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BanffCanada

Experience the majestic beauty and active excitement of the Rocky Mountains from the highest town in Canada.

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.

Banff Travel Guide Video

Top hotels in Banff

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Moose Hotel And Suites
Moose Hotel And Suites
3.5 out of 5
345 Banff Ave, Banff, AB
The price is NZ$248 per night from 22 Sep. to 23 Sep.

Located in the heart of Banff, this spa hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Banff National Park Information Centre and Banff Lake Louise Tourism Bureau. Banff ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (1,626 reviews)

"The hot pools up at the roof, as well as the pet friendly option and the room balcony"…"

Reviewed on 16 Sep. 2020

Moose Hotel And Suites
Banff Caribou Lodge and Spa
Banff Caribou Lodge and Spa
3.5 out of 5
521 Banff Ave, Box 1070, Banff, AB
The price is NZ$157 per night from 21 Oct. to 22 Oct.

Located in the heart of Banff, this spa hotel is 0.6 mi (0.9 km) from Banff Lake Louise Tourism Bureau, and within 3 mi (5 km) of Cave and Basin National Historic ...

4.1/5Very Good! (1,886 reviews)

"I wish the hot tub would have been open but I understand why it wasnt"…"

Reviewed on 18 Sep. 2020

Banff Caribou Lodge and Spa
Canalta Lodge
Canalta Lodge
3.5 out of 5
545 Banff Ave, Banff, AB
The price is NZ$253 per night from 4 Oct. to 5 Oct.

Situated in a national park, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Banff National Park Information Centre and Banff Lake Louise Tourism Bureau. Banff Centre ...

4.4/5Excellent! (1,039 reviews)

"This place was clean and quiet. The staff at the front was polite. A couple of times we had called for extra towels and toilet paper and the guy that brought it up to us was very fast and polite. Overall a great place to stay."…"

Reviewed on 19 Sep. 2020

Canalta Lodge

Popular places to visit in Banff

Upper Hot Springs
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Upper Hot Springs

4.5/5(8 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(31 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(6 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

Banff Gondola Ride
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Banff Gondola Ride

NZ$75
Per adult
94% of travellers recommend
Lake Louise and the Icefield Parkway
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Lake Louise and the Icefield Parkway

NZ$195
Per adult
80% of travellers recommend
Banff Horseback Riding Tour
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Banff Horseback Riding Tour

NZ$80
Per adult
84% of travellers recommend
Banff Area 1-Day & Breathtaking Lake Visit Tour
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Banff Area 1-Day & Breathtaking Lake Visit Tour

NZ$113
Per adult
Banff National Park Evening Wildlife Safari
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Banff National Park Evening Wildlife Safari

NZ$67
Per adult
86% of travellers recommend
Photo Walk About at Lake Louise
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Photo Walk About at Lake Louise

NZ$87
Per adult

Reviews of Banff

4.8

Top Destination

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

18 Mar. 2020

We absolutely loved Banff and hope to come back every year or 2 from Australia!!

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

14 Mar. 2020

Very cold in march. Bring lots clothes

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

3 Feb. 2020

Banff is a must for anyone travelling to Alberta. A beautiful little town with great daytime activities and an abundance of great restaurants.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

21 Jan. 2020

Loved Banff plenty to do and see in winter, will be back.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

26 Nov. 2019

Amazing scenery pretty little town.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

12 Nov. 2019

For travellers not familiar with the area, temperatures may suddenly go well below monthly average even in early Oct. And pack shoes suitable for walking in snow/ice unless you're ok with accidental spontaneous ice skating like we did.

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