Banff Basic Information
Postcards are in envy of the landscape of the beautiful town of Banff. This is a top destination for any adventurer, keen photographer with an eye for natural beauty and seasoned hot spring spa connoisseur. Whatever your holiday preference may be, read on to find out all the basic information you need to get the most out of your Banff holiday.
Australian passport holders are eligible to holiday in Canada for up to 6 months without a visa. In order to travel under these terms, you must hold a valid passport for the dates you are travelling. Interested in a working holiday at a Canada ski resort? Eligible Aussies can work for up to 2 years. Please be aware this information is only a guideline. For up-to-the-minute visa information, contact your closest Embassy or Consulate of Canada.
The currency in Canada is the Canadian Dollar. The exchange rate between the Australian Dollar and the Canadian Dollar fluctuates constantly, so it's a good idea to monitor the rate before purchasing cash. For safe spending while overseas, consider bringing a credit card or travel money card with you.
Food in Banff is generally served to a high quality - even a serving of burger and chips has a gourmet touch. Steak is a popular choice on many menus with Banff boasting a superb selection of grill joints. The Terrace is a mid-priced restaurant with a limited menu, however the meals get rave reviews. Service is known to be second to none and the mood lighting attracts couples and small groups looking to enjoy great food in a relaxed atmosphere. You'll also find cosy pubs, fast food outlets and plenty of places to fuel up with a quick bite after hitting the slopes all day.
'National Geographic' magazine has been quoted as saying Banff is one of the few places on Earth where you can walk out of a hip nightclub and 2 blocks later, bump into a grazing elk. Surprisingly well known for its nightlife, Banff is a magnet for tourists looking for a lively night of live music and entertainment. Many begin the night with a locally brewed beer in Banff Ave. Brewing Co. pub, before moving on to the Dancing Sasquatch club, which is open all week and has a classic log cabin theme. Hoodoo Lounge is a smaller capacity club open from Thursday to Tuesday that offers a booth-type seating arrangement and the dancefloor, which is certain to be full, is never too far away. Lastly, Aurora Club is open from Tuesday to Sunday and is as 'city' as Banff gets. International DJs frequently appear behind the decks servicing the bi-level dancefloor.