McCann Travels: 48 Hours in Banff – with Erika Hedgecock, Junior Art Director
A week ago, I travelled to Banff for a Canadian adventure with my childhood best friend, Kristen! We started out in Edmonton, the capital city of Alberta, Canada, before we road tripped south to Calgary, and Banff – which is both a town and a national park. While we only had a short time in Banff, it was well worth the drive. Below are my Top 5 must-dos while there:
1. LAKE MINNEWANKA
This was our first stop once we drove through the entrance of Banff National Park. Since it was Canada’s 150-year celebration, all the National Parks were free of charge, which was an added bonus. Lake Minnewanka is a glacial lake, so the water is crystal clear and smooth. It’s surrounded by amazing mountains and pine trees that make for some pretty awesome photos.
2. LAKE LOUISE
This is a little bit of a drive from Banff, but definitely worth it. The drive up is beautiful with amazing views of the mountains all the way up the winding roads. The water is an amazing shade of blue, with huge, beautiful mountains covered in snow behind it. If you want to be a little boujee, you can stop in the Fairmont Hotel right next door.
3. ROAD TRIP & EXPLORE
Banff is unreal beautiful, that even just driving along the highways are breathtaking. There were a few highway pull-off lookout points where we got some of the best photos. You’ll even pass some fuzzy cows and sheep along the way.
4. HIT UP THE LOCAL SHOPS
The main street in Banff looks straight out of a movie. It has cute street lamps that line the sidewalks, with quaint local shops and restaurants that are definitely worth checking out before grabbing drinks and food.
5. PARK RESTAURANT & DISTILLERY
This place has some awesome cocktails that are brewed in their own distillery using the philosophy “glacier to glass”. All of the ingredients used to make their own Whiskey, Gin, and Vodka are sourced locally in Alberta, and have also won a ton of awards globally. The atmosphere inside is also cool and cozy for a perfect place to warm up with a cocktail or five.
Overall, Banff was an amazing place to visit. The mountains, lakes, and scenery were beautiful, the people were incredible, and the trip was one for the books!