Banff Na­tional Park

Canadian Running - - EXOTIC DESTINATION -

Western Al­berta

Sure, the town­site is built up, and sure it’ll be a to­tal shop­ping mall/zoo all sum­mer long, but it’s not hard to es­cape the mad­ness in Banff. Whether you camp out just out of town in one of the many Parks-run sites, or stay in the town­site, you’ll have easy ac­cess to a great net­work of trails that run around and through Banff. There are count­less spec­tac­u­lar back­coun­try day hikes that make for ex­cel­lent moun­tain run­ning. Just in­dulge your whimsy: is your pen­chant a wildf lower-dot­ted moun­tain val­ley, a jaw­drop­ping moun­tain pass or pris­tine glacial lake as your des­ti­na­tion?

Af­ter­wards, you must soak your tired limbs in the hot springs. You must.

Ideal des­ti­na­tion for:

Hit­ting some se­ri­ous trails if a mem­ber of your trav­el­ling party prefers to shop and/or go to mu­se­ums and art gal­leries in­stead of hit­ting up the se­ri­ous trails. Ev­ery­one is happy.

The Banff-Jasper Re­lay passes some of the two parks’ most fa­mous land­marks

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