Ten Top National Parks Around the Globe

by , SmarterTravel Staff - July 9, 2007 See all photo galleries
Canoes on lake Moraine in Banff National Park, Alberta


Even your car can be an adventure traveler in Canada's Banff National Park. Scenic drives along the Icefields Parkway and Bow Valley Parkway pass through stunning mountain scenery, icefields, glaciers, waterfalls, and wildflowers. You may even have to give way for a moose, bear, or caribou. Out of the car, visitors can stretch their legs on hikes or bike rides by crystalline Lake Louise and the park's many other lakes, wander through the flowers of Sunshine Meadows, or ski in the wintertime. After a hard day of play, take a refreshing dip in the hot springs that first attracted attention to the park.

White Mountain Adventures offers a variety of guided excursions in the Canadian Rockies. Bike tours in Banff, Lake Minnewanka, or Sundance Canyon cost $270 CAD (about $256 US dollars; see for current exchange rates) for up to six people, plus $30 CAD per bike. Or escape the crowds in a helicopter for a heli-hiking trip above the Bow River Valley. The cost is $319 CAD per person plus tax for a short helicopter ride and three to four hours of hiking.

Canoes on lake Moraine in Banff National Park, Alberta (Photo: Rob H, iStockphoto)

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