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Deanna Local Expert, Visitor Centres

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

With only one day, I would hike to the summit of a mountain, any mountain. We have lots to choose from here. There is no better feeling than standing on top of a mountain looking out at the breathtaking views. 

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

Q: "What can I do here?"

A: I love this question because the answers are endless. The list goes on and on, hiking, canoeing, skiing, biking, climbing, sightseeing, snowshoeing, relaxing. I love to cater trips to visitor preferences. I can see people's eyes light up when I mention something that catches their attention. I love creating new and unique experiences for visitors. 

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

Be flexible. Here in the mountains, you never know what is going to happen. The weather can change drastically day to day (or even hour to hour). Plan ahead but also be flexible with your plans to get the most out of your visit!

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

Do not miss Mistaya Canyon! This is an easy trail located along the Icefields Parkway that doesn't see the same number of visitors as some other canyons here in the Banff and Lake Louise area (though it should!). Definitely worth the quick detour along the way up to the Columbia Icefield Adventure

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

A lot of visitors don't realize you need a park pass to explore Banff and Lake Louise. You can purchase your park pass on our website, at the gates entering the National Park or at any Visitor Centre. Banff National Park entry fees help support visitor services and facilities so we can all enjoy this incredible place!

Any foodie tips for hungry travelers?

My partner is a chef in Banff and, and as such, I have become a pretty big foodie. After a beautiful walk to Bow Falls, take the short path behind the parking lot up to the Waldhaus Pub & Biergarten. This Bavarian-style restaurant offers delicious pints, pretzels and fondue while overlooking the incredible mountain views (and the patio is dog-friendly!). 

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