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Vermilion Lakes

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Address: Vermilion Lakes Road, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta T0L 0C0, Canada
Phone Number: 888-773-8888
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Still & Serene Lakes that Mirror the Mountains around them

We drove to Vermillion Lakes, late one sunny afternoon during our 2 day stay in the town of Banff. These lakes did not disappoint - they mirrored the mountains around them... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We drove to Vermillion Lakes, late one sunny afternoon during our 2 day stay in the town of Banff. These lakes did not disappoint - they mirrored the mountains around them, permitting even a novice like me to take some great photos! Such serene views! The road is paved, running parallel to Trans Canada Hwy 1. It's a leisurely drive... More 

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We walked the Fenland trail and saw beavers on the way. Kayaked there up the stream. Saw a black bear eating berries there near the viewing dock.

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Alabama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My photos were taken on 8/15 between 9:40-10:00pm local time. It was incredible to see the lighting change over that time period. If I had this to do again, i'd do a 30 minute time lapse from 9:30 to 10:00pm. Just watch for photographers and you'll quickly see where to go. This can often be good place to watch wildlife... More 

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The road along the Vermilion lakes parallels highway 1, but it is much more peaceful. Cars can travel to the end, but there are also bikes and walkers, so go slow. The lakes are shallow, and there are grassy and marshy areas. It looks like it ought to be a moose haven, but may be too far south or too... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We did two of the lakes walking from Banff, but having a bike or car would've been easier as there is no real pathway, having to walk alongside the road and no seating except for the little piers into the lakes. Nevertheless they provide a scenic spot to take the surrounding mountains - we didn't see any big wildlife here,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

As suggested by lots of reviews, we came here for sunset. The color of glow changed amazingly from golden to crimson, then pink to maroon. Totally worth it!

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Mount Prospect, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very pretty to see the colors on the mountain and reflection in the water. Go early enough to see the colors change. You can't actually see the sun set here, though. Many people thought that when we were there.

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Denver, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We came here for sunrise, and even though we didn't get the light we were looking for it didn't disappoint. There were only a couple other photogs out on the lake so it was nice and quiet, a great way to start the day. We didn't see any but we were told that the area is quite frequented by wildlife... More 

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Long Beach, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Three ways to see the lakes. Walk, drive or ride a bike. All the lakes are next to each other and right inside the park and easy to get to.. Enjoy the fresh air and ride or walk. Easy paved roads along lakes.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Get there before sunrise and sunset. Look for the professional photographers with cameras mounted on tripods and observe the direction they are shooting. They are waiting for the "alpine glow". If the lake is calm as glass you will see the reflection of the glow in the water. Breathtaking!

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