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.
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.
Open Top Touring experiences are a unique way to explore all the highlights around Banff and Jasper in style. You can see landmarks views and photo ops on a variety of tours with fun and engaging guides. The vintage-inspired automobiles were custom-made and are definitely "Insta-worthy!"
Banff and Jasper have many beautiful alpine lakes that offer plenty of activities including fishing, canoeing, kayaking and swimming. And in the winter, the frozen Pyramid Lake makes for one of the most picturesque spots to snowshoe, cross-country ski, ice skate or enjoy a horse drawn sleigh ride.
Banff and Jasper have an abundance of wildlife, including bighorn sheep, mountain goats, bears, elk, caribou and even wolverine.
Banff and Jasper have a rich and varied history, which is showcased in several museums, including The Cave and Basin National Historic Site in Banff and the Jasper-Yellowhead Museum & Archives in Jasper.
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.
This is definitely one of the main reasons people visit Banff and Jasper! With four world class ski hills — Sunshine, Lake Louise, Mount Norquay and Marmot Basin — the Canadian Rockies has almost 10,000 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 and Jasper attracts powder enthusiasts from across the world.
As part of the Columbia Icefield Adventure, you'll explore the ancient Athabasca Glacier on a giant Ice Explorer, stepping right on to the glacier itself. After you'll wander along 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.
When you’re in the mood for a guided tour, you’ll find you’re spoiled for choice in Banff or Jasper. You might choose to take the Columbia Icefield Adventure on the Athabasca Glacier, a relaxing Lake Minnewanka Cruise in Banff, Maligne Lake Cruise in Jasper or perhaps an Icewalk in the winter.
As an international winter destination, of course, Banff and Jasper are also equally popular among cross-country skiers who enjoy some of the world’s most beautiful trails.
The warm, soothing waters of the natural springs of Sulphur Mountain at the Banff Upper Hot Springs and Miette Hot Springs in Jasper make for a great way to relax after a tiring day’s adventure. Stay close to the Miette Hot Springs at Miette Mountain Cabins.