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10 Reasons to Visit Banff National Park

There is nowhere else in the world quite like Banff National Park. Every turn is a picturesque scene with towering mountains, stunning turquoise lakes, and vibrant wildlife. Banff is truly a nature lover’s dream, offering plenty of opportunities for adventure and exploration all year round. With so much to do, our friendly staff at the Rundlestone Lodge are available to assist our guests in planning their Banff National Park itinerary. While there are a million reasons to make the trip, here are 10 of our favourite reasons why Banff National Park is worth the visit!

1. The scenery

If the only way to see Banff was through the window of a vehicle, it would still be one of the most awe-inspiring and memorable trips of a lifetime. The scenic views of Banff National Park are truly magnificent. Whether your visit is; in the summer to marvel at the glistening glacial lakes; in the fall when the leaves turn bright red and orange against a rugged mountain landscape; in the winter for snowcapped mountain tops; or the spring when the bears emerge from their slumber and the green shoots draw in the local deer and elk. The scenery alone is one of the main reasons Banff is on any world traveller’s list.

2. Banff National Park is a World Heritage Site

Banff is home to unique rock formations, fossils, and glacial processes that are millions of years old. These natural preservations provide key research into the history and early evolution of many animal groups. Because of this, Banff National Park is designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and protected with many policies in place to keep the National Park clean, thriving, and unharmed.

3. Endless hiking trails

There is certainly no shortage of hiking opportunities in Banff. From beginner trails like Tunnel Mountain to the challenging scree of Mt. Rundle, every hike brings you an amazing view and sense of adventure.

4. Banff Gondola

For guests who prefer not to hike, the Banff Gondola is the perfect opportunity to experience a panoramic view of the mountain landscape. This breathtaking ride to the top of Sulphur Mountain brings a fun reward – a dining experience at the Sky Bistro!

5. The glacial lakes

Banff National Park is famous for its turquoise blue glacial lakes; Moraine Lake, Lake Louise, and Peyto Lake being three of the most popular. Get an up-close and personal experience with a summer canoe ride at Lake Louise or visit in November when unique ice formations pop up in the waters.

6. Banff Upper Hot Springs

The steaming mineral springs have been a must-see in Banff for over 125 years. Nestled between lush evergreen and a mountainous backdrop, the Banff Upper Hot Springs is a relaxing and unique experience for the whole family.

7. The Icefields Parkway

Winding through both Banff National Park & Jasper National Park, the Icefields Parkway is known as one of the world’s most scenic drives. Linking Banff to the town of Jasper, you’ll experience jaw-dropping scenery with waterfalls, glaciers, and larger than life rock formations. The ice here is over 10,000 years old!

8. Plenty of activities

Banff is not just a pretty sight to see – this Canadian National Park offers a wide range of activities. Try horseback riding, a cycle tour, or canoeing in the summer and enjoy skiing, snowboarding, tubing, and a horse-drawn sleigh ride in the winter. There are plenty of festivities and special events happening in Banff National Park. Our staff at the Rundlestone Lodge can guide you to some of the top things to do in Banff.

9. The vibrant wildlife

In Banff, it’s common to see all sorts of wildlife, from deer and elk crossing the street to bears ambling through the bushes. Encountering majestic wildlife in their natural habitat is an experience that you’ll never forget. Banff National Park is home to iconic Canadian animals including bighorn sheep, grizzly bears, black bears, mountain goats, moose, white-tailed deer, wolves, cougars and many more.

10. The cozy town of Banff

After a fun-filled day of exploring, enjoy an evening stroll through the charming resort town of Banff. The bustling streets are lined with locally-owned restaurants, charming souvenir shops, and plenty of patios where you can have a drink whilst watching the sunset on the surrounding mountains. Come home to comfortable, relaxing accommodations at the Rundlestone Lodge where our friendly staff will ensure that your stay is worthwhile. For an affordable and accommodating lodge in Banff, book your room at the Rundlestone Lodge to make the most of your visit