●Blue Mountain Lodge – 327 Caribou Street; 403-762-5134; www.bluemtnlodge.com.
●Buffalo Mountain Lodge – 700 Tunnel Mountain Road; 403-762-2400 or 800-661-1367; www.buffalomountainlodge.com; on Tunnel Mountain in Banff; squared timber and post-and-beam architecture; soaring ceilings and fieldstone fireplaces.
●Columbia Icefield Chalet – Icefields Parkway; 877-266-3348; beautiful chalet-style stone building created to serve ½ million visitors every year; hotel and interpretive center is environmentally sensitive design; dining room, cafeteria, snack bar, and expanded gift shop.
●Fairmont Banff Springs – 405 Spray Avenue (Banff National Park); 403-762-2211; www.fairmont.com.
●Mount Assiniboine Lodge – Canmore; 403-678-2883; www.canadianrockies.net/assiniboine; accessible only by helicopter.
●Num-Ti-Jah Lodge – Mile 22 Icefields Parkway (Banff National Park); 403-522-2167; www.num-ti-jah.com; rustic, red-roofed lodge off Icefields Parkway on Bow Lake.
●Rimrock Resort Hotel – 300 Mountain Avenue (Banff National Park); 403-762-3356; www.rimrockresort.com; set in Rocky Mountains, within walking distance of Upper Hot Springs; terraced property with superb location and view; 2-story stained glass windows in lounge; newly renovated.
●Bison Restaurant & Lodge – 213-211 Bear Street; 403-762-5550; www.thebison.ca.
●Elk & Oarsman – 119 Banff Avenue, 2nd Floor; 403-762-4616; www.elkandoarsman.com.
●Maple Leaf Grille & Lounge – 137 Banff Avenue; 403-760-7680; www.banffmapleleaf.com.
SIGHTS & SITES
●Athabasca Glacier – Jasper National Park.
●Berg Lake – at Mount Robson’s foot.
●Fortree Lake – Hamber Provincial Park; extensive wildlife viewing.
●Icefields Parkway – 143-mile drive, taking in bright blue lakes and dramatic mountain vistas; stop to see Athabasca and Sunwapta Falls.
●Miette Hot Springs – Miette Road (Fiddle Valley); 403-866-3939; located 44 km east of Jasper townsite, 17 km south on Miette Road; if arriving from east, 31 km from Hinton, 3 km from Jasper National Park east gate, and 17 km up Miette Road.
●Lake O’Hara – near Lake Louise; take shuttle to it.
●Mineral Lick – 38 miles outside Jasper; goats congregate.
●Mount Stephen Fossil Beds – Yoho National Park.
●Radium Hot Springs – Highway 93 (Banff National Park); 250-347-9485; 103 km southwest of Trans Canada Highway on Highway 93; if arriving from north or south, 3 km north east of Highway 93 and 95 junction.
●Skyline Trail – Jasper National Park; good hiking.
●Tonquin Valley – good hiking; may want to stay in lodge near Amethyst Lake.
●Upper Hot Springs – Mountain Avenue; 403-762-1515; 128 km west of Calgary, 25 km east of Castle Mountain Junction (Trans-Canada Highway); four km south of Banff (follow Banff Avenue over Bow River and turn left (east) at last traffic lights, follow signs for 3.6 km to Hot Springs parking lot at Mountain Avenue’s end).
●Whyte Museum of Canadian Rockies – 111 Bear Street (Banff National Park); 403-762-2291; www.whyte.org.