Finding yourself lost in wonder isn’t unusual on a Banff holiday. It’s a chance to discover a quaint, fairytale town in the mountains, where timber-fronted stores line the streets and the jagged silhouette of the Rocky Mountains acts as an enchanting backdrop. Nestled amongst the lakes, mountains and forests of Banff National Park, adventure awaits wherever you look.
You can take your pick of cosy hotels and lodges on a Banff holiday but, wherever you choose to stay, we recommend taking a visit to the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel. More than just a hotel, it’s somewhat of a landmark, so take a moment to go inside and explore its extravagant interior, with lounges, ballrooms and stunning balustraded staircases. Banff’s charming streets entice visitors to explore; take your time meandering around the many shops and restaurants and spotting its historic buildings or discover the Cascade Gardens, a peaceful retreat of beautiful flowers, waterfalls and ponds.
Explore the Incredible Banff National Park
With cosy Banff town as your base, explore Banff National Park, home to breathtaking mountains, turquoise lakes and endless adventure. In summer, Lake Louise and Moraine Lake call wanderers to explore their stunningly turquoise waters by kayak or canoe. By winter, Banff’s ski slopes beckon, with three world class ski resorts: Lake Louise, Sunshine Village and Mount Norquay. Let the Banff Gondola carry you over tree tops to the top of Sulphur Mountain or take to the trails of Johnston Canyon and let the winding paths guide you to the stunning Lower and Upper Falls.
Holidays to Banff are perfectly combined with trips to other gems within Banff National Park, like stunning Lake Louise. Or why not head a little further afield and discover the rest of Alberta, making stops in Jasper and Calgary?
Great sample itineraries
There’s so many ways to enjoy a holiday to Banff; take a look at some of our sample itineraries below. Gather up some inspiration then give us a call and let us plan a trip that’s tailor made for you.
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"Take a visit to nearby Lake Louise and hire a canoe - not only will you get Instagram worthy photos but the tranquil waters and beautiful scenery will leave you feeling completely relaxed and revitalised."
"Winter in Banff is my favourite time to visit, the skiing here at the three mountains is amazing."
Each June, Banff hosts one of the most scenic marathons on earth. Runners of the Banff marathon are treated to a route with endless breathtaking vistas, passing along the Bow Valley Parkway, shimmering lakes, the Bow River and Banff’s famous bridges. There’s also the option of running the half marathon or the 10K, so if you like running, this is one not to be missed on a holiday to Banff.
Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival
Launched in 1976 and held every autumn since, the Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival unfolds over nine days and features stories surrounding the mountain culture. Visitors can immerse themselves in film exhibitions, art, demonstrations and even photography workshops.
Standing atop Sulphur Mountain after a ride on the Banff Gondola is always a magical experience, but during the Sunset Festival it’s even better. Running every evening throughout summer, from the end of June to the beginning of September, the Sunset Festival celebrates this magical time of day with craft drinks, delicious food and live music.
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