Banff is a town in the Alberta Rockies province of Alberta. It is the larger of the two towns in Banff National Park, nestled in the mountains, and is located about a hour and half drive west of Calgary and four hours south of Jasper. The park is easily accessible for International travellers via Calgary International Airport, which has international scheduled and charter flights. Banff is part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The Canadian Rockies offers some of the most spectacular scenery in the world. It may seem a daunting task to try and see it all in a limited amount of time.
Getting around in Banff:
The Banff townsite is small, and you can walk just about anywhere you want to go. Walking is quick, easy and allows for random adventures down to the river, through the forests, up the mountains. And all of these activities are within a 5 – 10 minute walking distance.
Banff has an extensive public transit bus system www.banff.ca/…/public-transit-buses that runs through town for $2 a ride ($1 for kids and seniors). It connects up with all the area hotels and attractions.
Biking around town is popular too. There are several shops to rent bicycles if you are interested in either mountain biking, quick travel downtown or trail riding to the historical Hot Springs. Banff is filled with trails that take you through forested areas, along streams and waterfalls, and ultimately lead to incredible lake and mountain views.
Things to do in Banff:
Like many mountain towns, Banff has a very different character in winter and summer. There is a decent selection of bars and restaurants but predictably a few too many souvenir shops and boutiques. European travellers especially will welcome the sidewalks allowing exploration of the town on foot. Parking can be tricky, but there is a free multilevel parkade near the center if you can find it.