(Closed) Honeymoon in Canadian Rockies – Tips?

posted 5 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

When are you coming up this way?  The Columbia Ice Field is pretty cool, and I’d go hiking.  there’s a gondola you can take in Banff up a mountain and Chateau Lake Louise or the Banff Springs or the Jasper Park Lodge are fun to splurge on a meal/drinks.  Banff is a great little town, very touristy though. Canmore is between Calgary and Banff, its another cute little mountain town that might be cheaper to stay in but just as pretty.    If you are adventurous there are kayaking/white water rafting/spelunking/horse back riding adventure tours you can do for a day.  I’m assuming you’re coming in the summer after your wedding, no snow?  If you come in the winter, just ski and bum around in the ski lodges.  

Great choice for a honeymoon, I grew up with the mountains and LOVE them.

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

We have been to Banff a few times and went to Jasper last fall.

Banff – It’s stunning!  The views are amazing and the town is so great.  We have done the gondala a few times and it has been great every time, walking around down town is a great way to spend a day, there are a lot of shops.  I would say the biggest downside to Banff is the price of everything, hotels are pricey.  There are a lot of great trails if you are hikers. 

Jasper – Pretty much just a small version of Banff without all the tourists.  We prefered Jasper over Banff for that reason. We did a river rafting tour here which was a blast.  The gondala here is really good as well.

Lake Louise – It’s really pretty but unless you are staying at the hotel there is not a lot to do there. 

I recommend stoping at the tourest information centers when you get to either town.  They will give you information on all the attractions and can tell you which hotels have vacancys.  They are also really honest about what to see and will give your more information than you can find in the info books.

The drive from Banff to Jasper is stunning!  Take your time and don’t be afraid to pull over and explore some of the creeks and waterfalls.  Depending on the time of year you may hit snow on the drive to Jasper even if the weather in Banff is warm.  We started out the drive in Shorts and ended up hitting snow in August!

Post # 6
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

Ooh cool!  I’m hoping we can do this for our honeymoon, too.  We love camping and backpacking, and I’ve always wanted to go to the Canadian Rockies.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012 - Historic Lougheed House

Drive yourself, its totally fine. 

You’ll have fun – I don’t see the novelty in coming here because I’m from Calgary but I know lots of people just love it.  

 

Post # 9
Bee
1433 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012 - Historic Lougheed House

@rainbowglitterbride:  Yes growing up in Calgary… I see the mountains everyday and have done numerous summer Banff camping/hikes etc.  

How long are you guys staying? 

Post # 10
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Busy bee

@rainbowglitterbride:  Lots of great info here.  Just a reminder; even though it’s summer, make sure to bring some warmer clothing because it can get fairly cool in the evenings.

I’m not sure if you’re going to be staying in hotels or not but be aware that the price of food is higher in general, even in the local grocery stores. 

Hope you have an awesome time!

Post # 12
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

My H and I did an 11 day road trip through the Canadian Rockies!  We got married at Emerald Lake in fact.

I am in the middle of creating a blog of our trip, I hope to have it finished this week.  I can send you the link when it’s done!

The road to Moraine Lake doesn’t open until late May or early June.

Here is what we did.  We drove up in one day from Utah, but I won’t count that as Day 1.

Day 1: visited Kootenay NP, hiked in Stanely Glacier trail, ate dinner in Banff, walked around, camped in Banff (frankly Banff is cute and all, but I’m not a shopper and TOO many people)

Day 2: visited Hoodoos in Banff, hiked Tunnel Mountain in Banff (super busy), visited Johnston Canyon’s upper and lower falls in Banff NP (super busy), visited Moraine Lake’s Rockpile (lakeside trail was closed due to bears/berries, the other trail was limited to groups of 4 only), grabbed dinner in Lake Louise Village, camped near Field, BC.

Day 3: hiked Emerald Basin/Emerald Lake in Yoho NP, ate dinner at Catheral Mountain Lodge (VERY Fancy and good!), stayed at Emerald Lake Lodge

Day 4: hiked to Laughing Falls/saw Takakaw Falls in Yoho NP, had our wedding day at Emerald Lake Lodge, stayed at ELL (pricey but nice for the privacy and nature)

Day 5: drove Icefields Parkway (starting from Field, BC), up to the Athabasca Glacier, hiked Parker’s Ridge, ate dinner back at ELL’s Cilantro on the Lake, stayed at ELL again, utilized their 22 person hot tub finally

Day 6: visited Lake Louise, hiked up to the Plains of the Six Glacier tea house and had lunch up there, drove to Golden, ate at Golden Taps, BC where we camped at the town campground

Day 7: big hike in the Bugaboos Provincial Park (google it!), ate dinner in Golden’s Eleven 22, camped in Golden a second night

Day 8: drove through Glacier NP and Mnt. Revelsokte NP, hiked in each of these parks, stayed in Revelstoke BC, ordered Emo’s Pizza to our hotel room

Day 9: drove from Revelstoke to Nelson, BC, hiked in Kokanee-Glacier Provincial Park, I wanted to visit Halcyon Hot Springs

Next day we drove back to Utah – 15 hours!

 

 

My FI is a little hesitant to drive everywhere ourselves

We drove ourselves from Utah, I don’t think you’ll have any issues.  And our SmartPhone did not work well, so we relied on good old paper maps and teamwork!  I would not do the train, you cannot visit places besides the stops.

 

I was told that Jasper was much smaller and the mountains are not as grand there.  Although it’s a very outdoorsy town (with more locals), it did not have the PaPow views.  However, you can certainly drive there and back to Banff in a day.  I didn’t think it was bad.

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Maligne Canyon in Jasper is always my favourite. So is an afternoon at Lake Louise – have a fancy drink at the Fairmont Hotel, and walk around to the back of the lake to the teahouse. 

Post # 16
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@rainbowglitterbride:  

I think you will have an amazing time on your honeymoon! I have spent most of my life living in and near the Canadian Rockies and the views never stop amazing me! I would love to give you some suggestions on things to do. What types of activities do you enjoy? Are you into hiking or biking at all? Paddling? Shopping? Hot springs?Dining? Art and music?

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