Banff National Park
We left the amazing Jasper National Park for our next destination, Banff National Park. We spent 5 days touring around Banff checking out the most amazing places. I love Banff and did enjoy it more than Jasper National Park. It was way busier than Jasper but the highlights of Banff made it my top choice.
This amazing glacier fed lake is in the valley of 10 peaks. You may even recognize it from seeing it on an old $20 bill. Honestly I didn’t even have this on my list of what to see but it was so close to Lake Louise that we figured we better check it out. This was my favourite stop of our trip and was way less busy than Lake Louise. We did the Rockpile Trail a 1 km trail for the best views overlooking the lake. Lakeshore Trail was gorgeous and takes you approximately 45 minutes. If you are visiting Moraine Lake I highly recommend doing both trails. If you are headed to Banff National Park DO NOT skip Moraine Lake.
When we finally were able to get parking after a few hours we started on the Fairview Lookout trail (2 km round trip). There wasn’t many people on it surprisingly and it lead to a nice lookout of the mint green lake and the chateau. Next we made our way through the massive crowds of tourists along the Lakeshore Trail (4 km round trip) before returning to eat lunch and check out the chateau. I would reccomend going early morning or in the evening to avoid the crowds. I would love to come back and rent a canoe next time.
If you want AMAZING photos you must stop at Peyto Lake. I think the photos speak for themselves on how jaw dropping the view is. We walked the trail to the lookout. I’m sure there are more trails to get closer or different view points but we were on our way home and didn’t have time to spend exploring. Go early in the morning or in the evening to miss the tour buses because the lookout platform isn’t very big.
Take the well maintained trail 20 minutes to view the lower falls then continue on another 20 minutes to view the upper falls. This is Banff’s most popular day hike and is easy enough for any fitness level. The catwalks take you through limestone caves and there are many viewpoints of the falls. Bring your own snacks and drinks to avoid buying from the expensive cafe at the start of the trail.