Banff

ADVENTURE TRAVEL GUIDE TO BANFF

If you like big peaks – you are in for a treat! Banff is the iconic Rocky Mountain destination! A hoppin town center with a party filled nightlife, surrounded by incredible mountains and easy access to hiking, biking or kayaking.

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Rundle Mountain towers over Banff and offers these stunning reflections from Two Jack Lake. Experienced hikers complete this extreme hike up Rundle Mountain in around 8 hours round trip (the peak is nearly 3000 meters high). There are dozens of trails of easy & medium difficulty in Banff.

Banff has dozen’s of great bars & restaurants with live music nearly every night of the week & a party always ready to happen. Get out in the wilderness during the day & experience Banff’s other kind of wild-ness by night!

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Check out the Elk & Oarsman for some local elk nachos, Wild Bills for big bands, or The Beaver Bar (at Samesun Backpackers) for fun events like trivia nights & open mic. For those late night party goers there are a few night clubs to choose from – Auroras, The Hoodoo Lounge and The Dancing Sasquatch.

Banff’s long summer days are filled with epic hiking trips up local mountains or lazy days hanging with mates by the Bow River. In the peak of summer it is light outside until after 10pm, so you can enjoy the long days exploring the Rocky Mountains (or grabbing beers on a patio).

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Walking down Banff Ave (the main street) you’ll be surrounded by epic mountain scenery and classic chateau style architecture. It’s also not uncommon to see an elk or deer strolling down the street! Be ready for anything in Banff!

Checklist for the best Banff adventures

  • Ride the gondola (or hike) up Sulphur Mountain for views over the Banff townsite
  • Hike Banff’s favorite trail: Tunnel Mountain (known by the First Nations as Sleeping Buffalo Mountain)
  • Get the adrenaline rush of whitewater rafting on the Kicking Horse River!
  • Go kayaking on the Bow River for some sneaky wildlife spotting
  • Grab a bicycle to explore the Hoodoo Trails & Vermillion Lake
  • Head out on a Banff Ave Pub Crawl & live up the mountain party vibe
  • Hike the extreme 3000m peaks of Cascade or Rundle Mountain
  • Dip in the upper Hot Springs to relax the muscles from your epic day’s adventure

 

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Canoe, kayak, bike, hike, swim, drink, eat, party – Banff has it all (you may even find time to sleep…. maybe!)

Tours to Banff – “Hub” destination

Banff is one of Moose network’s “Hub Destinations”. Any time your tour passes through Banff, you may choose to hop off the bus and extend your stay. Banff is the perfect base to explore the Rocky Mountains with great food, shopping, nightlife, activities & local transportation. Learn more about Moose’s Flexi-Pass on our FAQ page.

Accommodation in Banff

Our preferred accommodation providers in Banff are:

  • Samesun Backpacker Hostels
  • Hosteling International – Banff Alpine Center