Banff is 1.5 hours by car from Calgary and 45 minutes from Lake Louise, making it the perfect spot to use as a base when exploring this part of the Rocky Mountains.
It’s a pretty town of ten thousand people, nestled in the heart of a national park and surrounded by some of the world’s most stunning mountains, lakes and rivers. Banff, in Alberta, Canada, is one of the most picture-perfect places you will come across.
Make sure you take a trip up Sulphur Mountain for some stunning views across the town and the Rockies. The Banff Gondola operates year round and has an observation deck at the top as well as walking trails and a decked path all the way to the summit.
Don’t mind the local residents either – wildlife such as elk and deer are frequently spotted on the edge of the town. There’s a bear or two around as well – we spotted fresh grizzly tracks in the snow up on Sulphur Mountain.
As for where to stay, there are lots of great camp sites, lodges and hotels for all budgets, but for the ultimate splurge it’s hard to go past the iconic Fairmont Banff Springs. The “Castle in the Rockies” is part medieval Scottish fortress and part Harry Potter.
I can only imagine what a magical winter wonderful Banff is when its covered in snow!