Banff National Park
Banff National Park
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It's hard to beat the breathtaking scenery and landscapes at Banff National Park, Canada's oldest national park. Here, you'll see pine forests, glaciers, snow-capped mountains, alpine lakes, and wildlife like grizzly bears, moose, and elks. If you love adventure, summer is ideal for stunning hikes up Banff's peaks, and winter is great for skiing against the backdrop of the Canadian Rockies. There are plenty of accommodation options for all kinds of travelers as well, from outdoor campgrounds to luxury hotels. Don't know where to start? You can tour Banff on a guided canoe, a horse-drawn wagon ride, or even on a multi-day adventure tour from Vancouver. – Tripadvisor
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  • Danielle P
    Coastal South Carolina, South Carolina123 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful and well maintained National Park
    We visited the Banff National Park this week, while we were in the Alberta Canada area. This is very popular tourist attraction year round, so keep this in mind when booking hotel reservations. You will need a park pass during your stay, and you can purchase them online, upon entering the park, or at the Banff visitor center. We had beautiful weather during our visit, and we were able to see plenty of wildlife during our visit. We would highly recommend this National Park to people who enjoy the outdoors and the wonders of the wilderness. Please keep in mind that many of the hiking trails are not handicap accessible.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written June 1, 2023
  • TennisStar602
    New Jersey668 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Banff is the Yellowstone equivalent of Canada.
    Banff National Park was Canada’s original national park and it was its most visited national park, too. This national park included many incredible attractions, such as: Lake Louise, Moraine Lake, Peyto Lake, Johnston Canyon, the Icefields Parkway, and many more sites. I spent two (2) days within this park, and I could have spent even more time to explore this wonderland. I loved the snowy mountains, the plant-life, the animal-life, and the bodies of water. While this park was crowded, I did not think that it was as packed as I would have expected it to have been. It was also excellent to ride the Banff Gondola near the center of Banff.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written July 13, 2023
  • Caoimhe
    Dublin, Ireland48 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    like something out of a fairytale
    I drove from Calgary to Banff and it was my favourite thing throughout my stay in Canada. One of the most beautiful places I've ever seen. Stunning in winter with the mountains covered in snow. A picturesque park, with stunning views throughout. Well worth a visit.
    Visited December 2022
    Travelled with family
    Written July 31, 2023
  • Codi B
    5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Early Hikers
    For those who want to hike early to avoid the crowds: Purchase a Park Ticket in advance and print it. The park is open 24 hours. Drive in around 4:30-5:30 to avoid the crowds. Leave your parking pass on your dashboard. Easy! Just have an idea of which trail you want to hike because you may be hiking in the dark until sunrise. But signage is well marked. Unforgettable views! See the sunrise at the top of the Mountain!
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written August 13, 2023
  • tinaNtravel
    San Jose, California2,011 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing park - a must see
    The park is stunning and well worth the visit. The mountains are spectacular, the lakes are beautiful and the flowers are colorful. It is just amazing. Be sure to check online for every place you want to visit and purchase shuttle or tour tickets in advance, especially for places like Lake Louise, Lake Moraine and even the Gondola. The downside is that the hotels are rather expensive during the high season. The main town of Banff has a variety of very good restaurants. We will definitely return!
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written September 10, 2023
  • Mark C
    Senoia, Georgia38 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Majestic and Glorious
    We feel very fortunate to have taken a visit to Banff National Park and to take in this majestic and glorious place. We drove in from Coeur D'Alene ID and, once into the park stopped at Two Jack Lake and then Lake Minnewanka. We then drove to Canmore where we stayed for 3 nights. The second day we took the Lake Louise and Moraine Lake tours. This is a must do in Banff. And I would highly recommend making a reservation with the park site to do this tour. We did not have one and were able to make one with a local group but it was much more expensive. You get on a bus and they take you to Lake Louise which is unbelievable. My wife and I did the Fairview Lookout Hike and the Lakeshore Hike. These give you great views of one of the most beautiful lakes I have ever seen. Then we caught a shuttle to Moraine Lake. The shuttles run every 30 minutes. At Moraine Lake we again hiked the Lakeshore Trail of this beautiful lake. It is hard to describe how beautiful the scenery is. From here a shuttle bus back to the parking area. On our 3rd day we visited Bow River Falls in Banff and Johnston Canyon. Both were amazing sights to see. Banff National Park is one of our highlights in our travels.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written September 25, 2023
  • Peter H
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Banff National Park is a must!
    There are thousands of reviews of Banff National Park. I can't say anything more than all the others who've praised this place. So I will simply say this. I've been very fortunate to have traveled a great deal of the world and I don't say this lightly; don't miss any opportunity to see Banff. It is truly the most naturally beautiful place I may have ever seen. No pictures can do it justice. You have to see it for yourself. It's literally emotionally moving. Almost like being in a Holy place. Moraine Lake and Lake Louise are spectacular. When you see the sunrise and watch the water change colors before your eyes you'll get it. Remember to close your mouth because you will gasp at the sight. Go before it's overrun and they simply have to restrict the amount of people allowed to visit. Oh, and bring binoculars id you have room in your suitcase! One last thing, eat at "Banff Poutine." You can thank me later.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written October 9, 2023
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Cloud
Frankfurt, Germany609 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Solo
The place to be when in Canada. City lovers would love Quebec City, Nature lovers would love Banff and Lake Louise.
Written November 11, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Cynthia A
Columbia, MO496 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Friends
The view and the lake were breath taking. Air was crisp and clean. Just perfect setting. Weather was spitting snow so it made for a perfect fall day.
Written October 14, 2023
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Peter H
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
There are thousands of reviews of Banff National Park. I can't say anything more than all the others who've praised this place. So I will simply say this. I've been very fortunate to have traveled a great deal of the world and I don't say this lightly; don't miss any opportunity to see Banff. It is truly the most naturally beautiful place I may have ever seen. No pictures can do it justice. You have to see it for yourself. It's literally emotionally moving. Almost like being in a Holy place. Moraine Lake and Lake Louise are spectacular. When you see the sunrise and watch the water change colors before your eyes you'll get it. Remember to close your mouth because you will gasp at the sight. Go before it's overrun and they simply have to restrict the amount of people allowed to visit. Oh, and bring binoculars id you have room in your suitcase! One last thing, eat at "Banff Poutine." You can thank me later.
Written October 9, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Mark C
Senoia, GA38 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Family
We feel very fortunate to have taken a visit to Banff National Park and to take in this majestic and glorious place. We drove in from Coeur D'Alene ID and, once into the park stopped at Two Jack Lake and then Lake Minnewanka. We then drove to Canmore where we stayed for 3 nights. The second day we took the Lake Louise and Moraine Lake tours. This is a must do in Banff. And I would highly recommend making a reservation with the park site to do this tour. We did not have one and were able to make one with a local group but it was much more expensive. You get on a bus and they take you to Lake Louise which is unbelievable. My wife and I did the Fairview Lookout Hike and the Lakeshore Hike. These give you great views of one of the most beautiful lakes I have ever seen. Then we caught a shuttle to Moraine Lake. The shuttles run every 30 minutes. At Moraine Lake we again hiked the Lakeshore Trail of this beautiful lake. It is hard to describe how beautiful the scenery is. From here a shuttle bus back to the parking area. On our 3rd day we visited Bow River Falls in Banff and Johnston Canyon. Both were amazing sights to see. Banff National Park is one of our highlights in our travels.
Written September 25, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

tinaNtravel
San Jose, CA2,011 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
The park is stunning and well worth the visit. The mountains are spectacular, the lakes are beautiful and the flowers are colorful. It is just amazing. Be sure to check online for every place you want to visit and purchase shuttle or tour tickets in advance, especially for places like Lake Louise, Lake Moraine and even the Gondola. The downside is that the hotels are rather expensive during the high season. The main town of Banff has a variety of very good restaurants. We will definitely return!
Written September 10, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Matt
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
Banff has become a money pit, with the park taking advantage of guests. Half empty lots are “full” or “closed” this past year to maximize the profits from guests having to pay for the over crowded shuttles that need to be booked in advance.

Paying for the park pass, $10 one way shuttle rides, plus paid parking within the town. Nature should be free. Banff is starting to resemble Disney without the “magic”. They know they have tourists from across the globe, make it accessible.

Any young family planning a trip, either plan a year in advance or don’t plan on seeing anything while you’re there without paying big bucks.

Sadly with the amount of forest fires happening lately, feels like Mother Nature might visit banff with some karma.
Written August 25, 2023
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Codi B
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Solo
For those who want to hike early to avoid the crowds: Purchase a Park Ticket in advance and print it. The park is open 24 hours. Drive in around 4:30-5:30 to avoid the crowds. Leave your parking pass on your dashboard. Easy! Just have an idea of which trail you want to hike because you may be hiking in the dark until sunrise. But signage is well marked.
Unforgettable views! See the sunrise at the top of the Mountain!
Written August 13, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

dmkrusito
Maple Grove, MN102 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
Beautiful, amazing area of the world to see. The lakes & mountains are breathtaking! Saw Black bear, the Icefield, & waterfalls... all amazing!
Written August 3, 2023
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Caoimhe
Dublin, Ireland48 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Family
I drove from Calgary to Banff and it was my favourite thing throughout my stay in Canada. One of the most beautiful places I've ever seen. Stunning in winter with the mountains covered in snow. A picturesque park, with stunning views throughout. Well worth a visit.
Written July 31, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

TennisStar602
New Jersey668 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Solo
Banff National Park was Canada’s original national park and it was its most visited national park, too. This national park included many incredible attractions, such as: Lake Louise, Moraine Lake, Peyto Lake, Johnston Canyon, the Icefields Parkway, and many more sites. I spent two (2) days within this park, and I could have spent even more time to explore this wonderland. I loved the snowy mountains, the plant-life, the animal-life, and the bodies of water. While this park was crowded, I did not think that it was as packed as I would have expected it to have been. It was also excellent to ride the Banff Gondola near the center of Banff.
Written July 13, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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