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3 nights in Banff?

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3 nights in Banff?

We are travelling to Banff from Kamloops, not sure if we should stay one night in Revelstoke or drive the full distance and spend 3 nights instead of 2 in Banff. Is there enought to do and see in Banff for 3 nights or does anyone have another suggestion. Didn't think there was much to do in revelstoke to stay the night there.

We are then heading back up to lake Louise and then jasper after Banff.

Thanks in advance

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1. Re: 3 nights in Banff?

I cannot comment on Revy as we did not stop there, but there most certainly is plenty to do around Banff to warrant 3 nights (2 days).

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2. Re: 3 nights in Banff?

The Railway Museum in Revelstoke is well worth a stop if you have kids, or are interested in trains or history. And the Mica Dam tour and picnic area (north side of the highway) is okay:


But these are things that I saw because I was making a nice leisurely trip from Salmon Arm to Calgary (and back), there's nothing to warrant an overnight stop IMO.

Definitely weight your time in favour of Banff National Park. There is enough to do and see to keep you busy for three weeks or even three months. If you run out of things to do after two nights, you're missing something and it's probably pretty major.

For more about the "must-sees" of the Canadian Rockies, have a look at this TripAdvisor Traveller Article:


Traveller Articles are written by TA members just like you and me, in response to the most popular forum questions.

Edited: 11:43 am, August 16, 2012
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3. Re: 3 nights in Banff?

You could plan you trip in Banff like below :

Day 1 - Banff.

It takes a day to visit Banff. Enjoy the town, visit the landmarks of Bow Falls and the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel. Take a stroll. Enjoy the shops of Banff Avenue. Must Do: The Banff Gondola. Budget 2.5 hours to enjoy the Gondola.

Day 2 - Banff area.

It's easy to take a day to enjoy the surrounding scenery around Banff. A half day to enjoy Lake Minnewanka and Lake Minnewanka Road and a half day to enjoy Johnston Canyon are just a few possibilities. Also possible - a Nature Float on the Bow River, a Voyageur Canoe trip or the boat cruise on Lake Minnewanka. Enjoy short drives to Mount Norquay, Vermillion Lakes, Surprise Corner and the Hoodoos.

Day 3 - Lake Louise and Yoho

It's hard to do Lake Louise and Yoho in a day, but you can have fun trying. Many visitors will take 1 day just to enjoy Lake Louise and to go for a hike. But, you will also want to visit Moraine Lake (in the Lake Louise area) and the nearby Takakkaw Falls and Emerald Lake. Try and squeeze it all in.

Day 4 - roadtrip and sightseeing on the amazing Icefields Parkway

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4. Re: 3 nights in Banff?

Banff and surroundings are beautiful, but NOT on weekends. We stayed a couple of nights during the week in early August, and the crowds were minimal. Traveled back through Banff on a Sunday afternoon, had to turn back. Traffic was horrible, the lineup of cars to purchase park passes was about a mile long... once inside town, traffic was equally bad.

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