Banff was the first national park in Canada, and one of the best places to go to experience the stunning beauty of the Canadian Rockies. In summer, the Rockies tower above glistening lakes and beckon outdoor adventures. Paddling, hiking and biking opportunities abound in the National Park and wilderness surrounding it.
When the winter season arrives, Banff’s 3 world-class ski resorts – Lake Louis, Mt. Norquay, and Sunshine Village – become popular places for skiing.The ski resorts at Banff cater to eager explorers who love challenging ski runs, gorgeous views of the Canadian Rockies, and apres-ski experiences involving quality craft beer. Although known as the Olympic athletes’s training ground, Mt. Norquay has fairly distributed trail breakout – 20% beginner, 36% intermediate, 28% advanced, 16% expert runs – that makes it a ski resort for everyone. Just like Mt. Norquay, award-winning Lake Louise ski resort boasts plenty of beginner-friendly skiable terrain where beginners and kids can enjoy the chutes, gullies, glades, and cruising runs of the area. For a more exhilarating downhill skiing and snowboarding experience, visit Banff Sunshine Mountain Village to experience 3000-acres of its world-renowned skiable terrain. June to August is the prime summer season, with camping and accomodations filling up far in advance – so book early! December to March is the best time to visit Banff for it’s incredible snow season.