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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
Some of our favourite hikes in Banff Townsite
Tunnel Mountain Trail
2.3km, 300m elevation gain
(1-1.5 hours return)
Banff's most accessible summit easily reached from town. Offers a panoramic view of the townsite, the Bow, and Spray Rivers.
4.8km, 90m elevation gain
(3 hours return)
Surprise corner to the Hoodoos. This trail descends to the Bow River and follows the cliff face of Tunnel Mountain.
Sulphur Mountain Trail
5.5km, 655m elevation gain
(4 hours return)
This strenuous trail follows a series of switchbacks to the summit and provides stunning views of the Bow Valley. You will find the Banff Gondola restaurant at the top. There is an option to take the gondola back down for a cost.
3.9km one way,
(3 hours return)
Starts at the Cave and Basin National Historic Site. Views open up to a mountain panorama across the Bow River. After a steady climb, the paved section ends and a moderately difficult trail loops through a water-filled canyon.
Bow Falls Trail
Banff Springs Hotel
2.4km, 10m elevation gain
Meander along the shore of the Bow River and past soaring rapids before climbing above the Bow Falls. Follow signs to Waldhaus Pub (great patio to stop for a drink). And follow the trail to Banff Springs Hotel.
2km loop, (45 min)
An interpretive loop through a white spruce forest along the banks of the Forty Mile Creek
2.8km loop,(40 min)
Starts at the Cave and Basin and follows the Bow River. Offers opportunities to see birds and an excellent view of Mt Norquay.
For more hikes, trail conditions and trail safety, we highly recommend stopping by the Banff Visitor Centres and speaking to a Parks Canada expert. We have also added the link to the Parks Canada website.
Heading to Jasper
We recommend a sightseeing transfer between Banff and Jasper to take in the views of the Icefield Parkway, rated as one of the most scenic drives in the world. Marvel the glaciers remaining from the last ice age. Highlights include: Bow Lake, Peyto Lake, Ice Explorer and Glacier Skywalk, Athabasca Falls.
Lunch Included. (9.75hrs).
Tour available from Jasper to Banf
ATV Tours in Panorama
ATV TOURS with Toby Creek Adventure
Free transportation from Banff and Canmore to Panorama BC
Full Day and Half Day tours available.
Explore Paradise at 8000’ on the edge of the Canadian Rockies. This is the real thing – fresh mountain air, cool clear streams, waterfalls and breath-taking views.
You can book a tour on board HopOnBanff
Full Day Tour
From Banff and Lake Louise. Explore the Icefield Parkway stopping at Bow Lake, Peyto Lake, Ice Explorer, Glacier Skywalk (lunch included)
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Stoney Nakoda Casino
40 min east of Banff you will find the Stoney Nakoda Resort and Casino. The resort is open 7 days a week and on Friday and Saturday nights offer Prime Rib and Lobster buffet.
A combination of affordable accommodation, premier casino gaming, entertainment with first-class service and warm hospitality in Kananaskis.
Free Shuttle service on Fridays and Saturday nights
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