I’ve been swamped to the extreme as of lately, so I’m handing the reigns over to the good guys & gals at ExploreRockies to tell you about some of the best things to see and do while exploring Banff. These guys live and breathe the Rockies, so you know you’re getting the information straight from the horses mouth!
When you plan your next holiday, if you are looking for beautiful scenery and a family vacation that no one will ever forget, look no further than magnificent Banff, Canada. Banff is located in the friendly province of Alberta, nestled into the Canadian Rockies. Sitting pretty at an impressive 1383 meters (4537 feet), it is the second-highest city in the country and offers something for everyone.
Whether you are in the market for one of the many fantastic Canada tour packages that are available to explore this great country, or if you are looking for a more independent holiday so you can arrange all your own activities, accommodations and so on, be sure to center your trip to Banff around some of these top activities.
The Columbia Icefield
The Columbia Icefield is a spectacle to behold. It lies at the southern end of Jasper National Park and receives up to a staggering seven meters (275 in) of snow a year. It is the home of eight glaciers: Athabasca Glacier, Castleguard Glacier, Columbia Glacier, Dome Glacier, Stufield Glacier, and Saskatchewan Glacier.
Encircling the amazing ice field are some of the very highest mountains in the Canadian Rockies, which makes for some truly incredible views and wonderful photos and memories for you and your family.
Lake Louise just might have it all, an absolute must on your itinerary to the region. Most of the best package tours include an option to help you explore beautiful Lake Louise, so be sure to take advantage of it. There are four-season recreational opportunities to get you out hiking, biking, swimming, sailing, skiing, or pretty much anything you can think of.
Add to that the mind-blowing accommodations that are available and you and your family are in for one massive treat that will be etched in your memories for years and years to come. Just be warned …you may never want to leave!
The Banff Gondola
The eight-minute gondola ride up the side of Sulphur Mountain is a ride you and your family will never forget. You will ooh and ahh over the views as you stand with your mouth agape at the stunning scenery as the fully-enclosed gondola carts you ever higher, higher up the 2,281m (7,468 ft) mountainside.
During the summer, you can enjoy Banff Alpine Lights, a unique opportunity to ride the gondola at night and dine in style with a full prime rib dinner and the beautiful night time views of Banff National Park.
Banff is one of the indisputably best locations in the entire world to go skiing. It consistently ranks among peoples’ favourites alongside the Swiss Alps and the fantastic runs in the United States in Colorado and Utah.
You have more than one option when you ski in Banff, too. You can ski in the area of Ski Norquay, which can be found just beyond the town, or Sunshine Village, which is a drive of only about 20 minutes. Many visitors also stop over for a day on the slopes in Lake Louise. Whether you’re going on a one-off skiing trip or planning on taking many other trips during the year, InsureandGo are bound to have a winter sports policy that is perfect for you.
Hiking is one of the long-time favourites of a trip to Banff. Even if you don’t typically fancy yourself a “hiker,” you will want to become one during your stay here. The mountain views, the fresh air, the beautiful trees blowing in the breeze…what’s not to love? Grab the kids and a pair of walking sticks and hit the trails. There are walks for all levels of skill and motivation to enjoy.
If you are not accustomed to hiking, just be sure to take it easy on yourself and remember that Banff is at a much higher altitude than your body may be used to. Get out there and enjoy the beautiful nature that Banff has to offer, but do your research if you’re new to hiking or being in the outdoors. It will make your time outside much more safe and enjoyable.