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Lovely scenery and amazing water photos

Amazing and vast views for Vermilion lakes - just be sure to pack your camera for this little treat!

Reviewed November 3, 2018
Mark B
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Rayleigh, United Kingdom
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Just before entering Banff (coming from Golden) the lakes are at your right hand sight. The views... read more

Reviewed November 1, 2018
Tamaragw
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Don't know if this is more interesting in warm weather but I wouldn't classify it as an attraction in winter.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank AixTex
Reviewed November 3, 2018

Amazing and vast views for Vermilion lakes - just be sure to pack your camera for this little treat!

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank Mark B
Reviewed November 1, 2018

Just before entering Banff (coming from Golden) the lakes are at your right hand sight. The views are really beautiful and worthwile to make stop to enjoy the scenery.

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank Tamaragw
Reviewed October 18, 2018 via mobile

This is probably the most photographed spot for Mount Rundle, yet it never gets old. Travel down the road to a few different spots, watch out in the marsh as your feet can get wet anywhere!

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank SGFranklin
Reviewed October 13, 2018

Approximately an hours walk from the centre of Banff, passing the rail station,through a park area and onto a quiet road to two lakes. Beautiful views from the small piers, but hum of traffic from the nearby dual carriageway. Worth the walk! There is a...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank tonybh321
Reviewed October 8, 2018

We walked out to the the Lakes from Banff town centre using the Fenlands trail and then along the road. We were rewarded with breathtaking views all around, but especially of Mount Rundle. We also saw some elk and a bald eagle, which was quite...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank CLP04
Reviewed October 5, 2018

Vermillion Lakes was our favorite photo location in Banff. There are three lakes with each one having its own character. Fall is a beautiful time to visit as the sun lights up the shrubs and grasses dressed in their fall colors. You will also find...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Katherine M
Reviewed October 4, 2018

The main way people go to see what the Vermilions Lakes have to offer is by driving or cycling along Vermilion Lakes Road near the Trans Canada / Mount Norquay intersection. Another way to get some views of these lakes is from the Cave and...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank BenLar137
Reviewed September 29, 2018

We took a short around the lake. Parking is not an issue. We did see a number of brides having their photos taken with the scenic background! Nice and peaceful and loved the mountain view.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank izyphotos
Reviewed September 23, 2018

After driving around the lakes for a short while we decided to walk around. Parking was easy and we did the fenland trail that took around half an hour to complete. Nothing out of the ordinary but interesting to see some trees growing horizontally out...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank alannsarah
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MaBear17
September 3, 2018|
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Response from idgara56 | Reviewed this property |
The only bear we saw was near Bow Lake.
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Carolyn E
July 30, 2016|
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Response from anniezh2006 | Reviewed this property |
The Banff canoe club. Address: Corner of Wolf Street and Bow Ave, Banff Hours of Operation: 9am until 9pm Opening Day is May 14th 2016
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June 13, 2016|
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Response from BMphotoTours | Reviewed this property |
Yes, You can have dinner at the restaurant in the Juniper Hotel. It is situated on the lower slopes of Mount Norquay and the dinning room has an excellent view of Vermillion Lakes.
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Irishtraveller2018
Ireland
Help/advice on our suggested itinerary please.... :) (11 Replies)
Hi Everyone, Myself and my husband will have 2 weeks in Canada, neither of us have ever been and although we know its not an ideal time to visit (Rockies etc) we are limited to end of March/beginning of April. It is a long distance for us to travel to get there, and we've both always wanted to visit Canada so are keen to squeeze in as much as we can while there. Driving long distances is not a problem for us ( I know the Whistler to Jasper journey can be 9-10 hrs or so, which we feel is...More
February 19, 2018|
Response fromcruiseryyc|
I wouldn't suggest doing Whistler to Jasper all in one day during the summer, certainly not while there are still winter conditions in the mountains.
mrslye
Singapore
Comments appreciated on Banff/Jasper itinerary (1-8 May) (1 Replies)
Hi, Comments appreciated on itineraries planned for group of 4 below (1-8 May). We are aware that lakes may still be frozen, some sights may not be accessible yet. Hikes could also be limited. We have constraint on travel timing as we are a group of exchange students doing the trip before returning to home country. Safety is also key concern. May I know if we need wheel chains for the car and do we need shoes with ice grips? Thks very much! · Day 1: touch down at Calgary at 10am, collect...More
April 29, 2014|
Response fromksneds|
Please see our comments on your other thread.
OwenandSooz
Gold Coast, Australia
Sept 15, Calgary, Banff, Lake Louise, Jasper,Calgary. Draft1 (7 Replies)
Hi All My wife and I will be arriving into Calgary late afternoon/early evening on 7th Sept (just after the long weekend) and fly out again from Calgary on the 16th. A little about us; we are in our late forties and unfit (will try and improve this prior to our trip) so hiking up mountains is not on our agenda although we do enjoy relatively flat walks. We enjoy some adventures, would like to try white water rafting or snow mobile rides (although probably no snow at that time of...More
January 01, 2015|
Response fromcromansydney|
Most of the attractions you mention are closer to LL than to Banff. Therefore, I think LL would be a better base than Banff for you. We stayed in Banff for 3 nights and 2 in LL. Next time we will stay in LL only. Lake O'Hara is a must IMO. However, the only way in is by bus, unless you want to walk 11 km, which I don't think you do. To score a seat on the bus, you need to ring them exactly 3 months in advance. For example, if you want to get a seat on 8th of September, you need to ring them...More