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Banff National Park - Top 4 Lakes

Banff National Park - Top 4 Lakes

Banff National Park is is a dream. I can’t exactly describe a place where it seems believable that there is a view with turquoise water coupled with the tallest snow capped mountains you will ever see, so, I took the photos to to prove it (see top 4 lakes below) and also provided some pre-planning tips!

  • Plan to visit right after the high seasonality peak (June-August). Yes, it gets cold, but having less of a crowd when you have one chance to get that shot or take in that view helps!

  • Getting from one lake to another from downtown Banff town ranges from 30 minutes to an hour plus so reserve a rental car and plan for a lot of drive time.

  • Pack a lunch, bring snacks and stock up on water. Once out in the park, there aren’t a lot of restaurants (Lake Moraine and Lake Minnewanka do have coffee and snack stations).

  • Get ample sleep. In some cases, you will be leaving your hotel (from downtown Banff) at 5 AM or earlier. You want to arrive at the lakes at least one hour prior to the sunrise (or sunset). Some of the lakes require a short hike to the viewing point. See below for the sunrise/sunset recommendation for each lake.

  • I recommend bringing both your smart phone and your camera. Each device is going to help you capture it all in different ways. Also, bring a tripod! The images below are a mix of moments taken from both my camera and my iPhone.

  • Bring layers of clothes. The temperature changes on the hour in some cases so you will want to bring a winter jacket, gloves, and a hat especially if you are arriving early and staying late.

  • You can book a kayak or a small motorized boat @ Lake Minnewanka Boat Rentals for about $60 an hour. The more popular option is at The Fairmont Hotel where you can rent a canoe on Lake Louise with prices ranging from $75 an hour (guest rate) to $115 an hour (non-guest rate).

  • Book your hotel months in advance. I stayed at Banff Park Lodge, which included a really nice indoor whirlpool and an eucalyptus steam room (perfect after an all day adventure). But, if you can splurge and are able to score a room at The Fairmont, please do!! It’s beautiful.

BOW LAKE: Recommend for Sunrise. As you can see, the views changed on the hour.

Bow Lake

Bow Lake

Bow Lake

Bow Lake

Bow Lake

Bow Lake

PEYTO LAKE: Recommended for Sunset.

Peyto Lake

Peyto Lake

Peyto Lake

Peyto Lake

MORAINE LAKE: Recommended for Sunrise. This lake is the bluest of the blue water!

Moraine Lake: This view requires a very small hike to the top of the mountain to the left as you enter the parking lot.

Moraine Lake: This view requires a very small hike to the top of the mountain to the left as you enter the parking lot.

Moraine Lake: Ground view

Moraine Lake: Ground view

LAKE MINNEWANKA: Recommend during the afternoon when the sun is out. The winds can be quite a challenge to push through and the water can get very choppy so you might get wet (and cold).

One Day in Louisville, KY

One Day in Louisville, KY