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Banff is Canada's most visited National Park. Banff's eastern gate is located approximately 100 km west of Calgary in the Canadian Rocky Mountains, and stretches 240 km along the eastern slope of the Continental Divide.
Originally set aside to preserve sulphur hot springs for public use, Banff's towering peaks and beautiful meadows make it among Canada's most incredible holiday areas.

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Columbia Icefields

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Jasper and Banff National Park's Columbia Icefields. Explore Athabasca Glacier and the Columbia Icefields.

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Banff Gondola Ride Admission

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Enjoy stunning panoramas of six different mountain ranges on the state-of-the-art Banff Gondola. Soar to the top of Sulphur Mountain for a bird's-eye view of town and vistas of Canada's first national park.

Banff Lake Minnewanka Cruise

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Majestic views of the Canadian Rockies while cruising beautiful Lake Minnewanka on this panoramic 1-hour interpretive cruise. Learn Native folklore while scanning the lake shore for big-horned sheep, deer, bald eagle and even the occasional bear. Cruise over to Devil's Gap for incredible views of the Prairies and surrounding mountains.

Tour Moraine Lake

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Moraine Lake is a stunning glacially-fed lake located in Banff National Park, in the Canadian Rockies of Alberta, Canada. Famous and iconic, Moraine Lake in the Canadian Rockies and is renowned for its breathtaking turquoise-blue waters and stunning surrounding mountain peaks.

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Banff Backcountry

Banff Backcountry

Banff National Park's backcountry offers a pristine and rugged wilderness experience for those seeking to explore beyond the well-traveled trails. Banff National Park has an extensive backcountry trail system, alpine meadows, remote lakes, and towering peaks.

Banff Backcountry Permits and Regulations

Overnight stays in the backcountry of Banff National Park require a wilderness permit. It's crucial to check and adhere to the park's regulations, including camping guidelines, food storage, and waste disposal, to minimize environmental impact.

Backcountry Trails

Banff National Park boasts a network of backcountry trails, ranging from easy routes to challenging multi-day hikes. Popular trails include the Skoki Loop, Egypt Lake, and the Tonquin Valley. These trails take hikers through diverse landscapes, including forests, alpine meadows, and high mountain passes.

Banff Backcountry Hut-to-Hut Hiking

The Skoki Lodge and the A.O. Wheeler Hut provide options for hut-to-hut hiking experiences. Skoki Lodge, accessible from Lake Louise, is one of the oldest backcountry lodges in Canada.

Remote Lakes

Several remote lakes are accessible through backcountry trails, offering serene and secluded camping opportunities. Examples include Baker Lake, Merlin Lake, and Hidden Lake.

Alpine Meadows

Hiking to alpine meadows provides stunning views of wildflowers, mountain vistas, and a chance to experience the high-altitude environments of the Canadian Rockies. Areas like Sentinel Pass and Larch Valley offer such opportunities.

Banff Backcountry High Mountain Passes

Experienced hikers and backpackers may seek out high mountain passes like Sentinel Pass, Dolomite Pass, and Skoki Mountain Pass for challenging adventures and panoramic views.

Backcountry Wildlife Encounters

The backcountry of Banff National Park is a habitat for diverse wildlife, including bears, elk, moose, and more. Hikers should take necessary precautions, including carrying bear spray and following wildlife safety guidelines.

Winter Backcountry Activities

In the winter, the backcountry transforms into a snowy wonderland, attracting backcountry skiers, snowshoers, and winter campers. Skiers can explore the Wapta Icefield, and snowshoers can access trails like Bryant Creek.

Avalanche Safety

Winter backcountry enthusiasts must be aware of avalanche risks and carry necessary safety equipment. Avalanche safety courses and checking current conditions are essential before venturing into snowy terrain.

Banff Backcountry Campgrounds

Designated backcountry campgrounds are available, and reservations are recommended, especially during peak seasons. These campgrounds provide basic facilities, and campers must follow Leave No Trace principles.

Guided Trips

For those less experienced or unfamiliar with the backcountry, guided trips led by experienced outfitters can offer a safe and informative way to explore Banff's wilderness.

Before embarking on a Banff backcountry adventure, it's essential to plan thoroughly, be aware of current conditions, and have the necessary skills and equipment. Parks Canada provides detailed information about backcountry regulations, trail conditions, and permits, ensuring a safe and enjoyable experience for backcountry enthusiasts.

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Banff, located in the Canadian Rockies, offers stunning natural landscapes and a variety of activities for outdoor enthusiasts.

Banff National Park

Explore the pristine wilderness of Banff National Park, Canada's first national park. Take scenic drives along the Icefields Parkway and Bow Valley Parkway for breathtaking views.

Lake Louise

Visit the iconic Lake Louise, known for its turquoise waters and stunning mountain backdrop. Enjoy activities like hiking, canoeing, or simply taking in the scenery.

Moraine Lake

Marvel at the striking beauty of Moraine Lake, surrounded by ten towering mountain peaks. Take a hike around the lake or rent a canoe to experience its splendor up close.

Banff Gondola

Ride the Banff Gondola to the summit of Sulphur Mountain for panoramic views of the Bow Valley. Explore the boardwalk and visit the interpretive center.

Hiking Banff

Banff offers a plethora of hiking trails for all skill levels. Some popular trails include Johnston Canyon, Plain of Six Glaciers, and Sentinel Pass.

Banff Wildlife Viewing

Keep an eye out for wildlife such as elk, deer, bears, and bighorn sheep. Wildlife spotting tours are also available.

Banff Hot Springs

Relax in the Banff Upper Hot Springs while enjoying mountain views.

Canoeing and Kayaking

Paddle along the Bow River, Lake Louise or Bow Lake for a peaceful and scenic experience. Banff has some spectacular places for Canoeing and Kayaking.

Skiing and Snowboarding in Banff

In winter, Banff transforms into a winter wonderland with opportunities for skiing and snowboarding at resorts like Banff Sunshine, Lake Louise Ski Resort, and Mount Norquay.

Banff Dog Sledding and Ice Walks

Experience the thrill of dog sledding or join an ice walk to explore frozen canyons and waterfalls during the winter months.

Town of Banff

Stroll through the charming town of Banff with its shops, galleries, and restaurants. Visit the Banff Park Museum and the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies for cultural insights.

Columbia Icefield

The Columbia Icefield covers an area of approximately 325 square kilometers (125 square miles). It is one of the largest icefields in North America and is the source of several major glaciers.

Icefields Parkway

The Icefields Parkway, also known as Highway 93, is a world-renowned scenic highway that stretches through the heart of the Canadian Rockies, connecting Jasper National Park to Banff National Park in Alberta, Canada.

Peyto Lake

Peyto Lake is famous for its unique shape that resembles the head of a wolf. It is named after Bill Peyto, an early trail guide and trapper in the Banff area.

Cave and Basin National Historic Site

Learn about the history of Banff National Park and the discovery of the hot springs at the Cave and Basin historic site.

Banff National Park by Horseback

Exploring Banff by horseback is a classic and enjoyable way to experience the stunning landscapes and scenic trails of the Canadian Rockies.