Cascade Ponds is a beautiful day use area that has fire pits, picnic tables and toilets. There is usually wood for a fire, but this is not always the case. You can walk around the pond and have a little picnic with your friends and family. There are 2 shelters in the event of rain, but they are first come, first serve. No reservations are needed.
It is a good idea to get there early. Cascade Ponds is a very popular place, especially for families and groups wanting to have a picnic lunch, or evening BBQ. It can be busy on weekdays as well as weekends.
From Banff, head north towards Highway 1 from Banff Ave, drive under the highway, take your second right and you are there. You can turn right again to go to bigger parking or keep driving. Then you will see pile of wood and facility on your right and you can park anywhere. Pick an available table and enjoy!
There is also a ‘Green’ level mountain bike trail from the ponds. For more details visit Parks Canada »
Cascade Ponds is one of many popular features that you can include in your time and days in Banff. Combine it with a visit to the Banff Hoodoos, Tunnel Mountain Drive and take some photos at iconic Surprise Corner.
Planned carefully a lot can be included in your day while still having dinner reservations and evening plans in place and ready well ahead of time.
To sum up, there are many options to fill your days while in Banff and Cascade Ponds can play an excellent role in your itinerary!
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