Why you should visit
Banff National Park

Banff National Park is stunning and worthy of Instagram

Nestled in the heart of the Canadian Rockies, Banff National Park is a scenic wonderland that is Mother Nature at her finest. 

I'm a passionate traveller, and I'm so lucky to have this destination within driving distance of my home. 

The charming town of Banff is the perfect base for exploring the park, boasting an eclectic mix of history, culture and outdoor adventures. My last getaway here was a relaxing three-day trip, one in which I decided I'd do things I hadn't done on previous visits.

Banff National Park is stunning and worthy of Instagram

One of my favourite "firsts" was visiting the Banff Upper Hot Springs, where I soaked in the rejuvenating mineral waters (don't worry, it's warm!) while taking in the postcard-pretty mountain views. I swear, I could literally feel my stresses slipping away. The best part is, an adult entry only costs $16.50, and that includes a locker token.

To switch things up, I next visited the Banff Park Museum, the oldest natural history museum in Western Canada. I think this sight is highly underrated and I'm happy to have made my first visit here. There was so much here that was new to me, and the specimens — from taxidermied animals to geological treasures — offered an intriguing insight into the region's natural history.

Of course, no visit to Banff would be complete without taking in the magnificent scenery that surrounds the town. Nestled in the heart of Banff National Park, Banff is surrounded by some of the most awe-inspiring landscapes in the world. A scenic drive along the Icefields Parkway from Lake Louise to Jasper is a must, offering stunning views of glaciers, lakes and mountains. This drive is three hours long if you go straight through, but prepare to stop often for the sights and allow the better part of a day for travel if you can.

One of the most unforgettable experiences of my trip was a hike to the jaw-dropping Lake Louise, a glacial lake that is renowned for its mesmerizing turquoise waters and panoramic views. The hike was challenging, but the rewards were beyond measure. There is no other way to describe my reaction: I was spellbound by its stunning beauty and spent several hours soaking in the scenery.

Lastly, don't miss out on Banff's culinary delights. From local cuisine to international flavours, Banff has a vibrant food scene that must be savoured. My favourites were the pastries and coffee at the Wild Flour Bakery in the mornings, and the juicy bison ribeye I had for one of my suppers, at The Bison Restaurant.

Whether you seek relaxation, or an awe-inspiring hike to a glacial lakes, or mouth-watering culinary experiences, Banff has something for everyone. It's no wonder this is a bucket-list destination for so many travellers.

More: Best Instagram photo spots in Banff

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Banff National Park is stunning and worthy of Instagram


Thinking of a trip to Banff? Here are five things to know.

PLAN WELL (+ MORAINE LAKE) Banff is a vast national park that is larger than the state of Delaware. Consider what areas you want to explore and plan accordingly. It's important to research and map out your trip to ensure you make the most of your time. Don't forget that as of 2023, the Instagram-famous Moraine Lake is accessible by shuttle, transit or commercial buses only; visitors are no longer permitted to drive personal vehicles here.

WEATHER Banff is located in the Canadian Rockies, and the weather can change quickly. It's important to pack for all types of weather, including warm layers for chilly mornings and evenings, and rain gear for sudden downpours. It's also important to check the weather forecast and road conditions before setting out on any outdoor adventures.

ACCOMMODATIONS Banff is a popular tourist destination, and as such, accommodation prices can be high. It's important to book your accommodations well in advance and consider alternatives such as staying outside of the town of Banff in nearby communities like Canmore. This can often be more cost-effective and offers similar stunning views of the Rockies. You might also consider travelling in the shoulder season, when prices are lower and there are fewer tourists.

WILDLIFE Banff National Park is home to an abundance of wildlife including bears, elk, moose and bighorn sheep. It's important to be bear-aware and follow park guidelines to avoid any dangerous encounters. Keep a safe distance from wildlife and carry bear spray if you're hiking in the backcountry.

LEAVE NO TRACE Banff National Park is a protected area and visitors should take care to minimize their impact on the environment. This includes properly disposing of waste, staying on designated trails and following park regulations. Be mindful of your actions and avoid disturbing wildlife or damaging the delicate ecosystem. Importantly, leave no trace: Take back out what you brought in.

Banff National Park is stunning and worthy of Instagram