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Two people on the dock at Vermilion Lakes for sunrise in the summer
A view of Vermilion Lakes frozen over in the winter
Lakes

Vermilion Lakes

Just outside of Banff lies a chain of lakes. Standing on the shore offers a peek into a complete mountain ecosystem. Squirrels play in the trees around the lake, muskrats swim through the reeds, geese float on the water, and countless species of birdlife flit amongst the trees and across the water. Aspiring photographers, visit early or late in the day for a chance to share the shores with elusive moose as you soak up the view on the dock. Don’t forget your camera to capture a classic shot of Mount Rundle reflected in the lakes.

Only 2.4 km from Banff townsite. A pleasant walk links up with Fenland Trail and leads back towards Banff. Or explore by bike, canoe, or standup paddleboard.

Good To Know

Difficulty
Easy
Duration
< 1hr
When
Year Round

Location

Distance from Banff:
2km
Distance from Lake Louise:
57km

When to go

Operating Dates

MonthOperating Status
JanOpen
FebOpen
MarOpen
AprOpen
MayOpen
JunOpen
JulOpen
AugOpen
SepOpen
OctOpen
NovOpen
DecOpen

Local Tips

  • Pack a thermos of hot chocolate and enjoy a stunning sunrise at Vermilion Lakes.

  • Picture Perfect: Bring your camera for sunrise, and you’ll be treated to an iconic image of Mount Rundle.

  • Wildlife Watch: Visit early morning or early evening for the best chance to spot wildlife and do some bird watching.