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1. Posted by tmmpl (Budding Member, 28 posts) 1 Jan '08 05:30

Hi there, i am travelling to calgary on the 21 june 2008 and then onto Banff, Jasper, Whistler and then Vacouver. I know there is lots to do in Banff, Jasper etc but is there anything to do in Calgary or am i better of just heading straight to Banff. Also do you now of any resonable cheap hotels in these places.

Thanks for any info

2. Posted by fuzzypuppy (Budding Member, 62 posts) 2 Jan '08 18:01

There's not really that much to do here unless you're interested in seeing the Calgary Tower, Heritage Park, Fort Calgary or Canada Olympic Park. They're really not that spectacular and Fort Calgary & Heritage Park are more aimed at kids.

What you might be interested in is a day trip to Drumheller to see/hike the Badlands and the Royal Tyrrell Museum (info)

3. Posted by shawnr (Budding Member, 8 posts) 7 Jan '08 20:46

calgary is a big city and pituresque also is your gateway to banff its only 1an half hours to banff you can fly to calgary not to banff calgarypopulation around 1 mill

4. Posted by outdooren (Full Member, 86 posts) 8 Jan '08 13:29

There are hostels in Banff and Jasper. Book well in advance if you'd want to stay at a regular hostel as they fill up fast. Other options are rustic hostels. Very nice, away from the action, you have to fetch your water from a stream idea, stay in wilderness. Hotels are very expensive in both Banff and Jasper, very. There are also B&B's, tend to be pricey as well.

5. Posted by xxvanille (Budding Member, 16 posts) 9 Jan '08 05:45

well the calgary stampede is def. interesting but that is only a week in july (the second week i believe) so i guess you are missing it but anything else in calgary was mentioned i think.

if you wanted you could head to edmonton to go to wested. if you like shopping and all but it is about 4 hours from calgary.

6. Posted by matorm (Budding Member, 6 posts) 8 Feb '08 01:45

Quoting outdooren

There are hostels in Banff and Jasper. Book well in advance if you'd want to stay at a regular hostel as they fill up fast. Other options are rustic hostels. Very nice, away from the action, you have to fetch your water from a stream idea, stay in wilderness. Hotels are very expensive in both Banff and Jasper, very. There are also B&B's, tend to be pricey as well.

On that topic i stayed a night in a wilderness hostel approx 20km past Jasper (when travelling from calgary-banff-jasper-squilax lake-vancouver by car)..

It was called mosquito creek, and it was fantastic.
Gas heating and cooking, located on a beautiful running stream, and a group of 7 of us bunked in one of their rooms/cabins (able to hold 10 if i remember right)... And only 10 minute drive of the main trans-canadian highway (along another major road).

As for other hostels, i would highly recommend the one at Squilax lake, you stay in converted train carriages, and live within 25m of a beautiful lake, with beavers lodge, canoes, and dock to just soak up that june sunlight (note i went in may and it was late season snowing throughout banff and jasper, sooooo pretty).

The Banff hostel is great, comparitively expensive, but has a great little cafe that makes the mst awesome breakfasts

I highly recommend this trip to anyone, i never went to whistler unfortnately so i can't recommend anything there but i enjoyed this trip so so much :)

Hope that helps :)

ps... take many gigabyte media storage cards for the roadtrip ;)

7. Posted by P-Rock (Budding Member, 6 posts) 12 Feb '08 16:46

I've been living in Calgary for a year and a half now. Coming from an area near Toronto, i can tell you that I got bored within the first week of being here as a visitor.

The city is very clean and beautiful but that's all it's got. There really isn't much to do around here. I havin't been to the Calgary Tower but that's because I think it's a joke since I've been to the CN Tower in Toronto a dozen times. There are buildings almost as tall and I believe there is a buidling going up as we speak that is suppose to be higher than tower lol! The only reason i've been here so long is that Calgary is the place to be to make good money.

Banff is so beautiful. I suggest spending as much time in the rockies (banff, lake louis and Jasper) as possible. Then spend whatever time you have left in Vancouver. My favorite thing to do is walk up one of the mountains near Banff. Good way to spend a good portion of the day.

Anyways, have fun... you'll love it

8. Posted by Dreamer76 (Inactive, 5 posts) 13 Feb '08 11:33

I would skip Calgary and head strait to Banff. Banff is touristy and accomodations aren't cheap. You're on a touristy route so hostels may be a good idea and should be easily found along the way. Try to see Lake Louise and the Columbian Icefeilds for some amazing scenery.