1. Lake Louise
What is it? As if the view of its turquoise waters wasn’t enough, Lake Louise is also known for the breathtaking scene just beyond its shores: a pair of snow-capped mountains flanking the Victoria Glacier – the icy mass that feeds the lake and gives it its famous hue.
Why go? Just a 40-minute drive from downtown Banff, Lake Louise simply cannot be captured by photos. Hop in a canoe in the summer or walk across the lake in the winter to find a frozen waterfall. Then warm up with a hot toddy at Alpine Social in the impressively vast Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise.