Canada’s Mountain Village

Banff: A Travel Guide

The Ultimate Banff Travel Guide

Banff is the crown jewel of the Rockies and a bucketlist destination for everyone visiting the Rockies.  With adventures and experiences for everyone, from mountaineering feats to delicious delicacies, Banff has somethnig for everyone.  

Banff is the main city in the Rockies.  It is 1.5 hours from Calgary and 45 minutes from Lake Louise.  This is the perfect place to stay during your time in the Canadian Rockies. 

Our Banff travel guide features a small selection of the best local hikes, adventures and attractions.  We also have put together a range of great travel deals and vetted some of the best tour and activity operators to make planning your trip easier.  

Use our Banff travel information to find outfitters, travel deals to Banff and research the activities to help you make the most of your Banff experience.  

You can stay in Banff on any budget, with a wide selection of hotels, hostels and camping facilities.  Tunnel Mountain Village is the local campground that feels like an escape to nature, while only being a fifteen minute walk to the  heart of downtown! 

Top Attractions In Banff

Things To Do In Banff

Banff Travel Tips

Getting To/ From Banff

Getting to Banff couldn’t be easier!  Here are some of the ways you can travel to Banff.

Driving To Banff:

Banff is easily accessed right off the Trans-Canada Highway from east or west.  Banff is roughly 1.5 hours from Calgary and 2 hours from Golden.  Make sure you stop and get a Parks Canada pass on your way into the park if you plan to stop. 

Flying To Banff:

You can fly into Calgary International Airport directly from much of the world.  The airport is one of Canada’s largest airports, but it is really well managed, so it has a small feel to it.

From the airport you can easily catch a shuttle to Banff.  This should be booked in advance and costs roughly $75. 

Getting To Banff By Bus:

You can get to Banff from Calgary or Vancouver by bus with Rider Express, who offer scheduled service from Calgary to Vancouver on a daily basis.

There are several great airprot shuttles that access Banff from Calgary as well.

Roam Transit operates in the town of Banff and Canmore, connecting the two towns and making it easy to get around.  

Where To Go Hiking In Banff

Banff’s Top Hiking Trails- Easy Walks & Small Hikes

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2 Hours
6 km Return
No elevation

Lighthouse Park feels like an escape from the city, while being so close still.  Walk through old growth trees, including some of the largest and oldest Douglas Firs in Vancouver.  The views from the coast are fabulous, including views of the distant Vancouver dotnwtown.  You could stop for a swim here and enjoy a nice picnic lunch.  There is parking and this trail is accessible by public transit.  

Best Hiking Trails in Banff- Big Day Hikes

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4 Hours
10 km Return
450 m Elevation

Mt Seymour is the furthest right of the 3 North Shore mountains visible from downtown Vancouver and offers an alpine oasis right on the edge of the city.  Despite being easy to get to, Mt Seymour is proper wilderness hiking and weather can move in here surprisingly fast.  Make sure you are adequately equipped for this hike. 

Mt Seymour hiking trail starts at the ski hill parking lot and heads directly uphill twowards first peak and on to second and third peaks.  The views of the city are second to none, with sheer wilderness to the North and the sprawling city of Vancouver to the South.  

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