HIGHWAY 93 – STORM MOUNTAIN

Highway 93 – Storm Mountain

Drive Dates: Thursday and Friday, September 13 & 14, 2018

Total Drive Distance: 100 kilometers (63 miles)

Estimated total tour duration: 6 hours (includes return to Banff with Tour Leader)

 

This is a shorter tour with breathtaking scenery and a gourmet lunch. The tour begins heading west on Trans-Canada highway past numerous peaks and skirting the spectacular Bow River.

 

We then head southwest on Highway 93, known as the Banff- Windermere Highway, into Kootenay National Park.  The highway twists and turns through the valley flanked by high peaks and crosses the continental divide.  At this location, the divide separates two watersheds, two provinces, and two national parks.

 

We will stop at Marble Canyon for a short hike (1.6 km or 1 mile) up the picturesque canyon.  Turquoise, glacial waters and startling canyon walls grow ever more impressive along this short trail.  Multiple bridges span the narrow gorge, crossing several times for spine-tingling views of the river below.

 

Our lunch stop will be at Storm Mountain Lodge for a gourmet all Canadian lunch. The lodge is nestled in the Rockies with majestic valley views.

 

8:15 AM

Meet Time

9:00 – 9:45 AM

Drive to Marble Canyon (50 minutes for walk through Canyon)

11:00 – 11:30 AM

Drive to Storm Mountain Lodge (Lunch Stop)

2:00 PM

Return drive back to Fairmont Springs Banff

 

The tour officially ends after lunch and will depart shortly thereafter. Participants are free to return with the tour leaders, or “peel off” during the return trip to visit sites in and around Banff.

 

http://hikingwithbarry.com/2013/10/28/marble-canyon-kootenay-national-park-hiking-bc

http://www.stormmountainlodge.com/cuisine/

 

Dress: Weather conditions can change rapidly. Recommend you dress in layers. Closed toe shoes or boots with a good grip; jacket and/or sweater are advisable.


A. Start at Mount Norquay Ski Hill Parking Lot

B. Stop 1 – Marble Canyon (short walk up canyon)

C. Stop 2 – Lunch at Storm Mountain Lodge

D. Return / End Location – Banff Springs Hotel