When most people think of a national park, their minds jump to America and rightly so. But their neighbor to the north, Canada, also holds some tantalizing treasures sure to inspire awe. I give you 10 Inspirational Banff National Park Pictures and Photos. After reading this blog post, you are sure to want to pack your bags and head up north to this Canadian treasure.
This park is a stunner from Moraine Lake to Johnston Canyon to the Plain of Six Glaciers and everything else in between. If you are looking for a park to see in Canada, then this is the one for you.
Let’s get started.
1. The Banff Gondola is a Must See Attraction
Completed in 2016, the Banff Gondola is quite the sight to behold. (It is tucked away on the left-hand side of the photo). If you do not want to stress your body but still want to enjoy nature, then a Gondola is the perfect solution for you. The site offers panoramic shots of the surrounding scenery.
The majestic forest spills down the mountainside. A cold chill bites your skin. As you breathe out warm air, the view becomes more and more tantalizing.
2. Moraine Lake is Sure to Be Relaxing
Left stroke. Right stroke. Left stroke. Right stroke. Coasting time. It was a smart idea to bring along a kayak to enjoy Banff during the summer. The clear, fresh water is relaxing. As you paddle across this wet plain, mountains soar on each side of you to kiss the sky above. The lake is a national icon, so you can find it on the back of the Canadian dollar bill.
3. Icefields Parkway is a Splendid Scenic Highway
When all you have is time and the open road, life is good. You can drive without worrying about city traffic and can enjoy the ride. Road trips are nice. You can take your time and travel at your own pace.
Most roads do not go through nature, let alone a spectacular mountain range. When you are casually driving at 50 mph and gazing in awe of the rising mountains, you are sure to enjoy yourself.
4. Johnston Canyon has a lot of Water
The hike might be strenuous, but the beauty is well worth the effort. If you have the legs to handle the trail, then you should hike the path.
Watch the water rush down the mountainside and careen back and forth against the rocks as you stride up the mountainside. You do not want to be swept up in its cold current one bit. Trees strewn the river and carry logs downstream.
5. The Vermillion Lakes are Sure to be a Stunner
As you drive along the highway, you peek out the window and see scores of birds playing and dancing on the shores of the Vermillion Lakes. After a long day of hiking, it is important to slow down and stop to reflect for a moment. If you are looking for a nice place to relax after dealing with the crowds thronging to the park, then this is the place to do it.
6. Lake Louise is Quite Relaxing after a Stressful Day
This place is a popular destination for a reason. Just look at that lake! It’s a perfect mirror. The shade of blue is just different from what you ordinarily see. It is a nice unpolluted shade.
Stroll on over to the Lake Agnes Tea House. Grab a cup. Sit down. Put one leg over the other and sip deliciousness as you look across the water with an enjoyable fiction book. It is marvelous.
7. Sulphur Mountain has Some Spectacular Views
When you reach the top, the view is good. The hike is quite strenuous, but well worth the effort. It might be a bit straining on your legs. You’ll be patting yourself on the back for all the hard work you put in though. If you put in work on a hike, you will be satisfied with yourself. If you can’t hike, do not fret. You can take a ride up to the top. It’s no big deal.
8. The Plain of Six Glaciers is Another Beauty
Photo Credit: Brandan Norman, Flickr
The hike here is not for the faint of heart. It is difficult, so be sure to be in shape for all the challenges you are sure to encounter. The view is well worth the effort. Be sure to bring cash for the tea house near the top. You’ll want to have a cup as you look out across the surrounding scenery.
As you get closer and closer to the top, the glaciers come into view. They sure as heck don’t have these in southern California! Canada is quite different, a lot colder, but well worth the beauty.
9. Lake Minnewanka is Worth a Visit
Stepping foot on the gangplank, you casually stroll up to the deck of the cruise ship. You gaze out across the water and the scenery in front of you. The water is emerald. The trees are vibrant green. The mountain sides are light gray. And the peaks are a snow cap white.
The captain grabs control of the steering wheel and you start cruising along across the lake’s waters. The mountain range rises and falls in height like a roller coaster, but the peaks continue to tower well overhead. A lone cloud floats in the air by itself.
10. There’s a Reason it’s Called Sunshine Village
The view from Sunshine Village could not be any better. The sun scatters the clouds and peaks through to shine on your face. It might now be cold outside, but the warm weather kissing your face is a needed refreshment. The sharp peaks cut through the sky to create a jagged ridge line.
Do You Need Some New Hiking Boots?
If you want to enjoy one of Canada’s best national parks, then you are going to need a solid pair of footwear. Fortunately for you though, I wrote an article, The Best Men’s Lightweight Waterproof Hiking Boots of 2019. (Don’t worry. They come in women’s pairs and the list is updated annually). A good pair of boots will last you many years to come. It is an investment your future self will thank you for.
If you have any thoughts, questions, or think I missed anything, do not hesitate to comment below and please share the article. Thank you so much and I hope you make it a great day!