Things to do
Rocky Mountain scenery and abundant wildlife – from bighorn sheep to bears - are the star attractions of Banff National Park. Plunge into the Rockies on foot or by bike on an expansive network of trails. Drive past crystalline lakes and glaciers on hundreds of kilometres of paved scenic parkways or get back to nature at 14 diverse campgrounds. History lovers can explore national historic sites, while winter brings skiing, snowshoeing and sightseeing.
Driving routes like the world-famous Icefields Parkway offer access to dizzying mountains, hanging lakes and glaciers. Watch for elusive wildlife along the way.
When three railway workers stumbled upon bubbling hot springs in 1883, they had no idea it would lead to the creation of Banff National Park. Discover the birthplace of Canada’s first national park at Cave and Basin National Historic Site.
With more than 190 km of mountain bike trails and numerous road riding options, biking is an excellent way to explore Banff National Park. Trails range from easy to difficult and the biking season typically extends from May to October.