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Visit Banff

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
Banff Caribou Lodge and Spa
Banff Caribou Lodge and Spa
3.5 out of 5
521 Banff Ave, Box 1070, Banff, AB
CA $95
per night
Jan 23 - Jan 24

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! (2,848 reviews)

"Loved the rooms and the hotel facility itself. It was very cozy and incredibly comfortable. The hot pool was great the only thing was that it was quite dry and the beds were rather staticky. Aside from that we had a great time!"…"

Reviewed on Jan. 14, 2020

Banff Caribou Lodge and Spa
Banff Park Lodge
Banff Park Lodge
3 out of 5
222 Lynx St, Banff, AB
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
CA $100
per night
Feb 10 - Feb 11

Located in the heart of Banff, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Canada House Gallery and Banff Lake Louise Tourism Bureau. Banff Centre for ...

4.2/5Very Good! (2,035 reviews)

"I like on how close it is to downtown. so easy to walk to where you need to be like eating and shopping but tucked away that is nice and quite."…"

Reviewed on Jan. 13, 2020

Banff Park Lodge
Mount Royal Hotel
Mount Royal Hotel
3 out of 5
138 Banff Avenue, Banff, AB
CA $129
per night
Feb 3 - Feb 4

Located in the heart of Banff, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Canada House Gallery and Banff Lake Louise Tourism Bureau. Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (905 reviews)

"Hand written card by staff for our anniversary. The birds a made of towels and flowers on the bed. Clean rooms. Great location love roof top lounge and hot tubs"…"

Reviewed on Jan. 19, 2020

Mount Royal Hotel

Popular things to do in Banff

Upper Hot Springs
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Upper Hot Springs

4.5/5(916 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(900 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(268 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

Discover Banff: Johnston Canyon Icewalk Tour
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Discover Banff: Johnston Canyon Icewalk Tour

CA $83

Trek through Johnston Canyon and discover a winter nirvana of frozen waterfalls, giant ice pillars, and hidden ice caves. Led by charismatic and knowledgeable tour guides, the tour teaches you about the Canadian Rockies’ geology, history, and winter wildlife inhabitants.

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

CA $74

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.

Horse-Drawn Sleigh Ride in Banff
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Horse-Drawn Sleigh Ride in Banff

CA $42

There’s nothing quite like gliding over sparkling snow in a horse-drawn sleigh - especially when you’re surrounded by snow covered mountains in the Canadian Rockies. Take in the area's stunning mountain peaks on a charming horse-driven sleigh ride through the snow-covered meadows of Banff.

Grotto Canyon Icewalk
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Grotto Canyon Icewalk

CA $83

Hike along a frozen creek inside the Canadian Rockies and discover Grotto Canyon’s one-of-a-kind geological features and ice formations. Led by a knowledgeable guide, the tour covers the area’s rich history, unique geology, and ancient native pictographs.

SkiBig3 Lift Ticket for Lake Louise, Sunshine Village & Mt. Norquay
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SkiBig3 Lift Ticket for Lake Louise, Sunshine Village & Mt. Norquay

CA $142

The ski towns of Banff and Lake Louise are home to the distinctive mountain resorts of Banff Sunshine, The Lake Louise Ski Resort and Mt Norquay. The three resorts boast nearly 8,000 acres of skiing, 2 gondolas, 26 chairlifts and 30 feet of feather-light, dry Canadian Rockies powder annually.

Banff Clue Solving Adventure - Treasures of Banff
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Banff Clue Solving Adventure - Treasures of Banff

CA $16

You and your team follow a series of clues, visiting well known sights, hidden secrets, local heritage and some interactions within local businesses in and around the Banff downtown area. Clues are delivered via an App on your phone, enter the correct answer to get directions and the next clues.

Reviews of Banff

4.7

Top Destination

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jan 20, 2020

Love banff this was our 5th visit. The area is beautiful and lots to see and do. We went for snow days and it was alot of fun. I would suggest for anyone

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jan 20, 2020

Always a good time

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jan 19, 2020

Absolutely beautiful! Cold as hell though so make sure to pack warm clothes!! And it’s a little pricey but totally worth it! Check out Grizzlys! Amazing fondu!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jan 18, 2020

Love spending time in Banff. Great food and entertainment. One of my favorite places to visit!

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jan 16, 2020

It look like it’s an expensive place to go, but actually isn’t. Of course that you need look for deals and try to don’t spend money on unnecessary things.

4/5 - Good

Bre

Jan 8, 2020

Be careful if you are going there when there’s snowfall. They don’t seem to believe in putting salt or gravel down on the sidewalks to make them safe to walk on when they are covered in ice