The Canadian Rocky Mountains form a spectacular backdrop for glaciers, fast-flowing rivers and boundless forests in this beloved national park.
Moose, elk, bighorn sheep, wolves, and black and grizzly bears inhabit the park’s vast wilderness, while humans tend toward the town of Banff and the village of Lake Louise.
While most visitors flock to Banff during the summer months to snap photos canoeing through Lake Louise and Moraine Lake, winter visitors enjoy smaller crowds and are treated to dog sledding, snow-shoeing, snowboarding, ice skating and sleigh rides.
No matter when you visit, this park is extremely accessible, with plenty of infrastructure to complement the natural offerings. You can camp within the park, cozy up inside cabins deep in the forest or book a hotel right within the town of Banff, just five minutes from pristine wilderness.
Make sure to pick up a map of the park to explore lesser-visited trails and sites, such as Herbert Lake and Vermillion Lakes. Nothing here is anything less than striking.