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Banff Gondola

Ride this safe, glass-enclosed gondola system to the top of Sulphur Mountain for unparalleled views of Banff and the Rocky Mountains. The eight-minute journey is a year-round attraction, and during the summer you can hike around the summit area. Marvel at the breathtaking and photo-worthy vistas from the observation deck, have a snack and visit the gift shop. Check the website as the hours of operation are subject to change without notice and vary seasonally.

Vermilion Lakes

Just a short drive away from Banff lie the pristine Vermilion Lakes. The three lakes lie sprawled at the foot of Mount Norquay, surrounded by the peaks of the Canadian Rockies and sheltered by the blue canopy of an open sky. The lakes and their surroundings offer visitors a chance to indulge in a variety of outdoor activities such as hiking, canoeing and wildlife watching. The site is especially popular amongst amateur and professional photographers who cannot resist the lure of the lakes' untouched beauty. The lakes are clearly visible from the highway and make a remarkably breathtaking sight indeed, especially at sunset when the scene is awash in the red, gold and crimson hues of the setting sun. The scene inspires romance and is a great choice for a leisurely drive on date night.

Bow Falls

Located just 2 kilometers (1.3 miles) from the city center, the Bow Falls are among Banff's top attractions. Though not particularly high, these falls are wide and paint a mesmerizing picture against the forest-covered landscape. Outdoor enthusiasts can take the Bow Falls Trail and hike to the falls. The scenery is picturesque and the trail is easy for all ages. Keep an eye out for local wildlife like elk and bears during your visit. Don't miss this easy-to-reach photo op while visiting the city; you're sure to create memories you'll cherish for years to come.

All In The Wild Gallery

With a passion for nature that is backed by the skill of a true artist, nature photographer Jason Leo Bantle brings you face to face with some of Canada's most awe-inspiring landscapes and intriguing wildlife at the All In The Wild Gallery. Each photograph captures the untouched beauty of the Canadian wilderness and its inhabitants, bringing to life a world that for most of us exists only in our dreams. Through the lens of his camera Bantle transports the casual observer through time and space to some of the country's most remote regions for a close encounter with the wild. Visit the gallery for a look at some of Bantle's most inspiring work. The gallery offers photographic prints, coffee table books and children's books for sale.

Banff Avenue

If you head down Banff Avenue between the Bow River Bridge and the Cascade Plaza, you'll be surprised with the amount of stores, restaurants and nightclubs packed into the small area. You can walk down either side of the street and find unique boutiques and countless souvenir shops. Find the perfect gift at Lush or if you have a sweet tooth don't miss The Fudgery. Time will fly by as you window shop the day away.

Cave and Basin National Historic Site

Visitors to the Cave and Basin National Historic Site will learn all about Canada's National Parks System, as this was e country's first national park, set up in 1885. The site offers visitors a glimpse into the world of the parks system through hands-on displays in a fascinating interpretive center. Outdoor lovers will find fascinating trails that wind through the beautiful surrounding area and down into a cave system that can be visited on guided tours or individually. Warm mineral springs are located within the caves, while many species of wildlife can be seen in the forests surrounding the center.

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