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Banff National Park

4.4
World heritage site · Bodies of Water · Hiking Trails
Among the world's oldest national parks, Banff National Park serves as a World Heritage-listed mecca for cyclists, hikers, skiers, bird-watchers, mountain climbers, and anyone else with a passion for exploring vast untouched wildernesses. Arguably the biggest attraction in Banff National Park is the glacial Lake Louise, which features one of the world's most-photographed mountain ranges for a backdrop. Two relatively small towns house residents and provide amenities for thousands of annual visitors--the rest of the area, about 93 percent of it, remains unspoiled wilderness. You can spend your entire Banff National Park holiday wandering though this natural playground on foot, but if you're strapped for time, drive the scenic roads and look out for deer, elk, and caribou. To personalize your trip to Banff National Park, create itinerary details specific to you using our Canada travel planner.
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Popular things to do in Banff National Park

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Moraine Lake ©
Water Body
Moraine Lake Lake Louise
4.8
Duration: 2h 30 min
Lake Louise
Water Body
Lake Louise Lake Louise
4.4
Duration: 2 hours
Peyto Lake ©
Water Body
Peyto Lake Lake Louise
4.9
Duration: 2 hours
Lake Minnewanka ©
Water Body
Lake Minnewanka Banff
4.5
Duration: 2 hours

Hidden gems in Banff National Park

Kingmik Dog Sled Tours ©
Nature / Wildlife Tour
Kingmik Dog Sled Tours Lake Louise
4.8
Duration: 2 hours
Plain of Six Glaciers ©
Hiking Trail
Plain of Six Glaciers Lake Louise
4.9
Duration: 4 hours
Via Ferrata
Outdoor Activity
Via Ferrata Banff
4.8
Duration: 2h 30 min
Big Beehive ©
Geologic Formation
Big Beehive Lake Louise
5.0
Duration: 4 hours

Nature in Banff National Park

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Bow Falls ©
Waterfall
Bow Falls Banff
4.4
Duration: 2 hours
Temple Mountain ©
Mountain
Temple Mountain Lake Louise
4.8
Duration: 8 hours
Lake Agnes ©
Water Body
Lake Agnes Lake Louise
4.6
Duration: 2 hours
Sulphur Mountain ©
Mountain
Sulphur Mountain
4.7
Duration: 2 hours

Trails in Banff National Park

Johnston Canyon ©
Hiking Trail
Johnston Canyon
4.7
Duration: 2 hours
Parker Ridge Trail ©
Hiking Trail
Parker Ridge Trail Banff
4.9
Duration: 2 hours
Mount St. Piran ©
Hiking Trail
Mount St. Piran Lake Louise
5.0
Duration: 2h 30 min
Little Beehive Trail
Hiking Trail
Little Beehive Trail Lake Louise
5.0
Duration: 2 hours

Side trips from Banff National Park

Columbia Ice Field ©
Scenic Drive
Columbia Ice Field Jasper
4.1
Duration: 2 hours
Emerald Lake ©
Water Body
Emerald Lake Yoho National Park
4.8
Duration: 2 hours
The Burgess Shale Geoscience Foundation ©
Nature / Wildlife Tour
The Burgess Shale Geoscience Foundation Field
4.7
Duration: 8 hours
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River Rafting / Tubing
River Rafting & Tubing Golden
4.9
Duration: 4 hours

Spas in Banff National Park

Banff Upper Hot Springs ©
Thermal Spa
Banff Upper Hot Springs Banff
3.3
Duration: 1h 30 min
Forest Fix
Spa / Wellness
Forest Fix Banff
5.0
Duration: 2 hours
Hop On Banff
Hop-On Hop-Off Tour
Hop On Banff Banff
4.9
Duration: 8 hours
Banff by Scooter ©
Outdoor Activity
Banff by Scooter
5.0
Duration: 2h 30 min
Icefields Parkway ©
Scenic Drive
Icefields Parkway
4.8
Duration: 4 hours
Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise ©
Historic Walking Area
Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise Lake Louise
4.4
Duration: 2 hours

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