Banff National Park
Banff National Park
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National Parks • Nature & Wildlife Areas • Hiking Trails
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It's hard to beat the breathtaking scenery and landscapes at Banff National Park, Canada's oldest national park. Here, you'll see pine forests, glaciers, snow-capped mountains, alpine lakes, and wildlife like grizzly bears, moose, and elks. If you love adventure, summer is ideal for stunning hikes up Banff's peaks, and winter is great for skiing against the backdrop of the Canadian Rockies. There are plenty of accommodation options for all kinds of travelers as well, from outdoor campgrounds to luxury hotels. Don't know where to start? You can tour Banff on a guided canoe, a horse-drawn wagon ride, or even on a multi-day adventure tour from Vancouver. – Tripadvisor
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Danielle P
Coastal South Carolina, SC105 contributions
May 2023 • Couples
We visited the Banff National Park this week, while we were in the Alberta Canada area. This is very popular tourist attraction year round, so keep this in mind when booking hotel reservations. You will need a park pass during your stay, and you can purchase them online, upon entering the park, or at the Banff visitor center. We had beautiful weather during our visit, and we were able to see plenty of wildlife during our visit. We would highly recommend this National Park to people who enjoy the outdoors and the wonders of the wilderness. Please keep in mind that many of the hiking trails are not handicap accessible.
Written June 1, 2023
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Barry & Pat
Sugarloaf Township, PA274 contributions
Apr 2023 • Couples
Amazing, if you love the outdoors, wildlife and majestic mountains this is the place for you. Any season can bring you all of this and more.
Written April 9, 2023
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2TravelersMn
Stillwater, MN562 contributions
Jul 2022
Banff National Park is Canada's first national park. It covers 2,564 amazing square miles and includes the towns Banff and Lake Louise. There are more than 1000 miles of hiking trails and some of the most breath-taking scenery in Canada.
Written January 5, 2023
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TarHeel
Durham, NC1,068 contributions
Sep 2022
This is a lovely region of Canada with plenty of gorgeous scenery and quaint towns. If you're driving in, you have to stop and purchase admissions decals for your car. Driving around mountains, rivers and lakes was lovely. We also noticed overpasses for the wildlife to cross the highways without being struck. We stayed in Lake Louise and Banff and also enjoyed visiting Canmore. We're not skiers but know there are plenty of ski resorts in the park as well. Definitely a natural treasure.
Written December 10, 2022
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fiamma11
Vienna, VA4,760 contributions
Jun 2022
We loved our stay in Banff National Park. The beauty is mesmerizing. We stayed 4 nights and we could have stayed much longer. It is relaxing and a perfect commune with nature.
Written November 18, 2022
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poppoprt
Wall, NJ22 contributions
Oct 2022 • Couples
An absolutely beautiful area with many things to do. The town of Banff has so much to offer. There are excellent restaurants, wonderful watering holes and unique shops. It is a very walkable town. As for the area the views are outstanding. There are variety of activities which should meet everyone’s needs. We were there for 5 days and it was one of our favorite places to visit.
Written November 11, 2022
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SAMUEL H
Maiden, NC52 contributions
Sep 2022 • Couples
Definitely a Beautiful Place But Watch Out For Speed Traps Especially Going Up To Ride The Banff Gondola They will Ticket You For Anything over 30 kilometers and when you try to pay the fine online it will say ticket not found probably so they can charge late fees .been over a month now and still not able to pay it
Written October 17, 2022
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MrsWYN-R
North Yorkshire, UK2,931 contributions
Sep 2022
Stunning scenery and some wonderful photographic moments. A real chance of a lifetime and some "great escape" moments - fresh clean air, simply wonderful.

At times you do feel like you are following the same tourist coaches around the various scenic spots to get your photographs yet it is a case of just do it, once in a lifetime.
Written October 13, 2022
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Sarah L
London, UK2,936 contributions
Aug 2022
Banff is a truly magical place and offers so much that it could cater to all kinds of people. From endless waterfalls to beautiful lakes, mountain views to amazing wildlife, it is worth the visit. It is only about an hour's drive from Downtown Calgary and makes you feel like you are much much further away. Book your park passes in advance to save time and be sure to venture beyond the famous Lake Louise as there are other spots that are just as beautiful. Banff town is also a great pit stop and has a host of eateries and shops.
Written October 9, 2022
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Michael L
Allen, TX1 contribution
Jun 2022 • Couples
The scenery was spectacular; the guides were friendly, helpful, and personable, the weather cooperated, as it was warm enough to explore, yet cool enough not to break into a sweat.
Written October 4, 2022
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