Banff National Park - Vermillion Lakes
Alberta, Canada travel, tourism
(canoeing, birdwatching, kayaking, wildlife watching)
Vermillion Lakes are three large wetland lakes located just west of the community of Banff, Alberta, Canada. The three lakes and the surrounding tributaries combine to create the largest wetland area in the Bow Valley.
In the distance Mount Rundle and Sulphur Mountain dominate the horizon. The reflections of both mountains can be seen often dancing on the surface of the third Vermillion Lake.
The Vermillion Lakes link to 40 Mile Creek and to the Bow River. The waterways combine to create popular paddle routes. Tour companies and canoe rentals are available in Banff, Alberta, Canada.
The sedge and grass environment in the shallow water of the Vermillion Lakes creates an ideal setting for small mammals and birds to thrive. The wetland setting and the wildlife population makes Vermillion Lakes a popular destination for birdwatching, wildlife sightings and photography.
The combination of connected waterways, the wildlife and the wetland environment makes the Vermillion Lakes a popular destination in the spring, summer and early fall months for many activities like kayaking, canoeing, wildlife watching and birdwatching.
Some of the birds visiting the Banff wetlands include bald eagles, osprey, herons and swans. Wildlife sightings in the wetlands include beaver, elk and muskrat.
The Vermillion Lakes Road runs parallel to Highway #1 and is the best access road for the wetland lakes. Along the road there are some roof top canoe launch areas and some floating canoe docks.
The Vermillion Lakes Road is a 4.6 kilometre dead end road. During the winter the road only permits access to the first of the Vermillion Lakes. The Fenland Trail, located closer to Banff Village, provides access to 40 Mile Creek which connects to the Vermillion Lakes wetland area.
How to Get to Vermillion Lakes
Travel south on Main Street (Banff Avenue) to Wolf Street. Turn west onto Wolf Street and continue until you reach Lynx Street. Turn north. Follow Lynx Street to Mount Norquay Road and continue north. Just before Highway #1, on your left, is the Vermillion Lakes Road. Turn here.