“Altitude is the difference between an ordeal and an adventure.”
I lived in Banff for 15 months during 2020/21. This place holds a special place in my heart – it’s where I first developed an undying love for the mountains and a passion for hiking. I hope you find the same love and appreciation here that I did.
In order to help you plan the perfect trip to Banff, I’ve put together a step-by-step guide outlining the best accommodations in Banff, tips to save $, when to visit, things to do, and a whole-lotta other good stuff.
More: Find every Banff post I’ve written here.
Banff was Canada’s first National Park and is part of the Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks UNESCO World Heritage Site. It boasts incredible views including endless mountains, countless alpine lakes, and over 1000 glaciers!
A permit is required for all visitors in Canada’s National Parks, so make sure you grab one before entering the Park, at Banff’s visitor centre, or online.
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Discover Activities in Banff National Park:
If you’re looking to hike or backcountry camp, Banff and the surrounding area is where it’s at. Banff has a great hiking infrastructure full of well marked trail systems that are easy to follow and, for the most part, are well-trafficked. Whether you’re a seasoned hiker or just starting out, Banff has something for you!
Check out my trail guides and other resources while planning your next Banff adventure:
Want to LIVE in Banff?
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