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Banff is Canada's most visited National Park. Banff's eastern gate is located approximately 100 km west of Calgary in the Canadian Rocky Mountains, and stretches 240 km along the eastern slope of the Continental Divide.
Originally set aside to preserve sulphur hot springs for public use, Banff's towering peaks and beautiful meadows make it among Canada's most incredible holiday areas.

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Things to Do in Banff National Park

Columbia Icefields

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Jasper and Banff National Park's Columbia Icefields. Explore Athabasca Glacier and the Columbia Icefields.

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Banff Gondola Ride Admission

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Enjoy stunning panoramas of six different mountain ranges on the state-of-the-art Banff Gondola. Soar to the top of Sulphur Mountain for a bird's-eye view of town and vistas of Canada's first national park.

Banff Lake Minnewanka Cruise

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Majestic views of the Canadian Rockies while cruising beautiful Lake Minnewanka on this panoramic 1-hour interpretive cruise. Learn Native folklore while scanning the lake shore for big-horned sheep, deer, bald eagle and even the occasional bear. Cruise over to Devil's Gap for incredible views of the Prairies and surrounding mountains.

Tour Moraine Lake

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Moraine Lake is a stunning glacially-fed lake located in Banff National Park, in the Canadian Rockies of Alberta, Canada. Famous and iconic, Moraine Lake in the Canadian Rockies and is renowned for its breathtaking turquoise-blue waters and stunning surrounding mountain peaks.

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Banff Mountain Climbing

Banff Mountain Climbing

Banff National Park, nestled in the Canadian Rockies, is a renowned destination for mountain climbing, offering a range of challenging peaks and breathtaking alpine scenery.

Banff's Notable Peaks

Banff National Park boasts several iconic peaks that attract climbers from around the world. Mount Temple, Mount Victoria, Castle Mountain, and the stunning spires of the Ten Peaks are among the notable climbs.

Mountain Climbing Technical Difficulty

Climbing routes in Banff vary in technical difficulty, from relatively moderate ascents to highly challenging and technical climbs. The park offers opportunities for climbers of all skill levels, from beginners to seasoned mountaineers.

Banff Rock Climbing

Banff offers exceptional rock climbing opportunities on its rugged mountain faces. Lake Louise and Moraine Lake are popular areas for rock climbing, with routes ranging from single-pitch to multi-pitch climbs.

Ice Climbing in Banff

In the winter months, the park becomes a haven for ice climbers. Frozen waterfalls and ice-covered cliffs provide ideal conditions for ice climbing. Areas like Johnston Canyon and the Ghost River Valley are well-known for ice climbing routes.

Alpine Climbing

Alpine climbing in Banff involves navigating mixed terrain, including rock, ice, and snow. Classic alpine climbs like the North Ridge of Mount Athabasca and the East Ridge of Mount Edith Cavell present challenging and rewarding experiences.

Banff Backcountry Mountain Climbing

Many climbing routes in Banff are located in remote backcountry areas, requiring a combination of climbing and hiking to access. Climbers need to be well-prepared for backcountry conditions and possess route-finding skills.

Guided Mountain Climbing Expeditions

For those new to the area or less experienced in mountain climbing, guided expeditions led by experienced mountain guides are available. Guided trips often include instruction, gear, and support throughout the climb.

Banff's Seasonal Considerations

Climbing conditions in Banff vary with the seasons. The primary climbing season is typically from late spring to early fall. Winter climbing is also popular, especially for ice climbing.

Mountain Climbing Safety Considerations

Climbing in the Canadian Rockies requires a solid understanding of alpine hazards, weather patterns, and avalanche conditions. Climbers should be equipped with the necessary safety gear and have avalanche awareness skills.

Banff Mountain Climbing Permits and Regulations

Certain climbing areas and routes in Banff National Park may have specific regulations or require permits. It's essential to check with Parks Canada for the latest information and to adhere to any guidelines in place.

Climbing in Banff National Park offers a unique blend of challenging ascents and stunning mountain scenery. Whether you're a seasoned alpinist or a climbing enthusiast looking to explore new heights, Banff provides a world-class destination for mountain climbing adventures.

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Banff, located in the Canadian Rockies, offers stunning natural landscapes and a variety of activities for outdoor enthusiasts.

Banff National Park

Explore the pristine wilderness of Banff National Park, Canada's first national park. Take scenic drives along the Icefields Parkway and Bow Valley Parkway for breathtaking views.

Lake Louise

Visit the iconic Lake Louise, known for its turquoise waters and stunning mountain backdrop. Enjoy activities like hiking, canoeing, or simply taking in the scenery.

Moraine Lake

Marvel at the striking beauty of Moraine Lake, surrounded by ten towering mountain peaks. Take a hike around the lake or rent a canoe to experience its splendor up close.

Banff Gondola

Ride the Banff Gondola to the summit of Sulphur Mountain for panoramic views of the Bow Valley. Explore the boardwalk and visit the interpretive center.

Hiking Banff

Banff offers a plethora of hiking trails for all skill levels. Some popular trails include Johnston Canyon, Plain of Six Glaciers, and Sentinel Pass.

Banff Wildlife Viewing

Keep an eye out for wildlife such as elk, deer, bears, and bighorn sheep. Wildlife spotting tours are also available.

Banff Hot Springs

Relax in the Banff Upper Hot Springs while enjoying mountain views.

Canoeing and Kayaking

Paddle along the Bow River, Lake Louise or Bow Lake for a peaceful and scenic experience. Banff has some spectacular places for Canoeing and Kayaking.

Skiing and Snowboarding in Banff

In winter, Banff transforms into a winter wonderland with opportunities for skiing and snowboarding at resorts like Banff Sunshine, Lake Louise Ski Resort, and Mount Norquay.

Banff Dog Sledding and Ice Walks

Experience the thrill of dog sledding or join an ice walk to explore frozen canyons and waterfalls during the winter months.

Town of Banff

Stroll through the charming town of Banff with its shops, galleries, and restaurants. Visit the Banff Park Museum and the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies for cultural insights.

Columbia Icefield

The Columbia Icefield covers an area of approximately 325 square kilometers (125 square miles). It is one of the largest icefields in North America and is the source of several major glaciers.

Icefields Parkway

The Icefields Parkway, also known as Highway 93, is a world-renowned scenic highway that stretches through the heart of the Canadian Rockies, connecting Jasper National Park to Banff National Park in Alberta, Canada.

Peyto Lake

Peyto Lake is famous for its unique shape that resembles the head of a wolf. It is named after Bill Peyto, an early trail guide and trapper in the Banff area.

Cave and Basin National Historic Site

Learn about the history of Banff National Park and the discovery of the hot springs at the Cave and Basin historic site.

Banff National Park by Horseback

Exploring Banff by horseback is a classic and enjoyable way to experience the stunning landscapes and scenic trails of the Canadian Rockies.