Vermillion Lakes Rd, Banff National Park, Improvement District No. 9, AB T0L, Canada
Along the Bow River valley, just west of the town of Banff, right in between the Trans-Canada Highway and the Canadian Pacific Railway tracks, there are three lakes, collectively known as the Vermilion Lakes. While these aren't the most beautiful lakes in the park (remember this is a National Park with Lake Louise and Morain Lake), they do have their own charm and beauty. This is a great area for bird-watching. There are over 260 species of birds native to the National Park, and the Bow River valley during summer is the best place to go birding. Vermilion Lakes is a great spot to explore, because it is easy to access from the town of Banff or from the Trans-Canada Highway. Typically, while driving past, there will be dozens of cars pulled over to look at the lake-filled valley. There's very few other places in Canada that compare with it. The native populations in Banff National Park have inhabited the area around the Vermilion Lakes for over 10,000 years. Remains of obsidian tools and campsites have been excavated along the shores of the lakes. An interpretive tour can be very enlightening.