The 90-minute drive from Calgary to Banff is picturesque. The peaks of Mt. Cascade and Mt. Rundle are the backdrop to this town. Throughout the town, you will find cafés, restaurants, boutiques, souvenir shops, and a variety of château-style hotels. In 1984 the area of the Canadian Rockies was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
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Skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing are the main attractions in the winter. During the summer months, there are many hiking trails throughout the mountains. People also spend time canoeing, cycling, mountain biking, and golfing. Being surrounded by the Rocky Mountains is one of the most beautiful things in the world to see. The Banff Gondola is the best way to see the impressive views of Banff and the Canadian Rocky Mountains. If you’re looking to relax and warm up in the winter months, then the Upper Hot Springs is where you will want to go.
If you want to see more of Canada and the stunning Canadian Rocky Mountains, check out this Vancouver to Banff Drive. Also check out A Canada Road Trip to explore the fascinating places in Canada.
The most iconic and photographed hotel in the area is the Banff Springs Hotel. It is a must-see while you are there. You can have lunch, tea, or just walk through the landmark “Castle of the Rockies”. With around 122 hotels in Banff, there is something for almost every budget. Check out 3 Awesome Luxury Accommodations here.
Dining options are not lacking either in this tourist destination. From coffee shops to breakfast cafés, mid-range lunches to high-end dinners. A great family restaurant is the Old Spaghetti Factory. For those who are interested in nightlife, there are several places to have a few casual drinks or a few to party the night away in one of the clubs. I haven’t been to the bars there so I can’t comment or make any recommendations.
This year Canada is celebrating 150 years, so access to Banff National Park and all the other National Parks is free.