Banff Information

On this page, we have complied a list of some of the most frequently asked questions about Banff and the different types of things there are to do in and around Banff.

 

Banff Summer Activities

Banff Winter Activities

Dining in Banff

Banff History

Useful Links

Summer Activities

Whether you like hiking, biking, fishing or spotting wildlife, Banff will not disappoint. The park comes alive in the summer months and there is a virtually endless amount of activities to choose from.

This is a small taste of things to do in Banff. For much more information visit the Banff Lake Louise Tourism website.

 

 

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Winter Activities

Winter in the Canadian Rockies offers an unrivaled selection of activities to choose from.

This is a small taste of things to do in Banff. For much more information visit the Banff Lake Louise Tourism website.

 

 

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Dining Out in Banff

Banff is home to many restaurants and there is something available to suit everyone's taste. We have provided links below to some of our most recommended restaurants.

Visit the Dining in Banff website for a full list of Banff Restaurants.

 

 

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Banff History

Banff was first settled in the 1880's, after the transcontinental railway was built through the Bow Valley. In 1883, three Canadian Pacific Railway workers stumbled upon a series of natural hot springs on the side of Sulphur Mountain. In 1885, Canada established a federal reserve of 26 km² around the hot springs, and began promoting the area as an international resort and spa as a way to support the new railway. In 1887, the reserve area was increased to 673 km² and named "Rocky Mountain Park." This was the beginning of Canada's National Park system.

 

The area was named Banff in 1884 by Lord Steven, a former Canadian Pacific Railway director, recalling the name of his birthplace, Banffshire in Scotland. Canadian Pacific built a series of grand hotels along the rail line and advertised the Banff Springs Hotel as an international tourist resort.

 

Banff townsite developed near the railway station as a service centre for tourists visiting the park. It was administered by the Government of Canada's national parks system until 1990, when the Town of Banff became the first and only incorporated municipality within a Canadian national park.

 

In 1985, the United Nations declared Banff National Park, as one of the Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks, a World Heritage Site. Banff remains one of the most popular tourist destinations in Canada.

 

 

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Useful Links

Below we have put a list of some of our favorite links to other sites.

 

Banff/Lake Louise Information:

Parks Canada Information - www.parkscanada.gc.ca

Banff/Lake Louise Information - www.banfflakelouise.com

Local Weather - www.weatheroffice.ec.gc.ca

Ski & Bike Rental - www.snowtips-bactrax.com

Hiking & Climbing - www.yamnuska.com & www.canadianrockieshiking.com

 

We recommend ski clothing by KARBON available at Abominable Ski & Sports

 

Other Bed & Breakfasts in Banff that we recommend:

The Poplar Inn

Thea`s House

Treetops B&B

Banff Avenue B&B

Cathedral Mountain Lodge (Yoho)

 

Calgary Airport to Banff:

Banff Airporter

Sun Dog Tours

 

 

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