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  • KURT B
    Washington, IL393 contributions
    Easy lake drive with great scenery. The lake is beautiful, and we saw a big Black Bear. Drove it in a 28FT. RV no problem.
    Written 25 June 2022
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  • Anne D
    Delta, Canada63 contributions
    What a gorgeous waterfall, and so nice and close to the Rimrock. A lot of snow is melting in the mountains and the falls were going full force. Beautiful
    Written 25 June 2022
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  • Michele G-W
    London, Canada427 contributions
    The Parkway was right behind where we were staying in Banff. We didn't bike it but did drive it and it's beautiful. If you go around 7:30/8pm you'll see wildlife. We saw Elk and Black Bear.
    Written 25 June 2022
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  • mjbernatz
    Rolesville, NC173 contributions
    My wife and I hiked this trail on a sunny day during a visit to Banff. We are in our mid-50’s and did not have any problems getting to the top. There are great views from multiple points along the trail. Took about an hour to get to the top.
    Written 28 June 2022
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  • PaulaDDuck
    Toronto, Canada191 contributions
    It had snowed overnight, so the surrounding trees and some of the trail were snow covered, so it was handy to have proper hiking boots and poles. It is a steady upward climb. As we neared the top, the wind and snow increased; however, we were lucky that shortly thereafter, the wind dropped, the snow stopped and a glimmer of sun appeared on the Saskatchewan glacier, the valley, the waterfall and surrounding peaks. Soon the wind and snow picked up again. It took us about 2 hours round trip including stopping for pictures. Well worth the effort!
    Written 21 September 2021
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  • Michele G-W
    London, Canada427 contributions
    Banff Ave has something for everyone. There are all types of shops (clothing,chocolate,soaps) and restaurants for even the picky eaters!
    It does get very busy so I recommend going early. This will also allow you to find close parking. Parking is paid or free at the Train Station.
    Great place to people watch
    Written 25 June 2022
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  • Vickers55
    Cambridge, UK581 contributions
    Lovely little lake and so quiet compared to the melee of lake Louise. All the little lakes in this area have the same combination of emerald gree water and nouveau a with reflections. So much better to see in isolation than with loads of others
    Written 28 June 2022
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  • Ruth K
    Flat Rock, NC132 contributions
    Pretty gardens. I wish the flowers had been marked with their names for those of us who would like to purchase similar plants. The garden in general deserves more care and the water cleaned but it is a beautiful place to visit
    Written 11 September 2021
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  • Tony K
    Moreno Valley, CA705 contributions
    Right near town. This is nice and easy short scenic drive past the Vermilion Lakes. Drive slow and enjoy the views as lots of people use this road to Walk, Bike and run etc
    Written 10 June 2022
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  • Ruth S
    Bellevue, WA691 contributions
    Very nice it is in the center of town with washrooms in the building and next door. Needed advice on the transit and service was very helpful.
    Written 10 June 2022
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  • Sharon R
    Tucson, Arizona227 contributions
    This is a very special walk because of the river, mountains and snow. It is so green. There are three Hoodoos which are a bit difficult to see and they are sand colored. Fun walk but it is a bit of a challenge to get to the top.
    Written 18 June 2022
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  • Sharon R
    Tucson, Arizona227 contributions
    A fun place to drive with mountain and river views. There is a viewing platform which gives a fantastic view of the hotel.
    Written 18 June 2022
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  • Adam K
    Red Deer, Canada99 contributions
    We have ridden this trail several times now and love the trail! It is well maintained and features some spectacular views.

    This trip was cut short due to a mechanical failure of one of our riders who unfortunately had a tire explosion that resulted in him going over the bars, hitting his face on the pavement and breaking his arm just below the shoulder. I was surprised and VERY disappointed to hear that one of the oncoming riders told him to "move off the trail cause he was blocking traffic" when he had just crashed and was in a great deal of pain.

    There are unfortunately some people on this trail that think they are training for the Olympics and the rest of us are just in their way - so be careful. There were three different incidents that day which resulted in the ambulance being called (I was in the emergency room to witness it).

    On a side note: one of the first people to stop was a paramedic, another that stopped was a doctor and two others who helped clean the scene worked at the hospital - so you don't seem to have to wait too long for some quality help. We always carry a First Aid kit when biking/hiking - I would suggest having at least the basic necessities.

    Keep to the right of the trails. Use your bells. Watch out for others - they may not be watching out for you!
    Written 16 August 2021
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  • Mentgsc
    Kathmandu, Nepal15 contributions
    Our bus driver timed our visit to Spiral Tunnels perfectly as we waited less than 5 minutes to a vey long freight train start to weave in and out of the Spiral tunnels
    Written 18 May 2022
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  • Hamid T
    Hinton, Canada26 contributions
    The lake is very close to Banff, and easy to reach. The views are perfect! You may sit near the lake and have fun, or swim if the weather permits. Very very beautiful.
    Written 30 June 2022
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