Banff is situated right in the heart of the Rocky Mountains. Mount Rundle, Sulphur Mountain, Mount Norquay, and Cascade Mountain surround the townsite. Hikes, natural hot springs, horseback riding, fantastic shopping, and of course good dining are all accessible from downtown. For such a small town, you’ll be astounded to find everything the region has to offer. Banff National Park has some of the greatest views in the country and the outdoor activities are unlimited, depending on your level of engagement!
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Lake Louise is without a doubt the most well-known lake in Banff, if not all of Canada. The emerald-colored lagoon at the bottom of the Victoria Glacier is a sight to behold. The lake, which is roughly 2.5 kilometers long and 90 meters deep, provides a surreal paddling experience in the summer and one of the most beautiful skating rinks in the world come winter. The Chateau Lake Louise, a luxury hotel open all year, is located on the lake’s banks. Millions of tourists have visited the Lake and Chateau, including celebrities such as Marilyn Monroe, Alfred Hitchcock, Queen Margrethe of Denmark, and Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Phillip. Lake Louise regularly competes with Morraine Lake for the title of world’s most photographed lake.
If you’re not planning to embark on an all-day adventure climbing to the top of the local mountain ranges then the Banff Gondola is a must-see. The admission fee can sometimes be a bit pricey, but the view from the top is well worth it. The Gondola ride will take you to the pinnacle of the summit in 8 minutes. From the top, you’ll find trails and observation decks that go for 1km across the mountain, providing unlimited possibilities for photo opportunities and to simply enjoy the surrounding beauty. Restaurants are also open during the summer, but it’s important to remember that the weather is much cooler at higher elevations so it’s a good idea to bring extra layers of clothing, especially in the winter when temperatures can drop to -40 degrees Celsius.
This short hike in Banff is quite popular with both residents and tourists. Anyone, regardless of age or fitness level, can complete the short and reasonably easy walk, which takes around an hour from bottom to top. Despite its name, Tunnel Mountain does not have a tunnel. It was given that name because of plans to dig a tunnel through it for the Trans Canada Railway before realizing that there was a natural valley nearby that was better suited for the project. Tunnel Mountain is a great place to hike up and take in the breathtaking views of Banff and its surrounding area. In the summer months some hikers prefer to go earlier in the morning or just before sunset to trek while the air is still cool. These times are also ideal because you’ll avoid the crowds. However, the winter months are always cold and the path can be treacherous so it’s advisable to rent ice cleats to make the journey easier.
Remember to bring a camera to capture these breathtaking locations on your next visit to Banff, Canada.