It is three and 1/2 hours southwest of Calgary, Alberta through both the Banff and Kootenay National Parks. This is one of the most scenic and enjoyable drives in the Rocky Mountains. The speed limit is kept at 90 km/hour (approximately 55 mph) as mountain roads can be curvy, but also to enjoy the scenery.
- West on the Trans-Canada Highway (#1) from Calgary
- South on Highway 93 to Radium
- south on Highway 93/95 to Invermere
- 18 kilometres (11 miles) up Toby Creek Road to Panorama
There are many interesting places to stop on your way to Panorama.
The town of Banff is great for shopping for a few hours or having lunch. It's lots of fun to walk through the town of Banff, for a step back in time and a huge architectural tour!
Marble Canyon is a wonderful natural geological formation which is just down Highway 93. Take 45 minutes to an hour to walk up the cordoned paths and look down into the depths of this narrow crevice cut out of the rocks by erosion over millions of years.
Lake Louise is just another 22 kilometres past the Highway 93 turnoff. If you make time to see Moraine Lake, and the Chateau Lake Louise, they are both spectacular and wonderfully enjoyable.