I’ve dreamed about going to Banff for years. I had pictures and videos saved on Instagram and Tik Tok knowing one day I’d see that crystal blue/turquoise water in person.
And it absolutely didn’t disappoint.
I’m hard to impress when it comes to mountains but I was absolutely blown away by the beauty of Banff at every turn, the way it looked different in every light of the day. It’s also an incredibly easy trip from Colorado and I had no idea.
We found a killer deal for flights from Denver to Calgary nonstop for only $300 for early October. It was on the fringe of the season (most shuts down on Canadian Thanksgiving) but we lucked out with the fall colors season lingering and the weather still in the 60s with sunshine. On our hike to the Tea House the owner said normally this time of year they had snow up to our knees.
Day 1: Breakfast in Canmore then a 50 minute drive to the Park & Ride for Moraine Lake (book shuttle tickets online ahead of time)
Moraine Lake – Climb up the Rock Pile (just a few minutes) for the best view!
Drive to Bow Lake – Walk along the edge of the lake for more views of this glassy lake or keep going to the Bow Lake Falls (6 miles round trip)
Drive to Peyto Lake – One of the most turquoise lakes you’ll ever see in your life. The overlook is incredible but definitely a touristy spot.
Explore Banff! This downtown is so, so cute take the time to explore.
Dinner in Canmore
Day 2 – Hike Plain of the Six Glaciers
This hike was what I was looking forward to most & it was absolutely incredible. This 9.1 mile hike starts at Lake Louise then brings you into the valley looking up at 6 glaciers above. Plus, there’s the Plain of Six Glaciers Tea House which is an absolute must!
Day 3 – Final Day!
Breakfast in Banff
Afternoon Tea at Fairmont Chautau Lake Louise