Banff National Park

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Banff National Park, located in the Canadian Rockies of Alberta, Canada, is one of the country's most iconic and visited national parks. Banff National Park is renowned for its stunning natural beauty, characterized by towering mountain peaks, turquoise glacial lakes, dense forests, and abundant wildlife. Established in 1885, Banff National Park is Canada's oldest national park and the third oldest in the world. Its creation was spurred by the construction of the Canadian Pacific Railway, which recognized the area's scenic and recreational value.

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Things to Do in Banff National Park

Columbia Icefields

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Banff National Park notes:
Jasper and Banff National Park's Columbia Icefields. Explore Athabasca Glacier and the Columbia Icefields.

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Banff Gondola Ride Admission

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Banff National Park notes:
Enjoy stunning panoramas of six different mountain ranges on the state-of-the-art Banff Gondola. Soar to the top of Sulphur Mountain for a bird's-eye view of town and vistas of Canada's first national park.

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Banff Lake Minnewanka Cruise

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Majestic views of the Canadian Rockies while cruising beautiful Lake Minnewanka on this panoramic 1-hour interpretive cruise. Learn Native folklore while scanning the lake shore for big-horned sheep, deer, bald eagle and even the occasional bear. Cruise over to Devil's Gap for incredible views of the Prairies and surrounding mountains.

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Rocky Mountain Train Tickets

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Banff National Park notes:
6-Day Rocky Mountaineer from Vancouver to Banff, Icefield, Jasper, Lake Louise. OR 6 Day VIA Rail Banff - Jasper Rocky Mountain Train Tour from Calgary to Vancouver.

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Tour Moraine Lake

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Moraine Lake is a stunning glacially-fed lake located in Banff National Park, in the Canadian Rockies of Alberta, Canada. Famous and iconic, Moraine Lake in the Canadian Rockies and is renowned for its breathtaking turquoise-blue waters and stunning surrounding mountain peaks.

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Banff National Park Golfing

Banff National Park Golfing

Golfing in Banff National Park offers enthusiasts the opportunity to tee off against the stunning backdrop of the Canadian Rockies, surrounded by breathtaking mountain vistas and pristine wilderness. While there are no golf courses within the boundaries of Banff National Park itself, several world-class golf courses are located nearby in the towns of Banff and Canmore.

Banff Springs Golf Course

Located at the Fairmont Banff Springs hotel, the Banff Springs Golf Course is one of Canada's most iconic and picturesque golf courses. Designed by the legendary Stanley Thompson, this 27-hole championship course offers challenging play amidst stunning mountain scenery, including views of Mount Rundle and the Bow Valley. Golfers can choose from three distinct 9-hole courses: the Tunnel Nine, the Stanley Nine, and the Devil's Cauldron Nine.

Silvertip Golfing Resort (Canmore)

Situated in nearby Canmore, Silvertip Resort is a premier mountain golf destination offering a challenging 18-hole championship course designed by renowned architect Les Furber. Set against the backdrop of the Canadian Rockies, the course features dramatic elevation changes, pristine fairways, and panoramic views of the surrounding peaks. Golfers can enjoy a memorable round of golf while taking in the natural beauty of the Bow Valley.

Stewart Creek Golf & Country Club (Canmore)

Another top-rated golf course in Canmore, Stewart Creek Golf & Country Club boasts a spectacular 18-hole course designed by Gary Browning. Nestled in the foothills of the Rockies, the course offers a unique blend of mountain terrain, rugged rock formations, and lush fairways. With strategic bunkering, challenging greens, and stunning views at every turn, Stewart Creek promises an unforgettable golfing experience.

Kananaskis Country Golf Course

Located just outside the eastern boundary of Banff National Park in Kananaskis Country, this 36-hole golf course offers two distinct 18-hole layouts: the Mount Lorette Course and the Mount Kidd Course. Surrounded by towering peaks and pristine wilderness, Kananaskis Country Golf Course provides a scenic and challenging golfing experience in a stunning mountain setting.

Banff National Park Golfing Facilities

Each golf course offers a range of amenities and facilities, including driving ranges, practice greens, golf shops, equipment rentals, and clubhouse dining options. Golfers can also take advantage of professional instruction, group clinics, and golf packages to enhance their golfing experience.

Banff National Park Tee Times and Reservations

Golfers are advised to book tee times in advance, especially during peak seasons, to secure preferred tee times and ensure availability. Many golf courses offer online booking systems or can be contacted directly to reserve tee times and inquire about golf packages and specials. Golfing in and around Banff National Park provides a unique opportunity to combine the love of the game with the natural beauty of the Canadian Rockies. Whether you're a scratch golfer or a weekend duffer, you're sure to enjoy a memorable round of golf amidst the stunning mountain landscapes of Banff and its surrounding areas.

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Booking Banff National Park Adventures and Attractions

Banff, located in the Canadian Rockies, offers stunning natural landscapes and a variety of activities for outdoor enthusiasts.

Banff National Park

Explore the pristine wilderness of Banff National Park, Canada's first national park. Take scenic drives along the Icefields Parkway and Bow Valley Parkway for breathtaking views.

Lake Louise

Visit the iconic Lake Louise, known for its turquoise waters and stunning mountain backdrop. Enjoy activities like hiking, canoeing, or simply taking in the scenery.

Moraine Lake

Marvel at the striking beauty of Moraine Lake, surrounded by ten towering mountain peaks. Take a hike around the lake or rent a canoe to experience its splendor up close.

Banff Gondola

Ride the Banff Gondola to the summit of Sulphur Mountain for panoramic views of the Bow Valley. Explore the boardwalk and visit the interpretive center.

Hiking Banff

Banff offers a plethora of hiking trails for all skill levels. Some popular trails include Johnston Canyon, Plain of Six Glaciers, and Sentinel Pass.

Banff Wildlife Viewing

Keep an eye out for wildlife such as elk, deer, bears, and bighorn sheep. Wildlife spotting tours are also available.

Banff Hot Springs

Relax in the Banff Upper Hot Springs while enjoying mountain views.

Canoeing and Kayaking

Paddle along the Bow River, Lake Louise or Bow Lake for a peaceful and scenic experience. Banff has some spectacular places for Canoeing and Kayaking.

Skiing and Snowboarding in Banff

In winter, Banff transforms into a winter wonderland with opportunities for skiing and snowboarding at resorts like Banff Sunshine, Lake Louise Ski Resort, and Mount Norquay.

Banff Dog Sledding and Ice Walks

Experience the thrill of dog sledding or join an ice walk to explore frozen canyons and waterfalls during the winter months.

Town of Banff

Stroll through the charming town of Banff with its shops, galleries, and restaurants. Visit the Banff Park Museum and the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies for cultural insights.

Columbia Icefield

The Columbia Icefield covers an area of approximately 325 square kilometers (125 square miles). It is one of the largest icefields in North America and is the source of several major glaciers.

Icefields Parkway

The Icefields Parkway, also known as Highway 93, is a world-renowned scenic highway that stretches through the heart of the Canadian Rockies, connecting Jasper National Park to Banff National Park in Alberta, Canada.

Peyto Lake

Peyto Lake is famous for its unique shape that resembles the head of a wolf. It is named after Bill Peyto, an early trail guide and trapper in the Banff area.

Cave and Basin National Historic Site

Learn about the history of Banff National Park and the discovery of the hot springs at the Cave and Basin historic site.

Banff National Park by Horseback

Exploring Banff by horseback is a classic and enjoyable way to experience the stunning landscapes and scenic trails of the Canadian Rockies.