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Banff National Park

Updated: August 11th, 2020

Awesome Things to do in Banff National Park, Canada

Turquoise waters of Moraine Lake Banff National Park Canada

One hour outside of Calgary in Alberta, is the incredible Banff National Park. This 6,641 square kilometre piece of land is nestled in the heart of the Canadian Rockies.

Millions of people come through to the park every year to enjoy the snow-capped mountains, hiking along Lake Louise, white water rafting and mountain climbing. If you want to relax for a few days, there are many resorts, boutique guesthouses and inns around the park.

A list of Things to do in Banff National Park

Explore the Rockies by Foot

Plain of 6 Glaciers hiking trail near Lake Louise Banff National Park
Hiking Trail in Banff

Hiking has never been more fun than at Banff National Park. With a variety of trails where you can view the the stunning falls of the Takakkaw with the Emerald Lake Trail and where breathtaking views await you around every corner.

More interested in history, then the Iceline Trail may be just for you. This is a more challenging trail that will let you traverse past Takakkaw Falls, the Rockies, glaciers and wind your way to the Burgess Shale Fossil Beds.

Woman explores glacier cave in Banff National Park with her dog

If you have a love of heights then maybe try out the Johnston Canyon hike. Which allows you to wander up constructed walkways, cross chasms over bridges and hike your way up challenging terrain with stunning views.

There are also a number of different trails you can take to satisfy all levels of hikers, from beginners to advanced like the:

  • Moraine Lake Hike;
  • Rockpile Trail;
  • Wenkchemna Pass;
  • Eiffel Lake; and
  • Sentinel Pass

Immerse Yourself in the History of Banff

Trilobite fossil in shale found in Banff National Park
Fossil Hunting

Get your hands on ancient fossils with the interactive Burgess Shale exhibit at the Field Informative Centre, or if you want, continue on to the Yoho River to enjoy some thrilling rafting on the open waters!

Feel more like relaxing and watching the world pass you by? Then take some time off your exploration and sit back and watch trains passing through the Spiral Tunnels. These train tracks made the areas and it's surroundings what it is today. Plus watching the trains wind through the Rocky Mountains is just plain fun.

Up the Canadian Rockies we go!

Sight Seeing Lift going up Rocky Mountains Banff National Park
Banff’s Sightseeing Lift

Hiking not your thing? You can still savour the fantastic vista of the Canadian Rockies with the popular Sightseeing Lift, that gives you an unforgettable aerial view that will make you feel like king of the mountain.

Take to the Slopes in Banff

Skiers in the Canadian Rockies, Banff National Park
Skiing for all

Great activities to do in winter at Banff involve snow and lots of it. It should come as no surprise that skiing should make this list. So if you want to take to the slopes, then maybe the Sunshine Village could be the place to do it.

Designed to cater for skiers from all levels, from beginners to the more advanced and seasoned skiers with steeper runs, rugged terrain and tree lines to make for a more daring run.

Want to discover what else you can do in Banff? Check out the Banff National Park website!

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