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Paul,
 
        The whole area is "must see" as far as I am concerned.  You can get an idea of the features from the website www.banff.com as a starter.  September is probably the perfect month to visit in my opinion; the weather is still nice and the peak tourist season is over.
 
        There is a whole cluster of parks and forestry reserves in the mountains an hour west of Calgary.  The four major National Parks are Banff, Jasper, Yoho, and Glacier (not to be confused with the Waterton/Glacier International Peace Park on the Canada-US boarder a few miles south).  There are four towns or villages inside the parks: these are Banff, Jasper, Lake Louise, in Alberta and Field, in B.C (British Columbia).  Banff is about a one hour drive from Calgary; Jasper is another four hour drive from Banff.  Banff is a major tourist attraction.  Jasper is a little less so but still not what you would call backwoods.  Field really has very little to offer in tourist services but it does have one of the worlds higher waterfalls (1,300 feet) nearby.
 
        The Banff Springs Hotel, formerly owned by C.P.R., now owned by Fairmont Hotels, a spin-off company, is a world class facility which you will probably not want to miss.  The food is also superb.
 
        If I can provide you with any specific information I will be pleased to do so.  I hope you have a wonderful trip.
 
Regards,
 
H. Daryl Richardson
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Sent: Friday, July 15, 2005 11:36 AM
Subject: Off Topic - Banff

My wife and I will be visiting Banff in September.  My first trip to Canada, and I was wondering if anyone familiar with the area has any "must see" or "great restaurant" recommendations.  Please feel free to respond offline.
 
Thanks,