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Old 03-28-2013, 02:34 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Mrs. Bacon and I did Italy and then (for me) we went to Saas Fe, which in hind sight, she agrees was way more romantic than all the tourists and junk in Italy. And this was mid September, Saas Fe has a glacier. The only bummer was renting gear. I got hard boots as a joke.
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Old 03-28-2013, 02:37 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Just keep in mind, we see Banff all the time so the wow factor is gone. To a new visitor it is stunning and when your on your honeymoon you want a lot of options. Banff has the most options for restaurants, sightseeing, snowboarding, nightlife etc. out of all the above.
Its true, Banff is stunning with plenty to do.

I guess it is preference of the OP as to is her and her husband want a private, secluded type of honeymoon (Lake Louise, Pano as seriouscat suggested...great options) or a place with more options for things to do, but with much more people. Banff sidewalks are shoulder to shoulder on the weekends...

That being said, perhaps a few stops? Banff for a day or so, LL for a day or so, Pano for a day or so...and so on.

Either way the man is lucky to have a gal who wants to go on a snowboarding honeymoon
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Wow so much great feedback. Looks like I'm going to have a lot of research to do. I defiantly want to go somewhere where there is a lot to do but not overly crowded...don't know if that exists. We will be going for about a week and won't be spending every moment snowboarding so having other options in terms of what to do is important. I'm sure anywhere we go will be amazing to us as we don't have access to any real mountains where we live. I do appreciate everyone's feedback. I guess I'll have to decide whether I want a more secluded honeymoon or one with plenty to do...decisions, decisions. It is a good idea though to go somewhere more busy for a few days and then somewhere more secluded/low-key. I wouldn't want to make another flight in the middle of my honeymoon so something within driving distance of each other would be nice
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Old 03-28-2013, 03:32 PM   #14 (permalink)
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To give an idea of distance.

From Calgary airport Banff is 1hr depending on traffic. Lake Louise is 30 min past that. Panorama is about 2hrs from Banff? I think, so 1.5hrs from LL. Kicking Horse is about 45min from LL. There would be no need to fly again around these areas, its not too bad for driving.
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Just keep in mind, we see Banff all the time so the wow factor is gone. To a new visitor it is stunning and when your on your honeymoon you want a lot of options. Banff has the most options for restaurants, sightseeing, snowboarding, nightlife etc. out of all the above.
Yeah, I think you guys that lived here your whole lives don't realize how nice it is!

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Its true, Banff is stunning with plenty to do.

I guess it is preference of the OP as to is her and her husband want a private, secluded type of honeymoon (Lake Louise, Pano as seriouscat suggested...great options) or a place with more options for things to do, but with much more people. Banff sidewalks are shoulder to shoulder on the weekends...
Coming from Toronto myself, I think even in peak tourist season Banff isn't bad. The proximity to EVERYTHING makes is a good option. Parking at the hot springs is retarded on long weekends...

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Wow so much great feedback. Looks like I'm going to have a lot of research to do. I defiantly want to go somewhere where there is a lot to do but not overly crowded...don't know if that exists.
Depends on what you mean by a lot to do. I think an amazing trip would be to start in Fernie, spend a few days there, experience an awesome mountain and a really cool small down. Some semi-fancy hotels but nothing really magazine worthy (unless you stayed at one of the mountain lodges for $500+ a night).

Then I'd head up through the valley and stop at the Lussier hot springs. I agree with the others here, tons of hot springs in the area, but if you want to real deal, go here. It's in the side of the mountain, right next to a stream. Two small unheated toilets are the only change rooms or facilities available, but the romance (especially if it's mid-week) of that place will be worth it.

Then I'd head to either the Banff or Lake Louise Fairmont. I stayed on the gold floor in the Banff Springs Fairmont this past December, and that's how a honeymoon should be spent. A decent room (about 250 sq ft) would be about $300 a night on that floor. You have an honour bar where you can sit by the fire and chat, play with iPads, etc. Breakfast included in the mornings, bath robes and slippers, a tin of cookies when you arrive. Luxury!

I'd use the fairmont as home base to go to Lake Louise and/or Sunshine for a day or two, and spend the rest of the time checking out Banff, taking a drive up the icefields parkway, go on a helicopter tour of the area, etc.

In summary:
- if your budget is massive: Cat-boarding trip in BC complete with luxury accommodations and gourmet food.

- for the middle budget, do my trip above, and adjust the activities to suit the budget

- for the lower budget or adventure minded, Fernie will be cheaper and has a really down to earth feel. Eat dinner at the Old Barnhouse in Kimberley one night for a change. Another option for the REALLY adventurous is Skoki Lodge near Lake Louise. It's an 11 km snowshoe or cross country ski into the lodge. Rates are not bad ($150-$200 a night or so), and they cook all your meals for you. There is no power or running water in the cabin, but I've heard it's VERY beautiful!!! (Will and Kate stayed here on their visit lol)

So my vote goes for Banff/Fernie/Calgary area. I've been to Vancouver/Whistler and it was okay, but I'd get bored there. We get more sunshine, and better snow!
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Lake louise, fernie, and panorama are your best bets for honeymoon. Big white and silver star would top choices too as they lie in the okanagan. They all have actual amenities that you would want, and quietness if you choose.
I would also consider whistler, nice restaurants are always a plus for a honeymoon.
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If you're willing to travel to the states... Jackson Hole
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Wow so much great feedback. Looks like I'm going to have a lot of research to do. I defiantly want to go somewhere where there is a lot to do but not overly crowded...don't know if that exists. We will be going for about a week and won't be spending every moment snowboarding so having other options in terms of what to do is important. I'm sure anywhere we go will be amazing to us as we don't have access to any real mountains where we live. I do appreciate everyone's feedback. I guess I'll have to decide whether I want a more secluded honeymoon or one with plenty to do...decisions, decisions. It is a good idea though to go somewhere more busy for a few days and then somewhere more secluded/low-key. I wouldn't want to make another flight in the middle of my honeymoon so something within driving distance of each other would be nice
Of the three you mention, I've been with my special girl to Whistler and Banff/LL. We went to Banff last month (February). It's not crowded. We didn't wait in line once that week. We were shocked at how few people were there. We had a great time. Probably the best snow/ski vacation I've ever had.

We stayed in Canmore in a timeshare/condo and drove in to Banff to access Whistler and Sunshine. IT's a very short drive and just incredible. In Canmore it's easy to get a secluded spot, and you're still in a real town. Food was decent. The drive from the Calgary airport to Canmore/Banff/etc is awesome. Very safe, scenic, and you're at the bottom of the mountains so it's a straight level drive. Both Lake Louise and Sunshine are great mountains with tons to offer. Both LL and Sunshine have expert bowls, mountains dedicated for intermediate/advanced (Goat's Eye at Sunshine, and Larche at Lake Louise), and lots of general variety.

Whistler on the other hand, you kinda have to stay in/around the village. The town and village are cool. The conditions are excellent (but snow can be heavier due to proximity to ocean) and obviously world-famous. We had a great time there too. You have to drive switchbacks up the mountain to get there which, while pretty, is a pain and not my cup of tea.

So yeah.. I vote for Canmore/Banff/Lake Louise
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Old 03-29-2013, 12:38 AM   #20 (permalink)
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We stayed in Canmore in a timeshare/condo and drove in to Banff to access Whistler and Sunshine. IT's a very short drive and just incredible.
Sunshine vis Banff=20km
Whistler via Banff =800km.

.....da fuq?

I guess living close we get spoiled....oldseed (as an "outsider") may have the best point fo view of banff. Although if your planning on staying in banff, whistler is a FAR trip...
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