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Banff National Park Travel Guide

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Plan Your Banff National Park Vacation

Comparing mountains is a subjective and imprecise business. Yet few would deny that the Canadian Rockies are one of the most extravagantly beautiful ranges on Earth. The mountains and vast stretches of wilderness that make up the birthplace of Canada's first national park offer stunning scenery of glaciers, lakes, valleys, and snowcapped mountain peaks. Large mammals such as deer and elk can

be observed in all seasons from the roadside.

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Top Reasons To Go

  1. Scenery Visitors are often unprepared for the sheer scale of the Canadian Rockies. Scattered between the peaks are glaciers, forests, valleys, meadows, rivers, and the bluest lakes of the planet.
  2. Spectacular ski slopes Lake Louise Mountain Resort is Canada's largest single ski area, with skiing on four mountain faces, 4,200 skiable acres, and 113 named trails—and that's only one of the three ski resorts in Banff.
  3. Trails galore More than 1,600 km (1,000 miles) of defined hiking trails in the park lead to scenic lakes, alpine meadows, glaciers, forests, and deep canyons.
  4. Banff Upper Hot Springs Relax in naturally hot mineral springs as you watch snowflakes swirl around you, or gaze at the stars as you "take the waters" on a cool summer's evening.
  5. Icefields Parkway One of the most scenic drives on the continent, this 230-km (143-mile) roadway links Banff and Jasper.

When To Go

When to Go

Banff National Park is an all-season destination. Visit in summer to hike the mountain trails or go in winter to enjoy some of the world's best...

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