- By kevin
- On Jun 25, 2018
- North America
- Travel Tips
Every year,millions of visitors make the pilgrimage to Banff to take in its stunning views and arsenal of activities.With our travel tips to arrange your trip to Banff National Park as below.
WHEN TO GO
Canada is celebrating its 150th anniversary in 2017 and,to celebrate,it's offering everyone free admission to its national parks.Open year-round,Banff offers amazing wildlife viewing and sightseeing,plus plentiful shopping and dining options,any time of the year.Summer is popular for hiking,paddling,mountain biking and cycling,photography,and climbing.The best time for viewing seasonal color is fall,when the larch trees—the only coniferous trees to lose their needles in winter—turn yellow.
In winter,the mountain landscape makes for incredible downhill and cross-country skiing.In fact,three major downhill ski resorts operate within the park.Lake Louise Ski Resort,Sunshine Village,and Mount Norquay combine to offer a large skiable terrain,not to mention the backcountry trails available throughout the park.The ski season,which runs from November to May,is one of the longest in North America.Visitors can also enjoy wildlife tours,ice walks,snowshoeing,and dogsled and horse sleigh rides.
Weather in the Canadian Rockies can change quickly.A single day can have a mix of sunshine,snow,wind,and rain,so dress in layers.Summers are warm with low humidity.Temperatures average a high of 70ºF(21ºC),and daylight lasts until 11 p.m.Autumn brings cool nights and crisp air.Winters can be frigid.In January,the average daytime high is minus 19ºF(minus 7ºC),but by April it is 49ºF(9ºC).
HOW TO VISIT
Visiting the park by car or tour bus is most common.In the town of Banff you can also catch the ROAM bus,a publicly accessible and environmentally friendly hybrid outfitted with wildlife information.Pick up a map or bus schedule at the Banff or Lake Louise visitor information centers.GPS guides are also available.
To get the most out of the park,plan to spend a day in the town of Banff and the rest of your vacation outdoors,immersing yourself in the mountains,especially if you’re an experienced skier or hiker.