieldsparkway.com/) on the way to Jasper was stunning.

re: the deal - flights are great price, unsure on the hotel.
We stayed in Canmore in 2017 and it was lovely. Banff is a quick bus journey, really easy. The hard part is getting from the airport to Canmore, we paid quite a bit for a transfer which was fine. The other problem was getting to lake louise but there is an incredible company called Hop On Banff which takes you everywhere and guides you! Amazing and only $50 for the day! I got engaged at the top of the beehive cliffside at lake louise so this place holds a very special place in my heart.
Ahhh yes, brings back memories of being stranded up a Mountain in Banff and coming down a double black diamond slope on my backside through a blizzard. Never been so drunk at the apres ski after that experience.....
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