Family Vacations in Canada

Family Vacations in Canada: Banff National Park

Azure lakes and rivers, dramatic mountain peaks, and dense forests are part of the scenic wonders of Banff National Park. You can hike, bike, or drive through the many different areas of the park.

Banff National Park in Alberta, Canada is an extraordinary landscape of craggy, snowcapped peaks that make up the Alberta Rocky Mountains. The park is known for its year-round recreational activities. During the summer, the most scenic areas can be reached on day hikes. Banff has more than 80 maintained trails that cover about 1,000 miles of park land, and they range from leisurely strolls to arduous long-distance treks. One especially lovely short hike from the town of Banff will take you past dramatic Bow Falls and along the scenic Bow River on easy-to-follow trails. You can also enjoy the scenery on bicycle, on horseback, or in a horse-drawn carriage.

Take a gondola ride to the top of Sulphur Mountain for a beautiful view of Banff's landscape. At the top, several hiking trails fan out along the mountain ridges; whichever you choose, you can't go wrong. If you're looking for something less strenuous than a mountain hike, you can find picturesque views from the lovely boardwalk trail.

Banff is a world-class ski resort and offers a wide variety of winter sports, including downhill skiing, cross-country skiing, snowshoe treks, toboggan rides, and dogsledding.

Banff National Park Information

Canadian Tourism Commission

Suite 1400, Four Bentall Centre

1055 Dunsmuir St./Box 49230

Vancouver, BC V5P 1L2 Canada

Telephone: 604-638-8300

One of the most breathtaking views in Banff National Park is Lake Louise, with its emerald waters in a natural amphitheater. On the next page, learn more about visiting Lake Louise.

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