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Banff, Alberta

Elevation: 1,383 metres (4,537 feet)

Quintessentially Canadian

Whether you're interested in outdoor adventure, prefer soaking in Banff's famous hot springs or want to take in the views at the top of the gondola, Banff is an idyllic Canadian destination. Located in Canada's first National Park and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Banff offers breathtaking vistas, culinary adventures, and thriving wildlife. 


Things to Do in Banff


We want to help you make the most of your time in Banff so we have included our recommendations on the best tours and activities that you can book through our trusted partners.

2 gondola cars ascend Sulphur Mountain

Banff Gondola

Climb Sulphur Mountain in a record-breaking eight minutes in a fully enclosed four-passenger gondola cabin.  From here, the alpine is yours to discover with vantage points of six different mountain ranges stretching into the horizon.

If you’d like to go on this soaring adventure amidst the mountain peaks, we recommend booking the gondola through Pursuit.

Banff Hot Springs

Rejuvenate and relax with a soak in the soothing waters of Banff Upper Hot Springs. A favourite among visitors and locals, it’s the perfect spot to unwind and enjoy the healing properties of the mineral-rich waters.

Small cruise boat on Lake Minnewanka

Lake Minnewanka Cruise

Venture far out onto a legendary lake aboard the Lake Minnewanka Cruise tour. Travelling the pristine shoreline offers countless natural wonders, and the tour provides plenty to listen to - from the Indigenous history of this treasured place to the essential role of wildlife in the ecosystem.

Venture far out onto the legendary lake with the Lake Minnewanka Cruise tour, one of our recommended add-on tours from Pursuit. 

Bow Falls

Follow the Bow Falls trail for a view from above the cascading waters or sit on the rocky river shore and watch rafting trips take off into the calm waters below the falls. The setting is one made famous by Marilyn Monroe in the 1953 film The River of No Return, and it’s no less dramatic today.

We recommend visiting these majestic Falls as part of Pursuit’s “Explore Banff” add-on tour, which also includes visits to Lake Minnewanka, the Banff Gondola, Sulphur mountain, and more.

The Whyte Museum

The Whyte Museum inspires discovery and wonder when people and the Rocky Mountains meet. Experience the stories and explore the culture shaped by the mountain landscape through exhibitions, events, heritage homes, archives, and libraries.

Row of small shops on Banff Ave

Shopping on Banff Ave

The offerings of the shops that line Banff Avenue range from the gear you may need for tomorrow’s hike to gifts that symbolize the spirit of the Rockies. Stroll in and out of open doorways and gather a collection of keepsakes representing what the mountains mean to you.