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Kati and I were just talking about how we tend to forget about Canada and write mostly about Europe and Africa.  Canada though is just as beautiful, if not more so, and more accessible to most people.  We fell in love with Canada the first time we traveled to Banff, Jasper and Calgary in Alberta, Canada.  Banff was amazing.

Banff National Park holds a special place among Canadas captivating and sought after destinations. Nestled in the heart of the Rockies Banff mesmerizes visitors with its breathtaking beauty showcasing snowcapped mountains, pristine lakes and lush forests. Outdoor enthusiasts find themselves in a paradise brimming with exhilarating options like skiing, snowboarding, hiking and camping. Regardless of whether you seek a soothing retreat, or an action-packed adventure Banff promises an experience.

Embarking on a journey to Banff may seem overwhelming at glance; however, investing some time in research and preparation will allow you to maximize your stay in this locale. Before setting off on your adventure it is crucial to determine the time of year for your visit. While summer reigns as the season for exploration don’t overlook the enchantment that winter brings to this region. Additionally, it’s essential to consider which activities align with your preferences while in Banff since there is no shortage of options.

Accommodations in Banff

When it comes to lodging choices in Banff there exists a range of accommodations catering to every taste and preference from luxurious resorts to cozy cabins. If you’re seeking a stay, you might consider the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, which offers views of the Canadian Rockies and provides a perfect setting for relaxation. On the hand if you prefer something budget friendly there are numerous campgrounds and hostels in the area.  We chose a middle of the road option and loved it.  It was walking distance to town with views of the mountains.  And a better price than the Fairmont.

Banff is a haven for enthusiasts as it offers an array of activities to indulge in. From skiing and snowboarding to hiking and camping there is something for everyone. Skiing and snowboarding are particularly popular in Banff with three ski resorts located here; Lake Louise, Sunshine Village and Mount Norquay. For those seeking a experience amidst natures beauty there are plenty of hiking trails available to explore. One such trail that stands out is the Johnston Canyon Trail which promises awe inspiring views of the Rockies.


When it comes to dining and shopping experiences in Banff, you’ll find an abundance of restaurants and shops catering to tastes. Whether you’re looking for a laid-back meal or an exquisite fine dining affair there is no shortage of options. For a culinary adventure that shouldn’t be missed by any food lover out there I highly recommend visiting the Grizzly House – an iconic restaurant famous, for its exceptional fondue offerings. If you’re seeking a laid-back experience there are cafes and pubs available, in the area.


Near Banff. Just a photo from along side the road shows the natural beauty of the area.

Exploring the Sights of Banff

Banff boasts some of Canadas attractions. From mountains to crystal lakes there’s something for everyone. One sought after activity in Banff is riding the Banff Gondola. This scenic gondola takes visitors to the summit of Sulphur Mountain providing awe inspiring views of the Rockies. Other popular attractions include the Cave and Basin National Historic Site, Bow River Falls and Lake Louise Ski Resort.

Useful Tips for Your Banff Adventure

When venturing around Banff it’s crucial to come prepared. Ensure you have plenty of layers as weather conditions can change rapidly. Additionally, don’t forget to bring a supply of water and snacks since some trails can be quite long. Lastly check the weather forecast before heading out as activities may not be feasible under conditions.

White Water Rafting

Rafting in Canada

Our Final Word

Banff is a destination that caters to all preferences. Whether you desire a tranquil retreat or an action-packed vacation Banff offers a setting for exploration.  We encountered many bears including a mother with three young and spent about 30 minutes with her.  We also went white-water rafting, but mostly we relaxed.  Enjoyed the wildlife and did some hiking. Banff is a destination that you won’t forget easily. Its landscapes diverse range of things to do and one-of-a-kind attractions make it a place where you’ll create memories.  We hope to see you there.


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