Spread across more than 6,000 square kilometers of mountain land, Banff National Park is the oldest national park in Canada. This national park in the middle of Canadian Rockies is home to grizzly bears, wolves and caribou. Guided tours are conducted to this picturesque region of Canada. During the summer, the meadows are covered with colorful wild flowers. This is the best time to go on a camping trip. During the winter, the snow covered slopes of the Canadian Rockies become a popular skiing and sledding venue.
Calgary International Airport is the closest airport. Banff National Park is 1 Â½ hours drive to the west of Calgary. Buses run every day from downtown Calgary to the town of Banff and Lake Louise.
Time to visit
Banff National Park can be visited in any time of the year. However, the peak tourist season is between July and August. This is the time when wild flowers blossom all over the mountain and the climate is warm and dry.
You cannot cover the entire Banff National Park in a day. Therefore, for the best Banff travel experience, spend a few days touring across the wilderness of the park, and exploring Lake Louise and the town of Banff. Before embarking your journey, pick up maps of the park from the Banff Information Center.
3km to the south of downtown Banff, is the Banff Gondola. From top of the 7,500 feet high summit of Banff Gondola, you will get a panoramic view of the park. From here, you can hike to the neighboring Sanson Peak. If you are tired after hiking, you can enjoy a meal in a restaurant.
From the Lake Louise Sightseeing Gondola you will get a stunning view of the surrounding glaciers. The Whitehorn Tea House is a popular place to have your breakfast and lunch.
Banff Upper Hot Springs is a great place to enjoy a rejuvenating spa service. The sulfur rich hot water of the spring will pamper your body.
You can go on a canoeing trip to Lake Minnewanka and Two Jack Lake. Art lovers can visit the Canada House Gallery.