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Bigger than your brain can comprehend, the jaw-dropping mountains in Banff and Lake Louise are incredibly rugged with their jagged and twisted shapes towering into the sky. Glaciers plunge to the valley floor while the lakes and rivers at their base lie frozen and still. The views, vistas and terrain that surround you is so astounding it feels surreal.

Banff and Lake Louise is a spirited place, alive with adventure and wonder. In all directions you’re surrounded by strikingly beautiful mountains that seem to burst straight out of the ground. The lively streets of downtown are lined with top class restaurants, bars, and shops, as well as a vibrant range of art galleries and museums. The locals are warm, open and genuinely connected to the inspiring environment in which they live.

Banff and Lake Louise

Adventure Highlights

Experience famous Rocky Mountain powder and awe-inspiring scenery at three world-class ski resorts
Photo © Reuben Krabbe
Explore frozen waterfalls and climb to the top on a guided ice climbing adventure
Photo © Banff & Lake Louise Tourism / Noel Hendrickson
Mush your very own dogsled through the Rockies
Noel Hendrickson
Catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights over Banff National Park
Photo © Paul Zizka Photography
Explore a vast network of cross-country ski trails
Photo © Banff & Lake Louise Tourism / Noel Hendrickson

Interesting Facts

  • Established in 1885, Banff National Park was the first national park in Canada and is the third oldest national park in the world.
  • Banff National Park is open all year round. While the park gets millions of visitors each year, most of them visit in the summer for the hiking season. The park quiets down in winter making it the perfect time to visit
  • Banff National Park is home to three world-class ski resort – Banff Sunshine, Lake Louise Ski Resort, and Mt. Norquay – encompassing nearly 8,000 acres of skiable terrain.
  • If you’re not a skier, there’s plenty of winter activities to enjoy such as dogsledding, guided ice walks, snowshoeing, ice skating, ice climbing, sleigh rides.
  • Looking for the ultimate après ski scene? With 130+ restaurants and bars, you’ll find lots of ways to après in Banff and Lake Louise.
  • Banff National Park has a typically dry climate so in winter there’s lots of light, dry powder for skiing, snowboarding, and other winter adventures.
  • Banff National Park is home to 53 species of mammals including grizzly bears, cougars, moose, bighorn sheep, elk, and bison.
  • Banff and Lake Louise are a stargazer’s paradise where stars and the Milky Way will greet you on a clear night. In the wintertime, you might even catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights.

Plan A Trip

The adventure travel operators listed below are members of the Adventure Travel Trade Association and are committed to values that drive a necessary movement to change travel so that it benefits the businesses, the people and the environment of the places we travel. Connect with any of them to start planning your trip.

World Expeditions
Run Wild Retreats + Wellness
TDA Global Cycling
Great Canadian Trails
Fresh Adventures
Great Expeditions Travel