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Driving Calgary to Edmonton - Hotel/Resorts along the way??

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Driving Calgary to Edmonton - Hotel/Resorts along the way??

Any recommendations for someone driving from Calgary to Edmonton ? Staying mostly in Calgary for the week-end, but might need to head to Edmonton for a Tuesday meeting.

Would expect only to stay the 1 night.. and drive back to Calgary afterwards.

Don't know if i should head into the city ? Would love to stay at a resort along the way.. 1/2 .. or more.. Any advise ? or anything around ?

Thanks.

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11. Re: Driving Calgary to Edmonton - Hotel/Resorts along the way??

Stay in Canmore and not go to Banff, one of Canada's top tourist destinations, even though you're only 10 minutes away? That makes no sense at all to me.

The daily park fee is $19.60 for a car with 2-7 people in it. If there's just one person, the fee is $9.80. And the fee goes directly towards enhancing and maintaining the park's visitor facilities, not into general government revenues.

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12. Re: Driving Calgary to Edmonton - Hotel/Resorts along the way??

Just becuase you are not staying in Banff dosnt mean you cant go in there to explore, like you said you would just be 20 mins away.

Maybe it is just becuase I have been to Banff so many times, I prefer canmore. You can stay downtown canmore for cheap and there is a great strip of bars and restraunts. Or you can stay at that indian casino resort.

Banff can have too many tourists for my liking sometimes.

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13. Re: Driving Calgary to Edmonton - Hotel/Resorts along the way??

If you are going to be sightseeing in Banff you still need to pay the park fee unless you are plan to travel directly through the park without stopping to look at scenery, have lunch or stop for a bathroom break. If you are driving at all on the Icefields Parkway (between Lake Louise and Jasper), you need a park pass whether you plan to stop or not.

Canmore does have some advantages and I find Banff a bit claustrophobic myself but if you are that close, you need to go into Banff Park even if it costs a few bucks.

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14. Re: Driving Calgary to Edmonton - Hotel/Resorts along the way??

Please note that it is the Banff *townsite*, not Banff National Park, which some people consider to be "claustrophobic". And what an Albertan considers "too many tourists" is (often) quite different from what a Torontonian might consider too many. It's nothing like Niagara Falls, for example, anywhere in Banff. And if you do feel like there are too many people around you, all you have to do is leave the townsite or walk up the trail 100 meters or more.

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15. Re: Driving Calgary to Edmonton - Hotel/Resorts along the way??

Back to the theme of the original post ...

If you are predominantly staying in Calgary, with only a day meeting in Edmonton, you might want to consider an overnight and sight-see around the Red Deer area.

As the time of year is not noted, it would be hard to suggest this. The Red Deer river valley is nice. However, the shopping is very light.

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16. Re: Driving Calgary to Edmonton - Hotel/Resorts along the way??

From the OP

<<dates are scheduled for March 21-22.

I'm thinking a beautiful drive through the rockies could still be tough at that time.. and 7 hrs would entirely be a conservative estimate.>>

I think we can safely assume the decision has already been made.

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17. Re: Driving Calgary to Edmonton - Hotel/Resorts along the way??

That casino, if it's the one I'm thinking of (is there more than one?) is in a lousy location, at the junction of two highways just *outside* the mountains on the edge of the bald prairie.

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18. Re: Driving Calgary to Edmonton - Hotel/Resorts along the way??

There is nothing around the casino at all. It is only 15 mins to canmore though. And from what I have been told everything you need is right there in the casino...

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19. Re: Driving Calgary to Edmonton - Hotel/Resorts along the way??

Another vote for staying in Banff.

If you only have a few days Banff townsite wins over Canmore every time in my opinion. If you're travelling through and need to stay for the night then Canmore could be a better choice.

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