Bring out your inner explorer with our Banff and Lake Louise travel guide
Canada is packed with natural beauty, adventures and wonders that will awaken your inner explorer. Home to five major cities, Canada has managed to maintain its vast strips of wilderness including Banff National Park in Alberta. Lake Louise, a turquoise glacial lake, is what makes the park the phenomenon it is. Travellers from across the globe visit to share in one of the most remarkable sights in the Rockies. In this blog, Amy shares her Banff and Lake Louise travel guide which will ensure your holiday to Canada is one to remember.
Seasons – Banff and Lake Louise
Banff National Park, situated in western Canada has a subarctic climate with mild summers and cold, snowy winters.
In the winter, Banff National Park is a picturesque ski resort. The town of Banff and the hamlet of Lake Louise typically receive a moderate level of snow throughout the season. Perfect for snow sports lovers, the peaks and ski hills enjoy large amounts of snowfall.
The summers are typically warm and mostly dry with July being the peak season. Travellers can expect mild and long days of sunshine during the summer months – ideal for outdoor activities. Find out more about the best time of year to visit Canada and Alaska
The lively town of Banff and the charming hamlet of Lake Louise have a vast range of accommodations for all types of guests.
For the ultimate retreat experience, stay at one Banff’s luxurious hotels.
For something more laid-back and cosy, try a family-friendly lodge.
Outdoor enthusiasts will love setting up camp and unwinding at one of the many campsites dotted around Banff.
Sit back and relax by the evening campfire surrounded by the great outdoors, a brilliant bonding experience.
Things to do – Banff and Lake Louise travel guide
The town of Banff offers a variety of activities for everyone to enjoy. Large sidewalks and dedicated bike paths make getting around by foot or bike, easy and convenient.
Rent bikes locally to see the area at your own pace or take a tandem bike for a memorable spin with a partner.
Go on a digital detox. Leave your iPad at home, turn off your phone and allow yourself to let everything go. Shake off the cobwebs and stretch your legs with some hiking, climbing or mountaineering. If you prefer water to land, head for Lake Louise. Try your hand at a variety of exciting water activities such as paddleboarding, whitewater rafting or kayaking. For a real thrill, take a gondola or helicopter ride and take in unforgettable panoramic views of Banff and Lake Louise.
History and Culture
Banff and Lake Louise are rich in both history and culture. Absorb the array of arts and culture in the Canadian Rockies by visiting one of the many galleries and museums, such as the Canada House Gallery.
For an evening of theatre or opera, stop by The Banff Centre, one of Canada’s most highly regarded art and cultural institutions.
If you plan to be in Banff during the summer months then you can look forward to enjoying music in the sunshine at Banff’s outdoor amphitheatre, known as the ‘Shaw Amphitheatre’.
This majestic theatre can seat up to 1,700 people and concert tickets are usually very reasonably priced – sometimes they’re even free!
Want expert advice and local knowledge? Banff’s organised tours are a great way to spend a day discovering the area and making new friends.
Dining and nightlife
If you enjoy your food, and trying new dishes, you are in for a treat in Banff and Lake Louise.
Boasting cuisines from around the world, Banff’s restaurants are also known for producing best Canadian cuisine in the country, including beef and bison from Alberta.
For night owls, Banff has fantastic entertainment for all ages. Whether you are looking for a romantic night for two or a family evening of fun, there is something for all tastes. For a memorable night, join the locals for line dancing, calf roping and mechanical bull riding.
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