Soaring mountains vie for attention with gigantic glaciers, crashing waterfalls are offset by tranquil lakes and forest-clad valleys teem with fantastic flora and fauna. When it comes to picturesque scenery with the added wow-factor, Banff holidays hit the mark.
Established in 1885, Banff is the third oldest national park in the world and Canada’s first. It was discovered by railway workers who came across some hot springs, which are now one of the most popular attractions in the area. The park is part of the Canadian Rocky Mountain UNESCO World Heritage site and attracts millions of visitors every year for its untamed natural beauty and awe-inspiring views.
Banff Town - which sits 1,400 metres above sea level - is a treasure trove of boutique shops, chic eateries and lively bars. This bustling commercial hub might seem at odds with the park’s unspoilt landscapes, but Mother Nature is never far away. In fact, you’re constantly reminded of her existence with the dramatic mountainous backdrop. From the town, outdoor activities are readily available, including trips to the Cave and Basin National Historic Site and gondola rides up into the mountains. Another of the park’s most popular attractions is Lake Louise, and although it can become busy with tourists, the amazing scenery makes putting up with the crowds worthwhile.
If you want to explore the road less travelled, there are plenty of pristine walking trails and tranquil spots where you can spend some one-on-one time with nature. And as well as the seemingly endless mountain, river, forest and glacier scenery, Banff tours offer some great wildlife viewing opportunities. Moose, elk and deer can be seen grazing in the valleys and meadows, while predators such as foxes, wolves, lynx and bears roam the forests.
Whether it’s a leisurely lakeside stroll, an action-packed bike ride through the woods or simply gazing upon a spectacular view, you can’t help but feel awe-struck by the sheer scale and beauty of Banff. And the longer you spend here, the more wonders you’ll discover. It really is the gift that keeps on giving.
Whether you’re hiking through forest-clad hills, enjoying a scenic gondola ride or getting back to basics with a traditional cowboy cookout, Banff National Park was made for those who love the great outdoors.
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Float over the treetops on an exhilarating eight-minute ride to the summit of Sulphur Mountain for a breathtaking alpine experience. On the way up, enjoy views of multiple mountain ranges and sweeping valleys. Once you reach the top, hop off to explore the walking trails, dine in mountain-top restaurants and admire the scenery from jaw-dropping viewing platforms.Discover more
Lake Louise is the epitome of postcard-worthy scenery. An emerald lake overlooked by a stately chateau, snow-capped mountains and majestic glaciers, it’s no wonder this scenic spot attracts flocks of visitors year upon year. Whatever way you choose to explore, be it on foot, bike, canoe or horseback, the sheer scale and natural beauty is bound to leave you awestruck.Discover more
Icefields Parkway is one of the world’s most scenic drives. Snaking through the heart of the Rocky Mountain national parks, this epic route takes you through jaw-dropping landscapes punctuated by glacier-fed lakes, soaring summits, crashing waterfalls and sweeping valleys. Explore the numerous hiking trails or take it all in from the numerous look-out points along the way.Discover more
Whether you’re marvelling at panoramic views from the summit or relaxing in hot springs in the foothills, a trip to Sulphur Mountain is full of memorable moments. Soak up the valley vistas, enjoy a slap-up meal in a mountaintop restaurant and take a scenic stroll along the boardwalk. Round off your alpine adventure with a long, hot soak in the mountain’s mineral-rich thermal waters.Discover more
With thrilling outdoor adventures at every turn, you can rest assured there will never be a dull moment at Banff National Park. To find out what else this stunning area has to offer, have a read of our blogs.
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