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Banff

The beautiful Canadian Rockies ready to discover

Overview

Banff has to be one of the most picturesque towns in all of Canada, situated in the stunning Canadian Rockies. It is as charming as it is beautiful, and not surprisingly, it is a very popular holiday destination! Banff is one of Canada's most visited towns all year round, offering incredible snow in the winter for a perfect ski and snowboard holiday, with easy access to the Big 3 ski resorts - Mount Norquay, Sunshine Village and Lake Louise - which you can ski all on the one lift ticket.

With such great access to the Big 3, Banff really is a dream destination for both skiers and snowboarders. Mount Norquay is a friendly resort that is revered by tourists and locals alike, with runs for all levels from beginners to advanced skiers. Sunshine Village is a stunning resort high in the Rocky Mountains with panoramic views of the majestic mountains, yet is only 15 minutes from Banff. Lake Louise is Canada's biggest ski resort with runs to suit any skier; perfect for families or groups to enjoy together.

Banff is also a haven for anyone looking for a true Canadian adventure in the summer, with lots of outdoor activities on offer - you can hike, canoe and horseride your way through picturesque Banff National Park. Summertime is full of adventure seekers ready to discover the beautiful Canadian Rockies. It is especially popular with those looking for a walking holiday in the Rockies, with endless hiking trails to spectacular mountain vistas, waterfalls and hopefully plenty of opportunities to see lots of Canadian wildlife too! Some of Banff's best hiking trails can be accessed from the top of the scenic Banff Gondola, where you can hop off and explore.

Whatever you are looking for, a Banff holiday has it in bucket loads – and all with a friendly smile and a warm heart!

Things to do

Summer in Banff is the perfect place for a Rockies adventure! Why not take a walking tour, it's one of the best ways to discover the majestic Rocky Mountains, and there are endless hiking and walking trails that lead from the town or from the top of the Banff Gondola. You'll be joined by a local guide, friendly and knowledgeable they will be able to point out things you may not have noticed and give you some background and history on the Banff National Park.

If you are heading to the town of Banff in winter then obviously hitting the slopes is the top priority! With Lake Louise, Mount Norquay and Sunshine Village on its doorstep, Banff has access to some of the best snow in North America!

Beginners can head to Mount Norquay to learn in a friendly and professional environment. Families can take to the slopes in Lake Louise and have fun sharing their ski experience, and advanced skiers can go to Sunshine Village high up in the Rockies with breathtaking views from wherever you are. All three resorts are worth a visit and all have lots to offer any skier or snowboarder whatever level or interest.

Banff is so much more than a ski destination and after a long day on the slopes you may be in need of a drink! Banff has loads of après options available, as well as a great range of bars and clubs to let your hair down! The town also has some fantastic entertainment and shopping on offer for anyone who fancies a day away from the slopes, or even some non-ski winter activities such as dog sledding and snowmobiling.

Banff is packed full of activities and things to do in both winter and the summer. Who's ready to head to beautiful Banff?!

Popular things to do in Banff

  • Banff gondola ride

    £28pp

    A breathtaking ascent to the pinnacle of sulphur mountain for an awe-inspiring 360-degree panorama of sheer mountain majesty, enjoy the interpretative hiking trails that lead along the ridge of the mountain.

    Departures: daily except Jan 6 – 17, 2015 when this closes for annual maintenance.
    Duration: 2 hours

  • Explore Banff tour including Gondola

    £70pp

    Take a guided bus tour through the towering mountains of Rundle, Tunnel, Cascade and Norquay. View natural attractions like the wind-shaped hoodoos and take a gondola ride to the summit of Sulphur Mountain for magnificent 360 degree views over Banff National Park.

    Departures: daily May 1 to Oct 19, 2015
    Duration: 4.5 hours

  • Ice Explorer Ride on the Athabasca Glacier

    £38pp

    Independently travel into the Rocky Mountains, drive along the Columbia Icefields. Once you’ve reached the Athabasca Glacier, the trained ice explorers will take you on a 90 minutes ice age adventure to experience ancient ice and the moving glaciers.

    Departures: daily Apr 19 to Oct 19, 2015
    Duration: 1.5 hours

  • Mountain Lakes and Waterfalls tour

    Discover the beauty of Banff and Yoho National Parks and other landmarks. Enjoy hiking or simply appreciate the spectacular mountain scenery. You’ll stop at some of the many lakes including the most famous Lake Louise often known as the ‘Jewel of the Rockies’, so have your camera ready. The tour includes lunch.

    (Also available from Lake Louise)



    Departures: daily May 1 to Oct 18, 2015
                           May 1 to Oct 16, 2016

    Duration: 9.5 hours

  • Rockies Discovery and Glacier Adventure – Glacier Skywalk Banff to Jasper

    £142pp

    Travel the Icefields Parkway through the natural splendour of Banff and Jasper National Parks. Spectacular glaciers, cascading waterfalls, turquoise lakes and colourful meadows dot this awe-inspiring mountain wilderness. The snow-capped peaks and endless mountain ridges are home to a wide variety of wildlife, including bears, wolves, deer and eagles. The tour stops at the Columbia Icefield where you will venture by Ice Explorer onto the massive Athabasca Glacier. Following this you will be taken to the Glacier Skywalk for an opportunity to see the amazing views over Sunwapta Canyon by stepping out on to the glass viewing platform. Other brief sightseeing stops, including an opportunity to photograph the turquoise waters of picturesque Lake Louise, are made throughout the tour. Ice Explorer, Glacier Skywalk and lunch are included. This is a one way tour from Banff to Jasper.

    Departures: daily May 1 to Oct 16, 2015
    Duration: 9.5 hours

  • The Icefields Parkway tour

    £103pp

    Prepare yourself for the experience of the Columbia icefield! Covering an expanse of 325sq. km and reaching depths of up to 320m, this impressive icefield forms one of the largest masses of ice south of the Arctic Circle. This scenic route provides spectacular views, and also a direct trip to Athabasca glaciers.

    Departures: daily May 1 to Oct 12, 2015
    Duration: 10 hours

Holidays

Browse our amazing range of holidays in Banff

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    Banff Ptarmigan Inn

    from £33

    A charming and cosy hotel, The Ptarmigan Inn is in a great location, nestled in the stunning Rocky Mountains; just a few minutes walk from the centre ...see more

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    Banff Caribou Lodge

    from £34

    A beautiful mountain hotel, Caribou Lodge welcomes you into a charmingly rustic reception area, complete with huge fieldstone fireplace and roaring ...see more

  • Superior Room with Mountain View

    Inns of Banff

    from £26

    A charming ranch-style mountain lodge, Inns of Banff has a huge range of accommodation to choose, from standard rooms, to suites, to condos to five ...see more

  • Loft Suite

    Banff Rocky Mountain Resort

    from £41

    Set amid eight acres of private parkland, The Rocky Mountain Resort is a relaxing mountain retreat yet still within walking distance of Banff town.

    Suites ...see more

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    Banff Aspen Lodge

    from £34

    Right in the centre of Banff, this hotel is a fantastic find. It has an elegant modern feel but still retains mountain lodge cosiness.

    Rooms ...see more

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    The Fox Hotel and Suites

    from £56

    The Fox is a really lovely hotel full of rustic charm. From the beautiful fireplace and Rocky Mountain reception to the cosy plaid bedrooms with pine ...see more

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    Hidden Ridge Resort

    from £50

    Perched on the side of Tunnel Mountain, Hidden Ridge is a condo-style resort with absolutely stunning views across Banff town and the surrounding Rocky ...see more

  • Fairmont Banff Springs

    from £

    107

    Known as the ‘Castle in the Rockies’ The Fairmont Banff Springs is luxury mountain resort with a staggering range of amenities and still ...see more

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    Rimrock Resort Hotel

    from £91

    The Rimrock Resort is a luxurious hotel nestled in the forest on the lower slopes of Sulphur Mountain with spectacular views of Banff and the Rockies.

     There ...see more

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    Banff Inn

    from £

    26

    The Banff Inn is a traditional lodge-style hotel, with an excellent location on the edge of the main downtown area of Banff.

    Rooms are welcoming ...see more

  • Superior Rooms

    Banff Park Lodge

    from £

    60

    The Banff Park Lodge is a large hotel with a quiet location in the forest, but just a few blocks from the busy Banff downtown.

    Rooms are traditional ...see more

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    Banff Voyager Inn

    from £

    28

    The Banff Voyager Inn is a motel-style hotel with good amenities in a convenient location just a short walk to the centre of Banff.

    Rooms are ...see more

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    Brewster's Mountain Lodge

    from £

    36

    Brewster’s Mountain Lodge is a lovely rustic style hotel right in the centre of Banff.

    From the standard and deluxe rooms, to the Loft ...see more

  • Jacuzzi

    Buffalo Mountain Lodge

    from £

    74

    Situated on Tunnel Mountain, away from the main Banff road, but still a short stroll into town, Buffalo Mountain Lodge is a lovely hotel in stunning ...see more

  • Deluxe Guest Room

    Charlton's Banff

    from £56

    Charlton’s Cedar Court is a lovely lodge-style hotel with a great location just a short walk from the centre of Banff town.

    Rooms are traditional ...see more

  • Premium Room

    Delta Banff Royal Canadian Lodge

    from £

    64

    The Royal Canadian Lodge is an elegant and stylish hotel in an excellent position right in the heart of Banff town.

    Accommodation is warm and ...see more

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    Elk and Avenue Hotel (Formerly known as: Banff International Hotel)

    from £

    39

    The Banff International Hotel is located on Banff Avenue, a few minutes from the centre of the town, with the spectacular Rocky Mountains towering behind ...see more

  • Lobby - seating area

    High Country Inn

    from £

    34

    The High Country Inn is a classic hotel with good amenities and an excellent location just a few blocks from dining and shopping in downtown Banff.

    Rooms ...see more

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    Irwin's Mountain Inn

    from £

    28

    Irwin’s Mountain Inn is a lovely hotel in a great location on Banff’s main street, just a few minutes’ walk from the town centre.

    The ...see more

  • Juniper Hotel

    from £

    38

    The Juniper Hotel is a stylish boutique hotel nestled in the forest with lovely views of the mountains, and just a five minute drive into the centre ...see more

  • Mount Royal Hotel

    from £32

    The Mount Royal Hotel is a grand hotel with a long history, in a great location right in the heart of downtown Banff.

    Rooms are spacious and ...see more

  • King Jacuzzi Suite

    Rundlestone Lodge

    from £

    34

    Rundlestone Lodge is a lovely rustic hotel situated on the main road into Banff town with excellent amenities.

    There is a wide range of accommodation ...see more

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    Spruce Grove Inn

    from £

    29

    The Spruce Grove Inn is one of Banff’s newest hotels and shares amenities with sister hotel Banff Voyager Inn next door.

    Rooms are large ...see more

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    Tunnel Mountain Resort

    from £32

    On the lower slopes of the mountain, the Tunnel Mountain Resort offers a more secluded base for your Banff holiday, but is still a manageable walk or ...see more

  • First Passage to the West, Banff to Vancouver

    from £949

    The Rocky Mountaineer train route was created over a century ago and today this historical route is recognised as one of the world's classical journeys. ...see more

  • Ski Banff

    from £729

    Banff is one of the world’s most popular ski resorts, in the heart of the incredible Canadian Rocky Mountains. On one lift ticket you can ski at ...see more

  • Banff and Jasper Short Break

    from £685

    Nestled in the heart of the Canadian Rocky Mountains lies the wonderful mountain towns of Banff and Jasper. Picturesque and the perfect base for exploring ...see more

  • Banff and Lake Louise

    from £719

    Two iconic Canadian Rockies destinations are the popular resort town of Banff and the jewel of the Rockies, Lake Louise.  A haven for anyone looking ...see more

  • Classic First Passage to the West Vacation, Vancouver-Banff Holiday

    from £1,639

    Nestled in the Rocky Mountains, the resort town of Banff is a great place to start your Rocky Mountaineer journey.  This two day rail journey has ...see more

  • Coastal Passage Classic Vacation Banff - Seattle Westbound

    from £1,755

    The mountain resort of Banff is where you begin this classic tour of Canada’s West Coast, taking the magnificent Rocky Mountaineer two day rail journey ...see more

  • First Passage to the West Banff - Vancouver 2017

    from £949

    The Rocky Mountaineer train route was created over a century ago and today this historical route is recognised as one of the world's classical journeys. ...see more

Top tips

Top tips for visiting Banff

Top Tip 1

• Canoe on Moraine Lake: Moraine Lake is a glacier-fed lake and one of the jewels in Banff National Park’s crown. It’s a great family or group activity for a peaceful afternoon in this beautiful spot.


Top Tip 2

• Visit the Buffalo Nations Museum: we highly recommend visiting the Buffalo Nations Luxton Museum to learn about the fascinating history of the First Nations people of the Northern Plains and Canadian Rockies. See costumes, decorated teepees, hunting equipment, arts and items from daily life.


Top Tip 3

• A ride on the Banff Gondola will give you a stunning view of six mountain ranges and with several observation decks there is so much to take in – this is definitely one to add to your list.


Top Tip 4

• A visit to Lake Louise is definitely a must on your holiday to Banff, whether is it to take a stroll along the beautiful shoreline or to jump in a raft and have a wild water adventure!


Top Tip 5

• Take a dip in the Banff Hot Springs: these are the highest springs in Canada and after a long day of adventure they are the perfect spot to relax and unwind, it’s a great late night activity and perfect for some star-gazing.


Top Tip 6

• Take in a Banff sunrise or sunset: we can’t express enough how stunning Banff is, with its picture-perfect setting. Our top recommendation would be to take in this majestic scenery by experiencing a Banff sunrise or sunset in the midst of the Canadian Rockies.

If you’d like more information about booking your trip to Banff call one of our dedicated team who will help you plan the holiday of a lifetime!


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At a glance


  • Stunning mountain town of Banff
  • Fly direct into Calgary, just an hour and a half drive into the Canadian Rockies

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At a glance


  • Stunning mountain town of Banff
  • Fly direct into Calgary, just an hour and a half drive into the Canadian Rockies

Trusted travel partner


Winner of British Travel Awards 2016

Silver award for Best Holiday Company to Canada (Large)


Fully Protected

We are members of ATOL, ABTA and IATA.

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