Elevation: 1,383 metres (4,537 feet)
Whether you're interested in outdoor adventure, prefer soaking in Banff's famous sulphurous hot springs or simply want to take in the stunning views at the top of the gondola, Banff is the ideal Canadian destination. Located in Canada's first National Park and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Banff offers breathtaking vistas, culinary adventures, and thriving wildlife. Throw in a castle for good measure and you'll see why Banff is described as uniquely magical.
Things to Do
Shop Banff Avenue and satisfy your animal-craving for chocolate "bear paws" with caramel and cashew "claws" at The Fudgery.
Feeling adventurous? Hike up Tunnel Mountain, AKA the "Sleeping Buffalo". After a moderate 5-kilometre (3-mile) incline, you'll be rewarded with one of the best views of Banff.
Banff Hot Springs
Banff's infamous hot springs are credited with curative powers and are clinically proven to be relaxing. Recover from your mountain hiking (or biking) and unwind at the Upper Hot Springs.
Whyte Museum's history exhibits tell the story of the brave men and women who explored these mountains and have shaped life in the Canadian Rockies.
1750 - Mountain passes used for hunting.
1951 - It becomes illegal to feed the bears.
1984 - Named a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
1990 - First incorporated town in a national park.