Activities and experiences

Banff National Park

Trails, lakes and mountainscapes! Whether you are seeking outdoor adventure, cultural experiences, or relaxation, Banff National Park offers something for everyone. Be sure to plan ahead and check conditions before you go.

visitors paddling on two jack lake

Water activities

Users must obtain an AIS Prevention Permit for all watercraft and water-related gear before entering a waterbody in Banff National Park.

How to get here

The best Banff National Park experience happens when you step out of your vehicle and explore the park!

visitors walking on a hiking trail

Hiking

Watch the sunset on a riverside stroll or feel the breath of glaciers in the alpine. Take your pick of over 1,600 kilometres of maintained trails.

Experience the Bow Valley Parkway

The Bow Valley Parkway is a scenic winding route between Banff and Lake Louise, and a quieter alternative to the Trans-Canada Highway. This 48-kilometer paved road has roadside pull-offs, picnic areas and scenic views.

Lake Louise and Moraine Lake

Lake Louise and Moraine Lake are among the most visited destinations in Canada. It's not hard to see why!

couple holding hands sitting outside of otentik

Camping

Explore the wonder that is camping in Banff National Park! Find all you need to know here.

Activities

Calendar of events

Take part in a wide range of events, special activities and memorable experiences in this unique place in Canada.

Red chairs

Parks Canada has placed over 200 red Adirondack chairs throughout the country, including the 11 sets found here at Banff National Park.

Explore the Bow Valley Parkway

The Bow Valley Parkway is a scenic winding route between Banff and Lake Louise. Enjoy 48-kilometer paved road, picnic areas and scenic views.

Cave and Basin National Historic Site

Visitors can enjoy interactive exhibits, short films, seasonal activities, and stunning views of the Rocky Mountains.

Banff Park Museum National Historic Site

Explore the oldest natural history museum in western Canada. Get face-to-face with Rocky Mountain wildlife! 

Rocky Mountain House National Historic Site

Discover a historic trading post along the North Saskatchewan River and immerse yourself in stories of Indigenous Peoples and legendary explorers.

Learning experiences

Experiences in the park

Friendly and knowledgeable interpreters are here to share the stories of Parks Canada's protected places.

Virtual experiences

From videos to songs to live virtual programs, explore Banff’s online experiences and learn more about this special place.

Community experiences

The Banff Outreach and Education team is out and about in the communities near the park! Provide stories and education on Banff.

Guided conservation hikes

From lakeside views to mountain vistas, Parks Canada guided conservation hikes show how species and their habitats are connected.

A Beary, Berry Good Day

Join Ursa on her big adventure as she encounters other animals and humans. Find out if she can rely on her instincts to remain a wild and healthy bear.

Volunteer program

The Volunteer Program offers a range of opportunities to participate in learning and hands-on park stewardship activities.

 

The Parks Canada App

Your pocket guide to the essentials, easy to use navigation, and exclusive access to self-guided tours on your mobile device.

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