The Town of Banff is a bustling and thriving community with a wide variety of activities and amenities. It’s possible to spend an entire holiday just in the Banff area and experience all that the Canadian Rockies have to offer. No matter what your skill sets or desires are, Banff has a bit of something for everyone all year round.
Banff’s Activities – Any Season
There are many world class spas and naturally occurring hot springs that can be enjoyed anytime of the year, such as Mountain Spa and the Banff Upper Hot Springs, which themselves are a premier attraction featuring natural thermal baths housed in a modern facility.
The King Edward hotel is located on Banff Avenue which is the town’s main street. Most attractions are located near to the hotel, including international clothing stores, souvenir shops, informative museums and fantastic art galleries.
A vast array of quality restaurants, coffee shops, pubs and lounges are also downtown. Visitors can spend hours wandering the streets, nipping into shops and grabbing a bite to eat. The Maple Leaf Grill and Lounge is within the property and just up the street is Banff’s only Brewpub, the hugely popular Banff Ave Brewing Co. Ask our friendly front desk staff for many more options all located close to the hotel.
One of the most unique ways to see Banff and the surrounding area is to take a Helicopter Tour. Whether you’re looking to take an alpine hike, a tour of the Rockies or the more adventurous Heli-Skiing then Banff has many options available to you.
The Banff Gondola takes you all of the way to the top of Sulphur Mountain to experience a stunning bird’s eye view of six mountain ranges. Described as a ‘must-do’ on your trip to the Canadian Rockies and is certain to take your breath away no matter what the season.
Banff’s Activities – Winter
Banff has some of the best skiing and snowboarding in Canada due to the wide variety of ski areas that are accessible. This is mainly due to its dry climate which produces some of the best powder snow in the world. Shuttles are available to the following ski hills: Sunshine Village, Lake Louise, Nakiska, and Mount Norquay. Mount Norquay also boasts Banff’s first snow tube park which promises to be fun for all of the family.
If skiing or snowboarding aren’t your thing then Discover Banff Tours and Brewster Travel Canada are offering a wide variety of activities to keep you busy during the winter. These range from Snowmobiling and Dog-Sledding to Sleigh Rides and Icewalks plus many more. So whether you’re an adrenaline junkie or more of a laid-back type of traveler, then Banff has everything to suit you.
Speak to our front desk staff and they will gladly make arrangements on your behalf so that you truly get the most out of your stay in this winter wonderland!
Banff’s Activities – Summer
In the summer, visitors to Banff National Park can make the most of the beautiful weather by experiencing some of its natural attractions. The visitor centre in town can advise guests of popular hiking trails and natural attractions. There are many guided tours available to popular attractions such as Johnston Canyon, Sulphur Mountain and even the Athabasca Glacier.
Banff National Park golf courses are renowned worldwide, particularly the Banff Springs. Pre-booking of tee times is essential. Other nearby golf courses includes Kananaskis Country Golf Course, Canmore Golf Course, SilverTip Golf Course and Stewart Creek Golf Course.
Viewing the local wildlife in Banff National Park is by far one of the most popular and enjoyable activities for tourists. Elk, Deer and even Bears are often spotted in downtown Banff. But take a little trip outside of the town and you’re almost guaranteed to spot some of the world’s most awe inspiring animals. Summer guided tours offer over a 95% chance of seeing wildlife. Just remember to “Stay Safe & Keep Carnivores Wild!”
Our front desk staff are always willing to help with tips, advice and make arrangements to help you get the real Banff experience!