Visiting Banff

DavidB
#1
This summer, for the first time, I drove from Vancouver to Calgary.

I would have liked to stop at Banff to buy a shot glass (my wife collects them) but, on the way there, I missed the exit. I saw a sign that said Banff Avenue, or something like that, but didn't realize that was the only exit to Banff. Dang!! Whoever is in charge there should have put up some indication that to go to Banff people have to get off the Trans-Canada Highway. As somebody new to the area, I didn't realize the highway bypassed the town of Banff. I watched that exit disappear in my rear-view mirror, cursing at the poor signage. I think the next opportunity to turn around was Canmore. No thanks!

However, the people I stayed with in Calgary told me that we would have needed a Park Pass to stop in Banff anyhow. Seriously?!?! Not sure if he was pulling my leg; otherwise, I would have liked to stop there on the way back to Vancouver. As it is, Banff missed out on a few more visitors. And who knows how many more people make the same mistake I made.

Can anybody here confirm for me if a Park Pass is necessary to stop at Banff? The next time I go past, I'd like to stop by just long enough to buy a souvenir shot glass, but I am not willing to buy a Pass for the privilege of doing so.
 
JLM
#2
Quote: Originally Posted by DavidB View Post

This summer, for the first time, I drove from Vancouver to Calgary.

I would have liked to stop at Banff to buy a shot glass (my wife collects them) but, on the way there, I missed the exit. I saw a sign that said Banff Avenue, or something like that, but didn't realize that was the only exit to Banff. Dang!! Whoever is in charge there should have put up some indication that to go to Banff people have to get off the Trans-Canada Highway. As somebody new to the area, I didn't realize the highway bypassed the town of Banff. I watched that exit disappear in my rear-view mirror, cursing at the poor signage. I think the next opportunity to turn around was Canmore. No thanks!

However, the people I stayed with in Calgary told me that we would have needed a Park Pass to stop in Banff anyhow. Seriously?!?! Not sure if he was pulling my leg; otherwise, I would have liked to stop there on the way back to Vancouver. As it is, Banff missed out on a few more visitors. And who knows how many more people make the same mistake I made.

Can anybody here confirm for me if a Park Pass is necessary to stop at Banff? The next time I go past, I'd like to stop by just long enough to buy a souvenir shot glass, but I am not willing to buy a Pass for the privilege of doing so.

Banff National Park, Alberta- Banff Lake Louise Tourism- AB Travel Vacations, Canada
 
petros
#3
Isn't it cool you have to pay to visit your own country?
 
WLDB
#4
haha given its a town of about 2000 people it shouldnt be too surprising that there is only one way in. I went there a few years ago and loved it. Though the downtown area seemed like an outdoor shopping mall.
 
JLM
+2
#5
Quote: Originally Posted by WLDB View Post

haha given its a town of about 2000 people it shouldnt be too surprising that there is only one way in. I went there a few years ago and loved it. Though the downtown area seemed like an outdoor shopping mall.

Lake Louise might be a better choice.
 
Kreskin
+2
#6
Quote: Originally Posted by JLM View Post

Lake Louise might be a better choice.

Lake Louise is a jewel.
 
hunboldt
#7
Quote: Originally Posted by WLDB View Post

haha given its a town of about 2000 people it shouldnt be too surprising that there is only one way in. I went there a few years ago and loved it. Though the downtown area seemed like an outdoor shopping mall.

Actually there are two ways in. The OP missed both.
Yes, you need a day pass.. free if you are a 'commercial caller'.
 
DavidB
#8
Quote: Originally Posted by hunboldt View Post

. . .
Yes, you need a day pass . . .

Thanks for the clarification.

In that case, I won't be visiting Banff in the foreseeable future.
And I'll be discouraging other people from doing so too.
 
captain morgan
+2
#9
Quote: Originally Posted by DavidB View Post

Thanks for the clarification.

In that case, I won't be visiting Banff in the foreseeable future.
And I'll be discouraging other people from doing so too.


I wouldn't worry too much about the day pass.... The parking control guys are almost nonexistent. As long as you're not planning on spending hours and hours, you'll be fine.
 
hunboldt
+1
#10
Quote: Originally Posted by captain morgan View Post

I wouldn't worry too much about the day pass.... The parking control guys are almost nonexistent. As long as you're not planning on spending hours and hours, you'll be fine.

OMG
CAPTAIN MORGAN TURNED -ANARCHIST.
the END TIMES ARE UPON US...
 
captain morgan
+1
#11
I spend my time in Canmore, but on those rare occasions wherein I find myself having to cart someone to Banff for the day, I refuse to pay those morons.... I take solace in the fact that the $8.00 I pay for each beer covers-off any deficiency that may have been experienced in the lack of gate payment
 
Sal
+2
#12
Quote: Originally Posted by captain morgan View Post

I spend my time in Canmore, but on those rare occasions wherein I find myself having to cart someone to Banff for the day, I refuse to pay those morons.... I take solace in the fact that the $8.00 I pay for each beer covers-off any deficiency that may have been experienced in the lack of gate payment

gonna speak to you to find all the back roads in when we visit
 
hunboldt
#13
Quote: Originally Posted by captain morgan View Post

I spend my time in Canmore, but on those rare occasions wherein I find myself having to cart someone to Banff for the day, I refuse to pay those morons.... I take solace in the fact that the $8.00 I pay for each beer covers-off any deficiency that may have been experienced in the lack of gate payment

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captain morgan
#14
Quote: Originally Posted by Sal View Post

gonna speak to you to find all the back roads in when we visit


I'll do ya one better and show you directly
 
Sal
+1
#15
Quote: Originally Posted by captain morgan View Post

I'll do ya one better and show you directly

you're on...
 
captain morgan
+1
#16
Quote: Originally Posted by Sal View Post

you're on...

Let me know when you get your poop-in-a-group and I will arrange some accommodations in Canmore (we have a weekend place out there)... Canmore is only a 15 minute drive to Banff
 
Sal
#17
Quote: Originally Posted by captain morgan View Post

Let me know when you get your poop-in-a-group and I will arrange some accommodations in Canmore (we have a weekend place out there)... Canmore is only a 15 minute drive to Banff

lol, awesome, thanks CM
 
gerryh
+2 / -1
#18
Quote: Originally Posted by DavidB View Post

Thanks for the clarification.

In that case, I won't be visiting Banff in the foreseeable future.
And I'll be discouraging other people from doing so too.


your loss.

and btw, the signage on the highway for the 2 Banf exits are more than adequate. Only a blind retard would have missed it.
 
skookumchuck
#19
Quote: Originally Posted by DavidB View Post

Thanks for the clarification.

In that case, I won't be visiting Banff in the foreseeable future.
And I'll be discouraging other people from doing so too.

We learned about Banff in the early mid 60's and spent our time in Jasper which actually liked Albertan and other Canadian residents. Fishing was better also
Not sure what it is like now as i have not been there for 25 years other than driving past.
 
JLM
#20
Quote: Originally Posted by gerryh View Post

your loss.

and btw, the signage on the highway for the 2 Banf exits are more than adequate. Only a blind retard would have missed it.

I'm not so sure about that, Ger.......... a few years ago hauling the 5th wheel, we were thinking of camping near Banff and missed the turnoff and wound up camping at some lake, I think it was Minny Wanker! .

Quote: Originally Posted by skookumchuck View Post

We learned about Banff in the early mid 60's and spent our time in Jasper which actually liked Albertan and other Canadian residents. Fishing was better also
Not sure what it is like now as i have not been there for 25 years other than driving past.

Jasper is good as long as you don't have to buy anything.
 
skookumchuck
#21
Quote: Originally Posted by JLM View Post

I'm not so sure about that, Ger.......... a few years ago hauling the 5th wheel, we were thinking of camping near Banff and missed the turnoff and wound up camping at some lake, I think it was Minny Wanker! .



Jasper is good as long as you don't have to buy anything.


We cheated, a friend worked on the rail line and lived there. Back in the day if you lived there you got a "special price" on nearly everything
 
JLM
#22
Quote: Originally Posted by skookumchuck View Post

We cheated, a friend worked on the rail line and lived there. Back in the day if you lived there you got a "special price" on nearly everything

That's the only way I can see anyone affording to live there.
 
gerryh
#23
Quote: Originally Posted by JLM View Post

I'm not so sure about that, Ger.......... a few years ago hauling the 5th wheel, we were thinking of camping near Banff and missed the turnoff and wound up camping at some lake, I think it was Minny Wanker! .


I'll assume you really don't want me to reply to this.
 
petros
#24
Quote: Originally Posted by gerryh View Post

your loss.

and btw, the signage on the highway for the 2 Banf exits are more than adequate. Only a blind retard would have missed it.

or blitzed. He's from the coast, 1+1

If you're going to take a break and see something in the Parks the best place is Takakkaw falls in Yoho.
 
damngrumpy
+4
#25  Top Rated Post
Yes you need a park permit to visit the townsite or stray off the main highway.
We don't like paying for maintenance of our park system so it a fee for users.
Secondly the price you pay is a yearly fee and it applies to other parks as well
I understand.
If you miss going into Banff I am confused its always been well marked as far
I am concerned. But some folks can miss it i guess. And yes you have to pay
to see your own wilderness someone has to clean up after us and manage the
park that costs money. We should be proud to pay our way if we are going to
use the facilities
 
petros
#26
Parks are collateral. We lost those ones to the IMF and they became Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks - UNESCO World Heritage Centre
 
JLM
+1
#27
Quote: Originally Posted by gerryh View Post

I'll assume you really don't want me to reply to this.

I'm easy to get along with, Ger. -

Quote: Originally Posted by damngrumpy View Post

Yes you need a park permit to visit the townsite or stray off the main highway.
We don't like paying for maintenance of our park system so it a fee for users.
Secondly the price you pay is a yearly fee and it applies to other parks as well
I understand.
If you miss going into Banff I am confused its always been well marked as far
I am concerned. But some folks can miss it i guess. And yes you have to pay
to see your own wilderness someone has to clean up after us and manage the
park that costs money. We should be proud to pay our way if we are going to
use the facilities

Yep, certainly nothing wrong with the concept "user pays".
 
DaSleeper
+1
#28
Quote: Originally Posted by JLM View Post

I'm easy to get along with, Ger. -

I'll assume that answer was just a nibble, not a real bite
 
skookumchuck
#29
Quote: Originally Posted by damngrumpy View Post

Yes you need a park permit to visit the townsite or stray off the main highway.
We don't like paying for maintenance of our park system so it a fee for users.
Secondly the price you pay is a yearly fee and it applies to other parks as well
I understand.
If you miss going into Banff I am confused its always been well marked as far
I am concerned. But some folks can miss it i guess. And yes you have to pay
to see your own wilderness someone has to clean up after us and manage the
park that costs money. We should be proud to pay our way if we are going to
use the facilities

How much do the many businesses pay the feds? Enough to run the parks and lots left over. The fee was a cash grab.
 
JLM
#30
Quote: Originally Posted by skookumchuck View Post

How much do the many businesses pay the feds? Enough to run the parks and lots left over. The fee was a cash grab.

I'm not so sure, the cost to run a National Park could be $million or more per year!

Quote: Originally Posted by DaSleeper View Post

I'll assume that answer was just a nibble, not a real bite

Gerry means well, he just needs a little humerin' at times! -
 

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