We love Banff. And the best way to get the full Rocky Mountain experience is with a road trip. Follow along as we journey from Vancouver to Banff National Park:
In This Banff Photo Essay You Will Discover:
- Trees that Turn Gold
- Stunning Mountain Ranges
- Glacial Lakes Under Fresh Snow
- And More!
Banff is Canada’s most-loved, most-visited and most-famous national park. It only takes a minute to see why—simply put, it’s stunning. From top to bottom; edge to edge. No debate.
I recently drove there in an on-loan 2016 Chevrolet Trax to take in the Banff Mountain Film & Book Festival. I’m covering the event in the Winter 2015 issue of Explore magazine. Check out the social media story on Instagram & Twitter by searching #ExploreMagBanff. (Or by clicking those previous links.)
The magazine will be out in a few days. Until then, enjoy these photos—starting with a couple of Vines to show the dramatic change in scenery in just a few hours.
You can have your maples. The larch offers fall’s best leaf show.
Banff: A photo op in every direction.
Mount Rundle is the signature peak of Banff townsite.
Lake Louise with a fresh snowfall. Perfection.
On our way to have lunch at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise—one of the nicest restaurant views in Canada.
Louise—Canada’s prettiest lake.
Snow absorbs ambient sound. That’s why it’s so peaceful when it snows.
Nobody visits Lake Louise without snapping a selfie.
The world’s prettiest mountains? I’d say, yes.
Thirty minutes’ hike in Banff offers up better views than half the day-hikes on the planet.
As part of the Banff Mountain Film & Book Festival, reps from National Geographic hosted a “photo walk” where photogs could chat with NatGeo sharpshooters to step up their game.
Hiking up Tunnel Mountain, with Rundle beyond.
Strolling the shops of Banff Avenue like a real tourist.
Bow River with Cascade Mountain beyond.
“Love is as strong as death. Rivers cannot wash it away.” One of the most powerful epitaphs I’ve seen.
Gold against green in the Rocky Mountains… funny enough, the shot was taken near the town of Golden, BC.
We made this trek in a 2016 Chevrolet Trax LT AWD. Nice little SUV! And the onboard wi-fi was slick for sure.