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.
Visiting with young children? Explore with Club Parka!
The Club Parka booklet invites kids to explore, learn and have fun! Once activities are completed, they'll receive a reward! The booklets are available on site.Learn more about Parka and download other activities!
Parks Canada is happy to offer free shuttles to popular destinations from Banff Town site to Lake Louise and along Lake Minnewanka Loop Rd.
Watch the sunset on a riverside stroll or feel the breath of glaciers in the alpine. Many of the park’s most famous hikes are easily accessible from the Town of Banff and the village of Lake Louise.
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.