Banff National Park
Location: Banff National Park is about 1.5 hours drive west of Calgary in the western Canada province of Alberta. The park's western edge is on the continental divide, which is also the boundary with the province of British Columbia.
When to Go: Banff National Park has activities year-round, though most visitors arrive in July and August. The shoulder seasons of spring and especially fall are well worth considering, though some services and facilities may not be available.
Information: The Banff Visitor Centre operated by Parks Canada can be reached at (403) 762-1550. Information requests can be mailed to: The Superintendent, Banff National Park, P.O. Box 900, Banff, Alberta, Canada T0L 0C0.
On the Web: www.worldweb.com/parkscanada-banff
Accomodations & Transportation: The Banff/Lake Louise Tourism Bureau can provide info on commercial accommodation and attractions: (403) 762-8421.
The Alpine Club of Canada operates a network of alpine huts and shelters, including those used on the Wapta Traverse backcountry ski trip. For information and to make reservations, call (403) 678-3200, write to P.O. Box 8040, Canmore, Alberta, Canada T1W 2T8, or check their Web Site: www.alpineclubofcanada.ca.
White Mountain Tours operate the summer shuttle bus for Sunshine meadows. Call (403) 678-4099.
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication