5/5 - Excellent
Verified travelerJan 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
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.
Reviewed on Jan. 14, 2020
Reviewed on Jan. 13, 2020
Rejuvenate your body in the geothermal waters of these historic hot springs while admiring the exquisite views of Banff National Park.
Ride the gondola from Banff to the top of Sulphur Mountain to enjoy snowy mountain vistas.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
BreJan 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