Upcoming Events, Articles, and News at Banff National Park Area
Banff National Park Area Annual Events
Snowdays (January - February)
A month-long festival jam-packed with mid-week events and weekend festivals that celebrate Banff National Park’s love for winter.
Performance in the Park (June)
A one-day outdoor concert held against the spectacular backdrop of Cascade Gardens that celebrates Banff National Park’s mountain and cultural heritage through music.
Parks Day (July)
First celebrated in 1990, Canada's Parks Day is a national event, showcasing parks and historic sites in every province and territory in Canada. In Banff National Park. bring a picnic lunch, roll out your blanket and show off your favourite teddy bear at the annual Teddy Bear Picnic or follow in the footsteps of Norman Bethune Sanson and enjoy a moderately strenuous hike to the top of Sulphur Mountain.
Lake Louise Fall Festival (September - October)
Feast your eyes on the changing colours of the forest and enjoy unique activities, events, programs and outdoor recreation to celebrate the season.
Culture Days (September)
Parks Canada presents the Parks Canada Collection, a national program that brings "best of" interpretation from across the Parks Canada system to the Cave and Basin NHS while celebrating the Parks Canada story, past, present and future.
What to do in Lake Louise and Around
With its blue-green water and dramatic mountain setting, this is the best known and most admired lake in the park. Lake Louise Drive, a paved 4.5 km road, and two trails, the Tramline and Louise Creek, provide access between Lake Louise Village on the valley floor and the lake itself. Pathways lead from the public parking lot to the lake. The magnificent snow-covered peak at the end of the lake is Mount Victoria, named for England’s renowned queen. The lake is named for after one of her five daughters. A stroll through the flower-filled grounds in front of the Chateau Lake Louise is a nice way to spend a half hour. Canoes can be rented from the boathouse at the lake or you can see the lake on foot by walking the Lakeshore Trail. At the Lake Louise ski area, on the opposite side of the valley, visitors can take a chairlift up Whitehorn Mountain in the summertime for panoramic views of Lake Louise and its surrounding peaks.
Lake Minnewanka, Bow Valley Parkway, Lake Louise and Area, Sunshine Meadows, Johnston Canyon, The Hot Springs, The Icefields Parkway and Jasper just to name a few.
Taken from www.banffnationalpark.com
Banff National Park Area Travel Guides
Banff National Park Travel Guide
Banff National Park, located west of Calgary in the Canadian province of Alberta, was established in 1885 in the heart of the Rocky Mountains. It is the oldest Canadian national park and the world’s third. This popular Canadian destination is also recorded as one of the most visited national parks in North America. Best known for its breathtaking ice fields and landscapes, grandiose glaciers, world renowned mountainous terrain and thick coniferous forest, it has become a top choice for both national and foreign tourists. Bordered by Jasper National Park to its north, Kootenay National Park in its south side, as well as provincial forests and Yoho National Park in the west and the Kananaskis Country in the southeast, Banff National Park is an obvious choice for those who would like to have a great outdoor adventure. The park includes more than 6,000 square kilometers of beautiful valleys, enthralling mountains, rivers and meadows, as well as riveting glaciers, forests and wide open spaces.
Banff National Park was born when three Canadian Pacific Railway construction workers discovered a cave that contained hot springs along the eastern slopes of the Rocky Mountains in Alberta in the fall of 1883. The railway company built the Banff Springs Hotel, as well as Chateau Lake Louise to draw in not only the railway passengers but crowds from everywhere. Since the 1960’s, park accommodations are open all year round, increasing the annual tourism visit to Banff to 3-4 million. Parks Canada, in response, spearheaded a two year study resulting in more effective management recommendations as well as new policies to preserve the area’s ecological conditions and to ensure that the ecosystem surrounding Banff National Park will be maintained while drawing the seemingly never ending number of crowds. Banff, along with the other provincial and national parks comprising the Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks, was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984.
The picturesque mountain landscapes, the lakes, along with the beautiful waterfalls, limestone caves and canyons, are just some of Banff National Park’s attractions that encourage guests to flock into this lovely Canadian hot spot all year round. The town of Banff in Bow River Valley is the main center of business activity of the park, as well as the center of all cultural activities. It is home to a number of cultural structures, including the Whyte Museum, the Banff Center, Cave and Basin National Historic Site, as well as a number of other art galleries. Those who are keen on arts and culture will surely appreciate and enjoy the many festivals and events that Banff hosts all throughout the year including Banff Winter Carnival, Banff Mountain Film Festival, and the Banff Indian Days that began in 1889.
Apart from the cultural adventures, visitors and guests can also enjoy a wide array of exciting and exhilarating activities while visiting the Banff National Park, including day hikes to the Cory Pass Loop, climbing, skiing adventures and horseback riding.
Some of the most interesting places to visit while you are in the area include Upper Hot Springs, the world class golf course at Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, Sunshine Village Ski Resort and Mount Norquay Ski Resort. There are also a number of top attractions to discover and explore in the surrounding areas and one of the most recommended is Lake Louise, located just northwest of Banff town, which is home to the famous Chateau Lake Louise, as well as the scenic Valley of the Ten Peaks and the Lake Louise Mountain Resort. Another interesting place to see is Canmore, located just outside of Banff boundaries, which is home to the Canmore Nordic Center, the Canmore Winter Festival and the Canmore Museum and Geoscience Centre.