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Parker Ridge Trail
#1 of 28 Nature & Parks in Banff
My family spent about a week between Banff and Glacier National Park, and this hike provided us the best (by far) view of a glacier.
Great trail to hike on in Banff National Park, Alberta.
Sunshine Meadows
#2 of 28 Nature & Parks in Banff
For off-season weekdays the car park is well-dimensioned and your chance of getting on the bus that takes you up to the trailhead on the private gravel road is much higher than at Lake O'Hara.
I wonder if they had hiked the Green Meadows trail in Gros Morne Ntl Park, before they made that ranking.
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Tunnel Mountain Trail
#3 of 28 Nature & Parks in Banff
Great hike, short walk from town to trailhead, very sparse traffic therefore a wonderful break from the congested trails and attractions in Banff National Park.
The trail itself is relatively easy and can be completed in about 90 minutes without feeling like you are rushing it, to make life easier Parks Canada have even put some Adirondack chairs near the summit.
Bow Valley Parkway
#4 of 28 Nature & Parks in Banff
The views were breathtaking of the mountains, different colours of water at every turn, waterfalls, glaciers, snow covered peaks, and many viewing points to stop at...all just for entry into the park.
It has stunning views and you feel right in the midst of nature as you cruise down this lovely parkway, I guess it was the wrong time for wildlife sightings but the beautiful snowlined road was stunning.
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Lake Minnewanka
#5 of 28 Nature & Parks in Banff
“A lake with beautiful mountains around” is typical in these parks but every one of them is unique depending on water colors, water flow, space between your viewing point to mountains etc. Minnewanka Lake is beaut...
... amazing trip to see blue water rockies and its really a huge lake There was a side road 5 mins or less from the dock you can park and have a dip at a smaller lake and best of you have a canoe or paddle board!
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Bow Falls
#6 of 28 Nature & Parks in Banff
Great visit worth a visit ..walking and views amazing... Take your camera there's a easy going trails as well as a park.
Lot's of people doing what we were, enjoying the views of the surrounding mountains, along with the beautiful scenery that matches perfectly with the Bow Falls, nature at it's best.
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Tunnel Mountain Drive
#7 of 28 Nature & Parks in Banff
Bask in the magnificence of nature.
Banff National park is one of the most scenic parks in Canada.
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Hoodoos Trail
#8 of 28 Nature & Parks in Banff
Of course your can enjoy the the beautiful nature nearby including the woods around the winding Bow River that is close to the several Hoodoos rocks.
This area in Banff National Park provides spectacular scenery and hiking trails.
Vermilion Lakes
#9 of 28 Nature & Parks in Banff
If you are driving eastwards from Lake Louise, a convenient car park just before one of the Banff exits gives you a great panorama with of course the silhouette of Imposing Mount Rundle in the background.
All the lakes are next to each other and right inside the park and easy to get to.. Enjoy the fresh air and ride or walk.
Cascade Gardens
#10 of 28 Nature & Parks in Banff
The Cascade Gardens in Banff were a small, beautifully landscaped and peaceful garden area located on the south side of Banff Avenue behind the historic stone Parks Canada building.
This place is a must see for anyone who loves gardens, nature and flowers.
Banff Legacy Trail
#11 of 28 Nature & Parks in Banff
Great way to see the park
It now starts, not at the Park gates, but at the visitor information centre in Canmore - adding about 5kms to the length.
Sulphur Mountain Banff National Park, Canada 3.3 km away
#13 of 79 Nature & Parks in Banff National Park
The amazing mountain ranges in Banff National Park included Sulphur Mountain, snow capped rising above the greenery of the forest.
The gondola ride and interpretive centre at Sulphur Mountain in Banff National Park is a must do for all ages!
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Ink Pots Hiking Trail Banff National Park, Canada 0.3 km away
#30 of 79 Nature & Parks in Banff National Park
First Hike in Banff National Park
Fenland Trail
#12 of 28 Nature & Parks in Banff
There are park benches all along the way to rest and relax by either the Bow River, or, one of the several forks of Forty Mile Creek and so that ads a very nice touch as well.
We took a short walk on the Fenland Trail to gain some fresh air and commune with nature.
Two Jack Lake
#13 of 28 Nature & Parks in Banff
Two Jack Lake is a perfect spot to enjoy the nature and the beautiful emerald colour of the water.
In the summer, Two Jack Lake is one of several lovely lakes in Banff National Park.
Central Park
#14 of 28 Nature & Parks in Banff
For us, it seems like what is here is truly made for kids to climb on, even the Buffalo sculpture in the middle of the park, and so we say kudos to the planners in Banff town!
This park is a lovely area to take a stroll and stretch the legs, before heading into town, sightseeing.
Cascade Waterfall
#15 of 28 Nature & Parks in Banff
Near Lake Minnewanka Cascade Waterfall Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta Canada is anglacially fed waterfall heading towards Lake Minnewanka.
However, it is always a lovely place to stop and unwind in nature.
Canadian Mountain Holidays
#16 of 28 Nature & Parks in Banff
We had a great time at Revelstoke! Mother Nature was great to us delivering 3 plus feet of fresh powder the day before we arrived and a foot the first night followed by two blue sky days.
Johnson Lake
#17 of 28 Nature & Parks in Banff
Loved the proximity to Banff and an easy hike to start our week in Banff and Yoho National Park.
This is a must-see, must-do spot for a convenient rendezvous with nature.
Helen Lake Trail
#18 of 28 Nature & Parks in Banff
You do need to get the park pass to enjoy this area available for varying lengths of time.
C Level Cirque Trail
#19 of 28 Nature & Parks in Banff
Didn't see this one in our guide books but found it in Parks Guide.... turned out to be one of our lovelist hikes in Banff area.
Cascade Ponds
#20 of 28 Nature & Parks in Banff
Lake Minnewanka or spirit of the lakes is very close to Cascade Ponds so spirit of the ponds in Alberta's Banff National Park.
we went to banff from edmonton on a long weekend and decided to stop here for a lunch picnic as the site say this park has the most numbers of picnic tables.
Cory and Edith Passes
#21 of 28 Nature & Parks in Banff
great excercise for those who want to get back to nature.
Marsh Loop Trail
#22 of 28 Nature & Parks in Banff
Hidden behind the hotels and historic homes is a fantastic nature walk along the Bow River.
Spray River Trail Loop
#23 of 28 Nature & Parks in Banff
If you have an RV or camper save yourself some headache and park at the train station.
Mirror Lake
#24 of 28 Nature & Parks in Banff
I don’t think it gets enough attention or appreciation, but it had some of our favorite colors in the park!
Twin Lakes
#25 of 28 Nature & Parks in Banff
Bourgeau Lake
#26 of 28 Nature & Parks in Banff
Bow River Trail
#27 of 28 Nature & Parks in Banff
Minnewanka Loop / Lake Johnson Banff National Park, Canada 6.2 km away
#31 of 79 Nature & Parks in Banff National Park
5) You can find yourself in the womb of nature within minutes - the loop is a stone's throw away from Banff village.
Minnewanka Loop\Lake Jackson also known lake of the spirits, Alberta's Banff National Park requires purchase of a day pass then parking is included.