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One Day in…Banff National Park, Canada

Traveler Profile: Ashleigh, 36, USA 

Location: Banff National Park 

Time of Year: June 

Traveler Goals: See the wildlife, see some of the world-renowned views, and hiking.  

The unparalleled natural beauty of Banff National Park makes you feel like you’re in a fairy tale. It has towering mountains, beautiful lakes, and thick forests stretching as far as the eye could see. I knew I was in for an unforgettable day. With an itinerary that promised a little adventure, I began my day in Banff. 

Fellow Traveler Tip: Banff’s weather can be unpredictable, so pack layers and be prepared for sudden changes. Even in the summer, temperatures vary widely, and snow is possible year-round at higher elevations.

Morning at Moraine Lake

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I went to Moraine Lake, and for the first time, I took the Park & Ride Shuttle. I was grateful for the new regulations, which will help to preserve this natural wonder from overcrowding. As I was walking along the shoreline, I took the time to be mindful of the moment. I was genuinely stunned by the view of the mountain peaks reflecting on the glass surface of crystal-clear water. 

Moraine Lake is a postcard-worthy landscape found in Banff National Park. The views were awe-inspiring, and despite the early hour, the lake was already alive, buzzing with the sound of wildlife and the rustling sounds of the blowing breeze. It was just how I had hoped to start my day in the Banff National Park. It set the perfect tone for the adventures that lay ahead.

Fellow Traveler Tip: Help preserve the natural beauty of Banff by following Leave No Trace principles. Pack out all trash, stay on designated trails, and avoid disturbing wildlife. 

Canoe Ride in Lake Louise

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After a short drive from Moraine, I reached my next stop, Lake Louise. Its turquoise waters shimmered under the morning sun. Though not as famous as Moraine Lake, its amazing scenery was still a sight to see and a picture to take. After renting a canoe from the Fairmont, I paddled out onto the waters of Lake Louise and relaxed in the peaceful surroundings. Gliding along, the mountain peaks were a stunning backdrop for photos that captured Banff’s natural beauty. 

Fellow Traveler Tips: It helps to be aware of wildlife, weather conditions, and trail difficulty. Stay on marked trails for safety, and check trail conditions before venturing out.

Pause for a Scenic Picnic

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After the canoe ride, I took a hike around Lake Louise, following trails with a complete view of the surrounding landscape. I love hiking in areas where the air feels different in your lungs.  

I found an excellent spot to eat the little picnic I had packed. It didn’t take much to make it a good spot. All I needed was a place to unpack my backpack, so I found a flat rock on the edge of a clearing big enough for me to sit beside my bag. I made a custom trail mix myself with my favorite nuts, M&M’s, homemade granola, and dried fruits for this trip. 

It was a light lunch, but still enough to recharge after all the activity. The walks were so breathtakingly beautiful that it was easy to forget I was still exercising. Banff is a great location for hiking. There was a hike for every skill level and adventure seeker. 

White Table Cloth Dinner

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After a day of outdoor exploration, I retreated to the 1888 Chop House Restaurant for a relaxing dinner. 1888 Chop House was built in 1888 by the Canadian Pacific Railway Company. It was a very high-end restaurant with an amazing array of options for dry-aged beef. I got an Alberta Beef 60-Day Dry-Aged Ribeye, which was phenomenal. This steak blew me away. The red wine blend the waiter suggested as a pairing to my dinner perfectly complements the quality ingredients and expert preparation.

Key Takeaways 

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Banff National Park offers breathtaking scenery and outdoor activities like hiking, wildlife viewing, and scenic drives. Enjoy the park’s trails and viewpoints to immerse yourself in nature. 

Tourist Information: banff.ca

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