See, Be and Ski in the Rocky Mountains - Stay in Banff
Seated in the Rocky Mountains 127.7 kilometres west of Calgary and a short hop down the road from Canmore lies this unique town. Fashioned after an alpine village, Banff sits just inside the gates of the first national park in Canada. The building of the Canadian Pacific Railroad saw many town sites come into being, Banff being one of them.
The railroad builders of the time also saw opportunities and decided a list of luxury hotels needed to be built along the lines. The Banff Springs was one such hotel. With its antique furnishings, photos of days gone by, and magnificent views, it is a historical gem. You can wander through the hotel and dine at one of the restaurants or you can play golf on the course that sits between the hotel and the Bow River. You may even decide to stay there.
There is a multitude of differing types of accommodation in Banff to suit an array of tastes. Hotel rooms, chalets for eight or more, honeymoon packages... you name it, Banff has it. There are rooms for the summer, off season or winter ski months. Because of its proximity to the mountains it is an essential place for skiers, hikers, mountain bikers and anyone who just wants to wander and see the natural beauty. There are numerous types of shops in the town: clothing, Canadiana, ski rentals, candy shops, jewellery and gems, as well as art and more.
A score of restaurants to suit everyone's tastes and pubs for the thirsty are plentiful. There is family dining, fine dining, roof top dining, and places to pick up meals you can take on a picnic. There are tours to be taken, ski trips to go on, and an array of seasonal activities.
Banff is situated within an hour's drive of three ski hills, Mt. Norquay, Sunshine Village and Lake Louise, giving the novice and avid skier numerous runs to choose from.
If you have never been to the mountains it is well worth a ride up Sulphur Mountain Gondola. Dress for the weather because being in the mountains means the weather can change on a dime. The view that you see over the tops of the peaks into the valleys and down into the town site is impressive to say the least.
Johnston Canyon is further along the highway and is a must if you are in the area.
There will be signs everywhere to let you know you are in Bear Country; this is not to say they are sitting on corners waiting for you, but be aware.
This is just a small taste of Banff and you can find out more from the website.