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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. 

Banff Townsite

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!

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Public Transport
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.

Moose Hotel
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.
Or finish the day with a cocktail on the patio of Pacini!


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





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.

Banff Hotsprings

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! 

River Fun!

(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. Located near the Bow Falls in Banff ,the Bow River offers excellent opportunities to view beaver, elk, osprey, eagles and more!

(Note:You do not get wet)

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.
Hoodoos Trail
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.

Sundance Canyon
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
(1.5-hour return)
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.
Fenland Trail
2km loop, (45 min)
An interpretive loop through a white spruce forest along the banks of the Forty Mile Creek
Marsh Loop
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 the 

Try  Savvy Wine Tours

Founded in 2019 Grape Savvy Wine Tours has become a pioneer in Okanagan transportation and wine tourism. Providing locals and tourists alike a unique range of tours and transportation options including the regions only Hop-on Hop-off trolley experience. Come wine YOUR  way with us!"

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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


Icefield Parkway
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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