Today, Banff encompasses 2,564 square miles of land, stretching from the town of Banff in the south to the Columbia Icefield in the north, with the popular Lake Louise in between. While the park attracts many visitors because of its resort-style comforts and accessibility, it’s the stunning natural scenery that keeps people coming back.
Pristine glacial lakes, swift rivers, green meadows, thick forests and the massive Rocky Mountains make for an outdoor enthusiast’s paradise. The park maintains a wide variety of trails, for everything from hiking, biking and horseback riding in summer, to skiing and snowshoeing in winter. And, after climbing a mountain in the morning, hikers can trade their muddy boots for ballet flats and enjoy a leisurely afternoon tea at one of the posh Fairmont resorts. Banff may indeed have the best of both worlds!
Famous Lake Louise, with the equally famous Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise on the eastern shore, for those traveling in luxury