Banff National Park

For anyone who's of the understanding that 'old guys do it better' Banff is certainly cut to your cloth because, as this is Canada's elder statesman, it presents an excellent example of how patience through maturity certainly outweighs the benefits of youth. There are so many things to do in Banff, including kayaking on Lake Louise, driving the Icefields Parkway and trekking through pine-covered foothills, which makes it the perfect destination for lovers of life outdoors. If you've never experienced the Canadian Rockies before then this is a superb place to start and once you finally prise yourself out of the hot springs you'll be in for a national park treat to truly savour.

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Highlights & Activities
  • Icefields Parkway

    Icefields Parkway Alberta's most scenic stretch of road is also known as Highway 93 and if you get the chance to switch back and forth as you negotiate the peaks and plateaus of the Canadian Rockies then don't forget your camera as this is one journey that you won't want to end. Thankfully there are plenty of well-located pause points and you'll find the frozen swathes of the Colombia Icefield and the thundering cascades of Sunwapta Falls providing just 2 (of many) incredible backdrops.

  • Sulphur Mountain Hot Springs

    The hot springs of Sulphur Mountain Thanks to an opportune break in the earth's crust Sulphur Mountain has become the lucky recipient of naturally hot spring water and the locals have taken full advantage by creating an outdoor pool. There are 8 other hot springs within the realms of Banff however, the pool on Sulphur Mountain is definitely one of the best and when it comes to enjoying Rocky Mountain highs and 38C temperatures Sulphur Mountain's certainly got things tapped.

  • Rockies Horseback

    Horse-riding in Banff There are plenty of well-worn trails around Banff that are ideal for horseback riding and even if you've never put your foot in a stirrup before you'll soon get the hang of it. This is a fantastic way to explore the park from a completely new perspective and under the watchful tutelage of your lone ranger tour guide you'll soon forget all of your worries as you sit back and let Silver take the strain.

When to go
Temperature chart - Banff

Best advice is to pack clothing for every weather condition that you can possibly think of because, especially outside of the summer months, Banff has a propensity for change that knows no bounds. As a rule in Canada you can expect June, July and August to be relatively warm and pretty much perfect for hikers and walkers. Outside of these months temperatures can be pretty chilly, especially at night, however you will get less crowds and the transitional months of September and October are simply breath-taking if you're a fan of colour-changing foliage.

Insider Tip - Fly like an eagle over Banff

If you've always wanted to but never thought you'd get the chance then a helicopter ride over the glaciers, mountains and shimmering lakes of Banff is an absolute trip of a lifetime. Imagine soaring over ice fields and keeping an eye out for grizzly bears as you skirt pine forests and listen to your guide pointing out the natural landmarks below. This is simply a stunning way to view an incredible environment and as you get buckled up and watch the rotor blades whir into life, you'll know that you've made the right decision.

Tours that visit Banff National Park


    8 days | Canada | Hotels

    Feb-Mar from


    Alberta's legendary Rocky Mountains are waiting for you on this magical tour of lush evergreen trees, epic mountain landscapes, frozen lakes and wild rushing waters. Locals will tell you there's no other winter destination on earth quite like the Rockies!

    Highlights: Winter activities | Canada's Rocky Mountains

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    11 days | Canada | Hotels

    Jun-Sep from


    A renowned region of majestic beauty, the Canadian Rockies showcase awe inspiring natural wilderness. Get ready for mountains, lakes and glaciers on our touring holidays in Canada. Walk, raft and canoe with a comfortable bed awaiting you each night.

    Highlights: Banff | Jasper | Icefields Parkway

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    12 days | Canada | Camping

    Jun-Aug from


    Showcasing the best hiking trails that Jasper, Banff and Yoho National Parks have to offer, this escorted holiday to Canada explores untouched wilderness with stunning flora and fauna, and experience the most breath-taking scenery in the Canadian Rockies.

    Highlights: Jasper | Banff | Yoho | Glacier

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