Forty Mile Creek Picnic Area

Banff Town

This popular picnic area sits just outside Banff's city limits off Mt Norquay Rd and is a good spot to crack open a hamper if you're short on time or energy. You can work off the pork pies on the short, interpretive Fenland Trail afterwards.

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1. Banff Avenue

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2. Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies

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3. Banff Park Museum

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4. Buffalo Nations Luxton Museum

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5. Marsh Loop

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6. Vermilion Lakes

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7. Cave & Basin National Historic Site

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8. Old Banff Cemetery

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