25 Things You Should Do in Banff National Park



Banff NP is known for its spectacular backdrop of mountains. But the amount of beautiful alpine and glacial lakes in this Park are worth checking out as well. Make a day of ‘Chasing Lakes’ and try to see more than just the top three!

  1. Lake Louise
  2. Moraine Lake
  3. Peyto Lake
  4. Bow Lake
  5. Lake Minnewanka
  6. Two Jack Lake
  7. Vermillion Lakes

Taking in my surroundings at Moraine Lake


Driving in Banff NP can be just as beautiful as the top viewpoints. Check out these drives to have a real rocky mountain road trip experience!

  1. View wildlife on the Bow Valley Parkway
  2. See wildlife and spectacular views on the south part of Icefields Parkway



Hiking is my number one hobby in the National Parks. The hikes listed below are doable for most people who don’t hike regularly. Just remember to take bear spray and take your time. Oh, and have fun! Check out the Parks Canada website for accurate information on the hikes such as length, elevation gain and trail reports beforehand.

  1. Johnson Canyon
  2. Bourgeau Lake
  3. Fairview Mountain
  4. Helen Lake
  5. Lake Agnes Tea House
  6. Plain of Six Glacier Tea House

Reflection on Helen Lake


Skiing and Snowboarding are huge in Banff NP in the winter. People come from all over the world to experience these slopes. My favourite is Lake Louise, but if you’re here in the winter try out a few and decide for yourself!

  1. Norquay
  2. Sunshine Mountain Village
  3. Lake Louise Ski Hill


Banff Townsite:

The town of Banff is always incredibly busy. It is filled with gift shops, athletic clothing stores, sweet shops, you name it! But besides shopping, there are more interesting sights to visit in town. Below are a few of these things!

  1. Walk down Banff Avenue
  2. Walk up Tunnel Mountain
  3. Stand below Bow Falls
  4. Visit Cave and Basin Natural Historic Site
  5. Soak in Banff Hot Springs
  6. Enjoy the Banff Gondola views
  7. Check out the Banff Park Museum

Looking down Banff Avenue






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