The town of Banff is one of the most beautiful mountain resorts in the world. Banff National Park attracts over three million visitors a year. They come to climb mountains, ski, hike, cycle, ride horses, fish, canoe, watch wildlife, look at the scenery, take photos, and BREATHE FRESH MOUNTAIN AIR.
GONDOLA RIDE: This gondola ride up Sulphur Mountain is the best way to see Banff…from above. The ride takes 8 minutes and will put you among the peaks. There is also a LIFT, which goes up Mt. Norquay for a beautiful view of the Rockies.
LAKE MINNEWANKA CRUISE: Ideal trip for summer scenery.
BANFF HOT SPRINGS: “THE” thing to do in Banff is to take a dip in the hot springs. Water in the Upper Hot Springs has a winter temperature of 48 degrees, and a summer temperature of 55. The discovery of the Cave and Basin Hot Springs in 1883 led to the formation of Banff Park itself. The pool is now open from June to September;
RELAXING THINGS TO DO: Meander partway up Tunnel Mountain to St. Julien Road, to the Banff Centre School of Fine Arts. In the marshlands along Vermillion Lakes Road, you will see a variety of wildlife. Visit Bow Falls, a 30-minute hike along the river from the bridge on Banff Avenue. On Bow River, take a look at the strange pillars of rock formed by erosion when unconsolidated material was carried away by the river, leaving “statues” of the harder stuff. The Fenland Trail on the west edge of town is a sure bet for wildlife.