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- We visited last year when we got engaged and the nightrise was pushed back so we couldn’t experience it. This year as newlyweds we wanted to see it.Written December 3, 2023This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- Beautiful lake between Banff and Canmore. The hike out to the bridge is fairly level and not too rocky and has some beautiful views all along the way. The drive out is not that scenic but the lake area is quite nice. Great spot for a picnic. Good bathrooms at the siteWritten September 30, 2023This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- Banff is a perfect centre for exploring the Rockies - rivers, mountains, wildlife and wonderful people all make a stay in Banff an enriching experience. Although very crowded during the holiday season, it is easy to get out and about away from the crowds by walking, using the Roam bus services or tours. There is plenty of accommodation possibilities and a wide choice of eateries. If you go off the beaten track, make sure you stay safe - take advice and take bear spray!Written November 19, 2023This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- In November, this was a mostly deserted drive through trees and lakes and mountains. It's not fast and it's not crowded, which was perfect for our purposes. If you have the time, this is a much more relaxed and scenic way to go between Banff and Lake Louise.Written November 29, 2023
- The main avenue in Banff is both cute and also crowded. Just about every place on the main street is either a souvenir shop, a restaurant, a bakery or an ice cream shop. Now and then we saw some street performers. The evenings are quite crowded with everyone out and about for dinner. All in all, in spite of the crowds, it had an overall quaint feel.Written September 10, 2023
- I started this hike at around 10 AM. The parking lot was not full, although there were a little over 10 cars, so I found a parking spot pretty easily. For the first 15 minutes or so, the trail is surrounded by trees. Once you go up a bit, the views open up and you can see the panoramic view of the Icefields Parkway, Mount Athabasca, and Hilda Peak.
The trail gains its height with several switchbacks but it gets steeper fairly gradually, so even if you haven't done many hikes before, take several breaks and use hiking poles if needed, and you will eventually reach the top of the hill.
The trails gets fairly flat on top of the hill, and soon you will be encountered with the amazing view of the Saskatchewan Glacier in the far distance, which is the largest outflow glacier in the Columbia Icefields.
When you encounter an intersection, do NOT go right, as you will lose the view of the glacier. Instead, keep going straight or if you want a better view of the glacier, go left by following the yellow markers. In less than 10 minutes, you will see the complete view of the glacier with nothing blocking the view.
I personally think this trail can be classified as "family friendly." My parents who are 65+ years old also did this hike with me. They had to take several breaks but even with those breaks, it took 1 hour for us to reach the top of the hill and see the glacier and nearly 2 hours to finish the entire hike (including stops for photos). Anyone who has done lots of hiking should find this trail very easy and should be able to finish the hike way less than 2 hours. FYI, my parents used hiking poles but I didn't find any need to use them, although you may want to use them when there is snow on the trail.
This hike is a MUST if you are visiting Banff/Jasper because the trail is short and not steep but you can enjoy an amazing view (You cannot see the Saskatchewan Glacier on any road). You can also combine this hike with another if you are able and time permits. I did this hike in the morning and then Big Beehive hike at Lake Louise in the afternoon on the same day, and it was totally doable.
P.S. When I came down to the parking lot at around noon after hike, there were TONS of cars. Arrive well before noon if you want to get a good parking spot.Written August 12, 2023
- The Tunnel Mountain Trail is very nice trail that has the advantage of being accessible from downtown Banff. The distance is just over three miles round trip from the trailhead with about 1000 feet of elevation gain. The surface is in very good condition. You will be rewarded with a wonderful view.Written October 17, 2023
- This garden is simply stunning. When we first approached the garden, we thought it was a little fountain and some pretty flowers. But, then we walked deeper into the garden and kept finding more bridges, falls and flowers. From most anywhere in the garden, there are expansive views of the towering Canadian Rockies. There are lots of places to sit and enjoy the gardens. This is a do not miss in Banff.Written November 17, 2023
- Don't just do the lookout from the highway; do the scenic drive just below. A few nice stops to get the best views of the Banff mountain range and lakes together.
We did not go during sunset as the weather was not great but I imagine it would be incredible.Written September 11, 2023
- Spectacular view but can get crazy busy. Have some patience and it will be worth it. Go to the upper platform first and then stroll along the trail along the road afterwards to get pictures including the water below.Written September 11, 2023
- Worth a drive or take the bus to the Hoogoo view point for great views of the river below.
Very scenic drive just outside town.Written June 22, 2023
- We got in at a good time as it was not busy, but got steadily busier as we were there. The pools are relaxing and a great chance to unwind. Well worth a visit but I think it could be a different experience if it was busier.
The parking can also be a challenge. We drove there in our rental and had to wait for a park in the car park. This park is not only for the hot pools but also for trampers heading up the hill and is an overflow for people using the gondola.Written June 25, 2023
- Easily booked online. Pick up at Banff hotel was on time. Jonathan advised there would be two more stops before travelling to the airport. Friendly service, he checked temperature comfort level with us, and informed us when we were three minutes from arriving at departures. Would recommend Banff Airporter.Written December 1, 2023
- I went to cedar and sage with my husband for our anniversary/babymoon. It was easy to book, and they receptionist was very friendly and helpful over the phone. We were emailed a questionnaire so that they could focus on our needs when we arrived. We wanted a couples massage, but were unsure if it would work considering I was almost 7 months pregnant at the time but they were very accommodating by providing someone for me who specialized in prenatal massage. When we arrived, we were greeted and offered tea and water. The environment was calm and peaceful and we were able to to relax before our massages even began. Jen and Christie were very professional and made sure we were comfortable the whole time. The massage relieved a lot of my back pain from pregnancy and my husbands back pain from an injury. We will definitely be returning next time we go to Banff.Written October 18, 2023
- Overall an enjoyable experience. A bit pricey, and not something you would do that often. They had really good COVID protocols in place, everything seemed cleaned and sanitized. The staff were friendly and knowledgeable, and the sleigh ride was quite enjoyable.Written February 22, 2021