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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Banff National Park notes:
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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Banff National Park notes:
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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Places to Stay in Banff National Park

Places to Stay in Banff National Park

Banff National Park offers a variety of accommodation options to suit every traveler’s preferences and budget.

Hotels and Resorts in Banff National Park

Fairmont Banff Springs

Known as the "Castle in the Rockies," this iconic luxury hotel offers stunning views of the surrounding mountains and is located near the town of Banff.

Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise

Situated on the shores of Lake Louise, this grand hotel provides breathtaking views of the turquoise lake and glacier-clad peaks.

Banff Rocky Mountain Resort

A family-friendly resort located in a secluded area on the outskirts of Banff, offering condo-style accommodations and amenities like pools, hot tubs, and tennis courts.

Buffalo Mountain Lodge

Nestled in the pine forest near Banff, this rustic lodge features cozy cabins and lodge rooms with mountain views.

Cabins and Chalets in Banff National Park

Baker Creek Mountain Resort

Located along the Bow Valley Parkway, this charming resort offers cozy log cabins and suites with rustic decor and modern amenities.

Storm Mountain Lodge

Situated in a secluded area off the beaten path, this historic lodge features cozy cabins and suites with wood-burning fireplaces and mountain views.

Num-Ti-Jah Lodge

Overlooking Bow Lake along the Icefields Parkway, this historic lodge offers rustic accommodations with breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains and glaciers.

Campgrounds in Banff National Park

Tunnel Mountain Campgrounds

This popular campground is located near the town of Banff and offers both RV and tent camping sites with basic amenities.

Lake Louise Campground

Situated near Lake Louise Village, this campground offers RV and tent camping sites in a forested setting close to the lake.

Two Jack Lakeside Campground

Located along the shores of Two Jack Lake, this scenic campground offers tent camping sites with stunning views of the surrounding mountains.

Backcountry Camping in Banff National Park

For adventurous backpackers, Banff National Park offers backcountry camping opportunities in designated wilderness campsites. Permits are required, and campers must follow Leave No Trace principles.

Banff National Park Hostels and Budget Accommodations

HI Banff Alpine Centre

This hostel offers budget-friendly dormitory and private rooms in the town of Banff, with shared kitchen facilities and social areas.

Samesun Banff: Another hostel option in Banff, offering affordable dormitory and private rooms with communal facilities and a lively atmosphere.

When planning your stay in Banff National Park, it’s advisable to book accommodations well in advance, especially during peak seasons like summer and winter. Whether you prefer luxury resorts, cozy cabins, or camping under the stars, Banff offers something for every type of traveler.

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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.