Banff Alberta is arguably one of the most beautiful places in the world. Okay, maybe we are a bit biased considering we were both born and raised in nearby Calgary Alberta. But honestly, we aren’t even lying. There are so many spectacular things to see about Banff that it’s hard to contain it all into one post and we could write a thousand different things to do and see in the area. If you only have a little bit of time to visit Banff Alberta you can check out our 72-hour guide to visiting Banff Alberta in the summer.
But the point of this post is not to tell you about all the things you can do in Banff Alberta, it’s about SHOWING you what Banff Alberta is all about. Because let’s face it, humans are visual creatures.
We have no doubts that when you googled Banff Alberta, Moraine lake was one of the first pictures to come up. Why? Because it is the epitome of the beauty that is the Canadian Rockies. The unique colour is created by something called ‘Rock Flour’ and is essentially settlement that is brought down by glacial streams. Set amongst a background like the Ten Peaks, there is nothing more visually mind-blowing.
This wolf-shaped lake is another famous lake in Banff Alberta that relies on rock flour to give it that perfect blue colour. Just off one of the most scenic drives in the world, The Icefields Parkway, this is one stop you won’t regret making. The Mountain view goes for days and the colourful water is like something you’ve never seen before.
Johnston Canyon is one of the more well-known areas in Banff Alberta because if it’s amazing boardwalks that take you through the canyon past multiple waterfalls. It’s a magical walk with even more magical views.
Larch Valley gets its name from the famous Larch trees that live here and turn from green to a perfect burnt orange colour in the fall before falling off. Larch trees are only found at high elevations in Mountain regions. And Banff Alberta just happens to be one of those regions!
Another famous spot in Banff Alberta is Lake Louise and it’s famous colour. It’s one of our must-see lakes in Banff, it’s also featured in our summer guide to 72 hours in Banff. Which means it’s not a place you should skip over if you ever visit Banff Alberta.
Sundance Canyon is a hidden gem in Banff located behind the famous Cave & Basin hot springs. This short hike is easy for beginners and takes you from a riverside walk to fully immersed in the Mountains and everything they have to offer. From epic views to large rocks pieces and peaceful waterfalls; Sundance Valley is the definition of what people expect to see in Banff Alberta.
One of the most difficult hikes in Banff Alberta (being over 10km long), Healy Pass is awe-inspiring. There is no shortage of glacial streams and mountain views. Larch trees also grow in the area, so hiking in the fall is even more amazing.
Bow Lake is located on the edge of Banff Alberta just before entering Jasper National Park. The lake is located along the ever so scenic Icefields Parkway just off the highway.
Lake Agnes is a very short but popular hike in Lake Louise. Starting from Lake Louise itself the trail takes you up and above the lake for a different perspective of the famous blue lake but continues past raging waterfalls off a massive cliff, views as far as the eye can see, a view of the Ten Peaks and a perfect wooden tea house with the best snack bar ever. This hike made our list of the best easy hikes in or near Banff Alberta.
Alpine flowers, Mountain views, and a lake with a little island make Sunshine Meadows worth hiking. All of these little details almost make it a perfect place to show people in order to inspire them to visit Banff Alberta. It’s an easy to moderate hike that takes you into the heart of the Rockies. Literally, you have to take a gondola or bus ride around 20 minutes long deep into the valley to reach the trailhead. Again, this hike made our list of easy hikes in Banff Alberta that tourists should consider doing!
The Ink Pots are a unique spot nestled behind Johnston Canyon. There are five pristine, aquamarine coloured mineral pools set amongst a backdrop of towering mountains and green evergreens. Each pool looks as though it has a different colour swirling through it making this one destination in Banff Alberta that is worth the effort to reach. Your eyes will thank you.
And there you have it, 10 photos (with an added bonus) that are sure to inspire you to visit Banff Alberta. Besides just the beautiful scenery there are plenty of other reasons to visit Banff National Park, like hiking, snowboarding and skiing, the wildlife, the food and so much more. If this did convince you or you’re already planning a trip to Banff make sure to check out our 72-hour guide to Banff National Park in the Summer so you can make the most out of your time.