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Banff tailor-made holidays

Introduction

A Banff holiday will see you explore the Rockies through the surrounding Banff National Park. Canada's first national park is home to a variety of wildlife, glaciers, rivers, and lakes, as well as drives and hikes for you to explore.

Natural Springs

The town of Banff itself is found at the base of Sulphur Mountain. It was built around the natural hot springs discovered by railroad workers in 1883. Popularity has seen it expand but the resort still offer opportunities to soak in its healing waters.

Wildlife and Trails

Johnston Canyon is a gorge with two brilliant waterfalls and is visited along the popular trail from Bow Valley Parkway, where you can also see bubbles of water appearing from a natural spring. Explore the old coalmine and ghost town in Bankhead on a short hiking trail from Lake Minnewanka Road. Further into the mountainous wilderness live grizzly bear, caribou, moose, wolf and elk, as well as a variety of birds nestling in the forestry. On hikes around the national park wildlife is never far from your mind.

Lakes

The biggest attraction of Banff National Park has to be Lake Louise. It is known as the ‘Jewel of the Rockies' for its clear waters, surrounding peaks and stunning views. It is accessible via the Icefield Parkway. This road links Lake Louise to Jasper National Park. Take a drive around Banff's largest lake and take advantage of the picnic and hiking trails available at Lake Minnewanka.

Skiing

Winter sports are available due to the reliable snowfall in winter months. The two ski resorts most accessible from Banff town are Norquay and Sunshine Village, with Lake Louise ski resort found further inside Banff National Park. Or try out heli-skiing to access those more remote slopes.

Top itineraries in Banff

Winter in the Rockies

8-day tailor-made journey from £1,645 pp incl. flights

Based in the pretty town of Banff this holiday includes a host of fabulous winter activities including snowshoeing, guided ice walks, husky sledding, sleigh rides and ice skating. There is also plenty of free time for those who want to hit the slopes too!

Buffalos and Badlands of Alberta Self-Drive

14-day tailor-made self-drive from £1,795 pp incl. flights

Alberta is renowned for the soaring peaks, turquoise lakes and mighty glaciers of the Rocky Mountains, the resorts of Jasper and Banff synonymous with this outdoor playground. Less well known are the 'badlands' a landscape of towering hoodoos and ancient fossils from when dinosaurs roamed the earth.

Alberta’s Summer Sensations

10-day tailor-made self-drive from £2,175 pp incl. flights

This superb summer escape introduces you to the exciting cities of Calgary and Edmonton, followed by a journey along the spectacular Icefields Parkway, one of the world's most spectacular highways. Take in Canada's Rocky Mountains and the charming mountain resorts of Jasper, Lake Louise and Banff.

Northern Lights in Yellowknife & the Rockies

12-day tailor-made journey from £2,510 pp incl. flights

This 11-day tailor-made winter holiday sees you travel to north to the remote city of Yellowknife, the capital of the Northwest Territories and Canada's most reliable location for spotting the Northern Lights.

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Top places to stay in Banff

Buffalo Mountain Lodge, Banff

Contemporary hotel

This rustic mountain-style lodge offers comfortable accommodation in a beautiful setting just outside the centre of Banff.

Three Bars Guest & Cattle Ranch

Accommodation

Experience the ultimate horse-riding holiday in the heart of Canada's spectacular Rocky Mountains at Three Bars Guest & Cattle Ranch, located between the Banff and Glacier National Parks.

Rimrock Resort Hotel

Contemporary hotel

Offering superb views and excellent service, the Rimrock is a luxury hotel just minutes from the centre of Banff.

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Banff articles

Best of Canada's Winter Destinations

Winter is Canada's longest season. However, rather than shut down the country comes alive with opportunities for activities and festivities. Essentially the country is one big winter playground.

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