Picture snow-capped peaks, glistening emerald waters and gorgeous mountain scenery. All sites you can find at Banff National Park. Located in the heart of the Canadian Rockies, Banff is Canada’s oldest National Park, established in 1885. The park had a very humble start, beginning roughly as a 16-square mile reserve, and expanding over the years to be the 4,000 square miles of beauty you see today. Located in the province of Alberta, Banff National Park is home to several glaciers and ice fields, thick forests and jaw-dropping landscapes. With its stunning views and plenty to see and do year-round, it’s no wonder millions of visitors each year are making the journey to Canada’s first National Park.
Regardless of the time of year you are traveling, it’s hard to go wrong in choosing one of the many activities found in the area. With temperatures ranging from the 70’s in summer to the 30’s in winter, BNP is an all-season location. The summer months are popular for hiking, biking, climbing, and paddling. Winter is best for skiing, with the longest ski season in North America, running from November to May. Ice walks, snowshoeing, dogsled rides and horse sleigh rides are also available during the winter months. And whether you are there in the spring or just as winter begins, these are the top five sites you definitely don’t want to miss.
- Glacier-fed Moraine Lake is at the top of our list. Situated in the Valley of the Ten Peaks, Moraine Lake boasts blue-green colored waters unlike anything you’ve seen before. The area is lined with hiking trails that explore BNP and offer views of all 120 acres of the lake.
- Lake Louise, also known for its gorgeous glacier-fed waters, is ringed with high peaks and perfect hiking trails that offer birds-eye views of this beauty.
- Crowfoot Glacier is located on the Icefield Parkway and is a spectacular sight (especially for northbound travelers) as its position offers many up-close viewpoints while driving.
- Located at the north end of the park is Castleguard Caves. Made of limestone, they are the largest cave system in Canada – and stunning!
- When you’re ready to step inside, head to the town of Banff where your view is just as picturesque as the National Park itself. Mt. Rundle and Mt. Cascade are featured in the town’s skyline. Enjoy the gorgeous view while visiting local boutiques, souvenir shops, and favored restaurants.
Located just outside of Banff National Park, these mountain chalets feature two bedrooms, a spacious living area, and full kitchens. Amenities include an indoor heated pool (perfect for warming up after a long day of exploring!), hot tubs and a family clubhouse. Resort grounds offer hiking trails and children’s play areas – remember to be on the lookout for local wildlife as you’re wandering through the property! Thinking of planning a trip to Banff National Park? Book now!