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Banff Fall Colours, plus Peyto Lake hiking weekend

Let's do this in the autumn this year. Driving about the Rockies near Banff. Lots of great opportunities for photography with the (hopefully) yellow foliage.

Here's what I have in mind:

Friday, 7th September: We drive out from Edmonton and get to Banff. We stay at HI-Banff Alpine Centre hostel.

Saturday, 8th September: We take day trips out to some lakes, waterfalls and other features in the area. Possibilities include: Peyto Lake, Lake Louise, Moraine Lake, Castle Mountain, Lake Minnewanka/Two Jack Lake, Island Lake,  Bow Lake, Vermilion Lake, Emerald Lake (Yoho National Park), Abraham Lake, etc. We could do some small hikes to picturesque spots, at Peyto Lake etc. too.

Sunday, 9th September: We do some sunrise photographs at a lake in the area, then head back out to home, stopping for breakfast somewhere.

We will be staying at HI-Banff Alpine Centre hostel. Their website is here. We will be using co-ed dorm beds. The cost will be approx. $40 per person per night. As we will be staying there for two nights, that will be $80 for the weekend. You can pay at their front-desk when you arrive. Please see their Web site for more information.

For transportation, we would need to bring both my (Imran's) car, as well as another car. This is because I would end this weekend by driving out to Vancouver instead of back up to Edmonton. So, as I'm sure most people will want to return to Edmonton, they could then use the other car while I go the other way.

For meals, you will be in-charge of your own food and drink. You can simply bring it along from home (the hostel should have some fridges to put perishables in), or you can buy food on the way there or in town. On Saturday night we'll most likely go out somewhere in Banff townsite for dinner. We can pick a place then. The hostel is in Banff so it's quite easy to purchase food or any other items if needed.

If you have some preferences of places you'd like to visit and photograph or hikes you'd like to try, do mention them in the comments section.

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  • Esther F.

    Team: I uploaded 60 photos that I took from this trip on flickr (I think now you should be able to see). http://www.flickr.com/photos/87099553@N03/
    welcome to leave some comments/critics if you have time and don't mind to waste. I will try to put what I could learn from you all into practice for my up coming Grand Cache trip.
    much appreciated!

    September 12, 2012

  • Esther F.

    hi Team:
    check out this link: http://www.flickr.com/photos/87099553@N03/

    your critics/insights are much appreciated.

    September 11, 2012

    • Imran H.

      Esther it appears to be empty. Did you upload your photographs there?

      September 11, 2012

  • Imran H.

    Hi everyone! Welcome back home. :) I hope everyone had a good time this past weekend. We had some hiccups but all-in-all I think it was really fun. Thanks for being part of it!!

    Also.. I think one of you mentioned you will be at the same hostel again this coming week. I may have a favour to ask you. :) So do let me know who it was, if possible.

    September 10, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      I thought I was but it is HI Lake Louise.. Why you forgot something

      September 10, 2012

    • Imran H.

      Yeah, looks like I forgot my small'ish light-brown plastic mouthguard box on the bathroom sink in our room. Whoops. I've e-mailed the hostel and if they have it.. I may have to find someone who may be going there, or... I could just ask them to hold on to it until I am there next. :)

      September 10, 2012

  • Brian P.

    Excellent!

    September 10, 2012

  • Nouman A.

    Hi Gyz, last when I checked this event was full, now I see some empty spots, please let me know that how we gonna commute, I've a 2 door car by the way.

    September 6, 2012

    • Imran H.

      Hi Nouman! Welcome to the event. :) Well, we already seem to have everyone's transportation figured out. If you like you're welcome to come along with me. I was originally going to not come back up to Edmonton on Sunday but now it looks like I will, so you're more than welcome to get a ride with me. Unless somene else wants to give you one here?

      I plan to leave the city after work at 5pm'ish. Maybe slightly earlier. Where in town will you be around then?

      Also.. I don't have a hostel reservation for you. I'll e-mail them to see if we can add one more co-ed dorm bed for you for the weekend. Please note that since it's a last minute thing, if you choose to not come out then you will still be responsible to pay for the bed as they will not give me a refund this close to the weekend.

      So yeah, do let me know about the carpooling. :) What works for you?

      September 7, 2012

    • Nouman A.

      I'm working from home today so its easy for me sneak out any time today, I can go with you, I live in downtown, please email me your number so what we can coordinate.

      September 7, 2012

  • Imran H.

    Booking at HI-Banff hostel updated. We now have five co-ed dorm beds booked. Candace, I never heard from you, so I'm assuming you are not coming. If you ARE coming then let me know asap so I can see if there is a bed still available for you.

    September 6, 2012

  • Brian P.

    I have to travel on personal business on Friday but I can meet everyone at 5PM at the hostel.

    September 6, 2012

    • Brian P.

      I'll be staying at the hostel. I'll probably arrrive at 9PM on Friday too. I'll have my car there so I can help with driving on Saturday and Sunday

      September 6, 2012

    • Imran H.

      Ok sounds good. I'll keep a bed reservation for you there, Brian.

      September 6, 2012

  • Imran H.

    Alright, Candace and Andrew, please do let us know if you're coming out this weekend. If I don't hear from you by 4pm today I will assume you are not coming.

    September 6, 2012

  • Kathleen

    Sorry. I did not notice I could change my RSVP status. It is now fixed. I am un-rsvp'd ;(. But I am still striving to come on one or more trips! Thanks Imran for spearheading these things!

    1 · September 6, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    @Ravi & @Esther: I will pick up Ravi at 4:30 and then Esther on the way.
    @Imran: See you there. Is the hostel booked in your name? In case we reached there early.

    September 6, 2012

    • Imran H.

      Correct, the hostel is booked under 'Imran Hayat'. I am emailing them to see what we can do if the rest of the RSVPs don't show up. (As otherwise I will have to pay for their stay) :) Fun fun. We may just reduce the booking to five or so beds if we don't get a reply from the rest of the attendees.

      September 6, 2012

  • Imran H.

    Candace, Andrew and Amanda.. can you please post on the event's page and let us know your transportation preferences to Banff for this weekend? Are you driving yourself down or would you like a ride there and back?

    September 6, 2012

  • Esther F.

    Hi Rabin:
    I do need a ride and I can be ready by 4:15- 4:30ish Friday. Imran has mentioned that he can give me a ride if no one else is convenient to give me a ride. Since he will not be back to Edmonton after our trip, I figured it will be easier if i can be in some else's car instead of his if it can be worked out. So... will it be convenient for you to pick me up? I live on the south side of the city close to Century Park LRT station. if it is not convenient for you to pick me up, i will go with Imran. let me know, we will work out the details later...

    September 6, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      Sounds great. Just shoot me an email with your address. I can take one more. Ravi, if you are interested send me an email too. I can pick you both.

      September 6, 2012

    • Imran H.

      Awesome Rabin! :) Yeah Esther, I'd rather have people driving down with the same people they're driving up with.

      September 6, 2012

  • Kathleen

    Hey. I was hoping to come this weekend. I now have to work Sunday however, early. I think it would be too quick to go Friday night and come back Saturday night. Too bad since its gonna be nice! Have fun everyone!

    September 5, 2012

    • Imran H.

      Kathleen, can you remove yourself from the event then if you're unable to come?

      September 6, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Do you guys still need a ride? I have not heard from anyone else.

    September 6, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I live downtown and can pick people on the way out. I can leave after 3:30 PM

    September 5, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      I can take 2 be on a safe side.

      September 5, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      Whoever needs a ride just email me. We can go from there.

      September 5, 2012

  • Esther F.

    just learned that I will be joining you, great! I will need a ride. I live close to the century Park LRT station area and I would like to be picked up from my house. Anyone can provide a ride for me please? let me know so we can communicate more via email. I can leave around 4:30ish on Friday afternoon

    1 · September 5, 2012

    • Imran H.

      Ok. I know I can take two people and I'll be leaving around that time too. You can come with me for now at least, unless someone else is leaving from your neighbourhood. :)

      September 5, 2012

  • Imran H.

    Indeed. Let's get the details figured out. I need two cars for carpooling. Who can help?

    September 5, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      I can take 2 more. What about for for food? Do we just eat out?

      September 5, 2012

    • Imran H.

      I will leave that up to everyone. We're only there on Friday and Saturday nights. We can just do a combination, where we bring breakfast/lunches and for dinner we can eat out. Or people can buy something for lunch too.

      September 5, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    What about carpooling? Or we drive there separate?

    September 5, 2012

  • Haroon N.

    I might join as well... I live in Calgary so probably can join you guys on Saturday for the day trips.

    1 · August 27, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Should we start discussing about carpooling? Me be a pre planning meeting somewhere?

    August 26, 2012

  • Kathleen

    Favorite time if year! Stoked for this one!

    August 18, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    @Imran, Do you book the accommodation or it is up to us to book it? HIHostel sounds great

    August 15, 2012

    • Imran H.

      Rabin, I've reserved the HI Banff hostel. When we get there we can pay individually at their front-desk.

      August 15, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks.. Sounds good.

      August 15, 2012

  • Imran H.

    Alright, just reserved the HI-Banff Alpine Centre hostel for eight people. Woohoo! :) That is $40 per person per night.

    August 15, 2012

  • Imran H.

    I should book us some accommodations for this. How does the Banff hostel sound? http://www.hihostels.ca/westerncanada/332/HI-Banff_Alpine_Centre.hostel

    May 4, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm off to Alaska this aug/sept, so I need my money for that. Otherwise I would definitely be joining you on a few of these.

    April 24, 2012

  • Imran H.

    Awesome! Great to have you on this event, Amanda! :-)

    April 21, 2012

  • Amanda Y.

    Attentively attending!! This sounds Great! :)

    1 · April 21, 2012

  • Imran H.

    Should be good! :) I've added some more details for this, plus have settled on a date as well. Hopefully we will have some good yellow foliage at this time.

    April 20, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Unfortunately I've got a busy summer ahead of me (getting married!) but I would love to get to the mountains in the fall, so I will keep this in mind. If you get good weather, it's spectacular.

    1 · April 9, 2012

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