Situated in Banff National Park, this town is the perfect location from which to explore the wonderful natural surroundings of the Rockies. Banff is a hugely popular destination, with its 10,000 permanent residents welcoming over four million visitors every single year!

The landscape is cloaked in white throughout the winter making this one of the best places in the country to go skiing! Ski resorts at Mt Norquay, Lake Louise and Sunshine Village offer a wide range of the best that a downhill enthusiast could wish for. Mt Norquay is the big favourite with the locals, as it has the most challenging slopes and attracts smaller crowds, while a wide range of beginners, intermediate and advanced slopes are catered for at Lake Louise and Sunshine Village. The best way to get out to the ski resorts is to take a shuttle bus. These run from all of the hotels in Banff.

Unspoilt green wilderness surrounds the town as summer comes around and lovers of the outdoors have a whole new range of choices. Hundreds of walking trails are marked out throughout the countryside, ranging from gentle walks through the valleys to strenuous hikes up into the heights, exploring hidden mountainsides and spectacular lakes. Mountain biking is also a huge favourite here, with lots of exciting routes available. Maps can be obtained from Banff's bike rental companies. Crystalline blue lakes draw thousands of kayakers to the area too, and there are plenty of kayaking spots to choose from.

When you've finished your day's exertions, you can settle back and enjoy a beer in one of the many bars and nightclubs in Banff. The town is famous for its party atmosphere, so make sure to bring a little bit of energy back with you from the hillsides and enjoy your night! The Dancing Sasquatch is known far and wide and is open until late.

Banff is located an hour and a half from Calgary, and is four hours south of Jasper by car.

Known for

Hiking, Skiing and Nature

Top hotels in Banff

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Banff Caribou Lodge and Spa
Banff Caribou Lodge and Spa
3.5 out of 5
521 Banff Ave, Box 1070, Banff, AB
NZ$158
per night
17 Oct. - 18 Oct.
4.1/5Very Good! (2,617 reviews)

"Hot pool was very nice and clean. The keg inside the hotel was great."…"

Reviewed on 14 Oct. 2019

Banff Caribou Lodge and Spa
Moose Hotel And Suites
Moose Hotel And Suites
3.5 out of 5
345 Banff Ave, Banff, AB
NZ$238
per night
24 Oct. - 25 Oct.
4.7/5Exceptional! (1,396 reviews)

"Great location. Attached restaurant has excellent food and service. Wonderful hot tub sauna pool area with incredible views. Pet friendly with a charge. Only improvement I can see is they need to vacuum rooms more thoroughly between guests considering there is a $25 per day extra charge for a pet ..."…"

Reviewed on 14 Oct. 2019

Moose Hotel And Suites
Mount Royal Hotel
Mount Royal Hotel
3 out of 5
138 Banff Avenue, Banff, AB
NZ$143
per night
4 Nov. - 5 Nov.
4.5/5Wonderful! (652 reviews)

"Great location, close to shopping and restaurants."…"

Reviewed on 15 Oct. 2019

Mount Royal Hotel

Popular activities in Banff

Upper Hot Springs
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Upper Hot Springs

4.5/5(7 reviews)

Rejuvenate your body in the geothermal waters of these historic hot springs while admiring the exquisite views of Banff National Park.

Banff Gondola
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Banff Gondola

4.5/5(26 reviews)

Picturesque views over bright snow-covered mountaintops make this ascent to the summit of Sulphur Mountain a top trip.

Mount Norquay Ski Resort
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Mount Norquay Ski Resort

3.5/5(4 reviews)

Supreme ski vacation packages in Canada are yours when you head to Mount Norquay. With only five minutes between you and Banff, you are in the heart of snow country. 

Top activities in Banff

Mountains, Lakes & Waterfalls Tour
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Mountains, Lakes & Waterfalls Tour

NZ$220

Stunning vistas and picturesque lookout points in the Canadian Rockies await you on this breathtaking excursion through Banff and Yoho National Parks. Both parks are known for abundant wildlife—keep your eyes peeled for mountain goats, elk, big horn sheep, and eagles in their natural environment.

Columbia Icefield Discovery Sightseeing Tour
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Columbia Icefield Discovery Sightseeing Tour

NZ$335

Travel into the Canadian Rockies and along one of the world's most spectacular routes to the Columbia Icefield. At the glacier, board a massive Ice Explorer for an adventure atop this ancient ice block. Explore this moving mass as you step out onto ice that’s deep enough to bury the Eiffel Tower.

The Icefields Parkway Tour
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The Icefields Parkway Tour

NZ$325

Discover the Canadian Rockies' towering glaciers, indigo-blue lakes, and cascading waterfalls during a full-day guided adventure. Led by fun and knowledgeable guides, journey to the heart of the snow-capped mountains and get an up-close view of the region's natural beauty.

Banff Horseback Riding Tour
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Banff Horseback Riding Tour

NZ$80

Experience the beauty of Banff National Park from a saddle on this horseback ride through your choice of trails departing from stables close to downtown Banff. Whether you're a novice rider or advanced, there's a friendly horse to fit your needs.

Wildlife & History Tour of Banff
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Wildlife & History Tour of Banff

NZ$89

Drink in sights of Banff's rugged beauty during a tour to some of the top sightseeing destinations in the Canadian Rocky Mountains. The Town of Banff is an island of culture and history, surrounded by a sea of untamed wilderness and this morning tour enriches your visit with stories of 11,000 years of history, hidden in these rugged hills.

Signature Guided Hikes in the Canadian Rockies
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Signature Guided Hikes in the Canadian Rockies

NZ$130

From the explosion of wildflowers in the spring, to the clear glacier views in the summer, to the brilliant golden of the larch trees in the fall, hiking in the Rockies should not be missed and these signature guided hikes are the best way to see the backcountry of the Rocky Mountain National Parks.