Banff National Park
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