- By John
- On Oct 19, 2018
- North America
- Travel Tips
Join us with our tours to Banff from Calgary to explore Banff in this season. Banff is largely thought of as a summer destination despite that fact that its ski season runs through early May. In fact, this past February, Lake Louise and Banff Sunshine ski areas saw their largest snowfall on record (54 inches, to be exact)—guaranteeing solid spring skiing, plenty of powder, and a hearty base to take them through the next few months.
When to visit Banff National Park?
An year round travel destination, Banff is a great visit any time time of the year, but if you are not a winter enthusiast, Banff is at its best from Mid June to Mid October.
Peak tourist season is, of course, the summer months of July & August. Fall season paints Banff National Park with a Golden hue and the hikes to see the Larch trees in Fall is another experience altogether. Banff is a paradise for winter enthusiasts and you are guaranteed to have a White Christmas here.
Time required to visit
How much time to allocate for your Banff trip, may very well depend on your budget and interests. It is good, if you can allocate, at least two days to spend in Banff & Lake Louise. You need to spend 5 days, to see the real Banff : like hiking and canoeing in summer, skiing and snowboarding in winter.
What to do at Banff National Park?
You can tour the town of Banff in a day or two but you could easily spend a month in the general area.
Ease your body into the 37-40C water found at the historic Banff Upper Hot Springs while you enjoy views of Mount Rundle. Open year round, it’s an especially soothing place to hang out on those cold, blustery days. Adult admission is $7.30 and you can even rent a bathing suit.
If you want a view from a height, ride the Sulphur Mountain Gondola. The eight-minute ride takes you up 2300 feet. It’s open daily in the summer from 8:30 am until 8 or 9 pm depending on the month. A ticket will set you back $29.95. Once on top, take a one-kilometer interpretive walk along the Banff Skywalk while keeping an eye out for wildlife.
Take a boat tour of Lake Minnewanka, the largest lake in the Canadian Rockies.
Head to the Whyte Museum. They feature extensive archives and library, visual art with a Canadian Rockies theme and a collection of historical relics used for skiing, mountaineering, guiding, packing and more. Adult admission is $8.