Holidays to Banff

Holidays to Banff

Banff's landscape is varied and spectacular, comprising tall snowy peaks, crystallised glaciers, rapidly running rivers, steely blue lakes and dense forested mountains. No matter how far you stroll from your accommodation, you're likely to wander into one of the resort's local residents, including elk, caribou, deer, marmots or grizzly bears - although you may, perhaps, be a little less enchanted by the sight of the latter! There is also a thriving après-ski culture in Banff, and you will discover numerous bars and taverns offering an array of light bites, warm beverages and larger meals, no matter where you are in the town.

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Banff Travel Information

There are direct flights to Calgary, the closest airport to Banff, from London with in-direct flights available from other UK destinations. You’ll then need to transfer by road to Banff – around an hour and a half drive.

  • Currency: Canadian Dollar 
  • Time difference: GMT -6 
  • Flight from UK: 9 hours to Calgary (direct) 
  • Visa: Yes – eTA required prior to travel 
  • Language: English (French spoken in Eastern Canada)
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Travel Tips & Advice for Banff

Banff Activities


Sitting in the heart of Banff National Park – one of the oldest national parks in the world – there are plenty of hiking trails in the forests around Banff; Tunnel Mountain Trail is popular with locals. For spectacular views ride the Banff Gondola to the summit of Sulphur Mountain or take the sightseeing chairlift up Mount Norquay. Water-lovers can canoe down Bow River or take a boat cruise on Lake Minnewanak, a 20-minute drive away.

Banff Food & Drink


As a resort town popular with tourists, backpacker and – in winter – skiers, Banff has a wide range of international restaurants including Italian, Greek and Mexican. For a taste of local cuisine try wild game burgers, steaks or sausages with buffalo, venison and wild boar all on the menu. During the summer months there’s a weekly Farmer’s Market where you can purchase local produce and sip on Bow River Pilsner from the Banff Ave. Brewing Co.

Banff Attractions


Snow-capped mountains, lakes filled with emerald waters and dazzling glaciers – Banff’s dramatic and untamed wilderness is its biggest drawcard. Feeling sore after a day’s hiking? Head to Banff Upper Hot Springs for a relaxing soak in the mineral waters while looking up a star-strewn sky. There’s also the rushing Bow Falls waterfalls as well as a handful of museums detailing the history of the area – we recommend The Banff Park Museum with its 5,000 specimens and photographs.

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