When we hear the words national park, we surely think of Yellowstone or the Grand Canyon, probably two of the most iconic in the world. The first known for being the original national park in the United States, and the second for its incomparable majesty and dimensions. While the concept of national parks began with Yellowstone, it did not take long for the rest of the world to expand. Not too far to the north in Canada stands Banff National Park, a must-see destination offering majestic mountains, turquoise lakes and abundant wildlife. While Banff is a magical place to visit any time of year, you won’t want to miss it in winter.
Established in 1885, Banff is the oldest national park in Canada and one of the largest in the Canadian Rockies. Located in the province of Alberta, it has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1984. Its huge area is home to some of the most beautiful places in the country, something remarkable considering the size of Canada and its innumerable natural wonders.
Things to Do in Banff This Winter
Experience the Banff Hot Springs, a destination that has attracted visitors since the 19th century after being discovered by Canadian Pacific railway workers. Enjoy soaking in these soothing, natural waters among stunning alpine scenery. Or, ride the scenic gondola to Sulphur Mountain, the highest point, offering spectacular views of snow-capped peaks and beautiful lakes.
Enjoy a convenient tour of these attractions, along with seeing the stunning Lake Louise, known as the “Jewel of the Rockies.” Have fun in the snow with winter activities such as hiking, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. Depending on your available time, you can also choose the ideal version for your group, with a tour lasting three days, four days, five days or six days.
Day Trips to Banff National Park
If your plans for this winter in Canada are already made, there are also options to enjoy Banff for just a day of your vacation. This winter day trip includes some of Banff’s most popular attractions, such as the hot springs and the cable car, and departs from the city of Calgary. Or follow an expert guide to spot amazing wildlife and capture unforgettable photos.
Beyond Winter: Spring and Summer in Banff
If you prefer outdoor adventure in spring and summer, you can also find fun activities in the area. How about horseback riding up scenic Sulphur Mountain or a scenic carriage ride through the historic town for an unforgettable experience. (Don’t forget your camera!)
Whether it’s the views, the adventure, the snow, the lakes or the beautiful mountains, put Banff on your must-see list and discover why almost four million people travel to this beautiful destination every year.
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