Natasha and I have been writing about travel for the last decade and we were nomadic for five of those years living out of a suitcase. In 2018, we felt we had enough and decided to settle down in one of the most beautiful places on earth, The Canadian Rockies. Now we live in Canmore and spend as much time as possible exploring the mountains surrounding us. We truly think this is one of the prettiest areas in the world and a perfect place for an outdoor vacation. Our aim is to help you get the most out of your trip to Banff National Park and the surrounding areas.
How To Get To Banff?
How to get from Calgary to Banff? The international airport of Calgary serves as a great gateway to the Canadian Rockies so many find this is where their trip to the region starts. It’s a journey that starts in the prairies of Calgary before taking off for the Bow Valley and the high soaring peaks of the Canadian Rockies.
Pick Your Season
If you were wondering when’s the best time to visit Banff, you need wonder no more. We’ve got it all figured out for you: that means everything from temperatures and snowfall to the best events and festivals that Banff has to offer. Here is a month by month breakdown of the weather in Banff, accompanied by some photos of that month so you can get a picture of what it’s like.
Activities in Banff
Summer in Banff
It’s tough to think of a more spectacular place on earth than Banff in peak summer. A wide swath of hiking trails provides visitors views of expansive glaciated icefields, forested valleys, towering peaks, sparkling emerald lakes, and close encounters with wildlife. The towns of Banff, Canmore, Field, and Jasper sit within the Canadian Rockies and serve as amazing bases that will astound visitors with mountain views.
If you’re keen to hike or want to see the lakes you have a narrow window of summer as the lakes and peaks are locked away in snow and ice for the majority of the year. The peak summer months also see waves of tourists and when the vast majority of Banff’s four million visitors choose to spend their time in the park.
Hiking in Banff
There is no better way to enjoy nature than on foot. Once the summer rolls around the snow melts and the trails dry out it’s time to explore some gorgeous nature.
Hiking Guides For Banff
- The 20 Best Hikes in Banff Ranked
- 10 Amazing Hikes Around Lake Louise
- 10 Easy Hikes For The Whole Family
- 13 Jaw-Dropping Hikes in Kananaskis Country
- The 10 Best Hikes in Yoho National Park
Specific Hike Guides
- Guide to The Mount Allan Hike in Kananaskis Country
- Observation Peak Scramble in Banff National Park
- A Guide to The Tunnel Mountain Hike in Banff
- The Smutwood Peak Hike in Kananaskis
- Windtower Hike in Kananaskis Country
- Paget Peak Scramble in Yoho National Park
- Tent Ridge Hike in Kananaskis
- Mount Bourgeau and Bourgeau Lake Hike
- Johnston Canyon in Banff National Park
Winter in Banff
Winter sees a fraction of the visitors during the summer months, but it is an amazing time to visit Banff. You won’t be able to see the famed turquoise blue lakes, but instead, the park and town turn into a winter wonderland. If there is a winter activity you love the region has it in abundance.
Visitors can enjoy skiing, snowboarding, ice skating, sleigh riding, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, dog sledding, tobogganing, tubing, backcountry ski, ice-climbing, and heli-skiing. Over the years we’ve been spoiled by the ski in Western Canada and couldn’t imagine skiing anywhere else. It certainly favors the active, but it’s tough to resist the charm of a cozy fireplace and some fondue a snowy winter night.
Where to Stay?
Here’s our round-up of the best hotels in Banff. This is where you can plan to stay on your first trip to the Canadian Rockies. All of these hotels will ensure you have a great time during your trip.
Camping in Banff
Camping in Banff National Park is a splendid and affordable way to explore the Canadian Rockies. From the campgrounds spread throughout the park, you have access to some of the best trails and endless amounts of natural beauty.
Where to Eat?
Seeking out the best restaurants in Banff or wondering where you should eat in Banff? We share our favorite spots in the picturesque mountain town. While most mountain towns might struggle to supply visitors with a wide selection of restaurants that is certainly not the case in Banff.