Banff National Park offers some of the most spectacular mountain scenery anywhere on earth. With picture perfect lakes, beautiful waterfalls and fantastic hiking trails it is the perfect bucket list destination for those looking to explore the Canadian Rockies.

However, the main reason we visited Banff and Jasper was for the opportunity to spot some of Canada’s iconic wildlife in action. The key to spotting the animals is knowing where to go and most importantly when. To give yourself the best opportunity of a nice sighting it usually means early starts (before first light) and sunset finishes. We were fortunate to see nearly every animal we were hoping to see (no wolves this time though). Most notably for us we saw pika, chipmunk, otter, elk, mountain goat, bighorn sheep, black bear and a few incredible grizzly bears.

Enjoy the gallery and tell us what is on your bucket list.

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