Canada’s first national park, Banff is both a townsite and an abbreviation for Banff National Park, which was established in 1885. This tag will look at all the many things to do in Banff, which is located in the province of Alberta, Canada.

Winter here is where you’ll find Canada’s top downhill skiing at it’s main ski resorts Sunshine Village and Lake Louise (the first stop on the World Cup circuit). This tag also explores other winter activities from snowshoeing to tubing to cross country skiing.

In summer, this Canadian National Park is world renown for its scenic drives with views of turquoise lakes, towering mountains and forests. Wildlife viewing is popular here and many species call the region home. It’s not unusual for you to be able to spot deer and elk wandering through the town. Lake Louise (one of the most famous lakes in the region) is a haven for grizzly bears who like to roam around the ski resort in summer. Take the Lake Louise gondola to safely view them.

Additional, we have details on the best hikes (Sunshine Meadows hike is tops), tips for cycling the Banff Legacy Trail, where to go kayaking and camping, plus adventure along Mt Norquay’s via ferrata course. This tag also covers accommodation options from luxury  hotels like the Rimrock Resort and Fairmont Banff Springs, but also camping spots. Posts tagged with Banff also touch on the best places to eat, Christmas events, hiking larch valley during it’s prettiest season (autumn and bathing at the Upper hot springs.

Headed to Banff for kayaking? You’ll want to read this first!

By |2020-05-19T13:43:08-06:00May 19th, 2020|Categories: Health & Wellness|Tags: , |

Once restrictions have lifted, hiking in Banff is a no brainer. Kayaking is another invigorating way to explore this epic National Park. If you're looking for something different to do that's close to Calgary this summer, check out these top spots for kayaking in Banff and Lake Louise. We've got rental information, too!

How to have the best ever Christmas in Banff

By |2022-04-07T13:57:51-06:00November 19th, 2019|Categories: Travel|Tags: , |

We all know how hectic the holiday season can become. That's why last weekend I stole away to Banff with my daughter. We met Santa, sipped mulled wine (me not her:), leisurely shopped for Christmas presents and swanned about Fairmont Banff Springs. If you're looking for a low key, pre-Christmas getaway, you'll find it in Banff. Here's a game plan.

Fantastic Banff events you need to attend this year

By |2020-09-23T13:28:07-06:00September 9th, 2019|Categories: Travel|Tags: , |

With the kids back in school, this is when I start scheduling all the fun activities and events I want to do before year's end. And at this time of year, I love heading back to Banff. The crowds are gone and there's so many easily achievable bucket list things to tick off. Here's a look at my faves.

This is why you need to do the Lake Louise Gondola

By |2021-05-20T17:30:10-06:00August 1st, 2019|Categories: Travel|Tags: , , |

You don't need me to tell you Banff National Park is crazily crowded each summer. But most people don't realize how uncrowded its ski resorts are. You'll find free parking (and a shuttle into Lake Louise) from Lake Louise Ski Resort. AND... we spotted not 1, not 2, not 3,4,5, but 7 grizzly bears from the Lake Louise gondola! Here's a look at our experience, because you really ought to replicate it yourself.

Banff HIIT and barre class at Sunshine Village

By |2022-08-16T17:50:16-06:00July 22nd, 2019|Categories: Health & Wellness|Tags: , |

Is your exercise routine in a rut? Mine was, until I tried this awesome, invigorating outdoor class at Sunshine Meadows. I felt so much better - physically and mentally afterwards. If you love being outdoors in Banff, and are into yoga or barre, you'll want to hit up these classes before summer's end. Here's all the deets...

Head here for spring skiing

By |2020-09-23T13:29:09-06:00March 15th, 2019|Categories: Health & Wellness|Tags: , |

Let's be honest, this isn't exactly the best time of year for outdoor adventures. Unless... you hit the ski hill. Now hear me out! The crowds have dissipated. There's major discounts. You get to play outside in the fresh air in what feels like balmy temps. And let's not forget about that fine tradition of après ski! Here's a look at our family's spring skiing routine.

Everything you need to know before skiing in Banff

By |2020-09-23T12:40:47-06:00January 28th, 2019|Categories: Travel|Tags: , , |

It always surprises me how close we Calgarians are to the Rocky Mountains, yet how infrequently most folks I know go skiing in Banff. If you're limited to weekends it can get crowded, but I've found several work arounds. Here are my best tips for hacking Sunshine Village Ski Resort.

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