Explore Vermillion Lakes in Banff National Park

Vermillion Lakes

Explore one of Banff's best photography destinations.

Vermillion Lakes is one of the best spot's in Banff to catch a sunrise or sunset depending on the season. Although it's one of the most popular locations for photographers, there are so many different areas around the lakes that you'll never feel like it's too crowded. Mount Rundle can be photographed during anytime during the year, but be sure to check for ideal conditions to capture that perfect shot. Being so close to town, be sure to grab a bite to eat or a cold one afterwards!

Pack List

  • Snacks
  • Thermos + warm clothes if shooting in the winter
  • Camera
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Activities Photography
Skill Level Beginner
Season Year Round
Features
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Forest
Lake
Romantic
Scenic

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Beautiful Area

Beautiful spot, and the scenery is even better if you can get there for sunrise. It's close to town so you won't get any solitude, but still well worth going to see firsthand

Beautiful and Close to Town

Every time I visit Banff, I make an effort to visit Vermillion Lakes a few times. I love walking around the small lakes and forests here and there is always something to see. I've come across moose, elk, loons, eagles, and more all by just walking up and down the road and short trail. Not to mention, it's right next to town making it an easy stop.

Stunning Views Right Outside of Town

Vermillion Lakes are an incredible view right outside the town of Banff. If you're staying in Banff town, make sure to catch sunrise here once or twice. The views are unforgettable.


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