Banff, Canada: Worth Seeing In The Summer?
What do I need to know about Banff?
Banff is located about 78 miles west of Calgary and 36 miles east of Lake Louise. Banff has the second highest elevation in Alberta after Lake Louise that is located in Alberta's Rockies. It is one of Canada's most popular tourist destinations.
There's a reason why Banff is very popular when you are looking for one of the top travel destinations in the world. It is known for it mountainous surroundings and very popular for many outdoor sports and features such as hiking, biking, skiing, and etc.
Banff is a very popular skiing destination, but will it be worth visiting during warm season, summer time?
If you love nature, and you are looking for some adventure, especially hiking, Banff is worth to see when the snow is all melted. I believe the true beauty of the mountains, the rivers and etc. can only be seen when the snow isn't covering it.
Some Of The Few Things You Need To Do In Banff
1. The Town of Banff
A very small but very charming town. With a beautiful view of the mountains in the background, this town is worth to visit. It is packed with restaurants and shopping stores where you will find many cute little boutiques that sells locally owned Canadian-made products.
2. Ride The Banff Gondola
With a quest to find a beautiful view of the mountains, we decided that the Gondola ride will give us exactly what we were looking for. The ride will give you the beautiful and breath-taking view of the summit overlooking the charming town.
3. Visit Lake Minnewanka
This was the first place we visited upon arriving in Banff. Lake Minnewanka is the largest lake in Banff National Park. The glacial lake offers a lake cruise that you will definitely enjoy. You will also find the Devil's Gap, the mountain gateway that marks the transition from the Rocky Mountains to the flatlands of the Prairies. Remarkable.
4. Lake Louise
You cannot visit banff without seeing Lake Louise. Lake Louise is about 40 minute drive from Banff. This was probably the busiest and the most popular spot in Banff, but there's a reason why. Lake Louise is named after Queen Victoria's fourth daughter. Lake Louise is one of the most popular scenic photograph that you will see not only on calendars but all over any travel websites. Lake Louise features the Victoria Glacier in the center. The glimmering turquoise water that set among snow-capped peaks makes Lake Louise picture perfect. The calmness and tranquility of the water gives you the feeling of pure bliss. During our visit, we saw a few people who took of their clothes and jumped on the water. I thought it was crazy because the water was freezing cold even during summer time!
5. Plain Of Six Glaciers
One of the most accessible and scenic hikes in Banff National Park. The trail offers amazing views of the impressive mountains including the surround lake of Lake Louise. Don't forget to bring a snack and stop to enjoy the view when you hike. It will take you 4-6 hours to hike round trip.
6. Johnston Creek
If you are looking for a simple hike where you can bring children at any age, this is your spot. Not only it's an easy hike, it offers one of the most beautiful nature views. Johnston Creek approached the Bow River. It flows through a large canyon formed by erosion over thousands of years. The creek has cut through the limestone rock to form sheer canyon walls, as well as waterfalls, pools and tunnels.
7. Take The Scenic Route
It's always a good idea to take the scenic route. I find it to be the best way to see more of the destination. It also makes the long drive worth it. You will never know what amazing things you will see. Many times, we've safely pulled on the side of the road to capture some unexpected beauty we find along the way.
Hot springs and ice-walking is also one of the most popular things to do in Banff. I highly recommend to check it out to fully experience what Banff has to offer.
Until next time!!