Best Nature and Parks (RV, National, Dog, etc) in Banff

We've collected top 10 mentioned nature and parks in Banff from other articles such as Lonely Planet, Banff 5 days itinerary, Made In The Moment.

Best Nature and Parks (RV, National, Dog, etc) in Banff

Lake Minnewanka
Lake Minnewanka
4.7 (448 ratings)4.5 (3291 ratings)
Glacial lake offering picnic tables, hiking & mountain biking, plus seasonal boating & scuba diving.
Improvement District No. 9, AB, Canada
LakeNature & ParksBodies of Water
Mentioned by Touropia
10 Top Attractions in Banff National Park
"The scenic blue Lake Minnewanka has much to offer the outdoors recreationalist: hiking, mountain biking, rock climbing and booing. Winter activities include cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. It is a nature photographer’s dream, with gorgeous scenery and an abundance of wildlife, including deer, bears, mountain sheep and elk."
Mentioned by TripHobo
Things to do with Family & kids in Banff
"A glacial lake, the Lake Minnewanka is famous for its scenic drive that is a 15 mile loop. Going clockwise, you can begin by exploring the abandoned coal mines and the mining community and head up to the Lake, the largest lake in the park. The natural beauty you’ll see here is par excellence."
Mentioned by Fairmont Banff Springs
Top Photo Spots in Banff National Park
"I recommend you walk eastward along the shore of Banff’s biggest lake. That’s where the lake usually thaws first and offers up a reflection of the surrounding peaks. Paul’s Photography Tip: Look for natural frames to add depth to your compositions (try shooting through trees, for example)."
Sulphur Mountain
Sulphur Mountain
4.8 (216 ratings)4.5 (641 ratings)
Peak in Banff National Park accessible via hike or gondola, with observation decks & an eatery.
Improvement District No. 9, AB, Canada
Mountain peakNature & ParksMountains
Mentioned by Banff 3 days itinerary
3 Days in Banff: The Best 3 Day Banff Summer Itinerary
"For those who do not wish to hike, you can take the famous Banff Gondola up Sulphur Mountain for a panoramic view of Banff as well as the surrounding mountain peaks. The Banff Sighting seeing Gondola is an 8 minute ride that takes you 2281m (~7500ft) above ground to the summit of Sulphur Mountain in a 4 people cabin. There are restaurants, cafes, an interpretive center and short hiking trails at the Sulphur Mountain Board Walk. The price for adults is CAD 58 per ticket, and for children aged 6-15 is CAD 29."
Mentioned by Destinationless Travel
15 MOST Instagrammable Places to Visit in Banff National Park, Canada
"Next on our list is one of the most famous things to do in Banff and that’s taking the Banff Gondola up Sulphur Mountain. From the top, the views are absolutely stunning!. To me, the Banff Gondola is the most spectacular gondola ride in Canada."
Vermilion Lakes
Vermilion Lakes
4.5 (111 ratings)4.5 (832 ratings)
Trio of lakes offering hiking & biking trails, native wildlife & rental boats/paddle boards.
Improvement District No. 9, AB, Canada
LakeNature & ParksBodies of Water
Mentioned by Authentik Canada
Top 10 attractions in Banff National Park
"Sitting at the foot of Mount Rundle and a 5-minute drive from the township of Banff, Vermilion Lakes are a series of 3 shallow lakes. To reach them, take Vermilion Lakes Road, a scenic 4.3-kilometre route. When the water is calm, the lakes provide a perfect reflection of the surrounding mountains."
Bow Falls
Bow Falls
4.6 (195 ratings)4.5 (3632 ratings)
Set in a big river valley eroded by past glaciers, this wide & short waterfall is a local landmark.
Banff, AB, Canada
WaterfallNature & Parks
Mentioned by Spiritual Travels
Banff with Kids: 20+ Fun Things to Do in Canada’s Top National Park
"The trail follows the south shore of the Bow River from Banff Pedestrian Bridge to Bow Falls, the famous waterfall below Banff Springs Hotel. The trail has some up and down but nothing that little ones can’t handle. You can budget about an hour return for walking Bow Falls trail with kids."
Mentioned by The Passport Kids
Discover Banff in One Day with Kids
"The Bow Falls trail is just a few minutes away from the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel. It is a section of the Bow River that is easily accessible by car for you to quickly be able to watch this magnificent river flows through the Rockies. So quick, so clear and so cold!"
Two Jack Lake
Two Jack Lake
4.7 (249 ratings)4.5 (42 ratings)
Picturesque lake in Banff National Park offering mountain views & several campgrounds.
Improvement District No. 9, AB, Canada
LakeNature & ParksBodies of Water
Mentioned by The Banff Blog
Best Banff Photography Spots and How to Get To Them
"While Two Jack Lake is not a glacial-fed lake and is not nearly as blue as the lakes mentioned above, it’s still a must-visit in Banff. Two Jack is only a short drive away from town, and besides being a fantastic lake to canoe on, sup on, or even swim in, it’s also one of the most photographed spots in the park. Thanks to its neverending views of Mount Rundle, photographers flock from all over to get a shot of Two Jack Lake."
Mentioned by Made In The Moment
Date Night in Banff: Restaurants, Spas & Scenic Spots
"There are too many spots in Banff to take in views and enjoy a picnic lunch but our favourite is Two Jack Lake. You’ve got water, a perfect view of the mountains, and of course, some friendly wildlife. Depending on the season, you can also hike, fish, dive, and camp on one of the secluded camp sites."
Mentioned by Spiritual Travels
Banff with Kids: 20+ Fun Things to Do in Canada’s Top National Park
"After the turnoff to Johnson Lake, the loop road reaches Two Jack Lake. There’s an excellent campground here (book early!), with one section on the lake shore and other on the other side of the road. Two Jack Lake is incredibly beautiful and is a great spot for all kinds of water activities."
Canmore Cave Tours
Canmore Cave Tours
4.9 (249 ratings)5 (801 ratings)
129 Bow Meadows Crescent Unit 202, Canmore, AB T1W 2W8, Canada
Tour agencyNature & ParksCaverns & Caves
Ha Ling Peak
Ha Ling Peak
4.8 (160 ratings)4.5 (291 ratings)
Popular among hikers, scramblers & climbers, this peak offers a trail to the top with scenic views.
Kananaskis, AB, Canada
Mountain peakNature & ParksMountains
Mentioned by Canada 21 days itinerary
A Perfect 21-Day Itinerary For First Time Visitors To Canada
"Two spots to check out in this region are Grassi Lakes and braving the summit of Ha Ling Peak. You can also visit the Yamnuska Wolfdog Sanctuary and get up close in person with these amazing creatures."
Johnston Canyon, Lower Falls
Johnston Canyon, Lower Falls
4.7 (2848 ratings)4.5 (2220 ratings)
Famous trail taking hikers past numerous waterfalls & plunge pools in a rocky canyon.
Canada, Improvement District No. 9, AB T1L 1K2, Canada
Scenic spotNature & ParksCanyons
Mentioned by Banff 4 days itinerary
Things to do in Banff National Park: 4-Day Itinerary
"We were so excited to finally get a break from the light rain and headed to Johnston Canyon in the afternoon. It was easy to understand why Johnston Canyon was a very popular day hike. We saw plenty of families here including grandparents and babies. There were even a few who took their strollers/prams on the trails."
Mentioned by Canada 21 days itinerary
A Perfect 21-Day Itinerary For First Time Visitors To Canada
"Lake Minnewanka and Johnston Canyon are two fan favourites. Take a tour through the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel and take in the amazing architecture, followed by a stroll down the Bow River that flows directly through town. You also can’t leave without taking the gondola up Sulphur Mountain!"
Quarry Lake Park
Quarry Lake Park
4.6 (692 ratings)4.5 (162 ratings)
Relaxed lake with a small, rocky beach, a grassy area & a dog park with panoramic mountain views.
Spray Lakes Rd, Canmore, AB T1W 3C2, Canada
ParkNature & ParksBodies of Water
Central Park
Central Park
4.7 (536 ratings)4 (81 ratings)
110 Bear St, Banff, AB T1L 1A1, Canada
ParkNature & Parks
Mentioned by calgaryplaygroundreview.com
Banff Playgrounds - Banff with Kids - Alberta Travel
"I love natural playgrounds, and this one does a great job of blending into the stunning scenery. The playground features slides, a climbing wall, and several fallen trees and tree stumps for climbing. On the other side of the park, there’s a faux-mountain that kids can climb or run underneath (there’s a small opening in the middle)."
Mentioned by Lonely Planet
Top things to do in Banff Town, Canada
"Banff gets hip with a microdistillery to complement its microbrewery, plying spirits (gin, vodka and whiskey) and beer made from Alberta's foothills' grain. It all goes down perfectly with a mesquite beef hoagie,..."

Best Nightlife in Banff

Eddie Burger Bar
Eddie Burger Bar
4.5 (1786 ratings)
Creative burgers are served at this casual nook, which also offers poutine, craft beers & shakes.
137 Banff Ave #6, Banff, AB T1L 1B7, Canada
RestaurantAmerican restaurantCocktail barDinerFast food restaurantHamburger restaurantLoungePubSports bar
Mentioned by Things To Do
Banff Food Guide: 10 Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in Banff
"#6 137 Banff Av, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta T1L 1B7, CanadaTakeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free WifiAmerican, Bar, Canadian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free OptionsLunch, Dinner, Late Night+1 403-762-2230"
Wild Life Distillery
Wild Life Distillery
5 (71 ratings)5 (24 ratings)
105 Bow Meadows Crescent #160, Canmore, AB T1W 2W8, Canada
DistilleryFood & DrinkCocktail barLiquor wholesaler
Brunos Bar & Grill
Brunos Bar & Grill
4.3 (377 ratings)
Down-to-earth hangout featuring cocktails, brews & classic fare, plus trivia, karaoke & live music.
304 Caribou St, Banff, AB T1L 1A1, Canada
Bar & grillBarRestaurant
Mentioned by TripSavvy
The Best Restaurants in Banff
"Maybe because everyone is fueling up for a big day in the mountains, morning meal spots abound and many do it really right. Brunos Bar and Grill is one such place that serves a killer breakfast and mounds of it at a reasonable price. Veggie options are available yet the menu is definitely pig heavy."

Best Arts and Culture Places in Banff

Brandon T. Brown Wilderness Gallery
Brandon T. Brown Wilderness Gallery
5 (3 ratings)
211 Bear St #108, Banff, AB T1W 3L3, Canada
Art gallery
Mentioned by Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
Shopping
Carter-Ryan Gallery
Carter-Ryan Gallery
4.8 (30 ratings)5 (27 ratings)
Sleek gallery featuring paintings & wood carvings by the contemporary Canadian artist, Jason Carter.
705 8 St, Canmore, AB T1W 2B2, Canada
Art galleryConcerts & ShowsTheatersCabarets
Mentioned by Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
Shopping
Willock & Sax Gallery
Willock & Sax Gallery
3 (3 ratings)
210 Bear Street Main Floor, Banff, AB T1L 1C2, Canada
Art galleryAppraiserArt dealer

Best Fine Dining in Banff

Chuck's Steakhouse
Chuck's Steakhouse
4.6 (859 ratings)
Classy bar/eatery with a casual vibe offering locally sourced, refined steak entrees & global wines.
101 Banff Ave, Banff, AB T1L 1B3, Canada
RestaurantCanadian restaurantCocktail barFine dining restaurantMeat dish restaurantSteak houseVegetarian restaurantWine bar
The Maple Leaf
The Maple Leaf
4.2 (797 ratings)
New Canadian eats, such as game stroganoff & seafood, are presented in a rustic-modern setting.
137 Banff Ave, Banff, AB T1L 1C8, Canada
RestaurantBarBreakfast restaurantCanadian restaurantFine dining restaurantSeafood restaurantSteak house
Mentioned by Must Do Canada
15 of the Best Banff Restaurants for 2021
"This is one of the fancier restaurants in town and it does not disappoint. It’s been years since we’ve made it back here but I still remember the maple-glazed salmon and the super creamy mashed potatoes. If you’re looking for an upscale restaurant in the heart of Banff, this is one of the top options."
Mentioned by Forever Lost In Travel
15 Banff Restaurants For Your Canadian Rockies Trip
"The Maple Leaf is one of Banff’s high end restaurants, and is incredibly popular due to it serving fully Canadian cuisine. Primarily working with steak and seafood, the food is beautiful, as is the restaurant itself. Canadian oysters, Alberta beef and wild salmon, every dish just screams eh!"
Mentioned by Lonely Planet
Best restaurants in Banff Town, Canada
"With plenty of local and foreign plaudits, the classy Maple Leaf eschews all other pretensions in favor of one defining word: 'Canadian.' The menu is anchored by Albertan beef, along with BC salmon, East Coast... Ice Cream in Banff Town"
The Bison Restaurant
The Bison Restaurant
4.6 (687 ratings)
Seasonal Canadian cuisine prepped in an open kitchen, plus a terrace with mountain views.
211 Bear St # 213, Banff, AB T1L 1E4, Canada
RestaurantBrunch restaurantCanadian restaurantCocktail barFine dining restaurantGluten-free restaurantSeafood restaurantSteak house
Mentioned by The Banff Blog
The Best Restaurants in Banff That You’ll Love
"Our favorite restaurant in Banff with a great atmosphere and high-quality farm-to-table food. They have a seasonal menu and won several national awards in Canada for exceptional service. It’s well known as the best spot in Banff for brunch on Sundays."
Mentioned by AFAR Media
14 Best Things to do in Banff National Park
"Best known by locals for its stunning views of the Canadian Rockies (nab a seat by the giant windows to make other diners jealous!), the Bison’s best-kept secret is its addictive dinner and Sunday brunch menus. Chefs Liz and Kirk are..."
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