Banff, AB - One day in Banff National Park

Looking for a quick day trip to Banff? Here’s your ultimate tour guide to hit the best spots.


Town of Banff

A day trip to the Rocky Mountains is not complete without visiting the town of Banff. Known as the highest town in Canada, it is visited by millions of tourists, skiers, hikers and wandering souls each year. This charming little town will greet you with scottish cottage architectures, local restaurants and gift shops, majestic mountain backdrops and crystalline lakes. Visit at any season and you will be guaranteed an amazing time!


Getting There

Coming from Calgary it is about 1 hour and 15 mins drive. Park pass is required for all visitors. Check the site below for rates. Parking is free!

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Here’s your itinerary to to help you maximize your time in Banff.

Banff Gondola

Start your day with the panoramic view of the rocky mountains. Banff Gondola is approximately 9 mins ride to the top of Sulphur Mountain. Once at the top, you can wander  along the Sulphur Mountain Boardwalk that allows you to admire jaw dropping mountain ranges. Enjoy and dig deeper in Banff Interpretive Centre and marvel the 360 view at the Rooftop Observation Deck.

Kids ride free before 12PM.

Directions: 100 Mountain Ave, Banff, AB T1L 1B2


Bow Falls

Quick stop at Bow Falls for a scenic view of the waterfalls. The Bow river is one of the cleanest water source in the world that flows west to Calgary. There is an easy and short hiking trail alongside the falls that you can take if you want to do some nature RnR.

Address: Bow River Ave, Banff, AB T0L 0C0


Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel

One of the main attraction in Banff is this “Castle in the Rockies”.  Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel was declared a national historic site and marked the birthplace of tourism in the Canadian Rockies when it opened its doors in 1988.  Marvel the grand architecture of the lobby, intricately decorated high-ceilings and lavish luxury.

Directions: 405 Spray Ave, Banff, AB T1L 1J4


Surprise Corner

Now that you have been inside the majestic castle, go for a quick drive to the Surprise Corner lookout and admire Banff Springs Hotel from afar. This view is most popular in books and postcard, why not take one for yourself? Be sure to check your surroundings before crossing the street as this is an unmarked area.

Directions: Buffalo St, Banff, AB T1L 1K2

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Grab Lunch in Banff Town Center

There are various of locations you can grab a bite in Banff.

Our favorites are:

  1. Chaya -

  2. Toolulous -

  3. Silver Dragon

Check Out the link below for many list of restaurants and reviews.


Beaver Tails for Desserts

You cannot skip dessert! Try famous beaver tails. This sugar loaded pastry has two locations and only in Banff when you are in the province of Alberta. You simply cannot miss it!

Directions: 120 Banff Ave, Banff, AB T1L 1E7


Walk Along Banff Avenue

Burn the calories to make you less guilty devouring that extra loaded pastry by strolling along Banff Avenue.  Enjoy local souvenir shops, coffee shops, and other specialized stores.

Drive to Lake Louise

Due to the volume of visitors in Lake Louise parking can get tricky during peak season. Overflow parking is available 2KM before the Lake Louise exit. To access the parking coming from Banff, you will have to exit at Lake Louise Village go back to Highway 1 going east and turn right into the overflow parking. See information below for shuttle service.

Directions: 111 Lake Louise Dr, Lake Louise, AB T0L 1E0

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Famously known for its serene turquoise glacier-fed water, majestic peaks and a grand chateau. You cannot miss this awe-inspiring and stunning location. Approximately 40 mins away from the town of Banff, this is the park’s biggest treasure.


Take Note:

Banff National Park is a preserved land area with abundance of wildlife and natural resources this means that animals roam free. We want all parks to last forever. Please be mindful of your waste/garbage and footprint. Do not touch,come near or feed any wildlife. For closures, warnings and restrictions please visit

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