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.
Exploring Trails on Foot and by Bike
Among the best ways to experience the park’s Rocky Mountain scenery is on the trail. Whether on foot or by bike, visitors have access to hundreds of kilometres of trails.
On the Road: Experiencing Banff National Park’s Scenic Drives
Driving routes like the world-famous Icefields Parkway offer access to dizzying mountains, hanging lakes and glaciers. Watch for elusive wildlife along the way.
Rough It (or Camp in Style) at Banff National Park’s Diverse Campgrounds
Camping is a core part of the Banff experience. With more than a dozen campgrounds, the park has options for everyone, from backcountry enthusiasts to visitors looking to camp in style.
The Red Chair Experience
The red chairs placed in special locations around Banff National Park are all about taking time to connect with nature and with each other. Some are easy to find, while others provide more of an adventure. All of them offer a place to rest, relax, and reflect on the place you’ve discovered and the journey you took to get there.
Looking for more? Contact Banff / Lake Louise Tourism for information about commercial guided tours, attractions, dining or accommodation. Private licensed guides are available through the Interpretive Guides Association or the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides.
Need gear? Contact Banff / Lake Louise Tourism for equipment rentals.
Walking, snowshoeing or tobogganing? You don’t need to venture far to be in avalanche terrain. Not all signed trails are safe for winter travel. November through June, check the Winter Trails Map for safe and fun options, or contact any Parks Canada Visitor Centre.
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- Motorized off-road travelling
- Ice Fishing
- Hang gliding or any heavier-than-air aircraft
- Use of personal watercraft, (such as Sea Doos, Jet Skis etc.) or water skiing equipment
- Collecting natural (eg. wildflowers, rocks, mushrooms, berries) or cultural objects (eg. arrowheads)
National Park Acts, Regulations and Guidelines