Experience the mountains, skiing, and lake views in Banff!

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.

Known for

Hiking, Skiing and Nature

Top Hotels in Banff

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Moose Hotel And Suites
Moose Hotel And Suites
3.5 out of 5
345 Banff Ave, Banff, AB
$136
per night
Oct 20 - Oct 21
4.7/5Exceptional! (1,392 reviews)

"Very nice clean place. The staff was friendly and helpful."…"

Reviewed on Oct 11, 2019

Moose Hotel And Suites
Mount Royal Hotel
Mount Royal Hotel
3 out of 5
138 Banff Avenue, Banff, AB
$81
per night
Nov 4 - Nov 5
4.5/5Wonderful! (647 reviews)

"Love love LOVE the roof top hot tubs! And the location. The rooms are beautiful, and we love coming back here."…"

Reviewed on Oct 12, 2019

Mount Royal Hotel
The Rimrock Resort Hotel
The Rimrock Resort Hotel
4 out of 5
300 Moutain Avenue, Banff, AB
$141
per night
Oct 27 - Oct 28
4.5/5Wonderful! (2,575 reviews)

"Beautiful place to relax and enjoy. Excellent service and care put in to ensuring your stay is pleasant, comfortable and exceptional."…"

Reviewed on Oct 9, 2019

The Rimrock Resort Hotel

Popular things to do in Banff

Upper Hot Springs
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Upper Hot Springs

4/5(275 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(449 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(93 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

Mountains, Lakes & Waterfalls Tour
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Mountains, Lakes & Waterfalls Tour

$138

Stunning vistas and picturesque lookout points in the Canadian Rockies await you on this breathtaking excursion through Banff and Yoho National Parks. Both parks are known for abundant wildlife—keep your eyes peeled for mountain goats, elk, big horn sheep, and eagles in their natural environment.

Columbia Icefield Discovery Sightseeing Tour
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Columbia Icefield Discovery Sightseeing Tour

$211

Travel into the Canadian Rockies and along one of the world's most spectacular routes to the Columbia Icefield. At the glacier, board a massive Ice Explorer for an adventure atop this ancient ice block. Explore this moving mass as you step out onto ice that’s deep enough to bury the Eiffel Tower.

Banff Horseback Riding Tour
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Banff Horseback Riding Tour

$50

Experience the beauty of Banff National Park from a saddle on this horseback ride through your choice of trails departing from stables close to downtown Banff. Whether you're a novice rider or advanced, there's a friendly horse to fit your needs.

The Icefields Parkway Tour
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The Icefields Parkway Tour

$205

Discover the Canadian Rockies' towering glaciers, indigo-blue lakes, and cascading waterfalls during a full-day guided adventure. Led by fun and knowledgeable guides, journey to the heart of the snow-capped mountains and get an up-close view of the region's natural beauty.

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

$56

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.

Canmore Clue Solving Adventure - Smugglers Blues
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Canmore Clue Solving Adventure - Smugglers Blues

$9

Itinerary After downloading the free APP, and activating your game, you will get to the start location and start the game. Your first clue will be arrive at your phone. Follow directions to solve the clue, and enter the correct answer to receive the next one.

Reviews of Banff

4.8

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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5 - Excellent 78.79213483146067%
4 - Good
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4 - Good 19.10112359550562%
3 - Okay
10
3 - Okay 1.404494382022472%
2 - Disappointing
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2 - Disappointing 0.702247191011236%
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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Oct 4, 2019

Beautiful town in Alberta Canada! Amazing experience

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Sep 29, 2019

Banff has retained it's charm, unlike Lake Louise (over tourism) & Moraine Lake (parking closed at 6 AM.

5/5 - Excellent

Roth

Sep 29, 2019

Lake Louise and especially Lake Morraine gave a spectacular and breathtaking view that anyone should visit at least once in their life time.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Sep 26, 2019

Lots of things to do and see, wide selection of restaurants shops and beautiful flowers everywhere. Downside was the crowded area and a challenge to find parking (this was late September). Otherwise recommend visiting there.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Sep 25, 2019

Great restaurant and shops

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Sep 24, 2019

Banff is one of the most breathtaking places I’ve ever been to in my entire life. We will be coming back as much as possible. There is so much to explore and we can’t wait to come back and experience more!