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We will be in Banff for 2 nights, what suggestions would anyone have to do around Banff. We will be in Lake Louise for 2 nights as well.
Take The gondola up The mountainbike or hike up. The view is magnifisent!
What time of year are you planning to go. You will be in the mountains, so you will have wintery conditions potentially right through the end of June with path and road closures. If you are there in the summer, there are places to see off of the main roads. I haven't been there in the winter, so can't comment.
Lake Winniwanka is quite close to Banff, you can check out the area. You can always go for a soak at the Banff Hot Springs. Roughly half way between Banff and Lake Louise is Johnston Canyon. Lake Louise is only around a 45 minute drive away from Banff. Follow the signs to Morraine Lake (about 45 minutes by car as well; it is one of the best known lakes in the area).
If you are feeling energetic at Lake Louise, you can walk up to the Plain of the Six Glaciers. There is a teahouse up there to get some refreshments; a round trip will take you 4+ hours. You get there walking to the far end of the lake, past the Chateau Lake Louise.
If you take Highway 1, just north of Lake Louise, that will take you into Yoho National Park. If you continue up the Ice Field Parkway for about 30 or 40 minutes you can pull off and see Peyto Lake, another one of the most photographed lakes in the park
Some corrections are necessary to Grumpy's post. First of all the lake close to Banff is Lake Minnewanka. The Plain of Six Glaciers hike is at least six hours return. Some sites rate it at seven hours.
Moraine Lake is only about 5-10 minutes drive from Lake Louise as they are accessed by the same road.
go to moraine lake is so beautiful... walk around the village as well... to take some coffee, restaurant or shopping... from the gondola you have a nice view....
Let's see we were in the parking lot at around 11:00 and wandered around the lake and poked around taking some pictures then hiked up and had a bite at the tea house and sat around there for around 40 minutes (it was pretty busy; interesting fact is that when we were there they had no electricity (don't know if this has changed over the past few years) and the staff told us that they had to bring supplies up by pack horse). We were back in the parking lot at 4:00. It certainly didn't take anywhere near 7 hours.
This is a clip my brother and i made about how we spent 24hrs in banff. Check it out. maybe you will get some ideas.
This question was posted well over a year ago. You should consider checking the dates before responding.
Does it matter? People still use these to forums to plan trips...I use old posts to get ideas. May not be useful to him but someone else with a similar question may find it useful. Most people search old posts before posting similar questions. Does it hurt anyone for me to respond to an old post?
No, I'm just suggesting that your work will get more exposure and longevity if you put this on a Banff travel page. It's more likely to attract searches and attention there
Forums tend to be fairly specific and other than the occasional mining, they do tend to lose their relevence quite quickly, as they are well buried and rarely visited.