Attractions in Banff & Lake Louise
For such a small and quaint area, Banff and Lake Louise offer too many attractions to properly list. Natural attractions includes the beauty of our mountains such as Cascade and Rundle in Banff; Castle Mountain and Valley of Ten Peaks near Lake Louise; and of course Victoria Glacier at Lake Louise itself. Lakes which are close by include Lake Minnewanka, just outside Banff, Moraine Lake outside of Lake Louise and the pearl of them all, the turquoise colours of Lake Louise.
There are also numerous must sees including the barochial Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel (locally called the Castle) and first-class museums including the Whyte Museum, Banff Parks Museum and the Buffalo Nations Museum where you can journey into the extraordinary heritage of the Indians of the Northern Plains and the Canadian Rockies.
For over 100 years, visitors to Banff have come to relax at the Banff Upper Hot Springs and enjoy the spectacular views of Mount Rundle and Cascade Mountain. The 1932 heritage bathhouse features all the modern amenities that visitors expect.
Perfect for friends and family, take the 8-minute open-air Sightseeing Ride up the North American Chairlift at Mt. Norquay Ski Area to an elevation of 7,000ft. Riding above Lodgepole Pine forest, and the ski slopes that are favoured for grazing by Grizzly and Black Bears, the Chairlift is one of your best chances to see these and other animals in the Banff area. Visitor’s can then take in the best views of Banff, experience Via Ferrata climbing and scenic dining at the Cliffhouse Bistro.
Approximately 125km north of Lake Louise brings you to the Glacier Adventure, which reveals the most unique attraction in the Canadian Rockies. Massive Ice Explorers, specially designed for glacial travel, take passengers on a remarkable excursion onto the surface of the Athabasca Glacier.
Feed your adrenaline and step into a breathtaking world where glaciers rest above and birds soar below. Experience waterfalls, wildlife, fossils and more at the Glacier Skywalk. This on an exciting cliff-edge walkway that leads to a platform where glass is all that separates you from a 918 foot drop.