Banff is a charming town nestled in the heart of the Canadian Rockies, and is the gateway to a world of adventure and exploration, from scenic hikes to relaxing in hot springs.

There are many attractions in Banff that are worthy of a visit, though they often get skipped in favor of the more iconic attractions such as Lake Louise.

Things to Do in Banff Town

It’s possible to spend 1-2 days in the town of Banff and see all the highlights, but equally you could spend a month in the general area and venture out into the national park.

Visit Banff Upper Hot Springs

Ease your body into the 37-40C water found at the historic Banff Upper Hot Springs, located on top of Sulphur Mountain, while you enjoy views of Mount Rundle.

Ride the Banff Gondola

If you want a view from a height, ride the Sulphur Mountain Gondola. The eight-minute ride takes you up an elevation of 2300 feet to the mountain peaks of Sulphur Mountain.

Boat Cruise on Lake Minnewanka

Not only do you get amazing scenes from the boat, but it’s also an opportunity to spot wildlife such as grizzly bears and elk, from a safe distance.

Hit the Hiking Trails

Go hiking and biking in Banff. There are so many trails to choose from that it’s worthwhile to have a chat with a Park Ranger and see what they recommend based on your ability and time frame.

Go Skiing at the Banff Ski Resorts

One of the reasons why Banff is so iconic for skiing is because you can ski for 7 months of the year, making it the longest open ski resort in Canada.

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