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The gateway to Canada's oldest national park, Banff sits in the middle of one of the world's most photogenic natural landscapes, recognized as a World Heritage Site. Filled with tourists and seasonal workers from around the world, this hub of tourism serves as a convenient base for travelers looking for that true backcountry experience. You'll find few tourist attractions in Banff itself, the main draw being the surrounding glaciers, valleys, mountains, lakes, dense forests, and developed ski areas. Most visitors come here seeking adventure and excitement in the great outdoors, but if you're looking for a more relaxing Banff holiday experience, explore the region's hot springs and burgeoning food scene. Add Banff and other destinations in Canada to your travel plans using our Canada trip planner.

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Popular things to do in Banff

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Water Body
Lake Minnewanka
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Duration: 2 hours
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Waterfall
Bow Falls
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Duration: 2 hours
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Historic Site
Cave and Basin National Historic Site
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Duration: 1h 30 min
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Scenic Drive
Bow Valley Parkway
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Duration: 2 hours

Side trips from Banff

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Water Body
Moraine Lake Lake Louise
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Duration: 2h 30 min
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Lake Louise Lake Louise
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Duration: 2 hours
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Ski Area
The Lake Louise Ski Resort Lake Louise
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Duration: 8 hours
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Ski Area
Sunshine Village Banff National Park
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Duration: 8 hours

Hidden gems in Banff

Outdoor Activity
Via Ferrata
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Duration: 2h 30 min
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Specialty Museum
Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies
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Duration: 1h 30 min
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Hiking Trail
Parker Ridge Trail
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Duration: 2 hours
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Natural History Museum
Banff Park Museum
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Duration: 1 hour

Spas in Banff

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Thermal Spa
Banff Upper Hot Springs
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Duration: 1h 30 min
Spa / Wellness
Forest Fix
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Duration: 2 hours

Trails in Banff

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Hiking Trail
Tunnel Mountain Trail
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Duration: 2 hours
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Hiking Trail
Helen Lake Trail
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Duration: 2 hours
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Hiking Trail
Cory and Edith Passes
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Duration: 2 hours
Hiking Trail
Hoodoos Trail
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Duration: 2 hours

Nature in Banff

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Water Body
Vermilion Lakes
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Duration: 2 hours
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Two Jack Lake
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Duration: 2 hours
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Water Body
Mirror Lake
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Duration: 2 hours
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Water Body
Cascade Ponds
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Duration: 2 hours
Hop-On Hop-Off Tour
Hop On Banff
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Duration: 8 hours
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Water Body
Peyto Lake Lake Louise
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Duration: 2 hours
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Historic Walking Area
Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise Lake Louise
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Duration: 2 hours
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Hiking Trail
Johnston Canyon Banff National Park
4.7
Duration: 2 hours

Where to stay in Banff

The biggest selection of options is located on the northern side of the main drag, Banff Avenue, with a range of hotels, lodges, and inns catering to every budget. Prices increase as you head south towards the river, with the prized views enjoyed by a handful of luxury resorts and mountain lodges. Look to the district of Tatanga II, at the northeastern edge of town, for a few more secluded accommodations that feel even closer to nature.
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