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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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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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Bears in Banff

Playful Spring Grizzly Bear Cubs

Banff National Park is home to a healthy population of bears, including both black bears and grizzly bears. While encountering bears in Banff can be an exciting and memorable experience, it's crucial to prioritize safety for both humans and the bears.

Bear Species

Both black bears (Ursus americanus) and grizzly bears (Ursus arctos horribilis) inhabit Banff National Park. Grizzly bears are larger and have a distinctive hump on their shoulders.

Bear Safety Tips

Parks Canada emphasizes the importance of bear safety.

Carry Bear Spray: Always carry bear spray in an easily accessible location and know how to use it. Bear spray is a highly effective deterrent when used correctly.

Make Noise: Make noise while hiking to alert bears to your presence. This can prevent surprising a bear and reduce the likelihood of a close encounter.

Stay in Groups: Hike in groups rather than alone. Larger groups are generally more noticeable to bears.

Bear-Proof Food Storage

In designated campgrounds and backcountry areas, bear-proof food lockers are provided. It's essential to store all food, cooking equipment, and scented items in these lockers to prevent bears from being attracted to human food.

Wildlife Corridors

Bears, like other wildlife, use specific corridors and routes for movement. These areas are crucial for their natural behavior. Stay on designated trails to avoid disturbing wildlife habitats.

Vehicle Safety

While driving through Banff National Park, especially during early morning or evening hours, be cautious and watch for wildlife, including bears, on or near the road. Drive at a safe speed and follow road signs.

Bear Closures and Advisories

Parks Canada may implement temporary closures or advisories in areas with increased bear activity. It's important to stay informed about current trail and campground conditions, especially during the bear season.

Educational Programs

Parks Canada offers educational programs and materials to raise awareness about bear safety and wildlife conservation. Attend ranger-led programs or access resources provided by Parks Canada to enhance your understanding of bears and their habitats.

Respect Wildlife

Give bears and other wildlife plenty of space. Avoid approaching or feeding them, as this can habituate them to human presence and create unsafe situations.

Remember that bears are wild animals, and their behavior can be unpredictable. Following bear safety guidelines and respecting the natural behaviors of these animals contributes to the safety of both visitors and bears in Banff National Park. Always check with Parks Canada for the latest information on bear safety and any specific advisories in the area.

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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.