After seeing many beautiful photos of Banff National Park through different social media outlets, it quickly became a place at the top of our family’s travel list.
We were lucky to have the opportunity to travel there in the fall of 2017.
While we were excited to see the majestic rocky mountain landscape and picturesque glacier lakes, the reality of seeing its beauty firsthand was beyond our expectations.
Although Banff National Park has become a highly popular tourist destination in the last few years, we found that once we ventured further out from the crowds we were able to enjoy many simple and quiet moments.
These are our 6 favorite things to do in Banff National Park…
1) Enjoy the Striking Landscape: The drive alone through the park makes it’s easy so easy to enjoy while you take in jaw-dropping views all around. I couldn’t help but think that Mother Nature surely put a lot of time an effort into this particular part of the world. Simply divine!
2) Moraine Lake: A top must do is visit this memorable lake. Our favorite part was climbing up the giant boulders located next to it. It offers spectacular views of the lake and its iconic gorgeous blue water. This is also a perfect photo-opt spot to capture one of those Instagram worthy photos we have all seen a drooled over. An added bonus was to see our kiddos having fun climbing on the giant boulders, thus proving this stop to be a win-win for the whole family.
3) Peyto Lake: Although this might seem like yet another glacier lake out of many in the park, it’s worth a stop for more impressive views. Its really fun to catch a glimpse of the cool wolf head formation at the far end of the lake. Pretty neat stuff.
4) Johnston Canyon: Although the park has plenty of lovely hikes, we found most of them were not very kid-friendly. The Johston Canyon trail was the perfect adventure for the whole family! We all enjoyed walking through a winding gorge in search of waterfalls along the way.
5) Lake Louise: Astonishing and mesmerizing lake not to be missed! My personal favorite moment of the trip was canoeing in the morning light through the blue crystal waters of this lake. The quiteness, serenity and absolutely gorgeous surroundings made everything about this experience so magical!
Read more about our experience enjoying the beauty of Lake Louise here.
6) Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise: We were lucky to stay at this wonderful hotel right next to Lake Louise. It felt like a medieval castle more than anything! However, even if you are not able to spend the night here (not the most affordable option) you can still visit and enjoy majestic views from the upscale restaurants inside.
It is our hope that this guide will help inspire you to visit this beautiful part of the world (with kiddos or no kiddos in tow).
We believe the best part about spending time in the great outdoors is being able to let go of hectic schedules and everyday life distractions.
That is exactly what we did.
We came to Banff feeling a bit overworked and tense, we left feeling rejuvenated and reconnected as a family.
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