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Stunning attractions in Banff
Written by Amirthavarshini on October 23, 2020 Share on

Attractions In Banff – The Charm Of Canada

Experience the joy of finding those things, you never knew you were looking for. You will get such joy only by visiting the less trodden paths of the world. In this article, figure out how this joy would look like by visiting the beautiful country of Banff virtually. It is hands down the best picturesque provinces in Canada. With lots of amazing things to do and places to visit, Banff is truly a must-visit destination in Canada. The place is full of natural feasts like national parks, lakes, mountains, and much more. Continue reading this article to know more about the spectacular attractions in Banff.

Banff National Park

Banff National Park and its localities are the most-visited and the most popular attractions in the city. Being the first national park in Canada, it is one of the best things to do in Banff. Spread over an area of 4000 square miles, there’s a lot of things to explore and experience here. Try your hand in skiing, canoeing, fishing, bird watching, mountain climbing, hiking, cycling and much more.  Spot wild buddies like elk, bighorn sheep, bears, wolves, lions, deers as you walk through the beautiful trails of the park.

Lake Minnewanka

Lake Minnewanka, a 27 km long glacial lake is nestled in the northeast of the Banff. With Cascade River being the origin of the lake, it is truly a glacial glory in Canada. The lake was initially the home for the First Nations Stoney people. They gave them the lake its name which means “Lake of the Spirits”. Also, it is a great spot for hiking, picnicking, and cruising. You can also take a dip and swim through the lake. End your day by clicking amazing pictures at this place and enjoy scuba diving as well.

The Banff Gondola

Experience an adrenaline rush at the gondolas of Sulphur Mountains. If you are not sick of heights, The Banff Gondola is surely one of the must-visit attractions in Banff. The place boasts stunning views and incomparable vistas that every nature lover in fall in love all over again. The gondola takes you to a height of 2200 feet in a time span of 8 minutes. Once you reach the top, walk along the lush green trails and take in the breathtaking views offered by Sanson’s peak.

Upper Hot Springs

The Upper Hot spring is one of the favourite tourist attractions in Banff. Located at close proximity to the gondolas, this place offers joy and happiness for more than 100 years. This hot spring is maintained at a steady temperature of 98-104 degree Fahrenheit throughout the year. Sitting at an altitude of 5200 feet, the place also offers jaw-dropping views of Mount Rundle and the alpine valleys.

Cave and Basin National Historic Site

Established in the year 1885, the Cave and Basin National Historic Site is home to a natural, warm mineral spring, caves and emerald coloured basin. Head to the heritage building in its premises. You will be amazed by the interactive displays and inspiring exhibits. You can visit this place while visiting the Sulphur mountain and the hot springs.

Mount Norquay

Nestled in the northwest of Banff, Mt. Norquay serves as a ski resort during the winter season. Whereas in the summer, the place acts as a hiking spot. This gorgeous spot is truly one of the must-visit attractions in Banff. Jump into the free shuttle service and explore all the sightseeing spots. Head to the Cliffhouse Bistro where you can have delicious food while enjoying the mesmerizing vistas.

Lake Louise

Lake Louise is one of the popular attractions in Banff. This serene lake is easily recognisable and reachable by road. As you travel around the lake, you will reach the Lake Louise Lakeshore Trail that runs along the northwest side of the lake.  Throughout your trip, you will be lamenting about the mesmerizing beauty of the place.

Icefields Parkway

Embark into the most dramatic routes while hitting the roads from Lake Louise. The drive through the trail to the Icefields Parkway will surely be a memorable experience for a lifetime. Load your camera and get ready to capture the most picturesque views in the world. Also, visit the Banff and Jasper National Parks on your way. You can stop at Saskatchewan crossing to fill your tummy and fuel.

Glacier Skywalk

Glacier trails of Banff
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Yet another adventurous activity that’s waiting to surprise you at Banff is the Glacier Skywalk. Situated between Lake Lousie and Jasper on the Icefields Parkway, the place offers brilliant views of Sunwapta valley. Experience the thrilling cliff-edge walk with a glass floor that will lead you to the most magnificent views of the valley. You will be walking on the glass floor with a handrail at a height of 918 feet above the valley. This is surely not for those who are afraid of heights. If you are an adventure junkie, this activity is going to be super fun for you.

Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise

Head to the most iconic hotels in Banff where you can have the best time amidst the snow. This massive hotel offers amazing glacial views along with ice skating facilities as well. Fill your tummy with the lip-smacking food offered here and get lost while walking through the serene lake. Also, it is advised to rent skis from lower in the town. This is truly one of the stunning attractions in Banff. 

Whyte Museum

Wishing to take a break from all the adventure activities? Head to the Whyte Museum and get to know about the art, culture, history and livelihood of the Canadian Rockies. Located in Downtown Banff, the museum exhibits a vivid collection of artworks, heritage homes, archives, a library and a museum shop as well. Visiting this place easily becomes a nature cum culture trip since the museum is located in an absolutely stunning location.

Downtown Banff

Busy downtown streets of Banff
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Downton Baff was initially a small street or a stretch of road in the town. However, after the construction of railways in 1885, the place was extended. Currently, you visit the place and get to know about the complete lifestyle of Banff. With picturesque mountain views and a lively town atmosphere, this place is indeed one of the best attractions in Banff. Grab a cup of coffee and treat your tastebuds with the most peculiar flavours of icecreams. You cannot simply miss out on Whitebark Cafe or Evelyn’s Coffee that serves amazing coffee. Also, head to Cows on Banff Avenue that offers over 30 flavours of icecreams.

If you’re really looking for a peaceful getaway, you can simply head to the city of Banff. The attractions in Banff will surely impress you with its grace and charm. Let your heart melt and memories freeze while visiting the place where the glacier meets the sky. You will find beauty in every corner of Banff that will blow your mind off. Slide into the Pickyourtrail website and start planning your trip to Canada right away.

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