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Banff National Park In-a-Weekend

For 2 or 3 days & doable using public transport

Banff National Park In-a-Weekend

A weekend will give you a flavor of Banff National Park and time to visit all its must-sees. While you’re unlikely to experience real brushes with wilderness, you’ll still be stunned by peaks, amazed by beautiful lakes, witness wildlife and get a good idea what all the fuss is about. It'll undoubtedly whet your appetite for another visit.

Before setting out, book your first overnight in Lake Louise, and the second (and third) nights in Banff.

Friday: Lake Louise Village

From Calgary head straight to Lake Louise Village. The journey takes about two hours. The first hour cuts through prairies, after which mountains quickly rear up around you.

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Baker Creek Chalets & Bistro

Stylish rustic lodgings & romantic restaurant (d; $$$)

Banff Springs Hotel

Iconic 5-star Gothic hotel ($$$$) + dining (b,l,d; $$+)

Chateau Lake Louise

Imposing landmark hotel; varied dining (b,l,d; $$+)

Deer Lodge

Lodge or dine in the golden age of travel (b,l,d; $$+)

Grassi Lakes

Picturebook lakes with easy hiking & great sport climbing

Grotto Canyon

Canyon pictographs, waterfall & hoodoos: 1.5hr/Easy/4km

Laggan’s Mountain Bakery

Popular café & bakery (b,l; $)

Lake Agnes & Plain of 6 Glaciers

Hike to lakes & viewpoints: 3.5–5hr/moderate/ 10–14km

Moraine Lake

Lake Louise's little sister

Post Hotel

Upscale riverside log chalets ($$$); great food (b,l,d; $$+)


Nouvelle-steakhouse (l,d; $$)

St James Gate

Welcome to the Irish Rockies! (l,d; $$)

Sunshine Meadows

Easy access to alpine meadows on the Continental Divide

Text © Christian Williams

Images by C Williams, David Wirzba on Unsplash