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Things to do In Banff

Banff, Alberta: Plenty to See and Do in the Heart of the Canadian Rockies and Banff National Park

Boating on Lake Minnewanka in Banff National Park.
Boating on Lake Minnewanka in Banff National Park.

There are plenty of things to do in and around Lake Louise of course — hiking, skiing, canoing, and a host of other outdoor activities. You can even enjoy great cuisine and luxury accommodations at resorts or boutique hotels in the village of Lake Louise. But a short car-ride away — less than an hour down the Trans Canada Highway (or scenic Bow Valley Parkway) — lies Banff.

Here you will find no end of things to do, be it indoors or out. Mention Banff, Canada or Banff National Park to someone and the first thing they may think of is mountains – it is the Canadian Rockies, after all – and in the winter that means snow and skiing. In the summer, it means trails and downhill mountain biking.

Hiking in Banff National Park, the Canadian Rockies.And that’s true, of course. The Canadian Rockies are great places for skiing and mountain biking; there are reasons why the region has been host to two different Winter Olympics as well as world-class mountain bike races

But there is much, more more to see and do in and around Banff National Park and the Canadian Rockies; there are activities for everyone all year long, whether your interests lie in outdoor recreation and roughing it with a tent and backpack, or you prefer cultural programs and the arts, and accommodations that lean toward luxury, such as boutique hotels, spas and resorts.