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BanffCanada

Visit the highest town in Canada and explore the pristine wilderness which surrounds it.

Banff is the perfect place from which to explore Canada's Rocky Mountains. Surrounded by the pristine wilderness of the Banff National Park and central to many of the regions best attractions, Banff is popular throughout the year. The town's native population of 10,000 is supplemented by around 4 million visitors each year.

Skiers are spoilt for choice with several ski resorts nearby. Try the slopes at Mt Norguay, Lake Louise Ski Resort or Sunshine Village. Mt Norguay is the favorite of the locals, it has the least crowds and the most advanced slopes. Both Lake Louise and Sunshine Village have huge numbers of ski runs to choose from, from advanced to beginner. The easiest way to get there is to catch one of the shuttle buses which pick up from all the hotels in town.

In summer, the landscape around Banff transforms from a winter wonderland to a green wilderness, ripe for a whole variety of outdoor pursuits. There are hundreds of trails to explore, from easy strolls alongside streams to strenuous hikes which circumnavigate spectacular lakes. Mountain biking is another great way to explore and there are bike-rentals in the town which can also provide maps of the best trails in the area. Rent a kayak and get out on one of the incredible vivid blue lakes in the area for a different perspective.

Get out on the town after a day of skiing or cycling. Being a vacation destination, a party atmosphere pervades the town all year round. There are some excellent nightclubs and bars in the center of town. Don't miss the Dancing Sasquatch, a local institution which is open until late.

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

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 CA $249 per night

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! (1,556 reviews)

"The hotel and all staff were great. Will stay here again"…"

Reviewed on Aug. 6, 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 CA $179 per night

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! (1,775 reviews)

"A really cute/quaint place to stay. Loved the caribou/chalet-themed decor, enjoyed the Keg restaurant on the ground floor with a mountain view, excellent customer service with friendly and knowledgeable front desk staff (we asked for many recommendations on places to see around Banff). About a 15 ..."…"

Reviewed on Aug. 4, 2020

Banff Caribou Lodge and Spa
Canalta Lodge
Canalta Lodge
3.5 out of 5
545 Banff Ave, Banff, AB
The price is CA $215 per night

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 ...

4.3/5Excellent! (931 reviews)

"Enjoyed the free breakfast and the way it was plated by the staff to minimize touch points with Covid. Only reason I did not score excellent is because we did not get hot tub access. We arrived at the hotel at 10am, told the front desk we would be cycling and returning later in the day. After biking ..."…"

Reviewed on Aug. 5, 2020

Canalta Lodge

Popular places to visit in Banff

Upper Hot Springs
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Upper Hot Springs

4.5/5(961 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(933 reviews)

Ride the gondola from Banff to the top of Sulphur Mountain to enjoy snowy mountain vistas.

Mount Norquay Ski Resort
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Mount Norquay Ski Resort

4.5/5(294 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 things to do in Banff

Banff Gondola Ride
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Banff Gondola Ride

CA $66
Per adult
94% of travellers recommend
Banff Horseback Riding Tour
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Banff Horseback Riding Tour

CA $70
Per adult
82% of travellers recommend
Banff Gondola & Lake Minnewanka Cruise
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Banff Gondola & Lake Minnewanka Cruise

CA $202
Per adult
78% of travellers recommend
Banff Area Full Day & Canyon Walk Tour from Calgary
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Banff Area Full Day & Canyon Walk Tour from Calgary

CA $99
Per adult
Private Session with a Local Photographer in Banff
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Private Session with a Local Photographer in Banff

CA $475
Per adult
Banff Clue Solving Adventure - Treasures of Banff
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Banff Clue Solving Adventure - Treasures of Banff

CA $88
Per adult

Reviews of Banff

4.7

Top Destination

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4 - Good
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4 - Good 27.455429497568883%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 2.2690437601296596%
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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Jun 2, 2020

Beautiful

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

May 19, 2020

Banff needs a foot village like Whistler with better shopping and restaurant patios you can sit and people watch. Don't like the main drag being one long street they need more of a village/resort feel to it.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Apr 28, 2020

Banff is one of the most beautiful places i have ever been to

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Apr 2, 2020

We loved it. If we come during winter again, hiking will be our focus! Summer would be wonderful, too. Either way, we'll be back :)

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Mar 31, 2020

Excellent Rocky Mountain resort town with plenty of outdoor activities to do.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Mar 29, 2020

Banff is always beautiful place to visit

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