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Golden Triangle

Columbia Wetlands Wildlife Safari in Golden (Vagabond Quest photo)

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Golden Triangle

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1 to 3 days, 315.00 km (195.73 mi)

Wilderness lodge, Purcell Mountains (David Gluns photo)
Wilderness lodge, Purcell Mountains (David Gluns photo)

Journey through three national parks - Banff, Kootenay, and Yoho - with amazing wilderness and wildlife viewing opportunities. Notably, the route passes through the 26,000ha/64,000ac Columbia River Wetlands, home to thousands of waterfowl, great blue herons, ospreys, and eagles.

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Part 1
Banff National Park (Alberta)

30.35 km - about 0 hours 24 min

The Golden Triangle Circle Route begins in Alberta’s Banff National Park, which is home to picturesque Lake Louise. Enjoy a walk along the lakeshore or ride the Lake Louise summer gondola for amazing sightseeing.

Drive west over Kicking Horse Pass into British Columbia and Yoho National Park.

Takakkaw Falls in Yoho National Park
Part 2
Yoho National Park

52.25 km - about 0 hours 42 min

Spanning 1,310sq km/507sq mi, Yoho National Park features the Spiral Tunnels, Takakkaw Falls (one of Canada's highest waterfalls), Emerald Lake, and Burgess Shale – a 505-million-year-old fossil deposit. The nearby town of Field has an excellent Visitor Centre just off the Trans-Canada Highway.

Midway between Yoho and Glacier National Park is the heart of Kicking Horse Country. Continue west to Golden.

Whitewater rafting on the Kicking Horse River near Golden, Alpine Rafting photo
Part 3
Golden

102.62 km - about 1 hours 20 min

Golden, situated at the confluence of Kicking Horse and Columbia rivers, is a hub of outdoor adventure, from whitewater rafting to mountain biking. Wildlife viewing opportunities also abound in Golden, which has a wolf sanctuary, a grizzly bear refuge, and the lush Columbia River Wetlands that parallel Highway 95 south of town.

Turn north at the junction of Highway 93 and Highway 95 to reach Kootenay National Park.

Radium Hot Springs, Canadian Rockies Hot Springs/Brenda Falvey photo
Part 4
Radium Hot Springs and Kootenay National Park

64.22 km - about 0 hours 56 min

Sinclair Canyon is in Kootenay National Park and is the location of Radium Hot Springs. The natural mineral hot springs are a great place to relax and have lunch.

Continue on Highway 93 through Kootenay National Park to reach several view points and hiking trails, such as Kootenay Valley Viewpoint, Vermillion Crossing, Paint Pot, and Fireweed Trail at the Continental Divide.

Hiking in Kootenay National Park, Marlene Ford photo
Part 5
Return to Alberta

65.56 km - about 0 hours 47 min

Follow Highway 93 east through Vermillion Pass and Kootenay National Park to return to Alberta and Trans-Canada Hwy 1.

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Driving Directions

Part 1 - Banff National Park (Alberta) - 30.35 km - about 0 hours 24 min
1.

Auf Route Transcanadienne/Trans-Canada Hwy/AB-1 W/AB-93 N nach Nordwesten Richtung Slate Rd starten

2.17 km
2.

Leicht links abbiegen auf Route Transcanadienne/Trans-Canada Hwy/AB-1 WWeiter auf Route Transcanadienne/Trans-Canada HwySie sind bald in Britisch-Kolumbien.Das Ziel befindet sich auf der rechten Seite.

28.12 km
Part 2 - Yoho National Park - 52.25 km - about 0 hours 42 min
1.

Auf Route Transcanadienne/Trans-Canada Hwy/BC-1 W nach Südwesten starten

49.98 km
2.

Links abbiegen auf BC-95 S

0.74 km
3.

Rechts abbiegen auf 10th Ave N/BC-95 SDas Ziel befindet sich auf der linken Seite.

1.50 km
Part 3 - Golden - 102.62 km - about 1 hours 20 min
1.

Auf 10th Ave S/BC-95 S nach Süden Richtung 11 St S startenWeiter auf BC-95 SDas Ziel befindet sich auf der rechten Seite.

102.67 km
1.

Auf BC-95 S nach Süden Richtung Forsters Landing Rd starten

0.23 km
2.

Links abbiegen auf Kootenay Hwy/BC-93 NDas Ziel befindet sich auf der linken Seite.

64.00 km
Part 5 - Return to Alberta - 65.56 km - about 0 hours 47 min
1.

Auf Kootenay Hwy/BC-93 N nach Nordwesten Richtung Hawk Creek Trail startenSie sind bald in Alberta.

29.92 km
2.

Weiter auf Banff Windermere Pkwy/AB-93 N

10.08 km
3.

Links abbiegen auf AB-1 W/AB-93 N Richtung Lake LouiseDas Ziel befindet sich auf der rechten Seite.

25.56 km