Banff, Canada’s first National Park, is a breathtaking four-season resort in the heart of Alberta’s Canadian Rockies. The town of Banff and the tiny village of Lake Louise, forty minutes west, are the park’s civilized centers. Banff (the town) is surrounded by a ring of majestic mountains and exudes the atmosphere of a European resort—but don’t be surprised to see an elk walking Banff Avenue. Beyond “civilization” is truly spectacular scenery: 2,564 square miles of varied terrain where wildlife roam free among towering peaks, lush forests, alpine valleys, rivers, glaciers, hot springs, and lakes, including Lake Louise, one of the region’s most popular destinations.
This splendid setting provides countless recreational opportunities for families, from winter skiing to fair-weather pursuits: boating, hiking, horseback riding, cycling, and more. This eTrail is one complete vacation written with families in mind. It’s loaded with exciting things to do, family-friendly places to lodge and dine, recommended side trips, local sources of information, and detailed travel directions.
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