About Banff

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Outdoors Galore

Emerald-coloured lakes, remarkable mountain peaks, and endless outdoor adventures are why Banff is one of the top Canadian destinations. You can choose from an abundance of outdoor experiences when you visit in any season. In winter, you can try your hand at ice climbing, skate on a frozen glacial-fed lake, or snowshoe on the peak of a mountain, to name a few! Visit the same lakes and peaks for hiking, biking, kayaking, or rock climbing in summer. It’s impossible not to fall in love with all that Banff has to offer!

Banff Town

Stay for a While

Small enough to walk or cycle, yet large enough to have its own transit system, Banff town provides a great home base for your Rocky Mountain adventure. Banff Avenue is the town’s main street and is where you will see the iconic view of Cascade Mountain (pictured beside?). For all your shopping and dining needs, you can wander Banff Avenue and Bear Street. You will find food options ranging from locally-sourced fine dines to classic family-friendly comfort foods. While shopping the many souvenir shops, unique boutiques, outdoor gear outfitters, and art galleries filled with local works, you will find something for everyone. Banff also boasts a large variety of accommodation options like cabins, hotels, campsites, and B&Bs.

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Notable Nearby Sites

As Banff is the perfect home base to explore the natural beauty of the Rockies, you have various destinations nearby, including Lake Louise, Columbia Icefields, lakes, mountain ranges, and numerous ski resorts. The Trans-Canada Highway will take you from Banff through the surrounding mountain ranges to the awe-inspiring Lake Louise. If you branch off to Highway 93, better known as the Icefields Parkway, you will have even more incredible views to take in. The Icefields Parkway is a 232-kilometre stretch that connects Lake Louise with Jasper National Park and is often deemed one of the most scenic drives in the world. You can view the Columbia Icefields along the route, the largest mass of glacial ice in the Canadian Rockies, multiple thundering waterfalls, and many spectacular viewpoints and hikes.

The First Of Many

Established in 1885, Banff National Park was Canada’s first National Park and the world’s third National Park.

Popular Spots

Banff Hot Springs

Located on the side of Sulphur Mountain, you can soak in the natural mineral waters of these hot pools.

Banff Gondola

Soar to the peak of Sulphur Mountain for 360-degree views of Banff National Park.

Lake Minnewanka

Only five minutes from the Town of Banff, plenty of activities are available at this glacial lake.

Lake Louise

This lake speaks for itself… Visit the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise to see the world-famous glistening crystal waters of Lake Louise!

Tours in Banff

Discover the stunning West Coast, taste exquisite wines in the Okanagan, and marvel at the Rocky Mountains on a leisurely tour from Vancouver to Calgary. Tour available from May to October.
Take a road trip to ski the Alberta Rocky Mountains, with stops in the Jasper and Banff Nation Park while staying at three of Western Canada’s finest properties. Available December to April.
A tour for the horse enthusiast! Saddle up to ride horseback on 3 trails in the Banff National Park and view sky-piercing mountaintops, thick alpine forests, rolling hills and jagged rock formations.
Through Alberta and BC mountain passes, canyons, and valleys, view stunning scenery on your way to the ocean before travelling northward along the coastline into the fjords and inlets of Alaska.
Witness the beauty found in Western Canada when leisurely traveling through the Alberta Rockies on the way to the BC coast on an exciting tour through the dramatically-changing countryside.
Choose your own adventure and pick from the three finest ski areas in the Banff National Park! Ride two different resorts or stay at one. These 2 day lift, 2 night packages run every day in winter.
Visit three resorts on this ski safari! That’s massive terrain, almost endless list of runs, gigantic area and excellent flexibility. Ride Lake Louise, Sunshine or Norquay & Kicking Horse in ONE trip.
Winter in the Canadian Rockies is the perfect time to experience your favourite cold weather activities. This unforgettable 8 day, 7 night package is accessible daily.
Enjoy an incredible Rocky Mountain experience, travel to the iconic sites, and discover hidden gems in the Jasper and Banff National Parks. This 9 day, 8 night package is accessible daily.
Create magical memories as you discover the most iconic sites in the Banff National Park, including the world famous Lake Louise and Moraine Lake. This 5 day, 4 night package is accessible daily.
Enjoy truly Canadian experiences with bucket list views. Discover what makes Alberta so unique and explore the Rockies like you’ve only dreamt. This 9 day, 8 night package is accessible daily.

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Build Your Own Tour

Let’s make a trip that’s uniquely yours! You decide how long, which activities, number of inclusions, everything. Start planning now and make your dream trip a reality.

Featured Attraction: Via Ferrata

Via Ferrata is a unique mixture of rock climbing and hiking where you scale the side of Mt Norquay with a certified guide. Italian for “iron road,” Via Ferrata connects your harness to steel cable pathways that are secured to the mountain’s natural rocks.

Mt Norquay Via Ferrata


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Did You Know?

The incredible turquoise lakes of Banff National Park receive their colouring from rock flour, a natural sediment that comes from the glacial rivers feeding into the lakes. The sediment is from the bedrock erosion from the melting glacial waters that form the rivers. The rock flour suspends in the lake water and reflects the blue and green wavelengths of light. One of the best lakes to see this natural wonder is at Moraine Lake.

Moraine Lake Canoeing Banff

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