Summer in the Beautiful Canadian Rockies: Banff & Lake Louise



This post is a summary of summer trips to Banff National Park in the years of 2011 and 2015. Canadian Rockies comprises the Canadian side of the North American Rocky Mountains.

And Banff is the first town resort that was incorporated in Canada and is one of the most popular destinations.

Entrance at Banff National Park

Reaching Banff:

Banff is about 1.5 hrs drive from Calgary. Calgary is a major city in the province of Alberta and has international flights arriving from all major destinations.

Where to Stay: 

There are lots of options to stay in Banff. You can book a cabin or a luxury hotel room – all in the midst of nature and gorgeous views

Only thing to keep in mind is that Banff gets fully packed during Summer and this period lasts till August (long weekend). Getting accommodation around this time is pricey and difficult. Planning your trip in advance and booking the hotel is a good option to consider. Another option is staying in the nearby hill-town of Canmore (20 minutes from Banff)

Resort Fee:

As you enter Banff, you will have to pay resort fee at the entrance gate.

Our Banff Itinerary

Day 1:

We started from Calgary by road at about 10:00 am local time. We arrived at the Banff gate by 11:40 am. On the way, what gorgeous views.

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Banff: Drive
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Road Tripping : Banff

On entering Banff, we drove another 15-25 minutes to reach the town site. Downtown Banff is pretty. With enchanting mountain backdrops, there are stores for shopping lovers, cafes for coffee and tea enthusiasts and the list goes on.

One word: Beautiful!



Images: ©tosomeplacenew

After a stroll in downtown Banff, we decided to go for late lunch at The Stump!

The look of the restaurant was very rustic. It had wild bears around, lifeless of course.

What we Ordered at The Stump 🙂

Post a sumptuous lunch, we decided to head to the Sulphur Mountains – Upper Hot Springs. It is said to be the smallest summit in Banff. You can access hot springs, take a view of the Banff town, enjoy a book at the cafeteria and buy souvenirs at the local gift shop.

Upper Hot Springs: Banff

We ended the day lazying in the springs resort.

Day 2:

The highlight of this day was the Banff Gondola Ride. I have never been on Gondola rides before, so this was the first! I am glad I did it.

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Brewster: Gondola Rides
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Banff National Park : Entrance Gate

The view from up-top is beautiful. Sulphur Mountains at its best. The Gondola Ride was completed in 30-40 minutes, in addition to the time spent at the summit platform.

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Sulphur Mountains

After the Gondola Ride, we decided to visit the Banff – Cave and Basin National Site. You can actually smell the sulphur from the entrance. However, overbearing the smell was, it was beautiful inside.

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Me @ the entrance of Cave & Basin National Site

Here is an image from the Sulphur Caves

Inside of the Sulphur Cave

The National Site has an exhibition centre and also offers stunning mountain views.

Day 3: 

Lake Louise

40 minutes from Banff is the beautiful Lake Louise. Lake Louise is known for its turquoise, glacier-fed lake ringed by high peaks and overlooked by a stately chateau (Hotel Chateau Lake Louise).

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Lake Louise
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Lake Louise
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Chateaux Lake Louise at the background

To sit by the lakeside is very serene and peaceful. Its a great place to hike around or go for strolls. After spending a few hours in this beautiful location, we drove back to Calgary.

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Drive Back Home!

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