There are so many things to see in Banff and Jasper national parks that it’s sometimes difficult to know what to do first.
Here are some of the top things you should be sure not to miss.
For some of the most spectacular views in Banff, you won’t do better than a ride to the summit of Sulphur Mountain on the thrilling Banff Gondola.
Explore the Banff Gondola
With an alpine adventure playground all around, there’s always plenty to do for the outdoor enthusiast, from hiking and mountain biking, to climbing or water sports.
When you’re in the mood for a guided tour, you’ll find you’re spoiled for choice in Banff. You might choose to take the Columbia Icefield Adventure, on the Athabasca Glacier, or a relaxing Lake Minnewanka Cruise.
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Around one of Banff’s many beautiful alpine lakes, there are plenty of activities, including fishing and swimming—even scuba diving.
Banff has an abundance of wildlife, from bighorn sheep, mountain goats, bears, elk, caribou and even wolverine.
Banff has a rich and varied history, which is showcased in several museums, including The Cave and Basin National Historic Site.
The warm, soothing waters of the natural springs of Sulphur Mountain make for a great way to relax after a tiring day’s adventure.
Definitely one of the main reasons people visit Banff! With three world class ski hills—Sunshine, Lake Louise and Mount Norquay—Banff has 8,000 acres of skiable terrain, and one of the longest ski seasons in North America. Throw in that beautiful Alberta sunshine and it’s no wonder Banff attracts powder enthusiasts from across the world. Tri-area lift tickets make it easy and affordable to experience all three resorts in one trip.
As part of the Columbia Icefield Experience, you'll step out on to a glass-floored walkway that reaches far out—and high above—the valley below. It's a journey of discovery rich with interpretive learnings and unforgettable views.
Explore the Columbia Icefield Skywalk
Maybe this should be our #1 thing to do in the Rockies. There's no denying a visit to Jasper's stunning alpine lake, and a boat ride out to the iconic Spirit Island, will be a highlight of your trip. Make a day out of it with a short hike and a fabulous meal at one of the great dining options, including The View.
Explore Maligne Lake
As an international winter destination, of course, Banff is also equally popular among cross-country skiers who enjoy some of the world’s most beautiful trails.
If you’re not up for a day of skiing, you might prefer the sound of dogsledding, ice-skating, or why not wrap up in a warm blanket and take a sleigh ride?
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