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45 | ExperienceMountainParks.com/Our-Guides Experience Banff National Park Johnston Canyon 25 km (30 min) from Banff Exciting cat-walks cling to the canyon walls. Interpretive Display, 1.1 km (20 min) to the Lower Falls, 2.7 km (1 hr) to the Upper Falls. Stay on the trail and away from the edge. The Village of Lake Louise - Most Services Parks Canada Visitor Centre by Samson Mall. Ride the Gondola mid-May to mid-Oct. "The Hiking Capital of Canada" is central to the best high elevation hiking in the Canadian Rockies - including the Plain of Six Glaciers, and in adjacent in Yoho National Park, the famous Iceline Trail. Along the Icefi elds Parkway Hwy 93 Named for the series of glaciers lining this route, the parkway is one of the world's great mountain highroads. This drive along the "backbone of the continent" from Lake Louise to the town of Jasper takes half a day, with time to stop and admire the views. Stock up on camera supplies. For details turn to p. 50 & 51 Crowfoot Glacier 34 km (25 min) from Lake Louise A century ago, there were three "toes" of ice here. How many can you see today? Bow Summit and Peyto Lake Viewpoint 40 km (30 min) from Lake Louise - Interpretive Display 2088 m (6849') above sea level. A short walk from the parking area leads to a view of brilliant turquoise Peyto Lake and, in July and August, an astonishing array of alpine fl owers. Mistaya Canyon 72 km (50 min) from Lake Louise Only 10 min by trail from the road. Look for rounded potholes and a natural arch on the canyon walls. Saskatchewan Crossing 77 km (55 min) from Lake Louise - Interpretive Display Three rivers converge here: the Mistaya (Great Bear) River from the south, the Howse River from the west (the route used in 1807 by David Thompson to cross the Great Divide), the North Saskatchewan from the north - arising in the Columbia Icefi eld and emptying into Lake Winnipeg. Services available April - October. Columbia Icefi eld and Info Centre 130 km (1.5 hrs) from Lake Louise 90 min Motorized Tours take you onto the glacier. Glacier Exhibits illustrate the effects of global warming. Restaurant, picnics, rooms, guided ice walks and more. Most Services available May 1 - Oct 15. 4 5 6 7 8 2 3 Parks Canada Visitor Centre Banff Lake Louise Tourism: 403-762-1550 Cave & Basin National Historic Site The birthplace of Canada's national park system. Banff Park Museum National Historic Site 91 Banff Ave (by the Bow River Bridge) Discover Banff's wildlife 403-762-1558 The Cascades of Time Garden Flower gardens with walking path behind the Banff Park Administration Building. Great for families: FREE ADMISSION. Open Daily. Bow Falls & Banff Springs Hotel National Historic Site Magnifi cent views from either side of the Bow River. Upper Hot Springs Pool 1-800-767-1611 Mountain Avenue. Heritage Bath House Locker, swimsuit and towel rentals. Café, Day Spa 403-760-2500, and Gift Shop. Open year-round. Summer 9 am - 11 pm. Banff Gondola & Sulphur Mountain 1-800-760-6934 Mountain Avenue. Open year-round. Take the Gondola to the summit for breathtaking views. 20 min stroll along an interpretive boardwalk to historic exhibit. Buffalo Nations Luxton Museum 403-762-2388 1 Birch Avenue. Aboriginal history, displays, live performances and demonstrations. Operated by several First Nations including the Cree, the Blackfoot Confederacy, Tsuu T'ina and the Stoney. buffalonationsmuseum.ca. Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies 403-762-2291 111 Bear Street. Brings mountain history, art and culture alive. Special learning programs for young children. whyte.org. Vermilion Lakes The turnoff is 1 km west of Banff, on the south side of the Trans-Canada Highway. Enjoy a nature stroll through these wetlands. Cascade Ponds (Minnewanka Loop) 10 min - A favourite with locals and visitors alike. Grassy meadows, clear shallow pools, and a small beach. Picnic areas with fi re pits. Accessible on foot and bicycle via Banff Legacy Trail. Banff Townsite Map Keys See map page 46 Banff National Park Map Keys See map page 44 2 3 1 Red Paintbrush - Courtesy of Jerre Paquette Bighorn Sheep - Courtesy of Joey Olivieri Calypso Orchid Courtesy of Joshua Angiola Bear Cubs - Courtesy of Joey Olivieri

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