Banff in the Canadian RockiesBanff is the biggest and busiest town in Banff National Park and every year millions of visitors arrive to ski, board, bike, raft, hike and gawp at the amazing alpine scenery.
There's something for everyone in and around Banff, whether it's extreme outdoor adventures, lively bars and sushi or golf, lake cruises and afternoon tea at the Fairmont.
Local Banff highlights include:
> Banff Gondola and Sulphur Mountain hot springs
> Skiing and boarding at Mt Norquay & Sunshine Village
> Cave and Basin National Historic Site
> Banff Hoodoos
> Wildlife watching at Vermilion Lakes
> Fishing, diving, kayaking & cruising on Lake Minnewanka
Banff is easy to navigate on foot and many of the major attractions are easily accessible by car, bike or public transit.
This old Victorian town has kept its charm and despite its popularity there are no box stores or urban sprawl to spoil the view. The wilderness really is right on the doorstep and you can follow numerous trails from the edge of town up to the summit of local mountains, across wetlands, around lake shores and through canyons.
As well as natural splendours at every turn, Banff hosts a number of cultural events including the Banff Mountain Film Festival and the Banff World Television Festival.
If you crave civilization more than solitude, Banff should be your first choice for an overnight stay. The town is the focal point for visitors to Banff National Park and it has the widest selection of accommodation, restaurants, galleries, stores, bars and music venues in the Canadian Rockies.
Banff - Canadian Rockies