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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, leave your posh resort to explore the stores and restaurants in downtown Banff  all three blocks of it.

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#1
Sunshine Village
Hiking, Recreation, Skiing | Map It

Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: Located about miles 11 miles west of Banff Town, Sunshine Village offers 12 lifts, nearly 3,500 skiable acres and ... read more»

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#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»

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

Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: Located about an hour's drive north of town, Moraine Lake is the visual highlight of any Banff trip and ... read more»

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#4
Lake Louise Ski Resort
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

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

#5
Mount Norquay
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: Although it is the smallest of Banff's three ski areas, Mount Norquay is also the closest – it's about ... read more»

#6
Whitewater Rafting & Float Trips
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: When you're not admiring Banff's stunning scenery from a hiking trail or in the comfort of your car ... read more»

#7
Hiking Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: Though Banff is perhaps best known for its stellar slopes (it's considered one of the world's best ski ... read more»

#8
Columbia Icefield
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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 body of ... read more»

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#9
Banff Upper Hot Springs
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: These springs, which were first discovered by Canada's First Nation people prior to the 1800s, were regarded as sacred ... 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»

#11
Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies
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Overall Rating: Rating: 3.5

Why go: Located just a block back from Banff Avenue on Bear Street, the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies is the ... read more»

#12
Buffalo Nations Luxton Museum
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Overall Rating: Rating: 3.5

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

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