Vermilion Lakes, Banff

Home to spectacular wildlife and breathtaking scenery, Vermilion Lakes are the perfect place to be at one with nature. Formed within the Bow River Valley, under the shadow of the impressive Mount Rundle, the lakes and surrounding are make a perfect spot for canoeing, wildlife-watching, hiking, picnicking, and enjoying views of the sunrise or sunset. Keep an eye out for wildlife, such as bald eagles and elk. If you get lucky, at night you may be granted with the opportunity to witness the magical Aurora Borealis. Self-guided interpretive panels provide information about the natural wonders and cultural riches of the area. Arrange your visit to Vermilion Lakes and discover more family-friendly attractions in Banff National Park using our Banff National Park online visit planner.
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  • So close to Banff and yet so quiet and removed from the hustle of the town. A wonderful short drive along the lakes or a great bike ride. Amazing views at every turn. If you come to Banff you really.....  more »
  • The Vermilion Lakes areas was not as scenic as we expected and there was no wildlife to view when we visited, only a few ducks.  more »
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  • Beautiful place to take the canoe or kayak out on the lake. I've seen moose and other wildlife here. The viewpoints are beautiful and it is so peaceful.
  • Really pretty lakes just off the side of the TransCanada highway and super close to Banff! They are super pretty in summer and winter and there are plenty of places to stop to take photos! There are also some nice walking trails in the summertime with some benches to rest your weary feet upon.

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