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Turquoise glacial lakes, vast meadows of wildflowers, imposing glaciers, and towering mountain peaks are what make Banff National Park so remarkable. Canada’s first national park is huge, coving 2,564 square miles of the Canadian Rockies and offers plenty of outdoor activities and epic scenery for everyone. Due to its northern location, Banff National Park experiences mild summers and cold winters. It’s also known for its unpredictable weather, so pack accordingly! The best daytime weather is in summer (June-August), but it can still get chilly in the evenings. Winters in Banff are cold and dry, with lows as cold as -22 F. You’ll also see plenty of snow in higher elevations and at the ski resorts. If you’re visiting in winter pack your best cold weather gear and be prepared for trail closures due to conditions. The town of Banff and the village of Lake Louise are both located inside the park, and provide plenty of shopping, museums, and restaurants during your visit. The largest city nearby is Calgary, which is also home to the nearest airport. The vastness of Banff National Park provides visitors with endless outdoor activities. Explore some of the 1,000 miles of hiking trails, take to the many rivers and lakes in canoes or kayaks, or just drive along the paved scenic byways throughout the park. There are also ranger led activities throughout the year. And don’t forget about the world class skiing and snowshoeing during the winter months.
- Spring 20-45 F
- Summer 50-72 F
- Fall 24-63 F
- Winter 0-25 F
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- Adult: $10.5
- Children Under 17: $0
- Senior: $9
- Family/Group: $21
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Banff National Park Hiking Trails
Banff National Parks offers visitors an amazing variety of scenery to enjoy. From alpine forests to turquoise lakes to rocky glaciers, the hiking trails around the park won’t disappoint. Since there’s over 1,000 miles of hiking trails throughout the park, you’ll be able to find one that fits your experience level. Trails run from easy and flat to extremely difficult and technical. Due to the changes in weather and environment, trail conditions can change quickly. Also be aware that some of the more difficult trails require a minimum of 4 people hiking together. Check the Park Canada trail bulletins on the website or at the visitors center for any closures or restrictions before you head out.
Banff National Park Trails
Things to do Outside Banff National Park
Banff National Park has much more than just hiking or skiing. With two towns inside the park itself and several national historic sites, there’s plenty to see nearby. Stop by the Rocky Mountain House National Historic Site to see the historic trading post on the North Saskatchewan River. Here you can learn about the history of the fur trade and the stories of the Indigenous Peoples. Or visit the Buffalo Nations Luxton Museum to see the artifacts and learn about the First Nations People of the Northern Plains and Canadian Rockies. Tired and achy after all that hiking? Visit Banff Upper Hot Springs to relax and soak in the natural mineral waters. Or visit the Cave and Basin National Historic Site to experience the interactive exhibits and stunning views of the Rocky Mountains as you learn about the birthplace of Banff National Park and the Canadian national park system.
For sweeping views of the town of Banff as well as six mountain ranges and the Bow Valley, hop on the Banff Gondola. You’ll have incredible views on the way up, and at the top you can grab a bite to eat at the restaurant or take the boardwalk to the Cosmic Ray Station National Historic Site and the Sanson's Peak Meteorological Station. And don’t miss exploring the mountain towns of Banff and Lake Louise. Banff is larger with plenty of shopping and restaurants, while the village of Lake Louise is much smaller, but offers stunning views and excellent hiking trails. During the summer there’s also a shuttle between Lake Louise and Moraine Lake which requires reservations.
If you want to add another National Park to your trip, Kootenay National Park is less than an hour's drive away.
RV Resorts & Campsites near Banff National Park
Lake Louise Hard-sided Campground. This campground has spots for RVs up to 50 feet long and provide 15, 30, and 50 amp hook ups. During the summer months you can even leave your truck or tow car at your campsite and use the free shuttle service that runs from the campground to Lake Louise Village. There's also a campground theater that offers free evening interpretive programs by Parks Canada.
Tunnel Mountain Village II Campground. For those with smaller RVs, Tunnel Mountain Village II is a great campground close to the town of Banff. While they only offer electric hook ups at the sites, there are flush toilets, showers, kitchen shelters, and a dump station at the campground. Some sites include fire pits and the campground is open year round. Reservations required.
Waterfowl Lakes Campground. For those looking to totally unplug, check out Waterfowl Lakes Campground along the Icefields Parkway. This campground is located between the Upper and Lower Waterfowl Lakes on the Mistaya River and can accommodate RVs up to 31 feet. It has no cell service or hook ups, but has easy access to hiking trails, spectacular views, and potable water and restroom facilities at the campground. The sites are first come, first serve with no reservations available.
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How to get to Banff National Park
Banff National Park is located in Alberta, Canada. From Montana, head north on Interstate 15 to the Canadian border. Remember to bring your passports and any documents needed to cross the border! Keep heading north on AB-4 and Ab-2 to Calgary. From Calgary you’ll head 90 minute west on the Trans-Canada Highway to Banff. The Trans-Canada Highway is a well-maintained road through the Rockies that will take you to both Banff and Lake Louise inside the national park.
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