Travelling to Canmore & Banff isn’t as hard as some people think. It is beautiful drive from Calgary through the foothills and valleys of the 12,000 foot Canadian Rocky Mountains. Keep your eyes open in the summer months for elk, grizzly and black bears, moose, deer and eagles over head (only the eagles will be overhead. Thankfully there aren’t any flying bears).
With pull overs at road stops on the way you can enjoy amazing vistas and marvel at the majestic beauty and fresh mountain air of the Rockies. Being such a short distance from Calgary also makes driving to Canmore & Banff an easy daily trip if you’d rather be based in a buzzing multicultural city.
When you’re not busy kitesurfing or kite snowboarding you might want to explore the beautiful Icefields Parkway, which is considered one of the most scenic roads in the world, runs north-south connecting Jasper with the Trans-Canada Highway #1 near Lake Louise and Banff. Hiring a car is usually the sensible option. With a car you can visit the towns of Jasper, Revelstoke, Golden and many other hidden gems. Renting a car can help you enjoy, with the freedom to explore the best of our Canadian Rocky Mountain paradise, with its dramatic landscapes and charming rocky mountain towns.
Click here for driving directions from Calgary Airport to Canmore & Banff (need to make map, wifi not up to it, will do later)