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Your Ultimate Guide to Banff, Alberta

An epic adventure in Canada's wild Rocky Mountains. Explore the heart of Banff, including scenic hiking trails, stunning mountains and turquoise lakes, as well as a day-trip to Yoho National Park.

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North AmericaCanada3 days / June 2020

Highs & Lows

Lake hopping! From Lake Louise, Moraine Lake to Peyto and many more turquoise blue lakes!

The weather can often be a bit unpredictable. Always bring extra layers with you and a waterproof jacket/ umbrella!

Itinerary Overview

One of the greatest Canadian adventures you can take in your life is a classic trip to the Canadian Rocky Mountains, and Banff National Park is just the place for it! Picture epic outdoor adventure full of hiking, surrounded by insane backdrops of snow-capped mountains, crystal blue and turquoise lakes and tons of wildlife at your door. If you're a nature lover like myself, then this will definitely be your kind of trip!

I visited Banff, Alberta in the early summer of 2020. It was my first time visiting but it quickly stole my heart, so much so that I plan to live there one day!! In the meantime however, I've curated the ultimate Banff travel guide for your special visit! In this guide, you will find a full 4-day itinerary , covering the national park's greatest gems as well as a day-trip to Yoho National Park! This guide works perfectly as a stand-alone trip or can be complimented with an additional trip to Alberta's nearby Jasper National Park.

This guide is pretty adventure-heavy as there is lots of hiking involved. Moderate to easy hiking trails have been chosen to accommodate most skill levels. Although these activities can be done year-round, it's best recommended as a summer trip. Be mindful to pack properly for the occasion and weather - bring lots of warm outdoor gear!

Lastly, please note that each day itinerary has been crafted with location and proximity in mind. Each destination has been grouped together in a way that is most effective in saving you time and millage so you can enjoy more of your day exploring!

  • 2 Nights: Banff
  • Day trip: Field
  • 1 Night: Canmore

Q & A

  • Anything go wrong during the trip?

    Hiking is something that should always be done with precaution. There are potential risks and dangers that can take place. My friend who I was hiking with, unfortunately sprained her ankle on our very first hike! This of course, changed her plans for the remainder of the trip. Luckily, we had a first aid kit with us to help her get back down the mountain. Always carry a first aid kit and aim to hike in groups for extra precaution.

  • How was the food?

    Both Canmore and Banff towns offer many great food options in the main tourist areas. However, on days with lots of hiking, I recommend opting for a packed lunch - such as a sandwich for convenience. Also bring lots of snacks with you because hiking takes up a lot of energy and time!

  • Packing tips?

    Pack EXTRA WARM! Even during the summer months, the rockies can get pretty chilly. It's often overcast and tends to rain during unpredictable times so make sure you bring a reliable jacket and many sweaters and warm pants with you. I highly recommend bringing hiking shoes and any other hiking equipment with you. Although a rarity, it's still important to remember that this is bear country. It's highly recommended that you buy a bear whistle as well as bear spray (legal for purchase in Alberta and British Columbia).

  • Transportation Tips?

    Although this guide was thoughtfully planned out to save you time and millage, everything is still pretty spread out in the rockies - remember, this is the great outdoors! For this reason, I highly, highly recommend renting a car. It'll save you a big headache, otherwise there's no main infrastructure or public system to get you around the parks. There are however shuttle buses in some secondary parking lots that will take you t main attractions such a Lake Louise or Moraine Lake. This is an option to consider as parking can be a zoo in certain popular sights.