Nature Attractions in Banff

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  • Airport
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  • Banff National Park
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  • To enjoy the mountains, you have to learn to respect the mountains. They can be a dangerous place. There's something about Banff National Park that resonates with people. I think it's the combination of awe-inspiring beauty, danger, and accessibility. Not everybody can venture off into the Himalayas or the Andes, but the appeal of the mountains can be experienced by anybody in Banff. Many people get caught up in the adventure and never want to leave. But, getting into the outdoors in Banff is an experience that even the most safety-conscious traveler won't soon forget. Canadian Rockies Rafting & Adventure Centre, based in Canmore, has become one of the areas premiere tour-service providers. If you want to ski, hike, raft, or explore a cave, they can help you do it. For those really wanting an authentic experience, a back-country horseback ride is a must. Other providers of horseback riding are Warner Guiding & Outfitting and Brewster Adventures. Skiing in Banff is one of its main draws. Sunshine Village and Lake Louise are both world-class ski resorts. They both have relatively long seasons, although Sunshine is the longest (November to May!). They have good snow, lots of terrain, and a lot of lifts, making for lots of time skiing and not as much time waiting. . Hiking in Banff is somewhat limited due to the protective mandate of the National Parks system, but getting out around Moraine Lake and Lake Louise will let you see the very best scenery in Canada. Trails around Lake Minnewanka and Sundance Canyon are more accessible for those stuck in or around the town of Banff.

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    Canadian Rockies Rafting and Adventure Centre

    701 Bow Valley Trail

    The leader in Canadian Rockies adventures... read more

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    Moraine Lake

    P.O. Box 70

    Perfect for hiking, photography, and being awe-struck... read more

    Lake Louise Ski Resort

    Box 5, 1 Whitehorn Road, Lake Louise

    Brewster Adventures

    PO Box 370

    Trail rides, sleigh rides, and back-country-by-horseback... read more

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    Lake Louise

    Famous lake with dog sled rides, hikes, and cross-country trails... read more

    Healy Creek

    Sunshine Road

    One of the few Mountain Biking trails in the National Park... read more

    Lake Minnewanka and Two Jack Lake

    Recreation area for hiking, biking, fishing, and scuba... read more

    Bow Falls

    Bow Falls Drive

    An easy hike and a great spot for photographs...
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    Sundance Canyon

    Hike, bike, cross-country ski, snowshoe near Cave and Basin... read more

    Bow Lake

    A small lake that's great for hiking and fishing...
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