A vacation in the Canadian Rockies can be an adventurous trip with a
plethora of things to do in Banff. You can choose from numerous
activities including hiking, wildlife viewing, sight
seeing & scenic drives.
Getting to Banff is accessible from the
international airport in Calgary, which is about 1 to 1.5 hour drive. There's
also a bus to Banff.
Key attractions are numerous &
diverse. There's history & heritage, such as the
Banff Springs Hotel or the Banff Springs hot pools.
There's also lesser known attractions like the
Cave and Basin, the gondola, & the
Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies.
Travelers can explore mother nature through
hiking and walking tours, and can explore using
Banff hosts a number of festivals, including the
Banff Summer Arts Festival,
the Banff Mountain Film Festival & the Banff Mountain Book Festival.
- Dining: Banff has an diverse array of
dining. Travelers can look forward to fine & casual dining. There's an suitable
experience for just about everyone.
- Spa: There are several Banff spas
available to help travelers relax.
- Scenic drives: Banff National
Park has breathtaking scenic drives which also give visitors a chance to see
- Wildlife: Viewing wildlife in &
around the Banff town site & Banff National Park is one of the big reasons that
travelers visit Banff. The opportunities are plentiful & can be a pleasant
distraction while enjoying a scenic drive.
- Hiking trail: Banff hiking trails are well documented by Parks Canada. These
pages can assist you plan your hike while in Banff.
- Cycling: Cycling in or to Banff is a
popular activity and, if you do not want to bring your own bike, there are bikes
- Horseback riding: Horseback
riding is a fun activity but also one that has a lot of history in Banff & the
Canadian Rockies. There are horse trails throughout the backcountry and several
horseback riding outfits available to take you on an Banff trip of a lifetime.
- Fishing: Fishing in the Canadian
Rockies is a fun sport. You'll need a license to go fishing. There are several
fishing outfitters who can take you to the best holes. Fly fishing is premier on
the Bow River near Banff.
- Backpacking: Banff National Park
has a number of class backpacking trails. The backpacking trails are
increasingly more popular & many people come to the Canadian Rockies to enjoy
these. Be sure to book in advance, so that you are not disappointed.
- White water rafting: White
water rafting is provided out of Kananaskis or on the Kicking Horse. White water
rafting outfitters pick up guests in Banff Alberta & take them to their
destination of choice. World class white water rafting is found on the Kicking
Horse. The rivers are powerful in late spring and early summer when the snow and
glaciers are melting.
- Skiing. Skiing near Banff is some of
the best you'll find in North America. There are three skiing resorts including:
Sunshine Ski Village, Mt. Norquay, &
Lake Louise Ski Resort.