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Ideal for: Outdoor Enthusiasts, Adventure Seekers, Families
Nestled within a national park, Banff is storied resort town in the province of Alberta on the east side of the Canadian Rockies. The area’s dramatic landscape encompasses more than 2,500 square miles of pristine wilderness, soaring mountain peaks, impressive glaciers, abundant wildlife, and picture-perfect Lake Louise—named after Queen Victoria’s fourth daughter. With this much natural wonder, the opportunities for recreation are endless any time of year. Nature lovers will be in their element on a guided dusk wildlife safari. Many animals are at their most active during the evening, so keep a sharp eye out for deer, moose, elk, bighorn sheep, and even grizzly bears!
Soar to the top of 7,486-foot Sulphur Mountain aboard the newly rebuilt Banff Gondola. Gaze out at six breathtaking mountain ranges from the summit’s 360-degree rooftop observation deck and ridgetop boardwalk.
Take a drive along the famous Icefields Parkway, considered one of the world’s most beautiful drives. Every bend along Highway 93 delivers gorgeous vistas of craggy peaks, azure lakes, and majestic glaciers.
Located in Banff Town, the century-old Whyte Museum features world-class artwork from 1800 to the present, including many pieces by local artists. Explore the permanent exhibit about the pioneers who first settled the area.
Banff is truly a four-season destination. In the summer, hikers and climbers take to the world-famous mountains, where sparkling waters and fragrant forests await. Winter brings plenty of snow to Banff, sometimes more than 150 inches each year. Skiers and riders can hit the slopes at one of the area’s three renowned ski resorts.