Banff & Jasper National Parks Road Trip

The scenery of Banff and Jasper National Parks in Canada is simply incomparable. They’re both located in the Rocky Mountains, in the province of Alberta. The route begins near Calgary, towards Banff and goes farther north to Jasper. It is one of the most beautiful roadways, once rated one of the top 10 in the world by National Geographic.

Banff & Jasper National Parks
This crossing structures along the highway allow animals to cross over the highway, preventing accidents.

Banff

Banff town is one of Canada’s most popular tourist destinations. Surrounded by mountains, and close to hot springs and lakes, it is a beautiful place to stop for a night or more.
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  • Bow falls

The falls are within walking distance of Banff. They have a relatively small size but it’s a pretty good place to start your visit to Banff National Park.

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  • Tunnel Mountain Trail

    A short hike you can take from downtown Banff that leads to a beautiful scenic vista.Totally worth the effort!

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  • Lake Minnewanka

Located 5 km northeast of Banff town, you can find this beautiful glacial lake. There are short trails you can take that surround the lake. If you visit in summer you will probably meet a lot of animals. One of my favourites.

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  • Moraine Lake

This is definitely my favourite lake in Banff and Jasper National Parks. It’s blue-green colour is just breathtaking. The area around the lake has several walking/hiking trails. You can also rent a kayak and enjoy the lake from a different perspective. MUST VISIT.

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  • Lake Louise

Lake Louise is home to the famous Fairmont Chateau, a magical hotel located on the eastern shore of the lake with unique views of the lake. Lake Louise is one of the most popular lakes on the region and it can get overcrowded in summer, so I suggest to get there early. It is a beautiful spot, with incredible turquoise waters. The lake is used for ice fishing and ice skating in winter.

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Essentials for this road trip
                    

Jasper

Jasper is a small mountain town located in the Athabasca River valley. It is more rustic and smaller than Banff but also beautiful. I really loved Jasper. Book your hotel in advance if you’re visiting in summer or you will end up sleeping in the car like I did. 

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Along the way, you can get to see the wildlife of the area: bears, elks, mooses…

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  • Maligne Canyon

Near Jasper townsite, you can find this canyon which measures over 50 metres deep. A short hike goes to the upper reaches of the canyon. If you plan on visiting Maligne Lake you should definitely save some time and stop at Maligne Canyon.

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  • Maligne Lake

Maligne Lake is the largest natural lake in the Canadian Rockies and it’s definitely one of the most beautiful lakes in Canada. Surrounded by peaks, this lake is famed for the colour of its water and Spirit Island. 

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