Introduction to Banff

Banff is located on the west side of Canada in the Alberta province about 90 minutes' drive west from Calgary. Set in the Canadian Rockies mountain range and one of 2 towns in Banff National Park, Banff unveils awe-inspiring views around every corner. The mountainous area in which Banff is situated is incredible, and only a handful of places on Earth contain such astounding views. Snow-capped mountains tower over the landscape in all directions accompanied by a sea of tall green trees, which line the lower areas and valleys. Bow River meanders around the town and glacial lakes are the finishing touch to this stunning landscape. Practise those smiles and charge your camera batteries, Banff has to be seen to be believed.

Banff is surrounded by mountains, the main ones being Mount Rundle, Sulphur Mountain, Mount Norquay and Cascade Mountain. The sub-arctic climate creates a crisp environment - a true breath of fresh air. Sulphur Mountain's hot springs were discovered by 3 Canadian Pacific Railway workers in 1883 and ever since, Banff has been internationally promoted as a World Heritage winter spa retreat. It's also the site of Canada's first national park and Banff National Park is home to wildlife such as squirrels, beavers, coyotes and black bears.

The picturesque town, however, is best known as a winter sport destination and a ski resort hotspot. During the winter months, Banff welcomes seasonal workers from around the world who stay and play in nearby resorts like Sunshine, Norquay, Nakiska and Lake Louise. While the town heaves with activity and festivities during the snow season, summers in Banff also have their charm and share of outdoor activities like hiking, canoeing, caving and watching the wildlife.

For more must-dos in Banff, check out our things to do page and start planning your Banff holiday.

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