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Things To Do In Banff

With endless adventure sports, a rich heritage, spectacular sights and unforgettable wildlife watching, you certainly won’t be short on things to see and do in Banff.

Start your national park adventure by exploring the bustling streets of Banff Town. Browse the shops and art galleries, enjoy brunch on a sun-drenched terrace or learn about the area’s history at the museums. When you feel the pull of the park’s pristine wilderness, there are plenty of scenic hiking trails that are readily available from the town. The Banff Gondola is also nearby, which takes you to the summit of Sulphur Mountain. Sit back, relax and enjoy the panoramic vistas or hop off and explore the hiking trails.

For more mind-blowing views, you’ll find numerous viewpoints and walking trails along the Bow Valley Parkway and the Icefields Parkway. Think thundering waterfalls, epic canyons, glass-like lakes, verdant forests and majestic mountain vistas. The park’s two most popular lakes - Lake Minnewanka and Lake Louise - also offer some spectacular scenery and an abundance of hiking paths.

Though Banff is a year-round destination, hiking, mountain biking and climbing are especially popular in the summer. A rich variety of flora and fauna can be enjoyed during the warmer months too, including the chance to see one of nature’s most formidable but fascinating mammals - the grizzly bear.

Though you’ll definitely want to pack your hiking boots when visiting Banff, there are plenty other unique and exciting experiences to be had. Take in the breathtaking ascent to the pinnacle of Sulphur Mountain in a gondola and foodies can enjoy the thrill of a wagon ride along the Bow River followed by a traditional cowboy cookout in the wild. The glacier tours, cave tours and famous hot springs are also popular. In other words, the choice of activities in Banff are endless.

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Experiences and attractions in Banff

Banff Gondola

Float over the treetops on an exhilarating eight-minute ride to the summit of Sulphur Mountain for a breathtaking alpine experience. 

On the way up, enjoy views of multiple mountain ranges and sweeping valleys. Once you reach the top, hop off to explore the walking trails, dine in mountain-top restaurants and admire the scenery from jaw-dropping viewing platforms.

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Lake Louise

Lake Louise is the epitome of postcard-worthy scenery. An emerald lake overlooked by a stately chateau, snow-capped mountains and majestic glaciers, it’s no wonder this scenic spot attracts flocks of visitors year upon year. Whatever way you choose to explore, be it on foot, bike, canoe or horseback, the sheer scale and natural beauty is bound to leave you awestruck.

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Icefields Parkway

Icefields Parkway is one of the world’s most scenic drives. Snaking through the heart of the Rocky Mountain national parks, this epic route takes you through jaw-dropping landscapes punctuated by glacier-fed lakes, soaring summits, crashing waterfalls and sweeping valleys. Explore the numerous hiking trails or take it all in from the numerous look-out points along the way.

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Sulphur Mountain

Whether you’re marvelling at panoramic views from the summit or relaxing in hot springs in the foothills, a trip to Sulphur Mountain is full of memorable moments. Soak up the valley vistas, enjoy a slap-up meal in a mountaintop restaurant and take a scenic stroll along the boardwalk. Round off your alpine adventure with a long, hot soak in the mountain’s mineral-rich thermal waters.

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