1. Canoe on Lake Louise or Moraine Lake.
Don't be intimidated if it's a chilly day....it was actually warmer on the water than on land when we trekked out on our canoe. The Fairmont Lake Louise boat house rents the canoes and it is $55 CAD for half an hour.
Does it get any more outrageously gorge?
The view from the hike just to the right of the "facilities" in the parking lot of Moraine Lake. No need to climb up the rock pile as you will see many doing...the hike from the parking lot takes you to the top. (Lesson learned the hard way!) Although we did our canoeing at Lake Louise..either lake is picturesque with unbelievable hues of turquoise water.
2. Hike Johnston Canyon.
This is the first waterfall you will come to called the "Lower Falls."
The trail to the ink pots is up hill for the first half and then down hill for the last half. The pots do have that out of this world water color but if you're not into long hikes don't worry you'll catch the same color combo at the Lakes.
3. Banff Gondola
You go up, up, up for a great birds eye view. There's a small walk at the top if you want to get higher and a restaurant to get some grub.
And for the essentials:
Sleep Fairmont Banff Springs. It is centrally located and the views are spectacular.
Dessert Save room for a Beaver Tail. It's a treat worth giving up the diet for.