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Canoeing Bow Lake Banff National Park Noel Hendrickson

Sightseeing in Banff National Park

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Banff National Park is full of incredible sightseeing opportunities. If you're looking for the perfect viewpoint to get up close to the Canadian Rockies, start by checking out the options below - there is so much to explore!

Icefields Parkway Area

Bow Glacier Falls (hike)

Every step provides unforgettable memories - Bow Lake, Crowfoot Mountain, and Bow Glacier. The hike to Bow Glacier Falls is 9km return with 155m elevation gain and takes about 3 hours of moderate hiking. 

Bow Lake (alpine lake)

Another emerald gem on the incredible Icefields Parkway, Bow Lake is easily accessed by road-side parking lots along the highway. 

Icefields Parkway (scenic drive)

Consistently rated one of the top scenic drives on the planet, the Icefields Parkway offers easy access to hikes and viewpoints including Bow Lake, Crowfoot Glacier, Herbert Lake, and Parker Ridge. 

Canoeing Along the Icefields Parkway, Banff National Park, AB
Bow Lake

Lake Louise Area

Lake Louise Gondola (viewpoint)

Get a birds-eye view of Lake Louise as you soar serenely over the Canadian Rockies at the Lake Louise Gondola

Taylor Lake (hike)

Discover a waterfall that cascades 50m into a crystal-clear lake surrounded by meadows of wildflowers. The Taylor Lake hike is a difficult, 12.6km hike that takes 4 to 5 hours. 

Castle Junction Area

Arnica Lake (hike)

A mountain-rimmed beauty that is famous for the flowers that flourish here, the Arnica Lake hike is a 5 hour difficult hike offers 10.2km of trail with 580m elevation gain. 

Boom Lake (hike)

This easy hike starts high up near the continental divide and delivers a pristine alpine lake beneath snow-capped peaks. Boom Lake is a 10.2km return trip and covers 175m elevation gain over 3.5 hours of easy hiking. 

Banff-Windermere Highway 93S (scenic drive)

An incredible journey through yet another national park (Kootenay) will show you why this entire area is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Stop at Vermilion Pass and traverse the Continental Divide. Stand in two provinces (Alberta and British Columbia) and two national parks (Banff and Kootenay) at the same time!

Bow Valley Parkway Area

Bow Valley Parkway (scenic drive)

Take the scenic route and wind your way along the Bow Valley Parkway between Banff and Lake Louise for countless scenic stops, gorgeous hikes, and your best chance to see wildlife in Banff National Park.

Castle Lookout (hike)

Take a journey up one of the Rockies' iconic mountains and witness breathtaking views of the Bow Valley. Castle Lookout is 4 hours of moderate hiking over 7.4km, with 520m elevation gain. 

Morant's Curve (viewpoint)

Every shot is screensaver worthy at this favourite spot made famous by legendary photographer Nicholas Morant. 

Silverton Falls (hike)

Located on the Bow Valley Parkway, Silverton Falls is lesser-known, but equally as spectacular as nearby Johnston Canyon. A short, flat hike leads you to the lower falls, or climb the switchback to the upper falls. 

Banff Area

C-Level Cirque (hike)

Nestled between Mount Norquay and the towering Cascade Mountain, C-Level Cirque is a 1.5 hour hike with a 455m elevation gain. Once you reach the top you will be rewarded with stunning views of the town of Banff and surrounding vistas. 

Mt. Norquay Sightseeing Chairlift

Take the famous open-air North American Chairlift, which is celebrating its 70th birthday, to unexpected heights and enjoy incredible panoramic views above the clouds. Once you've reached the top at nearly 7,000ft of elevation, enjoy the best in regionally sourced cuisine and locally crafted beer at the historic Cliffhouse Bistro

Sundance Canyon (hike)

A scenic 10km riverside hike or bike loop located near the Cave and Basin National Historic Site, the Sundance Canyon hike features beautiful wildflowers and cascading waterfalls.