Things to do

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Tourist attractions in Banff.

North American Chairlift & Sightseeing, Mt. Norquay

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51.203563, -115.59817

Mid June to Thanksgiving weekend

Mt Norquay, one of the three famous Ski Resorts in Banff National Park, has reopened the North American Chairlift, 1950’s Tea house, along with a new mountaineering/ hiking activity – Via Ferrata from June 19, 2014. Via Ferrata is Italian for ‘Iron Path’. The Via Ferrata at Mt. Read More >>

Lakelouisegondola

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1 Whitehorn Road, Lake Louise, Alberta.

Late Spring - Early Fall

Lake Louise Gondola connects the southern slope of the Merlin Ridge of the Slate Range to Whitehorn lodge on the Mount Whitehorn, through a ski lift. The main ski lift of Lake Louise resort named Grizzly Express Gondola, takes visitors up to an altitude of 2088m (6850ft) above sea level. Read More >>

Vermilion Lake Banff National Park

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Vermilion Lakes Rd Banff National Park, Improvement District No. 9, AB

Year Round.

About Vermilion Lakes,  Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada A series of lakes formed in the Bow River valley, Banff National Park, the Vermilion Lakes in Alberta is a wetland which is an excellent place for viewing wildlife. Read More >>

Banff Park Museum

403.762.1558

91 Banff Ave, Banff, AB , T1L 1A9

Mid May— Mid October

Built in 1903 for Victorian era visitors who wanted to see the wild animals without much trouble, Banff Park Museum is the oldest natural history museum in Western Canada. It houses mounted specimens of fauna, flora and minerals associated with the Banff national park. Read More >>

403-522-3555

1 Whitehorn Road, Lake Louise, Alberta, Canada T0L 1E0

Mid November to Mid May

The only ski area in Canada to hold the FIS Ski World Cup circuit, Lake Louise Ski resort is one of the three ski resorts in Banff National Park. It has a total of 145 runs (marked + back bowls) with 25% beginner, 45% intermediate and 30% advanced . Read More >>

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2 Mount Norquay Road Banff, AB T1L 1B4

Mid November - Early April

Situated on the Mountain named after Premier of Manitoba, John Norquay, Mt Norquay ski resort is one of the three world famous ski resorts in Banff National Park. The first chair lift in Canada was installed in Mount Norquay. Read More >>

403-705-4000

Sunshine Village, Banff, AB, Canada

Early November to Early May

Located in Banff National Park, Sunshine village is one of the three ski resorts in the Banff National Park. With an annual snow fall of about 9 m, snow ‘packing’ happens only during the start of the season. It has 12 lifts including high speed gondolas and 2 magic carpets. Read More >>

Moraine Lake

403-762-1550

51.328225,-116.181586

Seasonal, Late Spring to Early Fall

Situated in the Valley of Ten Peaks, Moraine Lake is a glacially fed lake, at the elevation of 1885m. The deep blue shade is due to rock silt deposited into the Lake due to melting glaciers. Read More >>

Lake Minnewanka

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51.247196,-115.499275

Year round

Named ‘Water of the Spirits’ by the First Nations, Lake Minnewanka is a glacial lake fed by Cascade river and is the largest body of water in the Banff National Park. Enjoy the exhilarating scenery of Lake with Mount Inglismaldie and Fairholme range as the backdrop. Read More >>

Mt Assiniboine

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Mt. Assiniboine Provincial Park

Year Round. Activities Vary.

Mt Assiniboine Provincial Park is a UNESCO World Heritage site and situated along the continental divide, in British Columbia. Named after Assiniboine people, the park’s name sake, Mt Assiniboine sits at an elevation of 3,618m and is also called “Matterhorn of the Canadian Rockies”. Read More >>

Boat Cruise Maligne Lake

403-762-3473

Lake Minnewanka Loop Boat Tour Estimated Departure Point, Improvement District No. 9, AB, Canada

Early May - Canadian Thanksgiving in October

Brewster tours operate a narrated boat cruise on Lake Minnewanka in Banff National Park. One may choose between 43 passenger Lake Cruisers or the 65 passenger Alberta Explorer; both boats are glass-enclosed. Read More >>

BanffGondola

403-762-2523

300 Mountain Ave Banff National Park, Banff, AB T0L 445

Year Round

Built in 1959, the Sulphur Mountain Gondola is the only bi-cable gondola in Canada. A four person enclosed cars takes 8 minutes to reach the top of the Sulphur mountain where Bow valley, cascade mountain, Lake Minnewanka can be see from the mountain top. Read More >>

Cave & Basin National Historic Site

403.762.1558

311 Cave Ave, Banff, AB T0L 0C0

Year round, Hours Vary

the Cave & Basin National Historic Site is the birthplace of all national parks across the continents. This National Historic Site was built around natural thermal mineral springs in late 1800s. The interpretive centre displays heritage of the thermal waters and the history of national parks. Read More >>

Sunshine Meadows

403-762-7889

Banff National Park, Alberta

Mid June to Early October

Sunshine Meadows better known as home to Sunshine Village, is famous for its beautiful setting with alpine meadows covered with carpet of fire weed and glacier lilies with the snow-capped Canadian Rockies as backdrop. Accessible via road only during summer, Sunshine Meadows is a hikers paradise. Read More >>

Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies

403-762-2291

111 Bear Street ,Banff, Alberta, 1L 1A3

Year round, Hours Vary

Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies showcases the history and culture of Rocky Mountains through ethnographic displays, art and artifacts and videos. The museum also houses the library and archives of the Alphine Club of Canada. Heritage home and cabins of former pioneers are also located on the museum grounds. Read More >>

Cascade Gardens - Park administrative building

101 Mountain Avenue, Banff, AB

Late spring and summer to view the garden in full bloom.

Cascade Gardens in Banff National Park is a well-landscaped garden with a varied mix of annuals and perennials surrounding the park administrative building. Parks Canada took over the Brett Sanatorium and Hotel built in the 1880s, when it burned down in 1930 and converted it into the present day gardens. Read More >>