Marked by dramatic wilderness, the Banff National Park in Canada is home to a large number of gigantic glaciers, shining lakes, cascading waterfalls and beautiful valleys. There’s so much to do here that a modern tourist feels spoilt for choice.
Here are top five things you can do here:
Take a Ride on the Banff Gondola
For a breathtaking view of Banff and the Bow Valley, buy a ticket to the Banff Gondola, a glass enclosure that leads you to an observation deck. From the deck, you can soak in unparalleled views of the six surrounding mountain ranges, making you feel on top of the world. For an added thrill, make sure you walk the Banff Skywalk leading up to Sanson’s Peak Meteorological Station. Once you are done enjoying the views to your satisfaction, you can have sumptuous refreshments at one of the mountain top restaurants boasting freshly-sourced local produce.
Enjoy a Scenic Drive on Icefields Parkway
The 232 kilometre long drive connecting Lake Louise with Jasper, Alberta, the Icefields Parkway is often reported to be one of the best drives there is in the world. Serving spectacular scenery that extends from glaciers, wildlife, iconic mountains, alpine lakes, cascading waterfalls and sweeping valleys, the drive presents excellent photographing opportunities. To make the most of this experience, you are advised to pack your hiking gear and picnic baskets and stop by the sights that hold your interest the most.
Have High Tea at Lake Agnes Tea House
For a high tea experience that you are sure to put under the table of your fondest memories from Canada, hike to the Lake Agnes Tea House. Try not be diverted by awe-inspiring mountain scenery, punctured at places by glistening lakes and gushing waterfalls. Run by a local family, the tea house is a cosy, little place boasting rustic interiors and breathtaking views of the Lake Agnes and the Bow Valley. Pick your favourite from a selection of fine teas and compliment it with a little snack from a range of sandwiches, soups and cakes.
Challenge Yourself to a Skiing Adventure
The triumvirate of Banff Sunshine, Lake Louise and Mt. Norquay makes Banff National Park one of the greatest skiing spots in the world. Together, these three mountains offer over 3500 acres of fluffiest and driest snow and provide unlimited diversity to skiers and snowboarders, ranging from super wide groomers to deep chutes and gladed runs. The beginners can utilise miles of green and blue runs for the thrill of their life. Needless to say, the picturesque environs make the whole experience even more enjoyable. It is possible to reserve accommodation to be able to make the most of your time here.
Explore the Banff Town
If all these breathtaking experiences get you thinking how it would feel to live inside the park, make your way to the stunning Town of Banff, located high in the Canadian Rockies and the highest town in the whole of Canada. With snow-capped Mount Rundle, Sulphur Mountain, Mount Norquay, and Cascade Mountain visible in the distance, the staggering beauty that surrounds the town will make you very jealous of the residents but their warmth and hospitality will win your over. Sample local cuisine made of freshly-sourced ingredients at one of the restaurants and stop for a drink at a vibrant pub. If you fancy it, there are a number of art galleries and museums in the town for exploration.