town in British Columbia, Canada
national park in Alberta, Canada
even more magnificent Rockies landscapes and hiking trails.
the largest city in the province, world famous for its Stampede and an access point to many of the region's national parks.
set in a beautiful river valley park system, Edmonton is a great place to experience live theatre and music.
city in British Columbia
town in Alberta, Canada
Banff is a tourist town full of visitors and seasonal workers from across Canada and around the world. It is a convenient base for seeing some spectacular scenery with little effort. However, with convenience comes crowds. Banff Avenue can be very busy on summer afternoons and evenings. That being said, it is a great place to stay for any length of time. There are a wide variety of restaurants and clubs and plenty of tours and activities to keep you busy. Staying in Banff during the winter gives easy access to the nearby ski areas of Norquay, Sunshine Village, and Lake Louise.
The area was named Banff in 1884 by George Stephen, president of the Canadian Pacific Railway, recalling his birthplace in Banff, Scotland.
At an elevation of 1400m above sea level and surrounded by mountains, the climate is subarctic. Banff has experienced snowfall even during the summer months. With daily mean temperatures of +15°C in the summer and -8°C in the winter, the climate is very similar to northern Scandinavia.
- If you are staying in the Banff and Lake Louise area and don't mind the slightly longer drive, you may also consider the Kicking Horse Ski resort just over the border in Golden, British Columbia located just west of Yoho National Park, Banff's sister park and Canada's second protected area.
- Drive along highway 1A west of Banff.
- Johnston Canyon hiking.
- Bow Falls is located close to the Banff townsite.
- Peyto Lake, in Banff National Park, is located 40 km north of the town on the Icefields Parkway.