Must See Banff
- 5 Days
- 19 Experiences
Are you visiting Banff for the first time and want to tick off all the big bucket list locations? Don’t stress about planning the perfect trip, we’ve got you covered with our 5-day Must See Banff itinerary. From laying eyes on the turquoise waters of Moraine Lake to taking in the views from the Glacier Skywalk this trip has it all.
To make the most of your time we recommend 2 nights accommodation in Lake Louise followed by 3 nights accommodation in Banff.
Who's it For?
- Friends and Couples
- Adventurous Families
When to Go
- June - September
Getting to Banff and Lake Louise
With plenty of transportation options to get you to and from the Banff and Lake Louise area, you can rest easy knowing you'll be able to plan a seamless journey from start to finish.Learn about getting here.
Lace up your hiking boots and start your Canadian Rockies adventure with a day full of fresh mountain air and iconic turquoise lakes.
Starting at the Parks Canada Park & Ride use the Parks Canada shuttle to access Lake Louise. Learn more and reserve your seat in advance.
Hike from the Lake Louise lakeshore to Lake Agnes Teahouse. 7 km round trip.
Prepare for an unforgettable journey as you take a mini road trip up the awe inspiring Icefields Parkway, take in dramatic mountain scenery, glacier fed lakes and walk on a glacier.
Drive from your accommodation in Lake Louise to Bow Lake
Drive to the Glacier Discovery Centre and check in for your tour.
A shuttle from the Glacier Discovery Centre is provided for access to the Glacier Skywalk
Get started early for another day full of exciting locations and activities.
Parking at Johnston Canyon is limited, beat the crowds and plan to arrive at the trailhead by 9 am.
Drive from Johnston Canyon back to Banff and take a short detour on your way into town to explore Vermilion Lakes.
Spend the day exploring Banff and the surrounding area. Visit the largest lake in Banff National Park and dine on the top of a mountain.
Drive from Banff and explore the Minnewanka Loop scenic drive.
Drop the car back in Banff and explore the Bow River Trail from downtown on foot.
Use the free Banff Gondola shuttle from downtown Banff to access the base of the Banff Gondola. Included in the purchase of your gondola ticket.
For your final day in Banff, experience the turquoise waters of the with a paddle on the Bow River and take in the breathtaking views looking over Banff from Mt. Norquay.
Enjoy a short walk from your hotel to the Banff Canoe docks.
Use the complimentary Mt. Norquay shuttle from downtown Banff.
Where to Stay
Here's some accommodation options that work for this trip:
Good to Know
Maximise your trip enjoyment with a little pre-planning. Here's our pro tips: