Banff is a stunningly beautiful town high up in Alberta’s Rocky Mountains that gives you all the fun and excitement of a major resort town surrounded by pristine Canadian wilderness.
The township is located within Banff National Park, and at more than 1,800 metres it is the highest town in Canada. Banff is a friendly and welcoming town and the wide snowy streets offer an endless variety of shops, bars and restaurants all catering to a festive crowd that creates a relaxed and holiday atmosphere all year round.
You might also spot the occasional deer on the outskirts of town. With more than 100 restaurants, there are endless choices for dining in Banff and you’re sure to enjoy a cheap meal and a quiet drink at one of the dozens of pubs and bars in town.
Banff also has some great nightlife – so dance away the night at the Aurora Nightclub on Banff Avenue or the Dancing Sasquatch. While you’re here take a ride into the Canadian Rockies on the Banff Gondola to see panoramic views of beautiful Bow Valley and Bow River, as well as the Banff township below.
There are many outdoor activities and an interpretive trail on the mountain, as well as a restaurant. Be sure to rug up though as it can get very cold! When it’s time to warm up, luxuriate in the soothing waters of the Banff Upper Hot Springs where, for more than a century, travellers have relaxed in the historic hot spa – all with a backdrop of the snow covered Canadian Rockies.
Tunnel Mountain has easy hikes for all levels of fitness as well as spectacular alpine views.
Sunshine Village ski resort is only fifteen minutes from Banff and with 107 ski runs, three mountains, over 3000 acres of terrain, and 30 feet of snow per year the resort is perfect for all skiers.
The heart of Sunshine Village is the Sunshine Mountain Lodge which is Banff’s only ski in / ski out hotel providing luxury accommodation right on the slopes. The Fairmont Banff Springs hotel sits proud among the Rocky Mountains. The opulent design of this lavish hotel provides a touch of old world luxury in a stunning alpine environment.
Johnston Canyon is a short 30 minute drive from Banff and the incredible scenery will leave you speechless. An easy trek up the canyon’s ice walk will reveal spectacular frozen waterfalls, freezing cold mountain pools and an enchanted alpine forest of snow-covered spruce and aspen.
With the magnificent Rocky Mountains towering all around and the raw wilderness surrounding the township, Banff will feel a long way from home – but once you’re here you may never want to