Things to Do in Banff for Couples

THE 10 BEST Couples' Activities & Things to Do in Banff

Best Things to Do in Banff for Couples

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  • Lisa
    Edmonds, WA1 contribution
    The views were stunning from the top. The ride up was easy, we arrived early and were able to go up at an earlier time. Please let others enjoy the views and stop blocking just to get your Instagram photo ops.
    Written September 30, 2023
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  • Kevin L
    Tiny, Canada244 contributions
    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 site
    Written September 30, 2023
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  • Kim B
    Canterbury, UK32 contributions
    This trip is free!
    Just need to walk from Banff to the river where the falls are signposted
    Stunning falls. The walk there is really beautiful too.
    Written September 29, 2023
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  • travellercjd
    Round Rock, TX100 contributions
    Our family of 4 (2 sons in their 20's) hiked this trail. The gondola ride up was peaceful and scenic, and we had the gondola to ourselves as well. From there, we took the Standish chair lift to the top. After some photos at the top, we hiked the trail around all 3 lakes and enjoyed the beautiful wildflowers along the way. Rather than hiking back up to the top to ride the chairlift back down, we simply hiked down to the top of the gondola ride. This allows you to hike slightly downhill rather than uphill, and is an easy hike. Before taking the gondola back down, we had a burger at Trapper's, which was delicious. Highly recommend this hike and meal afterwards.
    Written August 24, 2023
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  • Ryan O
    2 contributions
    Beautiful scenery but not much wildlife. Long slow drive up the parkway was relaxing but a but boring compared to previous reviews
    Written September 3, 2023
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  • tinaNtravel
    San Jose, CA1,883 contributions
    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
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  • Henry L
    5 contributions
    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.

    Highly recommend!

    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
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  • eVe 🇸🇬🇸🇬🇸🇬
    Singapore, Singapore554 contributions
    From downtown Banff, we walked in the direction to Tunnel Mountain, hit Grizzly Street and turn right. Continue walking for 500m and you will see the trail head near a car park.

    It is an easy hike up the 1,692 meters Tunnel Mountain. I took 70 minutes to the summit and rewarded with a stunning view of Banff and Bow River. We had our lunch at the summit with views that is simply panoramic. I took 40 minutes to get back down to the trailhead.

    Written September 16, 2023
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  • Sharon P
    6 contributions
    The information was very helpful, however everyone should be told when arriving how difficult it is to get into Lake Louise. We could have reserved a shuttle ticket for the following day but we had no idea how small the parking lot is and how fast the shuttle fills up. We did manage to get in at 5:00 pm just to take a few pictures.
    Written September 26, 2023
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  • Vincent C
    253 contributions
    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
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  • Teakwo23
    Palm Harbor, FL4,598 contributions
    Free and beautiful. The flowers are gorgeous to view. Just park and walk right in. Worth a visit in Banff. Quiet and peaceful.
    Written September 17, 2023
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  • Vincent C
    253 contributions
    Very educational and historic location. The views along the boardwalk were nice and the walk was easy. Since it is a natural hot spring area; espect some sulfur smell.

    We did the Sundance Canyon hike afterwards and it was NOT worth the time to get there.
    Written September 11, 2023
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  • L0d0
    London283 contributions
    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
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  • SJH
    Ottawa226 contributions
    If you like architecture its very beautiful. If you have a pass you should go, learned some science stuff. It can compare to the museum of Nature bird floor in Ottawa.
    Written August 27, 2023
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  • leslie D
    Fort Nelson, Canada2 contributions
    The staff was excellent, our rooms were comfortable. I enjoyed the atmosphere, watching elk graze a marmots sing in the morning :)
    Written June 5, 2022
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