Points of Interest & Landmarks • Historic Walking Areas
What travellers are saying
- 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 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, 2023This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- 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, 2023This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- 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
- 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
Frequently Asked Questions about Banff
- These places are best for points of interest & landmarks in Banff:
- Banff Avenue
- Parks Administration Building
- Sulphur Mountain Cosmic Ray Station National Historic Site
- Walter Phillips Gallery
- Mount Norquay Lookout