Holidays to Banff, Canada

Bordered by the Rockies, Alberta's favourite mountain town offers an irresistible combination of astonishing scenery and a surprisingly energetic nightlife. 

Hike your way to the top of Sulphur Mountain, where you'll have a bird's eye view of the amazing mountain ranges. With breathtaking vistas in every direction, you'll soon see why this is top of most people's Rockies bucket list. Trekking along the various trails that lead from the peak, you'll enjoy scenic views every step of the way; one of the most popular trails is a self-guided walk that takes you along the summit's ridge for one kilometre to Sanson's Peak. You'll follow in the footsteps of local legend, Norman Sanson, who walked to the top of the mountain almost every week for 30 years to check the weather.

The surrounding 6,500 square kilometres of Banff National Park are home to a whole host of wildlife. For your best chance of spotting animals in their natural habitat, take the Bow Valley Parkway (Highway 1A), a lesser traveled road where you can see mule deer, wolves, black bear, grizzlies, bighorn sheep and elk. Time your journey with sunrise or sunset and you'll be mesmerised by the spectacular landscape.

Learn more about the history of the town at the Cave and Basin National Historic Site, which commemorates Banff as the birthplace of Canada's National Parks. It all began at this site in 1885 after the discovery of the natural thermal mineral springs. If you fancy taking a dip yourself, head to the Upper Hot Springs in town (Canada's highest at 1,585 metres!) and soothe your muscles in 100°F mineral water.

Outside of town, you'll find Lake Minnewanka, a year round hot spot for outdoor enthusiasts. In summer you can bike your way round, or take to the waters for fishing, diving or canoeing. When the seasons change, don you cross-country skis or snowshoes and take to the Cascade Trail. Keep your eyes peeled as Lake Minnewanka is one of the best places in Banff National Park to view the Northern Lights.

Highlights

  • Relax your muscles at the soothing Banff Upper Hot Springs

  • Take a gondola ride or trek your way to the top of Sulphur Mountain

  • Try fishing, canoeing or boating on nearby Lake Minnewanka

  • Spot wildlife including elk, grizzlies and black bears

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Finally spotting a pod of transient orca breaching the surface of the Pacific Ocean after hours of searching with our guide is one of the many incredible memories I love to share from my two years of living in and travelling across Canada.

Banff trip ideas

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