Banff Quick Facts
- Founded: 1885
- Population: Approx. 8000
- Banff (1,380 meters above sea level) is the highest town in Canada
If you’re searching for that winning travel combination of inspirational landscape, stunning wildlife, a rich and vibrant culture, thriving arts and a lively nightlife, then Banff is the perfect destination for you. Surrounded by the Canadian Rocky Mountains, Banff offers a gorgeous and unique landscape, popular with outdoor enthusiasts and for its hot springs. In fact, it was recognized as an UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984 for its special features. The Banff National Park, Canada’s first, has three ski resorts within its bounds: Sunshine Village, Ski Norquay and Lake Louise Mountain Resort. Snow is possible here in Banff all months of the year but summer is still pleasant.
Adding to the town’s charm are the cultural gems it has to offer visitors such as the Banff Centre, the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies, the Town Hall Art Gallery, and several other art galleries and live music venues. Kids should stop by the Banff Visitor Centre for an Xplorer Club booklet full of activities for them to complete and earn achievement awards while they stay. Interestingly, the town’s population shifts with the seasons and Parks Canada is the overseer of housing guidelines for its resident workers and families. Banff is first and foremost a service town for the park that it sits within but this oasis in a wild country has a range of souvenir shops, restaurants and even night clubs for world travellers to enjoy live music and dancing. Take, for example, the Dancing Sasquatch a cabin themed bar, the Hoodoo Lounge will a chilled atmosphere or the Aurora Nightclub and Lounge with international DJs and a bi-level dancefloor! Bunk down at one of the many hotels, hostels, chalets, campgrounds or backcountry lodges. Check out our travel directory for Banff at the top of this page for more info to help with your stay.
Popular adventures for people visiting Canada and Banff are mountain biking, hiking, boating and fishing. There is a quick hike near Banff called Tunnel Mountain where you can reach the summit within half an hour. Some of the highlights of the region are Lake Minnewanka with mountains reflected in its gleaming surface; the Banff Legacy paved bike trail, Vermilion wetlands and lakes as well as the magical Plain of Six Glaciers trail. Animals such as elk and grizzly bears as well as a multitude of birdlife call the park home too. Getting around central Banff is easy, just look for the ‘Roam’ busses painted like the National Park! They connect travellers to Tunnel Mountain, Banff Springs Hotel and the Banff Gondola – a breathtaking lookout where you can see spectacular mountain views and take a SummitWalk tour to a historic site. We truly recommend taking a guided tour in or around Banff to see more of what it has to offer.
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