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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.

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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
The price is $127 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! (3,113 reviews)

"I appreciated the cleanliness and courtesy of the staff especially during COVID. The Keg restaurant was excellent for breakfast as well. We felt safe during our stay."…"

Reviewed on Jul 5, 2020

Banff Caribou Lodge and Spa
Moose Hotel And Suites
Moose Hotel And Suites
3.5 out of 5
345 Banff Ave, Banff, AB
The price is $183 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! (1,532 reviews)

"We really enjoyed our stay at Moose Hotel. The place is quite central to down town area so it is convenient for us. The rooms are modern , nice and clean👍"…"

Reviewed on Jul 4, 2020

Moose Hotel And Suites
Hidden Ridge Resort
Hidden Ridge Resort
3.5 out of 5
901 Hidden Ridge Way, Banff, AB
The price is $183 per night

Situated in a national park, this condo resort is within 2 mi (3 km) of Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, Banff National Park Information Centre, and Banff ...

4.1/5Very Good! (2,092 reviews)

"Beautiful, clean and comfortable stay. Very spacious unit with wood burning fireplace."…"

Reviewed on Jul 5, 2020

Hidden Ridge Resort

Popular places to visit in Banff

Upper Hot Springs
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Upper Hot Springs

4/5(302 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(485 reviews)

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

Fairmont Banff Springs Bowling Centre
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Fairmont Banff Springs Bowling Centre

4.5/5(59 reviews)

Be entertained with a trip to Fairmont Banff Springs Bowling Centre, a favorite attraction in Banff. Discover the area's mountain views, or seek out its ski slopes.

Banff Lake Louise Tourism Bureau
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Banff Lake Louise Tourism Bureau

4.5/5(378 reviews)

Banff Lake Louise Tourism Bureau is just one of the places to see in Banff, so why not enjoy the other things to explore during your travels? Stroll along the lakeside or seek out the ski slopes.

Mount Norquay Ski Resort
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Mount Norquay Ski Resort

4.5/5(110 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. 

Tunnel Mountain
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Tunnel Mountain

4.5/5(208 reviews)

Explore Tunnel Mountain, a popular spot to commune with nature in Banff, and enjoy the mountain views. Amble around the area's lakeside or seek out the ski slopes.

Top things to do in Banff

Full-Day Icefields Parkway Tour
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Full-Day Icefields Parkway Tour

$204
Per adult
92% of travellers recommend
Kicking Horse Rafting & Lunch
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Kicking Horse Rafting & Lunch

$92
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Lake Louise & Moraine Lake Tour
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Lake Louise & Moraine Lake Tour

$65
Per adult
98% of travellers recommend
Banff National Park Evening Wildlife Safari
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Banff National Park Evening Wildlife Safari

$42
Per adult
86% of travellers recommend
Full-Day Trip to Yoho National Park & Moraine Lake
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Full-Day Trip to Yoho National Park & Moraine Lake

$70
Per adult
92% of travellers recommend
Banff Clue Solving Adventure - Treasures of Banff
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Banff Clue Solving Adventure - Treasures of Banff

$13
Per adult

Reviews of Banff

4.8

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5/5 - Excellent

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May 10, 2020

Fantastic mountain resort town. Gorgeous and lots to do.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 21, 2020

Banff is a beautiful winter wonderland! I will definitely come back to relax the mind. My 10 year old loved it... however it may be harder to hike with smaller children.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Mar 20, 2020

This is a ski / resort town . IE nothing is cheap . Average meal for two Is 50 ca , also Parking is ruff . Over all every person working in Banff was super nice - great getaway- think spring time would be a zoo . But for our long weekend it great !

5/5 - Excellent

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Mar 20, 2020

Great skiing and a wonderful ski town. The skiing rivals Vail, the vistas even more stunning and the town is a real ski town, not a contrived “resort.” Not pretentious, not expensive. It’s a Western ski town with a little European, Alpine feel to it.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 17, 2020

Great skiing, beautiful views.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 14, 2020

Beautiful place !!

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