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Getting There (and Back)

Transportation

Photo courtesy Robert VanderzweerdeBanff is about 130 km west of Calgary; bus and limo services are available, including regular service from the Calgary airport.

Banff Parking

Overnight parking in Banff is scarce. So Skyline Hikers again recommends that hikers try to use one of the alternates below:

  • Car pool with other hikers from your originating destination
  • Car pool with other hikers from Calgary & leave your vehicle there
  • Use shuttle bus from Calgary
  • Have family or friends drop you off & pick you up in Banff
  • Choose hotels in Banff or Canmore that accommodate 1 week parking

In the event some hikers are unable to find a parking spot, we will again try to arrange for parking at the Jay Street lot (owned by Town of Banff). If we are able to secure these spots, they will be available on a first come Ė first serve basis. Please donít expect to arrive later in the Sunday registration & find parking spots to be available. And again, parking at both these spots is at the hikers own risk & responsibility.

Accommodations

You will need accommodation and meals for the night before the hike (including breakfast on the morning of departure). Reservations in Banff or Canmore, for Sunday night, need to be made well in advance.

Hikers return to Banff or Canmore on Saturday afternoon and, depending on personal travel arrangements, may also need a hotel room for this night.

These costs are not included in the hike fees.

Campgrounds are available in the Banff area. Contact Travel Alberta for more information on where to stay.

Sunday Morning Check-In

Check-in is from 9:30 am to noon at YWCA Banff Hotel (see photo), 201 Spray Avenue, in the "Great Room".

Bring your duffel to the check-in as it will be taken away by the outfitter at noon and you will not have access to your duffel until you hike into camp.

Contact the Registrar if your travel connections require a late check-in.

Sunday Evening Orientation

Orientation is from 7:00 to 9:00 pm (at the same location as the check-in) for a presentation by the Hosts, Chief Leader and Medics.

All hikers must attend!

Monday Morning Bus

The pick-up points are:

  • Banff train station
  • Jay Street Parking Lot in Banff (If we are able to arrange parking)
  • Canmore VIC (Provincial Visitor Information Center)

The pick-up times will be provided at the Sunday evening orientation.

The drop-off point is the trailhead.

Saturday Afternoon Bus

The pick-up point is the trailhead at approximately 3:00 pm.

The drop off points are:

  • Canmore VIC (Provincial Visitor Information Center)
  • Jay Street Parking Lot in Banff (If we are able to arrange parking)
  • Banff train station

We hope to have hikers back in Banff by 5:30 pm on Saturdays but no there are guarantees. Hikers should avoid tight travel arrangements for their continued trip home on Saturday.


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