Vermilion Lakes
Vermilion Lakes
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  • Vincent C
    469 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The Scenic Drive is a MUST
    Don't just do the lookout from the highway; do the scenic drive just below. A few nice stops to get the best views of the Banff mountain range and lakes together. We did not go during sunset as the weather was not great but I imagine it would be incredible.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 11 September 2023
  • BruinDan
    Fullerton, California3,168 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful lakes surrounded by the Canadian Rockies
    Located immediately west of the town of Banff, Vermilion Lakes is a series of three picturesque lakes housed within sprawling (1.087 acre) wetlands. My wife and I drove through here as part of our visit to Banff National Park in mid-October 2023. To reach the Vermilion Lakes from either the town of Banff or the Trans-Canada Highway, take Mount Norquay Road until you reach Vermilion Lakes Road, which winds along the edges of the lakes. Parking is limited to a few turnouts along the road. This is also a very popular road for cyclists. Hikers can most easily access the road via a spur off the Fenland Trail. NOTE that there are no facilities (food, drink or restrooms) at Vermilion Lakes. The nearest restroom facilities are at the parking area for the Fenland Trail, which is not far from the intersection of Mount Norquay Road and Vermilion Lakes Road. Unless you are planning to do some swimming, kayaking or the like, this is not the sort of place you will spend hours upon hours exploring. Still, it’s an extremely worthwhile item to your itinerary as the views and photo opportunities are outstanding. Like many people, we first discovered Vermilion Lakes from the viewing area off the Trans-Canada Highway, and decided it merited a closer look. We’re glad we did as this is an excellent example of the beauty that can be found throughout Banff National Park.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 17 December 2023
  • Paula D
    Liverpool, United Kingdom138 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Peaceful
    Gorgeous natural area, lovely and quiet when we were there. Lots of photo opportunities and stopping off points along the roads. Crystal clear lakes and snow capped mountains make for some fabulous views. Probably not a 'big trip' but a great place to visit on the way to Banff.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 22 June 2024
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Paula D
Liverpool, UK138 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Gorgeous natural area, lovely and quiet when we were there. Lots of photo opportunities and stopping off points along the roads. Crystal clear lakes and snow capped mountains make for some fabulous views. Probably not a 'big trip' but a great place to visit on the way to Banff.
Written 22 June 2024
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BruinDan
Fullerton, CA3,168 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
Located immediately west of the town of Banff, Vermilion Lakes is a series of three picturesque lakes housed within sprawling (1.087 acre) wetlands. My wife and I drove through here as part of our visit to Banff National Park in mid-October 2023.

To reach the Vermilion Lakes from either the town of Banff or the Trans-Canada Highway, take Mount Norquay Road until you reach Vermilion Lakes Road, which winds along the edges of the lakes. Parking is limited to a few turnouts along the road. This is also a very popular road for cyclists. Hikers can most easily access the road via a spur off the Fenland Trail.

NOTE that there are no facilities (food, drink or restrooms) at Vermilion Lakes. The nearest restroom facilities are at the parking area for the Fenland Trail, which is not far from the intersection of Mount Norquay Road and Vermilion Lakes Road.

Unless you are planning to do some swimming, kayaking or the like, this is not the sort of place you will spend hours upon hours exploring. Still, it’s an extremely worthwhile item to your itinerary as the views and photo opportunities are outstanding. Like many people, we first discovered Vermilion Lakes from the viewing area off the Trans-Canada Highway, and decided it merited a closer look. We’re glad we did as this is an excellent example of the beauty that can be found throughout Banff National Park.
Written 17 December 2023
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Vincent C
469 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
Don't just do the lookout from the highway; do the scenic drive just below. A few nice stops to get the best views of the Banff mountain range and lakes together.

We did not go during sunset as the weather was not great but I imagine it would be incredible.
Written 11 September 2023
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renoxpress1
Washington4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
Went for a walk @ Vermillion Lake -Banff , and I’m amazed with the spectacular view . It was an easy walk with beautiful views. Will return another day to enjoy what the Lord has given..
Written 6 July 2023
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MPP2703
Caythorpe, UK1,838 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023
We had a drive around during the mid afternoon. OK, but not really for me, although we should have gone at sunset, when I understand the views are so much better.
Written 17 June 2023
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PBPG
Yorkshire, UK6,554 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
There is a handy pull over on the side of the road for this viewing point. Set in an unusual marshy valley, the lakes are home to a wide variety of wildlife
Written 13 May 2023
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MGaft
Boston, MA878 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022 • Family
Pretty nice walk along the lakes! Very scenic and absolutely worth the time. You can park near train station for free and walk there
Written 20 September 2022
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Sharon R
Minnesota307 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
The Vermilion Lakes Scenic Drive is beautiful at dusk. We got one of the best photos of our trip here. As the sun was setting there was a pink hue in the sky and a gorgeous reflection of Mt Rundle over the water on Vermilion Lake. We also saw some deer.
Written 12 September 2022
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mrc282
World8,892 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022 • Solo
I think this place is best visited during sunrise instead of sunset. for sunrise, the sun will rise behind the mountains and casting reflection on the lake. for sunset, the sun will set in the mountains across the highway

lake #1 (the first lake you arrive to when coming from Banff) is the most scenic
Written 5 September 2022
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Gra
Ruthin, UK61 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
These lakes are so close to Banff, but seemed to have very few visitors which made them even more beautiful. We cycled here in less than ten minutes, you can also walk here. The views across the various lakes to the mountains were stunning and there are plenty of places to pull over and take in the view or picnic.
Written 15 July 2022
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