trip to Banff National Park, What You Need to Know Before you Go To Banff

  1. By kevin
  2. On Apr 19, 2018
  3. North America
  4. Travel Tips

Most recent guests suggest splurging for a lakeside suite, claiming the higher rate is well worth the additional space and enchanting views. Arrange your trip to Banff National Park, and learn about what you need to know before you go to Banff. In winter, guests can enjoy sleigh rides and ice skating; and in summer, visitors are invited to take advantage of horseback riding and whitewater rafting.

What You Need to Know Before you Go To Banff?

You'll need a parks pass

Banff town (and most local attractions) sit inside Banff National Park, so you'll need to buy a parks pass to access everything. You can purchase the pass online, at the park gates or at the Lake Louise Visitor Centre.

You'll spot wildlife

Animals are often seen around the Lake Minnewanka area, the Banff Springs Golf Course, the Bow Valley Parkway and the Lake Louise Ski Area.

trip to Banff National Park

You'll need layers

Temperatures can change rapidly in Banff, which is why it's best to wear layers. And don't forget to layer on the sunscreen: because of the alpine altitude, there's higher UV exposure from the sun.


Some of the major safety issues facing intrepid explorers of Banff National Park include altitude sickness, weather-related ailments and animal encounters.

Those who are not used to mountain climates may find themselves experiencing symptoms of altitude sickness, the most common being dizziness, headache, nausea and fatigue. Give your body time to adjust: Don't overexert yourself physically for the first day. Instead of an intense hike, plan on a leisurely stroll. Also, make sure to drink plenty of water, and remember that changes in altitude will cause your body to react differently to alcohol.

Because of its location, Banff Town and Banff National Park experience cold, snowy winters. Dress in layers if you head into the park. It's always a good idea to bring an extra set of clothing in case you get wet. Also, make sure you bring a hat, scarf and mittens to avoid getting frostbite on your ears, nose and fingers.

The park is home to many large animals, including bears. If you're hiking on your own, make plenty of noise (talking, shuffling branches) to warn animals of your presence. Avoid getting too close to wild animals, no matter how docile they may seem. Parks Canada says that bear attacks are extremely uncommon. However, if you do encounter a bear on the trails, you should not run. Instead, avoid eye contact and back away slowly while making noise and, most of the time, the bear will lose interest. Parks Canada also recommends carrying bear spray, a form of pepper spray used to forfend aggressive bears.