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If you had just one more day in Banff and Lake Louise, what would you do?

I would ride my bicycle from my home in Banff all the way to Johnston Canyon via The Bow Valley Parkway. It’s a smooth ride on newly paved road and visiting Johnston Canyon is a must do! It’s a great way to stretch your legs hiking after the long bike ride walking around the canyon.  

What is the question that you get asked most by visitors? 

Q: “Where can I see wildlife?” 
A: Banff is home to Elk, Bears, Deer, Big Horn Sheep, Bald Eagles, Beavers, Wolves and many more. Drive the 1A, Lake Minnewanka Loop, Golf Course Road or Mt Norquay Scenic Road for a potential sighting. Alternatively, take a Wildlife tour with Discover Banff Tours or Banff Canoe Club for a guided trip with better chances of seeing wildlife. 

What’s your best tip for people planning a visit to Banff and Lake Louise? 

Plan ahead. If you plan to be here in the summer months, book the shuttles to get to Lake Louise & Moraine Lake or wake up early to reach the lakes before sunrise. Make reservations for dinner if you can or prepared to put your name on a wait list, don’t be bummed by this, enjoy a quick drink at one of our many bars before heading out to your dinner location. Book tickets for activities and attractions to secure your time slot, some attractions offer discounts if you book in advance too. Book campgrounds in advance to ensure you get a spot. Banff National Park is popular with visitors, so to guarantee your trip runs smoothly, plan ahead. 

What’s your best off-the-beaten-path tip, secret ski spot, or lesser-known hiking trail in Banff and Lake Louise? 

On a lovely warm summer’s day, I like to pick up some snacks from Nesters Market and take my hammock down to the hoodoo trail (via Surprise Corner) and set it up on one of the small, secluded beaches that hug the river. A short walk from the downtown area of Banff. 

What is something that most people don’t know about Banff and Lake Louise? 

Established in 1926, Mt Norquay Ski Resort is the oldest ski resort in Canada. It is the only ski resort in Banff National Park that offers night skiing too. A great way to enjoy a few laps under the stars. In 2020 Mt Norquay was the first ski resort to open for the season on the 25th October. A lot of our visitors coming from out of province don’t realise that our winter season starts so early, so I always recommend bringing a winter coat October – June as it’s likely there will be snow! 

Any foodie tips for hungry travellers? 

Check out The Station Restaurant in Lake Louise. Not only do they have the best food in town, but you also get dine in a heritage train station. Enjoy Canadian memorabilia in an historic log building while eating delicious food! 

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