Banff was first settled in the 1880's, after the transcontinental railway was built through the Bow Valley. One of Canada's most popular tourist destinations, known for its mountainous surroundings and hot springs. It is a destination for outdoor sports and features extensive hiking, biking, scrambling and skiing areas within the area.
With over one hundred restaurants and eating establishments to choose from you will never go hungry here.
Click on the link below for a real local's guide to all the choices you have in town!
You will also find a wide variety of shops! Check out...
Banff Tea Co. A locally run business with an amazing tea selection. 208 Caribou Street
Clothing Store in Banff
When visiting the Fairmont Banff Springs, stop by this local favorite for the latest fashions. Located in the main building lower floor near the bus entrance!
A pedestrian friendly town, Banff also has public transportation to get you to all the major tourist attractions within the townsite.
HoponBanff stops can be connected with ROAM TRANSIT in Banff for $2 and Canmore for $6.
347 Banff Ave
HopOnBanff stops in front of the Moose Hotel. If you want breakfast before departing, Pacini Restaurant at the Moose Hotel is open from 6:30 am.
To view: BREAKFAST MENU.
Or finish the day with a cocktail on the patio of Pacini!
BANFF BY BICYCLE
Enjoy the freedom of exploring the Banff townsite area and its spectacular trails by bicycle. Rent Trail or Town Bikes for the day and head out exploring. All Bike rentals include a helmet, lock, and a map.It's all good when you are on a cruiser. Slow down and take it all in, because life here just seems to flow a little smoother.
Explore new trails and discover new destinations on a wide selection of Trail bikes.
Snowtips Bactrax, 225 Bear Street
BANFF BY FOOT
The Cave and Basin
The Cave and Basin National Historic Site of Canada commemorates the birthplace of Canada's National Park system, which began here in 1885.
The Banff Upper Hot Springs is one of Banff’s most famous attractions; discovered in 1884, the hot springs were included in Banff National Park, the first National Park in Canada. Banff Upper Hot Springs is the thing to do in Banff, so come relax and ease your sore muscles in the natural hot springs water.
The Bow River
Take a walk along the idyllic Bow River and discover the Bow Falls, canoe out to Vermillion Lakes, fly-fish, enjoy a guided rafting trip or simply just sit and watch the water flow by.
Rent a Canoe
Explore the Bow River and Vermillion Lakes by canoe or kayak from the centre of Banff! Great views of surrounding mountains. Your rental begins with basic instruction and safety tips before putting your canoe into the water.
Includes basic canoe instruction, paddles, life jackets, route map. We recommend bringing a bottle of water and a snack or a packed lunch!
(1hr from Banff)
A great afternoon trip. This dam-controlled river provides fun rapids for all ages and offers wonderful mountain scenery!
Kananaskis River is easy whitewater (class 2-3) Half Day
Bow River Horseshoe Canyon
(1hr from Banff)
This morning trip offers cliff jumping, surfing whitewater and stunning views of shale canyons.
'The Revenant' is one of many movies filmed in the canyon!
(class 2-4 rapids)
(1.5hr from Banff)
You do not need previous rafting experience for the Kicking Horse River class 4+ rapids. Ride these glacier water waves on your guided raft for an exhilarating and unforgettable experience!
Full day includes bbq lunch, wetsuits, neoprene boots, and spray jackets. Your professional guides will deliver safety briefings that are easy to understand and will properly prepare you for your trip.
Banff Springs Hotel
Located in the heart of Banff National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the world famous Fairmont Banff Springs hotel stands as a landmark in the picturesque alpine town of Banff, Alberta. Canada's "Castle in the Rockies", has been providing legendary hospitality to guests for more than 125 years.
Rundle Lounge Patio,
Fairmont Banff Springs
Bow River Nature Float
This gentle raft float is a great way of enjoying the Canadian Rockies and the Bow River. Twilight tours can offer Alpine lighting and increased beaver activity. Located just east of Banff National Park, the Bow River offers excellent opportunities to view beaver, elk, osprey, eagles and more!
(Note:You do not get wet)