Vermilion Lakes, Banff

Home to spectacular wildlife and breathtaking scenery, Vermilion Lakes are the perfect place to be at one with nature. Formed within the Bow River Valley, under the shadow of the impressive Mount Rundle, the lakes and surrounding are make a perfect spot for canoeing, wildlife-watching, hiking, picnicking, and enjoying views of the sunrise or sunset. Keep an eye out for wildlife, such as bald eagles and elk. If you get lucky, at night you may be granted with the opportunity to witness the magical Aurora Borealis. Self-guided interpretive panels provide information about the natural wonders and cultural riches of the area. Use our Banff National Park trip itinerary planner to add Vermilion Lakes and other attractions to your Banff National Park vacation plans.
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  • August 14, 2017
    These lakes are one of the few wetlands in the Rockies and are the beautiful green color of other lakes and rivers in the area. Lovely easy flat path all along the lake areas.  more »
  • August 10, 2017
    Nice lakes, but getting choked with aquatic plants. The view of the mountains across the water would be nice if not for all the mosquitoes. Worth the short drive from town, but if you are short on tim...  more »
  • August 9, 2017
    as you get closer some algae was on the surface. calm lakes but not to the caliber of rest of park..  more »

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