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. Use BanffNow for real-time congestion information and parking availability. Better yet, take transit or a local shuttle and let us do the driving. Plan ahead to make the most of your visit.  

Birthplace of Canada's national parks - The Cave and Basin National Historic Site

© Banff Photography


The Cave and Basin National Historic Site celebrates Parks Canada’s protected natural and cultural treasures with all new year-round programming and interactive exhibits. The highlight for many will be a visit to the fully accessible underground Cave, a special place where bubbling thermal waters connect people to the essence of Banff National Park.

Cave and Basin National Historic Site 

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Soak in the Banff Upper Hot Springs


Relax among the jagged peaks in an outdoor pool with hot, mineral-rich water. This fully accessible site is open daily, year-round, complete with café, gift shop, and picnic tables.

Upper Hot Springs Pool

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Summit Tunnel Mountain

© Paul Zizka Photography


The switchback trail to this low summit provides sweeping views across the town and Bow Valley, with Mount Rundle rising dramatically to the south. The trailhead is a 15 minute walk (1 km) from downtown Banff.

Tunnel Mountain Trail

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Meander along Vermilion Lakes Drive

© Banff & Lake Louise Tourism / Noel Hendrickson


Vermilion Lakes

This 4.3 km paved road is ideal for biking and can also be explored by car or foot. Relax on the docks and benches, learn about the area, and snap a stunning picture of Mount Rundle.

Bike the Banff Legacy Trail

© Paul Zizka Photography


Paved paths and roadways span 29 km from Travel Alberta’s visitor centre in Canmore to the Bow Valley Parkway. Cyclists, strollers and runners enjoy expansive views, picnic areas, the town of Banff, and Vermilion Lakes along the way. Trail is not maintained in winter.

Banff Legacy Trail

Explore Lake Minnewanka Loop

© Banff & Lake Louise Tourism / Paul Zizka Photography


Visit a glacial lake, remnants of a coal mining town and a scenic canyon. In the summer, enjoy picnicking, hiking and being on or by the water. In the winter, half the loop is closed to vehicles, making it a great destination for cross-country skiing, winter walking or snowshoeing.

History of Lake Minnewanka

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Discover Johnston Canyon

© Ray Schmidt


Follow wide trails and narrow bridges with railings through the canyon to the majestic Lower Falls. Take Roam public transit to this iconic location in summer. In other seasons, be sure to bring ice cleats.

Visit Lake Louise - The Lake

© Banff & Lake Louise Tourism / Paul Zizka Photography


Getting around Lake Louise 

This spectacular alpine setting is a hub for iconic photos, hikes, canoeing, horseback riding, climbing, and awe-inspiring scenery. During the summer, Roam public transit is highly recommended.

Drive the Icefields Parkway

Parker Ridge. Photo: Dani Lefrançois

  Bead & Breakfast / Cottage

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. Icefields Parkway
Experience Great Canadian Camping

Camping in the national park is as rewarding as its majestic landscapes. Sites range from rustic, treed settings to full service with mountain views. Book in advance  and choose from a traditional RV or tent site, try a cabin-like oTENTik, or a convenient Equipped Campsite.

Camping information

Season-long public transit service to most campgrounds