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Banff National Park is overflowing with beautiful destinations. Full of majestic mountain ranges, unreal turquoise lakes, and skies that go on forever. But with elopement activities, wardrobe, and potential guests to consider, where is the best place for you to exchange your vows?

That answer, of course, depends on your elopement plans. Listed below are the best places to elope in Banff – a handful of stunning locations that could accommodate your adventurous wedding wants and needs!

  1. MORAINE LAKE

You might have heard about this iconic lake. It offers majestic views of both the Valley of The Ten Peaks mountain range, and a stunning, turquoise glacier lake. 

Lodging:
You can stay right at Moraine Lake Lodge, just steps away from the lake shore. It offers complimentary parking, canoe rentals, and guided hikes. There are many trails in the area, ranging from easy to difficult, so it’s perfect for your adventurous wedding or elopement getaway. 

The Town of Banff, Canmore, Kananskis, and Golden are also nearby, with a large variety of accommodations. They’re nestled in the mountain range, so you can still enjoy the wilderness.

Best time to visit:
Late spring, summer, and fall. 

If you’d like to witness something magical, come and watch the sunrise. The gorgeous colours in the sky, and the reflections on the lake are just…there are no words! And the lighting is perfect for stunning pictures.

Imagine eloping here. You can exchange your vows at the “rock pile” along the lake’s breathtaking shoreline.

Here are some photos of my awesome couples who have eloped in Banff:

This lake is closed during the winter season due to the high avalanche risk, so be sure to check for park closure here before visiting. 

If you are seeking more privacy, you can exchange your vows along one of the trails (see the location example on the video below). A lot of them are less crowded, AND you can still explore Moraine lake throughout your big day. It’s the best of both worlds! This is definitely one of the best places to elope in Banff.

PRO TIPS: Due to its limited seasonal opening, Moraine Lake gets very busy during the summer. Arrive before sunrise to get a parking spot, OR stay at Moraine Lake Lodge for guaranteed parking. The park road will close once the parking lot is full. 

  1. LAKE LOUISE

Similar to Moraine Lake, Lake Louise also offers an amazing view of the iconic turquoise lake surrounded by the mountain range. There are many hiking trails in the area, from the easy day hikes to multi-day backcountry treks. 

A couple standing in front of a turquoise colour lake, Lake Louise on their elopement day in Banff with the mountain range behind them.

You can rent a canoe through Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise or The Banff Canoe Club, and experience the glacier lake first hand. 

You can also book a horseback adventure through the Brewster Adventures. Just imagine horseback riding with your partner through the mountain valleys filled with wildflowers and glacial fields on your special day. Your elopement could be your greatest adventure yet!

You may be thinking, how can this get any better

Well, did you know that you can elope on a ski hill?

You could get married on top of a mountain at the Lake Louise Ski Resort, and see the turquoise lake from thousands of feet up! And it’s open all year around. Imagine skiing down the mountain after your wedding ceremony on a pow day. Heck ya! 

Bride and Groom standing in front of frozen Lake Louise on their winter elopement day in Banff

Lodging: 
You can stay right on the lake at Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, with a breathtaking view of the lake right from your suite. Or, stay at the luxurious, family-run Paradise Lodge, just a short walk away from the lake. There are lots of other accommodations near the ski resort, or in the Town of Banff.

Best time to visit:
All year around! 

Be sure to check here for road closures before you visit.

  1. MT. CHARLES OR MARVEL PASS

Another location to elope is on TOP of a mountain. 

That’s right!

You can book a heli-adventure through Alpine Helicopter, and get the mountain top view without all the climbing. Exchange your vows at Mt. Charles Stewart or Marvel Pass, and get the stunning backdrop of valleys below and mountain range all around. 

Definitely one of the best places to elope in Banff!

A helicopter flying through the mountain range during misty weather for a mountain top helicopter elopement in Banff

Lodging: 
Alpine Helicopter’s landing pad is located in Canmore (a mountain town only 20 minutes from Banff). Here is a list of lodgings in Canmore

Best time to elope:
All year around, but the helicopter tours are fair weather dependent.

  1. PEYTO LAKE

Peyto Lake has beautiful views of the glacier-fed lake from above. The trail also starts at the highest point of the Icefield, so you’ll get significant height with minimal elevation gain. 

A couple getting married by the blue turquoise colour lake at Peyto Lake in Banff. They are dancing at sunrise.

PRO TIP: There are two lookouts at Peyto Lake. Most people only stop at the first one. To get some privacy on your wedding day, and avoid the crowds, you should hike a little further to the second lookout point. 

Lodging:
If you love the rustic cabin vibes, Num-Ti-Jah Lodge would be the place for you. It’s located on the gorgeous Bow Lake, only a 5 minute drive from Peyto Lake.

Best time to visit:
Usually all year round. Unfortunately it’s currently closed due to construction, but should reopen by Spring 2021. Be sure to check here for road and trail closures.

The best time of the day to elope would be just before sunrise or sunset, so you both can witness the jaw-dropping colours in the sky!

There are more lodging options at Lake Louise, Field, and the Town of Banff.

  1. LAKE MINNEWANKA

This lake is close to the Town of Banff. It’s easy to access, just a short walk from the parking lot. There are many trails nearby to explore, including a mountain bike path along the shorelines, and opportunities for backcountry camping. 

You also can take a cruise through Banff Jasper Collective to enjoy the mountain air, and watch the local wildlife along the shoreline. 

A couple are eloping by the lake called Lake Minnewanka and surrounded by mountain range in Banff National Park

Lodging:
You can view the list of accommodations in Banff here. You can also check out more lodgings at Lake Louise, Canmore, Field, and Kananaskis. 

Best time to visit:
Spring, Summer, and Fall.

  1. TUNNEL MOUNTAIN RESERVOIR

Tunnel Mountain Reservoir has a stunning view of Rundle Mountain, is easily accessible, and is close to downtown Banff. It’s a great elopement location for those with a smaller number of guests. 

Bride and Groom are eloping in Banff at Tunnel Mountain Reservoir with close family and friends. They are surrounded by mountains as the sun is setting.

Lodging:
You can view the list of accommodations in Banff here. You can also check out more lodgings at Lake Louise, Canmore, Field, and Kananaskis. 

Best time to visit:
All year round.

CONCLUSION:

I have fallen in love with photographing, both personally and professionally, at Banff National Park. The wide variety of natural beauty will BLOW your mind. This list of the best places to elope in Banff is just a small taste of what the park has to offer. As a local to the area, I can even guide you to lesser known areas. With so many different destinations to choose from, we can bring your special day to life! 

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Comments

Being a resident of Calgary – you nailed it! These locations are stunning and you captured each one so perfectly.

There are so many options, how can you choose just one?! These all look insanely beautiful with stunning views. I wish Canada was closer to Europe ^^

These areas are so stunning for an elopement!

The colors of the waters are beyond beautiful. What a romantic spot to be married.

This is an incredible resource for couples! Great job!

This is such a thorough guide! I loved how you added in the extra little pro tips- they are seriously gold nuggets! Thanks for putting this together!

Great location guide! And I loved the images matching to each spot.

Ah I wanted to go to Banff so badly this year, but had to postpone. I am keeping this as a reference for sure of places to see when I do end up going! Beautiful photos, as well!

I have been dreaming about visiting Banff for a while now! Will definitely keep you in mind! Last time I went to Iceland my husband and I hired a photographer and it made the trip just extra special! The guide is so dope too! Seriously! Thanks for sharing!!

Every single spot is more beautiful than the last! So stunning, and what a helpful guide!

What a thorough guide to eloping in Banff! It has been on my bucket list for YEARS! Once it is safe to travel again it seriously might be the first spot I go – your images are stunning!

Holy cow! I’m in love with every single image! Banff has always been on the top of my bucket list and this is such a helpful guide to navigating it!

Such an awesome guide on a beautiful location! Banff is high on my list of places I need to visit!

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