Nature & Wildlife Areas • Scenic Drives
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- In November, this was a mostly deserted drive through trees and lakes and mountains. It's not fast and it's not crowded, which was perfect for our purposes. If you have the time, this is a much more relaxed and scenic way to go between Banff and Lake Louise.Written November 29, 2023This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- The main avenue in Banff is both cute and also crowded. Just about every place on the main street is either a souvenir shop, a restaurant, a bakery or an ice cream shop. Now and then we saw some street performers. The evenings are quite crowded with everyone out and about for dinner. All in all, in spite of the crowds, it had an overall quaint feel.Written September 10, 2023This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- We did not go into the historic site. We were keen to explore the area outdoors. The Roam bus (Yellow route 4) was efficient transport from our hotel to the Cave and Basin bus stop, right outside the information building at the car park. It was an uphill walk to the historic site and the start of the Marsh boardwalk - our intended walk. We had read that the warm spring water makes the plant and animal life in this area unique. We didn't see any birds (even from the bird hide) or aquatic life, but did see the white and green algae and a little squirrel posing on a fence! It was a pleasant walk. The path was well maintained and clearly signposted, with informative boards along the way. There were 4 trails of differing lengths which would be great to explore if time allowed.Written November 19, 2023This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- Spectacular view but can get crazy busy. Have some patience and it will be worth it. Go to the upper platform first and then stroll along the trail along the road afterwards to get pictures including the water below.Written September 11, 2023
- The staff was excellent, our rooms were comfortable. I enjoyed the atmosphere, watching elk graze a marmots sing in the morning :)Written June 5, 2022
- We were planning to go to the Cascade of Time Garden but unfortunately, there was no garden during our visit (April 14). The place offers a spectacular view of Banff Avenue and Cascade Mountain.
[Located just after the Bow River Bridge, at the end of Banff Avenue. Simply push open the steel gate to access the place.]Written April 30, 2023
- The church seems solid and made from stone found. It has not the finesse of the expensively built churches, but it feels dependable.Written October 1, 2023
- This church fits in well with the other buildings and trees that surround it. It has a mountain as a backdrop and the architecture is interesting, too.Written October 1, 2023
- Locals will tell you Mt Norquay has better views and cheaper prices than the Banff Gondola and they’re right.
And, as a bonus, there’s no queues – just turn up, pay and step on board.
The ride up is quick, and the views from the top of Banff and surrounding mountains are just stunning.
There’s a decent restaurant up here doing a limited menu, and, again, just turn up and sit down.
If you’re not eating there’s no need to spend more than half an hour up here, so, if you drive up, it’s a quick way to see some great sights on a tight schedule.
If you don’t have a car there’s a shuttle bus in town.Written August 18, 2023
- The Cosmic Ray station is nothing more than a tiny 3m x 3m boarded up shack at the top of the Sulphur mountain view point. The BIG ATTRACTION here is actually the view of the surrounding mountains/valley/town below.
I would give the old station 2 out of 5 stars and the view from there, 10 out of 5 stars!!
If you are able bodied then the walk from the gondola to this viewpoint is extremely easy. Even for elderly - it should not pose too much difficulty as long as they can go up and down stairs.
There are MANY stairs going both up and down along the route with quick a number of places to stop and view the mountain.Written October 24, 2021
- Tucked away in the lower floor of Glyde Hall is this great place that exhibits amazing contemporary art. The halls are very spacious with great lighting, and they get fascinating shows in. We were at the Banff Centre to take in the Mountain Film Festival, and popped in to see was on offer. Staff were helpful and friendly, and very campy exhibit really complemented the films at the festival.Written November 18, 2018
- Little Beehive is surrounded by beautiful alpine forest. Absolutely crystal clear water with stunning views.Written June 3, 2019
- Drove past he sign driving in and of Banfff. Not an interesting sign compared to other parks. There is a small parking lot across the street. While the line to get a photo of the sign was not that long seems like it would take ages as families take an infinite number of selfiesWritten August 11, 2023
- A handy place to stop along highway 1 to see Mount Rundle, and others, with big wooden fingers pointing each mountain out. Well worth 15 minutesWritten May 20, 2023
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- Banff Sunshine Village Gondola and Sightseeing
- Banff Food Tour: Eat the Castle
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