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Cascade PondsSummer in Banff is warm enough to enjoy a dip in some of our lakes.

Cascade Ponds
Cascade Ponds is a local favourite, especially for barbeques. The shallow water and expansive surrounding grassy areas make this a great area for families with young children. Cascade Ponds is within Banff National Park. Turn right on the Banff Avenue exit from the Trans Canada Highway (Hwy 1).  The Cascade Ponds swimming area includes: 
  • Beach area 
  • Covered picnic shelter with wood stove 
  • Outdoor picnic tables with firepits 
  • Public washrooms 
  • Walking trails
  • Parking
Johnson Lake
A larger, deeper and colder lake than Cascade Ponds. Located off the Lake Minnewanka Loop Road (turn right at the Banff Ave exit off the Trans Canada Highway (Hwy 1). Johnson Lake is within Banff National Park. The Johnson Lake recreation area includes: 
  • hiking trails 
  • rope swing  
  • fishing 
  • public washrooms (outhouses)
  • picnic tables 
  • sandy beach area
  • parking

Words of Caution
Swimming in these lakes is unsupervised, so visitors swim at their own risk. Most other lakes in Banff National Park are glacier-fed, and are usually too cold for swimming.

Public swimming is available at the Sally Borden Fitness Centre, located at the Banff Centre.