What to see while visiting Banff National Park
There are so many things to see in Banff National Park that it's sometimes difficult to know where to start! Here are some of the highlights. Keep in mind, the park is especially busy from May through September.
Take a wild trip back in time with vintage natural history specimens from bears to bees.
Bike or walk the Vermilion Lakes Drive, relax on the docks and benches beside the lakes, learn about the area, snap a picture of Mount Rundle or go for a paddle.
Follow wide trails and narrow bridges with railings through a canyon to waterfalls. Take Roam public transit to this popular location in summer. In other seasons, be sure to bring ice cleats.
Cyclists, strollers and runners can enjoy mountain views, picnic areas and Vermilion Lakes along this 29 km of paved paths and roadways from Canmore to the Bow valley Parkway. This trail is not maintained in winter.
In the summer, ride the Lake Minnewanka bus to visit picturesque lakes including Johnson Lake and Two Jack Lake. Enjoy hiking , picnicking and being on or by the water. In the winter, it is a great destination for cross-country skiing, winter walking or snowshoeing.
This spectacular alpine setting is a hub for iconic photos, hikes, canoeing, horseback riding, climbing, and awe-inspiring scenery. For the best experience, take Roam public transit or reserve your seat in advance on the Parks Canada shuttles.
The Icefields Parkway connects Lake Louise and Jasper, parallelling the Continental Divide through some of the most wild and remote parts of Banff and Jasper national parks. Explore two highlights below or learn more about the area. As this 230 km drive winds through glaciers, emerald lakes, and broad sweeping valleys, snow may be present anytime of the year.