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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?

Destination Highlights

  • Soak in the mineral-rich water of Banff Upper Hot Springs
  • Take in the unforgettable views as you ride the Banff Gondola to the top of Sulphur Mountain
  • Hike to the top of Tunnel Mountain for views of the town and the impressive Bow Valley below
  • Gaze in awe at the tumbling water of Bow Falls

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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Vancouver, Banff and Calgary Multi Centre Holiday

  • 9 Days
  • Guide Price £2,299 PP
This incredible multi-centre holiday in Vancouver, Banff and Calgary combines the best of Canada’s incredible natural scenery with time spent...
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Self drive holidays
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Escorted Tour Of Western Canada

  • 8 Days
  • Guide Price £2,199 PP
This West Canada tour whisks you from Calgary across the western countryside and all the way to the vibrant city...
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Luxury holidays
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Calgary, Rocky Mountaineer Western Explorer and Vancouver Multi Centre

  • 11 Days
See the incredible Canadian Rockies in style on-board one of the world’s greatest trains, the Rocky Mountaineer. Begin in Calgary...
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Rail journeys
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Rocky Mountaineer First Passage To The West

  • 2 Days
Enjoy the spectacular First Passage to the West rail journey through the majestic Canadian Rockies as you retrace the steps...
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Train Holidays

Explore Banff

Time Zone

GMT -7 hours

Flight Time

Approx 9 hours; Accessible from Calgary. British Airways and Air Canada both offer direct flights from London Heathrow. Indirect flights are also available with United Airlines and American Airlines via the USA.

Currency

CAD - Canadian Dollar

Visa Information

Please ensure you have a valid electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) prior to your departure to Canada. Please check with the Canadian Embassy for all Visa FAQ’s

Language

English

Health Info

No Vaccinations required

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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."

Matt
Destination Specialist
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"Winter in Banff is my favourite time to visit, the skiing here at the three mountains is amazing."

Paul
Destination Specialist

Banff Marathon

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.

Sunset Festival

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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