You don't need me to tell you Banff National Park is crazily crowded each summer. But most people don't realize how uncrowded its ski resorts are. You'll find free parking (and a shuttle into Lake Louise) from Lake Louise Ski Resort. AND... we spotted not 1, not 2, not 3,4,5, but 7 grizzly bears from the Lake Louise gondola! Here's a look at our experience, because you really ought to replicate it yourself.
Larch Valley is one of the most popular autumn hikes in Banff National Park. It's possible to get away from the crowds if you follow these tips.
Looking for an easy day hike with kids close to Banff? Lake Agnes Tea House is but an hour from Lake Louise and is ideal for young families.