Bodies of Water in Banff

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Bodies of Water 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Jonique Life
    Australia1,607 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This is a cute lake which you go by when going up to Lake Agnes, it has a perfect mirror image and it was magical but very busy. We just love Banff, definitely make your way up to Lake Agnes and even do the Big Beehive if you are up for it!

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    Written 29 June 2023
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  • Naina-Damani
    London, UK999 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Is an alpine gem in Banff National Park. Great views, alpine flowers and sapphire water with scenic lakes and mountain in the distance.
    Written 3 June 2019
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