Your Complete Guide to an Epic Trip to Banff National Park
A trip to Banff National Park is about experiencing the outdoors. And winter is one of the best times to do it. Come along as we show you what makes this park one of the best winter time destinations. We start at the Cave and Basin National Park because this is the birthplace of Canada’s National Parks System.
Our journey continues outside to see the basin, where if you look hard enough you will notice the Banff Snail, which can’t be found anywhere else in the world but here. Next up, we go fat biking through the Canadian Rockies and wrap up the day with a social scene, enjoying the shops on Banff Avenue and a drink and campfire inspired food at the Park Distillery. When the night comes, we wind down in a castle at the The Fairmont Hotel. It was built in 1888 by the Canadian Pacific Railway, was rebuilt following a fire in 1928 and is now modeled after a Scottish baronial castle.
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Fall Colours in the Canadian Rockies
Canada's east coast steals most of the attention for its brilliant fall colours, but the Canadian Rockies deliver their own stunning splash of colour every year with a mix of stunning Larch trees, which turn a golden yellow, and towering stands of Aspens that turn orange.
The season can be short in the mountains; however, the colours are usually at their peak between the final two weeks of September and early October.
The three best places to take in the fall colours stretch the length of the UNESCO Rocky Mountain Parks World Heritage Site. In Jasper, the Aspen trees that line the space between Pyramid and Patricia Lakes are a locals favourite. In Banff, the Lake Agnes Tea House is surrounded by Larch. And finally, in Kananaskis Country, the entire Highwood Pass road is lined with stunning Aspen and Larch trees.