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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Upscale Dining in Banff National Park

Upscale Dining in Banff National Park

For an upscale dining experience in Banff National Park, you can indulge in gourmet cuisine, fine wines, and impeccable service at several elegant restaurants.

The Eden Dining Room (at The Rimrock Resort Hotel)

Located at The Rimrock Resort Hotel, The Eden Dining Room offers a sophisticated atmosphere and panoramic views of the surrounding mountains. Enjoy a refined menu featuring locally sourced ingredients and innovative dishes prepared with precision and flair.

Banff National Park's 1888 Chop House (at Fairmont Banff Springs)

Situated within the iconic Fairmont Banff Springs hotel, 1888 Chop House offers a classic steakhouse experience with a modern twist. Indulge in prime cuts of Alberta beef, seafood, and decadent sides, paired with an extensive selection of wines and cocktails.

Sky Bistro (at Banff National Park's Gondola)

Perched atop Sulphur Mountain, Sky Bistro offers breathtaking views of Banff and the surrounding Rockies. Savor contemporary Canadian cuisine featuring locally sourced ingredients, complemented by an impressive wine list and innovative cocktails.

The Bison Restaurant & Terrace

The Bison Restaurant & Terrace showcases the best of Canadian cuisine with a focus on sustainable, locally sourced ingredients. Enjoy dishes inspired by the region's diverse culinary traditions, served in a cozy and elegant atmosphere.

The Maple Leaf in Banff National Park

The Maple Leaf is a fine dining restaurant specializing in Canadian cuisine, including Alberta beef, game meats, and fresh seafood. The restaurant features an extensive wine list and attentive service, creating a memorable dining experience.

Juniper Bistro (at The Juniper Hotel & Bistro)

Juniper Bistro offers a sophisticated dining experience with panoramic views of the Bow Valley and surrounding mountains. Enjoy creative Canadian cuisine with a focus on seasonal ingredients, complemented by an extensive wine and cocktail selection.

The Waldhaus Restaurant (at Fairmont Banff Springs)

Nestled in the woods beside the Bow River, The Waldhaus Restaurant offers an enchanting dining experience in a historic log cabin. Enjoy classic European cuisine with a Bavarian flair, accompanied by an extensive beer and wine list.

The Vermillion Room (at Fairmont Banff Springs)

The Vermillion Room offers a vibrant and elegant dining experience inspired by French brasseries. Indulge in classic French dishes with a modern twist, accompanied by an extensive selection of wines, cocktails, and champagne.

Three Ravens Restaurant & Wine Bar (at Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity)

Three Ravens Restaurant & Wine Bar offers contemporary Canadian cuisine in a refined setting, showcasing locally sourced ingredients and innovative flavor combinations. Pair your meal with selections from an extensive wine list featuring Canadian and international wines.

Banff National Park's Sleeping Buffalo Dining Room (at Buffalo Mountain Lodge)

Located at Buffalo Mountain Lodge, The Sleeping Buffalo Dining Room offers a cozy and intimate dining experience with views of the surrounding forest. Enjoy creative Canadian cuisine with a focus on regional ingredients, accompanied by an extensive wine list.

These upscale dining options in Banff National Park offer a combination of exquisite cuisine, elegant ambiance, and stunning views, providing a memorable culinary experience amidst the beauty of the Canadian Rockies. Reservations are recommended, especially during peak seasons.

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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.