Nature & Parks in Banff

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Nature & Parks in Banff

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  • goodmanboy
    Cork, Ireland75 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lake Minnewanka is a short trip outside Banff which can be driven in a pleasant loop that also takes in Two Jack Lake. On the day we visited, the weather was overcast but the scenery was still wonderful. Boat trips are available which can take you far down the lake but we just walked around the closest part. It was peaceful and provided a real escape from the busy world.
    Written 6 January 2024
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  • Stephen & Sue
    Canberra, Australia2,594 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Sunshine Meadows would be the least publicised of the 4 chairlifts or gondolas in this area, but wow, what an absolute gem.
    It’s about half an hour out of town, and starts with a gondola ride, then change to a chairlift, then a short walk to a viewing platform that brings you to just about the most beautiful spot in the Rockies.
    From there you can walk a short distance into the wildflower meadows and back, or continue on to the longer 2 hour circuit down to the lower lakes, and then back around to the gondola (no need to walk back up the steep slope to the chairlift).
    And the lack of publicity means no crowds. We couldn’t believe how few people knew about this place.
    There was heaps of free parking, no queue for the gondola or the chairlift, or the cafes at the base station or chairlift station.
    And if, as we did, you extend the walk beyond the first platform, you will rarely encounter another person.
    Instead you get waterfalls, running streams, lakes, stunning views and wildflower meadows.
    As the little boy next to us said when he reached the lookout “mum, I can’t believe it’s real”. Neither could we.
    Weather plays a big part here so, choose a sunny day, but if you can only do one gondola or chairlift, ditch the rest and journey out to Sunshine Meadows.
    Written 15 December 2023
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  • Happy camper
    Calgary, Canada15 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The views on this pathway are stunning and the path is extremely well maintained - very impressive maintenance throughout.
    Written 1 May 2024
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  • Michelle N
    Melbourne, Australia489 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Absolutely stunning drive between Banff and Lake Louise. The views are simply breathtaking. One of my favourite places in the world
    Written 2 April 2024
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  • luv4phood
    Marietta, GA809 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This is a quick hike with fantastic views. We arrived a little bit later in the afternoon so it was not terribly crowded. The trail makes a quick elevation gain for beautiful views of the Saskatchewan Glacier. The trail is mostly loose rock so hiking boots are a must. Also, this trail has no shade. In the summer, a hat and sunblock would be recommended.
    Written 2 February 2024
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  • Robert W
    Corvallis, OR295 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The Tunnel Mountain Trail is very nice trail that has the advantage of being accessible from downtown Banff. The distance is just over three miles round trip from the trailhead with about 1000 feet of elevation gain. The surface is in very good condition. You will be rewarded with a wonderful view.
    Written 17 October 2023
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  • BruinDan
    Fullerton, CA3,163 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    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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  • Stewarts Vacation
    1,543 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The gardens in front of and behind the Municipal Buildings were beautifully laid out and maintained. It was peaceful to walk along the little paths meandering through the flowers beds and beside streams. There were little bridges and quite a few steps as the area is terraced, so it's not suitable for prams, wheelchairs or mobility scooters. There was also a large area of lawn and trees. There were stunning views of the surrounding peaks, in particular Cascade Mountain. The Municipal Building was an attractive structure too!
    Written 1 January 2024
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  • Edwin F
    Calgary, Canada1,703 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    We have been to Banff many many times previously, but on this occasion we visited surprise corner. Great views of the mountains as well as the Fairmont Banff Springs hotel. The only negative is that there is only parking for 4 vehicles, so that could be a problem on a busy day.
    Written 5 February 2024
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  • L0d0
    London384 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth a drive or take the bus to the Hoogoo view point for great views of the river below.
    Very scenic drive just outside town.
    Written 22 June 2023
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  • KellyNagle
    553 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent trail, even if it's a bit smoky. Cirque Peak is close enough to see well in the morning sunlight. Highly recommend going past Helen Lake up the Dolomite Ridge and then down past Katherine Lake. Very colourful rock formations with interesting textures and layers. Awesome views. Lots of wild flowers and butterflies. Some horseflies escorted us most of the way. Minimal mosquitoes July 15th. There is a hidden glacier and lovely waterfall if you continue past Katherine lake and go a bit right off the main trail. The Dolomites look better in the afternoon once the sun comes around.
    Written 26 July 2023
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  • booking123
    New Hamburg, Ontario, Canada1,515 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing place a hidden gem . Picnic area lots of wooden bridges scenic mountains. One Roam bus route #6
    Wandering creek runs threw trail
    Written 13 April 2024
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  • Janey
    Buffalo, NY32 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We stopped here on a tour and it was breathtaking! We were lucky enough to visit on a day that was still so our photos were a total reflection because of the stillness of the water. Im enlarging the photo I took and adding it to my treasured wall of gorgeous locations!
    Written 24 September 2023
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  • Stewarts Vacation
    1,543 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    We found these rock formations, on the banks of the Bow River, intriguing. Composed of sedimentary rock covered by harder rock that is more difficult to erode, a needle or tower like natural obstacle is created as the softer rock erodes away. Well, that's the explanation we were given. There is a clear path from the car park to the viewing areas, though some people may struggle with the incline. If you are on Tunnel Mountain, stop by to see these unique formations!
    Written 1 January 2024
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  • ayalasibanda
    Greater London, UK600 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We stopped here for a quick dip in the water. The kids managed to wade until knees were in, then respectively exited for warmth.
    Easy parking and 10 mins from Banff by car.
    Written 27 August 2023
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