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.

The Banff Gondola above the side of Sulphur Mountain.

1. THE BANFF GONDOLA

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

Two hikers on a rocky trail among small alpine trails.

2. HIKING, MOUNTAIN BIKING AND OTHER SUMMER SPORTS

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.

A glacier high above and between two mountain peaks.

3. GUIDED TOURS

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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A fisher casts a rod from a small boat into a still lake.

4. LAKESIDE ACTIVITIES

Around one of Banff’s many beautiful alpine lakes, there are plenty of activities, including fishing and swimming—even scuba diving. 

A large elk raises its head to let out a bugle.

5. WILDLIFE SPOTTING

Banff has an abundance of wildlife, from bighorn sheep, mountain goats, bears, elk, caribou and even wolverine.

The cave of the Cave and Basin National Historic Site

6. MUSEUMS AND HISTORY

Banff has a rich and varied history, which is showcased in several museums, including The Cave and Basin National Historic Site

The Banff Upper Hot Springs pool above a mountain valley

7. THE BANFF UPPER HOT SPRINGS

The warm, soothing waters of the natural springs of Sulphur Mountain make for a great way to relax after a tiring day’s adventure.

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A group of skiiers go down a steep mountain.

8. SKIING & SNOWBOARDING

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. 

A woman cross-country skis near a forest an below a mountain.

9. CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING

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.

A sleigh ride below snow-covered mountains.

10. OTHER WINTER SPORTS

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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