Everywhere you look is a perfect picture from a glossy travel book. The elements that make the Rockies a year-round dream destination – dazzling glaciers, big animals, alpine meadows and emerald lakes - are right here in Banff National Park.
A scenic hour and a half drive west of Calgary leads to one of the most popular national parks in the world. Nestled in superb natural settings, the charming towns of Banff and Lake Louise have all the comforts of the big city. Over 7,500 people call the park home, so you’re as likely to encounter the locals as you are the resident wildlife.
After an invigorating day of alpine adventure, nourish your body and soul in the soothing natural waters of the outdoor hot springs. See for yourself why UNESCO declared Canada’s original national park a World Heritage Site.
Big peaks. Big elk. Big caves. Big festivals. Here’s your insider Banff National Park checklist!
Slip into warm natural hot springs all year at
Banff Upper Hot Springs.
For a bird’s eye view of endless peaks and valleys, ride to the top of Sulphur Mountain on the
Tee off in the alpine paradise of the
Fairmont Banff Springs Golf Resort.
outdoors is as Canadian as it gets. Glide across a frozen lake or hop on the river and go, right in downtown Banff.
Take in the
Banff Summer Arts Festival, with over 200 events by local and international artists, unfolding over the summer months.
Take a hike
Choose from 1,600 km (1,000 mi) of glorious alpine trails. Local favorites include
Plain of 6 Glaciers - Lake Agnes Teahouse, Sunshine Meadows, Larch Valley and Sentinel Pass
Sunshine to Mt. Assiniboine. For more ideas visit Banff-Lake Louise Tourism.
It’s all downhill
Carve the powder at
Lake Louise Ski Area
Boating in Banff
Lake Minnewanka, the biggest in the park. Canoe to the far shores of Lake Louise, just as the Aboriginals and early explorers did.
Hit the road
See for yourself why National Geographic rated the
one of the “10 Greatest Drives in the World.”
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