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Peyto Lake (Easy alpine hike)
One of the most stunning places along a road world-renowned for its beauty. A short walk to an ultimate Rocky Mountain experience.
 
Parker Ridge (Hike)
An easy hike that rewards you with some of the most remarkable scenery in Canada’s park system. 5.4 km return, 250 m elevation gain, 2.5 hours easy hiking.
 
Crowfoot Glacier (Viewpoint)
The premiere spot to marvel at one of over 100 glaciers along the incredible Icefields Parkway.
 
Bow Lake (Easy alpine lake)
Another emerald gem on the incredible Icefields Parkway. Go for a paddle or visit historic Num-Ti-Jah Lodge.
 
Bow Glacier Falls (Hike)
Every step an indelible memory – Bow Lake, Crowfoot Mountain and Bow Glacier. 9 km return, 155 m elevation gain, 3 hours moderate hiking.
 
Herbert Lake (Easy alpine lake)
Surrounded by majestic mountains, this inviting lake packs an unforgettable punch. Bring your swimsuit (it’s a favourite swim spot for the locals).
 
Icefields Parkway (Hwy 93N scenic drive)
Rated one of the top drives on the planet. Just when you think it couldn’t possibly get any better, it does.
 
Lake Louise Gondola (Viewpoint)
See the park the way eagles do. Soar serenely over the Rockies and see Lake Louise from 2088 m.
 
Moraine Lake
The Valley of the Ten Peaks is at its absolute peak before 9 a.m. and after 5 p.m. Grab a seat on the Rockpile and enjoy the bliss.
 
Morant's Curve on the Bow Valley Parkway (Viewpoint)
A favourite spot of legendary Canadian Pacific Railway photographer Nicholas Morant. Every shot is screensaver worthy.
 
Taylor Lake (Hike)
A waterfall cascades 50 metres into a crystal clear lake surrounded by meadows of wildflowers. Brilliant. 12.6 km return, 585 m elevation gain, 4-5 hours difficult hiking.
 
Castle Lookout (Hike)
A journey up one of the Rockies’ iconic mountains to breathtaking views of the Bow Valley. 7.4 km return, 520 m elevation gain, 4 hours moderate hiking.
 
Boom Lake (Hike)
An easy one. Starts high up near the continental divide and delivers a pristine alpine lake beneath snow-capped peaks. 10.2 km return, 175 m elevation gain, 3.5 hours easy to moderate hiking.
 
Arnica Lake (Hike)
A mountain rimmed beauty that is famous for the Arnica flowers that flourish here. 10.2 km return, 580 m elevation gain, 5 hours difficult hiking.

Silverton Falls (Hike)
Just down the Parkway from Johnston Canyon, equally spectacular falls less travelled. A short, flat hike leads you to the lower falls, climb the switchback to the upper falls. 

Bow Valley Parkway (Scenic drive)
Take the road more marveled. Countless scenic pullouts, gorgeous hikes, and your best chance to see wildlife in the park.
 
Banff-Windermere Highway
An incredible journey through yet another national park (Kootenay) will show you why the entire area is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Stop at Vermilion Pass, where the Continent Divides. Stand in two provinces (Alberta and BC) and two national parks (Banff and Kootenay) at the same time. Spill a few drops of water and see if they flow to the Atlantic or the Pacific oceans. Fireweed Loop is a short, easy interpretive trail.