Banff Legacy Trail
From Banff east gate to the Bow Valley Parkway
Paved trails and roadways span for 26 kilometres from Banff National Park’s East Gate to the Bow Valley Parkway, Enjoy views, picnic areas, the townsite, and a variety of rest spots and trail connectors.
Upper Hot Springs Pool
Relax in the comfort of soothing natural hot springs where travellers have come to ‘take the waters’ for more than a century.
Hike the 3 km loop of Johnson Lake or canoe, fish, kayak on its waters.
5min west of Banff on the Vermilion road
Discover the important wetlands of Vermilion Lakes while enjoying wildlife viewing and bird watching.
Bow Valley Parkway (Hwy 1A)
This scenic heritage road offers viewpoints, picnic sites, trails, and roadside interpretative panels, as well as quaint cottage accommodation along the way. The road is narrow and curvy; slow down for cyclists and wildlife.
© R. Earl
Feel the spray of waterfalls from catwalks that cling to the canyon walls: 1.1 km (20 min) to the Lower Falls: 2.7 km (1hr) to the Upper Falls.
This hamlet and lake offer some of the finest hiking, skiing and site-seeing in the world. Explore the highlights below or learn more about the area.
Lake Louise – the Lake
The emerald hues and glacial backdrop of Lake Louise have wowed visitors since the 1890s. The lake offers photographic moments, a lakeshore stroll, canoeing and horseback riding. Best time to visit is before 11 am or after 5 pm.
© BLLT / Paul Zizka
Lake Agnes Trail
One of the most hiked trails in the area, the 6.8 km return trail gains 385 m elevation gain to a mountain teahouse. The trail takes you past Mirror Lake to enjoy a steeped cup of ‘high’ tea with a stunning view of Lake Louise.
Plain of Six Glaciers Trail
Glaciers, vaulting peaks, avalanche paths, wildlife and a mountain teahouse are all part of this classic hike. This famous Lake Louise hike offers great satisfaction for a moderate 10 km effort.
Known as the Valley of the Ten Peaks, this area offers hiking, paddling, and dramatic photographic opportunities. Best time to visit is before 11 am or after 5 pm. The road is closed between mid-October and mid-June.
The Icefields Parkway parallels the Continental Divide through some of the most wild and remote parts of Banff and Jasper national parks. Explore the highlights below or
learn more about the area.
Bow Summit and Peyto Lake
Bow Summit is the height of land between the Bow River system, flowing to Banff, and the Mistaya River system. Reach Peyto Lake after a short uphill walk and enjoy views of the brilliantly turquoise, glacial fed lake.
Bow Lake and Bow Glacier
Bow Lake is one of the more scenic and accessible lakes for fishing. The turquoise blue water is the source of the Bow River. From here you can view the majestic Bow Glacier.