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Nestled in the flat-bottomed Bow River Valley amid majestic folded grey craggy peaks, the buzzing resort town of Banff is the unofficial capital of the Canadian Rockies.

Like many capitals it’s a place you’ll probably feel you have to have seen and though it’s likeable enough, it’s touristy. In summer, think columns of motor-homes and herds of tour buses, so you may end up preferring other Rocky Mountain bases.

For all its fame, Banff’s attractions are a bit thin on the ground too: a few modest museums, a gondola, a ritzy hotel and a main street – Banff Avenue – lined with souvenir shops, toffee emporiums, outdoor clothing shops and the like.

That said, there are some pretty hiking and mountain biking trails that begin almost downtown and the town also has two ski areasMount Norquay and Banff Sunshine – on its doorstep. Then there’s the huge selection of comfortable hotels, some hundred-plus quality restaurants – particularly Japanese and Korean, thanks to the popularity of Banff with East Asian visitors – and, in summer at least, the best nightlife in the Rockies.


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Bike Banff

Eat Banff

Hike Banff

See Banff

Sleep Banff

Text © Christian Williams

Image by Photo by Christian Williams