8 Days in Banff: A Nature Lover’s Getaway

Banff National Park, situated in the Canadian Rockies, is a mesmerizing natural wonder. With its awe-inspiring mountain landscapes, pristine lakes, and rich wildlife, it stands as an ideal destination for outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers.

Here’s an 8-day travel itinerary for my Banff National Park adventure from October 18, 2023, to October 25, 2023:

Day 1: Arrival in Calgary, Canada πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦

  • Arrive in Calgary, Canada, and pick up your rental car.
  • Drive towards Banff National Park.
  • Check in at Canmore base camp lodge in Canmore, Alberta.
  • Explore the charming town of Canmore and stock up on groceries at Safeway. Enjoy making sandwiches for lunch and simple dinners.

Day 2: Lake Louise

  • Start day with a visit to Lake Louise, one of the park’s iconic and stunning lakes.
  • Embark on a hike around Lake Louise to savor the breathtaking views.
  • Share the beauty of your 5.7-mile hike on the Little Beehive Trail with a 1,755-foot elevation gain in Lake Louise, Banff National Park.

Day 3: Banff Gondola and Sulphur Mountain

  • Take the Banff Gondola to Sulphur Mountain for panoramic views of the Rockies.
  • Enjoy the incredible view on top of Sulphur Mountain in Banff National Park.
  • Later in the day, tackle the moderately challenging 2.7-mile out-and-back Tunnel Mountain Summit hike.

Day 4: Johnston Canyon

  • Explore Johnston Canyon and hike to the Lower and Upper Falls.
  • Take on the more challenging hike to the Upper Falls, appreciating the unique limestone walls and natural formations.
  • Continue with a hike to the Ink Pots, a series of colorful mineral springs within Johnston Canyon.

Day 5: Yoho National Park

  • Take a day trip to Yoho National Park, adjacent to Banff.
  • Explore the stunning Emerald Lake and enjoy a leisurely walk along its shoreline. Admire the captivating reflections on the emerald-colored water.

Day 6: Icefields Parkway / Snow Day

  • Drive along the famous Icefields Parkway, one of the world’s most scenic routes.
  • Despite a change in plans due to snowy weather, enjoy the beauty of Lake Louise covered in snow.

Day 7: Local Exploration in Canmore

  • Explore the charming Canmore town center, surrounded by the Rocky Mountains.
  • Discover boutique shops, outdoor gear stores, art galleries, and gift shops.
  • Conclude the day with a delightful dinner at Edo Japan and witness a family of elk navigating through traffic.

Day 8: Departure

  • Leave early due to weather conditions.
  • Return to Calgary Airport, check in early, and relax in the priority lounge.
  • Sum up Banff National Park trip, reflecting on its success and the promise of a return visit.

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