For endless outdoor adventures and jaw-dropping scenery, head to the Banff National Park in the Canadian Rockies.
Here in Canada’s oldest national park, established in 1885, you’ll find one of the most spectacular mountain destinations in the world. It’s famous for its pristine turquoise glacial lakes, surrounded by high peaks and a postcard-perfect chateau.
The waters offer year-round pleasure, so it doesn’t matter when you visit. In summer, you can glide out onto the lake in a canoe, while winter promises ice skating on the deep lake ice.
Banff and Lake Louise are thrilling destinations for hiking fans, with stunningly scenic trails and mountaintop treks almost everywhere you look. For the best views, take one of the paths winding up to the Lake Agnes Tea House and viewpoint.
For a different perspective, save your legs and take a sightseeing gondola above the alpine landscape. It’s a must-do activity while in Banff, especially for families – although it can also be a seriously romantic experience for couples at sunset.
From biking, fishing, skiing and snowboarding to sleigh rides and dogsledding, there’s no end to ways to get your pulse racing in this beautifully picturesque part of Alberta. And at the end of long, unforgettable days, you can soak your weary muscles in the mineral-rich waters of the world-famous Banff Hot Springs
Fancy a breather? If you’re after a more relaxing experience, take a tour of the many historic sites and museums dotted around Banff. Highlights include the Banff Park Museum and the fascinating Historic Luxton Museum.