Canada’s oldest national park, Banff is also considered one of its most naturally spectacular. With its Rocky Mountain peaks reaching close to 3,000 meters above sea level, many of which retain snow up until the summer, frosty alpine lakes and glowing glaciers are the order of the day here.

Vacationers are generally the outdoor crowd attracted by the ample opportunities for skiing, hiking, rock climbing and mountain biking. The park is dominated by dense coniferous forest over its more than 4,039 square mile area, meaning it is simple to escape the crowds of Banff Town. One of the greatest treats for serial pamperers is the Upper Hot Springs on Sulphur Mountain, the perfect place to lose tired legs after day’s trekking in the mountains.