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Vermilion Lakes

Vermilion Lakes Road, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta T0L 0C0, Canada
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Ranked #11 of 34 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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Eatontown, New Jersey
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014 NEW

We never fail to visit Vermillion Lakes when in Banff. We have never been disappointed with the ever changing mood of the lakes and the mountains.

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Rossendale, United Kingdom
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94 helpful votes 94 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

We were fortunate to stop for a `pit stop in a lay-by just above Vermillion Lake, what a beautiful place. We turned off the Highway straight away and followed the road along the lakeside. The reflections of the mountains on that blue sky day, were simply amazing. There was so many varieties of birdlife there, which kept us entertained for... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

Beautiful lake and hiking path. Heavily used by local walkers and bikers. Amazing scenic vistas. Keep an eye out for Grizzly's as they frequent the area.

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Saint John, Canada
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10 attraction reviews
174 helpful votes 174 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

One of the prettiest drives in Banff. We enjoyed the views of the three lakes as well as a great view of Rundle Mountain. The colors of the trees were beautiful in October. So nice to see all the bikers, walkers, hikers enjoying this beautiful piece of nature.

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

Accidently discover a road; which parallels these wetlands.The Vermilion Lakes are a series of lakes located immediately west of Banff, Alberta, in the Canadian Rocky Mountains. The three lakes are formed in the Bow River valley, in the Banff National Park, at the foot of Mount Norquay. These lakes are beautiful, unique wetlands; which are filled with thousands of birds,... More

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Cincinnati Ohio
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91 helpful votes 91 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

I visited Vermilion Lakes twice. Once, I was in a car and the other I walked it on foot at sunset. That has to be the prettiest time there. Don't miss the view from the very end of the drive. I think that's really the best.

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Sherwood Park, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

In all the years that I have been coming to Banff I have never stopped at the Vermillion lakes until this past trip. Its a lovely area with many birds to see and lovely sights. Don't be surprised to see a Moose!

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Winnipeg, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

We drove through the area on a cold rainy day and got some amazing pictures of the fog rolling in. I would suggest taking a drive here on days that the weather isn't the best. You can still get some amazing views from your vehicle and save the nicer days for hiking. This is a beautiful and fairly quiet area.... More

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Manitou Springs CO
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86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

Went here for a sunset picture. The lake was a little low but it is very scenic. Saw lots of different ducks.

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Swansea
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

Spent half a day cycling around this often missed attraction. Rented two great and comfortable cycles for a half day and off we went on an amazingingly pleasant and peaceful ride around the lakes. Plenty of wildlife to be seen and a very smooth and well laid out cycle path. A must if you have a couple of hours to... More

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