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Best Things To Do in Banff

Seasons dictate the popular activities of Banff. In the winter, skiing is king. In the summer, hiking, biking, scrambling (a mix of hiking and rock climbing) and fishing rule. If you make the trek to Banff, you probably have an outdoor sport in mind. Take advantage of the rugged terrain in whatever manner you see fit. On your day off, be sure to leave your posh resort and try the stores and restaurants in downtown Banff -- all three blocks of it.

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#1
Sunshine Village
Skiing | Map It

Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: Located just a few miles west of Banff, Sunshine Village is said to get more snow than any ski area ... read more»

#2
Banff Gondola
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: The Banff Gondola is a relaxing way to experience the town's natural beauty. The eight-minute ride to the summit ... read more»

#3
Moraine Lake Free attraction
Parks and Gardens, Sightseeing | Map It

Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: Located about an hour's drive north of town, Moraine Lake (which is featured on the back of several versions ... read more»

#4
Lake Louise Ski Area
Skiing | Map It

Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: The Lake Louise Ski Area is the largest of Banff's ski locales and one of the largest ski areas ... read more»

#5
Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies
Museums | Map It

Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: Located just off Banff Avenue on Bear Street, the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies is the only museum of ... read more»

#6
Banff Mount Norquay
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: Although it is the smallest of Banff's three ski areas, Banff Mount Norquay -- just north of Banff Town -- is ... read more»

#7
Buffalo Nations Luxton Museum
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: Having opened in 1952, the Buffalo Nations Luxton Museum has dedicated more than 50 years to educating visitors about the ... read more»

#8
Columbia Icefield
Natural Wonders, Tours | Map It

Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: Covering 130 square miles on the southern edge of Banff National Park, the Columbia Icefield is the largest sub-polar glacier ... read more»

#9
Banff Park Museum
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Overall Rating: Rating: 3.5

Why go: Yet another Banff site to feed your love of history or nature, Banff Park Museum hosts more than 1300 animal ... read more»

#10
Cave and Basin National Historic Site
Natural Wonders, Sightseeing | Map It

Overall Rating: Rating: 3.5

Why go: This is a popular attraction among nature lovers and history buffs alike. Experts refer to this site as the birthplace ... read more»

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