We’ve been travelling Canada, virtually, all summer long to introduce you to the many beautiful towns and cities that make this country so unique. We’ve stopped in Central Ontario; Miramichi, New Brunswick; Parksville, British Columbia; and St. Catharines, Ontario.
We’re on the road again (from our desk!) and stopping in Banff, Alberta.
The small and historic town of Banff is located within Banff National Park, with a skyline boasting stunning views of the Canadian Rockies. Here’s just some of what you can get up to.
Travelling Canada: Banff, Alberta
Outdoor Living in Banff National Park
Canada’s oldest national park, Banff National Park covers 6,641 square kilometres of land including mountainous terrain, glaciers, forest, meadows and rivers. You might just catch a glimpse of the wildest inhabitants of Banff – the numerous animals that call the park home.
There are 13 campgrounds in the park, plenty of space to choose from (though booking early is advisable). You can book camping, and grab a park pass, online.
You can also hike and bike numerous trails.
Explore the Town of Banff
This is a walkable town, with most things located within a 10 minute walk. You’ll find unique shops, restaurants and hotels as well as plenty of places to find souvenirs to take home. The town also has a thriving art scene, be sure to check out the work of local artisans.
There is plenty of water in Banff National Park for water activities like kayaking and canoeing, and paddleboarding. You can also head out on a guided whitewater rafting tour of Banff and Lake Louise’s rivers.
Banff Hot Springs
The Hot Springs in Banff are a favourite stop for tourists, and a wonderful feature of life in Banff for locals. Be sure to make it part of your trip. The pools are open year-round and until late in the evening so you can top off your day with a soak.
Skiing and Snowboarding
Ski or snowboard the Canadian Rockies and you’ll know why this region attracts avid ski and snowboarders from around the world. There are three resorts, each a short drive from the town of Banff. You can choose one or grab the Ski Big3 Tri Area Pass and experience all of them.
Find out more about the town of Banff and surrounding area, by visiting the Banff & Lake Louise tourism website.
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