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Vermilion Lakes

Vermilion Lakes Road, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta T0L 0C0, Canada
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Ranked #11 of 33 attractions in Banff
Type: Bodies of Water
Activities: Viewing wildlife, Getting married
Traveler Description: Location Details:  Directions: 5 minute drive (1.5 miles) northwest of Banff. From downtown, take Mount Norquay Rd north towards the Trans-Canada Hwy... more »
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Seattle, Washington
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45 reviews 45 reviews
25 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

I missed this the last time I visited.. the reflection of Mt. Rundle at dusk is unbeatable. Spotted elk, a bald eagle and some herring gulls. Sure there are more wildlife opportunities. Take your deep woods off with you though. Mosquito junction!

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Central Virginia
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71 reviews 71 reviews
13 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

Best view of mountains surrounding Banff. Postcard images! Easy to get to, wonderful views!! The mountains are mirrored by the lakes. Go at dusk for prettiest views.

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Sydney, Australia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

Vermilion lakes is a quite peaceful drive/walk just below the highway. We saw lots of little chipmunks (golden mantled ground squirrels) along the road which captured our interest. Worth the visit whilst staying in Banff. This was a nice change from the madness of Lake Louise and Moraine Lake.

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Calgary, Canada
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

Not too many chinese know this place, although it's super close to Banff town. I love the 3 lakes there , and the little deck . But it's not a good place for hiking. The road is shared with cars , bicycling. But it's a must see place 中国人知道这三个湖的人很少, 我非常喜欢。 景色绝美。 就是不太适应远足。 路上有汽车和自行车。 由于里板芙小镇非常近, 值得一去。

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

Walk, run, canoe or kayak (maybe even swim) through these beautiful lakes. I often ran through the Fenland (woodland) loop to be spit out at the lakes and grab a quick nap on one of the docks, awakening to the majestic beauty of my personal favourite, Mt Rundle. Although, right now and I think commonly around July/August, the area is... More

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31 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

The Vermilion lakes are just a mile or so from the ce3nter of Banff in the direction of Lake Louise and offer a beautiful and peaceful place. I did not see any wildlife there but the views are still worth going to see.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

The three lakes are well worth a visit and were popular with anglers. We met Daffy a canadian goose who was nesting on four eggs while her partner Donald kept a wary eye on all the visitors who had much to admire in this very scenic area.

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Wilmette, Illinois
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23 reviews 23 reviews
6 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

Perfect place to take a picnic lunch and view this wetland waters. Get a canoe from town and paddle into the waters to complete your experience

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Oak Park, Illinois
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

The lakes are pretty (I actually enjoyed them more from various distant vantage points, including Tunnel Mountain and Sulpher Mountain), but other than an Osprey dive which was very cool, we were not lucky enough to see much in the way of wildlife.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

We visited at dusk and saw some wildlife. Elk and a muskrat . Wonderful mountain views with a beautiful sunset.

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