Couple standing on rock with landscape view of green Canada lake and mountains in background

Day 1

Arrival in Canmore

As with much of Canada, the journey is an experience rather than a chore. Most people travel here via the spectacular Icefields Parkway, which winds between the Rocky peaks and offers some jaw-dropping photo opportunities. You may find the journey taking a little longer than planned! Once you arrive in Canmore you can settle into your lodge and explore the town. Canmore is a former mining town with an unfussy feel to it, but it is very tourist-friendly and you’ll find some really good options for eating and drinking here.

Man looking out to lake louise whilst pearched on rock

Day 2

Explore the Banff National Park

You can visit one of the bakeries in town for a spot of breakfast before heading out into nature. The peaks of the Three Sisters are close to Canmore, and we’d really recommend heading to Lake Louise, around 50 minutes north by car, where you’ll find some of the best trails and views around. Pop into the visitor centre where they’ll be able to give some local advice on what your best options are for the time of year.

group of people in traditional Canadian open canoes on emerald green lake

You can’t reserve in advance, but if you’re there early enough (and the lake isn’t frozen, as it often is until June) then renting a kayak and getting out on the lake is a very special experience. The water seems almost unnaturally still and strikingly blue, and the reflections of the surrounding mountains across the surface make for a postcard-like setting. Kayaks usually cost around £40, but generally, if you go further afield than the popular Lake Louise you will find fewer people and lower prices too!

Canada Banff Lake Louise Landscape

Day 3

Departure from Canmore

For many travellers, this is the last stop on the road through this part of Canada. Calgary International Airport is only a couple of hours away, so you can easily drive here and drop off your car before catching your flight home, or if you are starting your adventure here you can travel onwards to another part of Canada.

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Lodge in Canmore

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