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Frequently Asked Questions

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When should I book my accommodation?
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Summer is high season throughout the Canadian Rockies therefore it is recommended to book your lodging requirements well in advance to ensure all your desired properties are available. If you plan on visiting during the months of July, August or early September then book at least 8 months to a year in advance. Book Summer Accommodation

Winter is also a fantastic time to visit, especially if you love the outdoors! Most lodging is available but please note that the cabins/bungalows in the Jasper area are only open during the summer months (late April until mid-October). Book Winter Accommodation

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What about my activities?
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Summer activities such as whitewater rafting, Athabasca Glacier Icewalks, horseback riding and guided tours can be arranged at the same time that you book your accommodation. If you know what you would like to do, just let us know and we will create the perfect package to suit your requirements. We can also make some great suggestions to complete your itinerary!

Winter activities such as dogsledding, snowmobiling, Maligne Canyon Icewalks and Johnston Canyon Icewalks should be booked in advance as these are very popular and can book up quite quickly.

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Do I need to rent a vehicle?
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If you like to drive and have your own schedule, then a rental vehicle is a good idea. All major rental car companies are located at the Calgary & Edmonton International Airports and we can also reserve those on your behalf. If you are arriving by train in Jasper or Banff and would like to take a few days to drive the Icefields Parkway, there are rental car companies located in both towns.

If you need to take some time out from driving, join one of the Guided Interpretive Tours in Jasper or Banff to learn more about the area.

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Are the roads open in the winter?
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Yes, even the Icefields Parkway is open year round. There can be delays on this highway if there is a large snowfall but in general, the roads are kept relatively clear.

Remember, you are in the mountains and the weather changes frequently so always use caution when driving.

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How long is the drive from Banff to Jasper?

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Click here to see the driving times from the different locations.
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What taxes will I pay?
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In Alberta there isn’t a Provincial Sales Tax however there is the 5% Goods & Services Tax (GST) which is refundable to non-Canadian residents. For more information please click here. On accommodation you will pay an extra 5% AHT (Alberta Hotel Tax).



 
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