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Vermilion Lakes

Mountain scenery, wildlife-spotting opportunities, hiking trails and canoeing adventures await you at this series of lakes in the foothills of the Canadian Rockies.

Appreciate the serenity and natural beauty of the Vermilion Lakes. This chain of three lakes and verdant marshland is an ideal place to escape the busy tourist activity of Banff. Vermilion Lakes have drawn people for almost 11,000 years. Today, the area is a popular area to canoe, hike, view soaring mountains, picnic along the waterfront and spot wildlife.

Sit on the shore of one of the lakes and gaze in awe at a spectacular mountain backdrop dominated by Mount Rundle and Sulphur Mountain. Watch as the mountains’ jagged peaks reflect perfectly in the third lake. Visit at either sunrise or sunset to witness the changing colors of the sky and water. In winter it is sometimes possible to see the enchanting northern lights.

Spot varied wildlife such as beavers, deer, moose and an occasional bear. Look for blue herons, red-tailed hawks and water dippers, among other birds.

Set out on foot along the pavement, boardwalks and dirt tracks of the 1-mile-long (2-kilometer) Fenland Loop Trail. Drive, bike or walk along Vermilion Lakes Road, a 2.7-mile (4.3-kilometer) path passing the lakes’ northern banks. At Vermilion Lakes Viewpoint enjoy panoramic vistas and excellent photo opportunities. Stop at interpretive signs to read about the ecology, ethnology and geology of the lakes.

Cruise in a canoe or kayak for an alternative perspective of the lakes and surrounding countryside. Reach the lakes by paddling down Echo Creek and Forty Mile Creek. The calm waters make this activity suitable for all levels of fitness. Rent equipment from the jetty on Bow Avenue, a short walk from Banff’s town center.

The lakes are a 5-minute drive or 30-minute walk from Banff. Use the free parking available at the first lake and at the start of the Fenland Loop Trail. Pay the entrance fee for Banff National Park in order to reach the town of Banff and the lakes.

Vermilion Lakes are accessible year-round. However, be prepared for extreme weather conditions in the winter months. The Vermilion Lakes Road forms part of the Banff Legacy Trail, a multi-use recreational route that links the Bow Valley Parkway with Canmore.


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Banff Caribou Lodge and Spa AU$161
Banff Caribou Lodge and Spa

Banff Caribou Lodge and Spa

521 Banff Ave, Box 1070, Banff, AB
     
    3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in the heart of Banff, this spa hotel is 0.6 mi (0.9 km) from Banff Lake Louise Tourism Bureau, and within 3 mi (5 km) of Cave and Basin National Historic Site and Tunnel Mountain. Banff Springs Golf Club and Upper Hot Springs are also within 3 mi (5 km). Banff Station is 17 minutes by foot.

    Banff Park Lodge AU$150
    Banff Park Lodge

    Banff Park Lodge

    222 Lynx St, Banff, AB
       
      3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in the heart of Banff, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Canada House Gallery and Banff Lake Louise Tourism Bureau. Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity and Banff Gondola are also within 3 miles (5 km). Banff Station is 6 minutes by foot.

      The Fox Hotel and Suites AU$201
      The Fox Hotel and Suites

      The Fox Hotel and Suites

      461 Banff Ave, Banff, AB
         
        3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated in a national park, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Banff National Park Information Centre and Banff Lake Louise Tourism Bureau. Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity and Upper Hot Springs are also within 3 miles (5 km). Banff Station is 14 minutes by foot.

        The Elk & Avenue Hotel AU$170
        The Elk & Avenue Hotel

        The Elk & Avenue Hotel

        333 Banff Ave, Banff, AB
           
          3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated in a national park, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Banff Lake Louise Tourism Bureau and Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity. Cave and Basin National Historic Site and Tunnel Mountain are also within 3 mi (5 km). Banff Station is 6 minutes by foot.

          Mount Royal Hotel AU$168
          Mount Royal Hotel

          Mount Royal Hotel

          138 Banff Avenue, Banff, AB
             
            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in the heart of Banff, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Canada House Gallery and Banff Lake Louise Tourism Bureau. Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity and Banff Gondola are also within 3 miles (5 km). Banff Station is 10 minutes by foot.

            Moose Hotel And Suites AU$249
            Moose Hotel And Suites

            Moose Hotel And Suites

            345 Banff Ave, Banff, AB
               
              3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in the heart of Banff, this spa hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Banff National Park Information Centre and Banff Lake Louise Tourism Bureau. Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity and Banff Gondola are also within 3 miles (5 km). Banff Station is 8 minutes by foot.

              Royal Canadian Lodge AU$236
              Royal Canadian Lodge

              Royal Canadian Lodge

              459 Banff Ave, Banff, AB
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in the heart of Banff, this spa hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity and Central Park. Bow Falls and Cave and Basin National Historic Site are also within 2 mi (3 km). Banff Station is 13 minutes by foot.

                The Juniper Hotel AU$156
                The Juniper Hotel

                The Juniper Hotel

                1 Juniper Way, Banff, AB
                   
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated in a national park, this romantic hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Banff National Park Information Centre and Banff Lake Louise Tourism Bureau. Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity and Tunnel Mountain are also within 3 miles (5 km). Banff Station is 16 minutes by foot.