Located within Banff National Park in Alberta, Canada, the ski resort of Banff is 125 km west of Calgary. The natural beauty of Banff and its surrounding areas cannot be exaggerated—believe us, we’ve tried. The Rocky Mountains, the turquoise waters of glacier-fed lakes and the old-growth forests teeming with wildlife are sights you should experience at least once in your life. Our Banff holiday deals are exactly what you need to get there.
Visitors choose Banff holidays to enjoy the world-class downhill skiing and snowboarding at Lake Louise, Sunshine Village and Mt. Norquay. Experienced skiers can also try backcountry skiing on ungroomed trails—avalanche safety experienced required! Not a fan of hurtling down mountains? Other winter activities include cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and skating.
The summer season also offers enough activities to keep you occupied for the duration of your stay. Golf is a huge draw, but mind the wildlife, as it's not unusual to see a moose walking across the green. Hiking, mountain biking and canoeing are also popular—just watch out for bears! If you’d rather stay indoors and away from all things furry, spend some time getting your culture on in art galleries and boutique shops downtown.
This area is easy to get around, either on foot or by car, but we do recommend booking one of our awesome Banff car hire options to ensure you hit all the points on your itinerary.
In a town known for its ski tourism, it should come as no surprise that you'll find many sporting goods stores, pro shops and places selling Canada-themed memorabilia. Tucked in among these are boutiques selling traditional Native American art, unique jewellery and beautiful designer clothing. Helpful Hint: These the places to hit when you need to find souvenirs for your mates back home.
There are more than two dozen restaurants in downtown Banff, with a wide range of cuisines and price points. Whether you're after a quick bite between activities or an evening of fine dining, one of the restaurants here will fit the bill. Try French, Canadian and Asian fare, as well as several American chain restaurants.
After dinner, you can enjoy drinks and dancing at one of Banff's many pubs and nightclubs. The town is very much geared toward the enjoyment of its visitors, so the nightlife here is lively and energetic. And because Banff is quite small, you can easily walk back to your hotel after your night out.
Banff is also known for its fantastic après-ski, or after-ski, festivities. As the sun sets and temperatures drop, skiers and boarders head in to one of the hills' chalets to warm up and swap stories well into the wee hours.
When you're ready to experience an adventure unlike any other in Banff, Canada, Wotif can help you get there. Use us to book your holidays to Alberta and find bargain Banff holiday packages, bundling up hotels and flights. Whether you're travelling with family or friends, solo or with a group, you can rely on us to get you on the move at the best price. Book your Banff holiday with Wotif today!
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