Banff National Park
Banff National Park, proclaimed a nature reserve as early as 1885, is one of the oldest parks in the world. It covers an area of 6,641 km2, and is located in Alberta Province, in the eastern part of the Rockies.
The vast park is home to glaciers, amazing ice fields, forests, green and snow-peaked mountains, hot springs, lakes and more. These attract millions of tourists each year, mainly for their exquisite beauty but also because of the Park’s geological uniqueness.
The town of Banff is located within the Park, and it managed to evolve in a controlled manner, in a subtle balance that allows tourists to enjoy its services without harming the ecosystem that surrounds it.
The Icefields Parkways, which crosses the Jasper National Park in the north and the Banff National Park in the south (on the Trans-Canada highway), is a central route in local tourism thanks to its exquisite beauty and its convenience and accessibility.
Beyond the unique view, a visit to Banff Park is a great opportunity to encounter various animals, such as bears, elks, wildcats, caribou, salamanders and other special marine animals and birds.
Weather in Banff
The weather in Banff varies greatly from season to season. The best season for traveling is summer (June-September). July is the warmest month, with an average temperature of 22° C (71.6° F), and January is the coldest (an average temperature of -15° C or 5° F. Ouch).
During the summer the days are especially long, so in the end of June the summer shines at 05:30 a.m. and only sets at 10:00 p.m. It’s important to remember that the weather changes dramatically during the day and between various locations throughout the park.
Dryness greatly eases the sense of cold, but the variation in temperature between daytime and nighttime is significant, and it’s important to always dress appropriately for rain, wind and plummeting temperatures even in days that seem especially warm.
- Moraine Lake
- Johnston Canyon
- Larch Valley and Sentinel Pass
One of the most famous and beautiful lakes in the Rockies. The Lake contains glacier water that thawed from the surrounding mountains, and its bright turquoise color is very impressive. It’s located a short drive from Lake Louise, which is also magnificent, in the Valley of the Ten Peaks, named after the pointy peaks that extend above it. Take the hiking trail along the water (quite an easy trail) or one of the more adventurous trails that traverse the ridges above the lake. You can also rent a canoe and go on a short sail – highly recommended.