5 Reasons You Should Go To Banff
If you haven’t already been to Banff, AB, it is definitely a place to go. From the breathtaking views, to the the cute little town, to the amazing people, it is not a place you want to miss. There are tons of things to do during the day, and a very, very abundant nightlife. I just recently moved back to Toronto, from living in Banff for nine months, and I can say without a doubt, that Banff is hands-down amazing and astonishing in so many ways.
Going to Banff, you will not fall short of their views. It is surrounded by a wide array of mystical mountains and many different species of trees. There are mountains in every direction you look, that have so many vibrant colours, it is hard to look away. From the snow on the peak of the mountains, to the many earthy colours that intertwine and contrast, to the different turquoise lakes that surround some of these mountains. Banff is just full of vital colours-from when the sun and clear blue skies hit the mountains that show the wondrous life that these mountains take on for themselves, to the clouds that seem to sit and form right below the peak of the mountains to set a mysterious tone. Believe me, you will never feel gloomy on a gloomy day in Banff.
The summer especially is full of so many different exciting colours. The wild flowers begin to bloom at the start of the summer, leaving an array of warm colours and the trees come back to life with their lush greens. The glaciers melt and fall into the lakes, giving them many different blues, as well as greens. You will never see a lake that looks the same. Each one has a unique feel and different view.
Winter, on the other hand, is full of magic. It feels like you’re in a winter wonderland, with all the lights in the town of Banff, and the pure white snow that glistens in the sun. If you were never a winter person before, Banff will definitely change your views. The snow is fluffy, and just so white. The mountains are covered in snow, with the showcase of greys that the snow doesn’t cover and the hint of dark green that you see from the trees. It is magnificent and something you cannot miss.
Banff is well-known for its hot-springs that are open all year round. Why not enjoy a beautiful view, sitting outside in the warmth of pool? Sounds pretty amazing to me. The Cave and Basin is also a really cool historic site to go to if you want to learn more about the history of Banff National Park, and to see a smaller hot-spring. Depending on which season you go, there are different things to do and see.
If you are going in winter, there are different mountains you can go to to go skiing or snowboarding. Again, every mountain is unique in itself and so the runs are all different, with some mountains having longer and harder runs than others. If you ever want a mountain that has a longer run and a very scenic view, Lake Louise is perfect for that. Mount Norquay also does night-tubing, which is definitely something to check out. Many people like to go snow-shoeing and cross-country skiing, and Banff is really good for that. There are a few places to skate, and if you are looking to do some indoor rock-climbing, Canmore (the town next to Banff) has a really good centre for that. If you are looking to just walk around, the town of Banff has some wicked ice sculptures in January. Just remember to dress warm, as it does get pretty cold around that time.
If you were contemplating on traveling to the Banff in the spring or summer, I would suggest going in the summer, in my opinion. The reason being that hiking can still be dangerous, as all the snow starts to melt and it becomes very slippery. You can still go skiing or snowboarding until mid-May however. Sunshine Ski Resort keeps its resort open and all guests are welcome to go skiing or snowboarding, at their leisure. The cool part about going in the spring though, is that you can go skiing or snowboarding in just a t-shirt as the temperatures start to rise. Just remember to still wear your helmet-that’s pretty important.
Now, summer, my all time favourite is great for so many things. Hiking being number one. There are so many different places to hike, that range in length and difficulty. If you are looking for something relatively easy, that doesn’t take too long, Tunnel Mountain is a good place to start, and has a breath-taking view at the top. For those looking for a challenging hike that takes about 8 hours to get to the top, then Cascade Mountain is the mountain for you. If you don’t feel like doing any hiking at all, Banff gondola will take you to the top of the mountain, and you can still see beautiful views. But…there’s more.
Banff has a wide range of excursions that you can do, which range from going to see beautiful landscapes to extreme sports, depending on your likes. You can also go kayaking on some of lakes in the surrounding areas. A really cool place to go kayaking is the Vermillian lakes. You can rent a kayak there as well, and it is an easy route to take to see the magnificent views of the mountains. If you are looking for a relaxing day, there are a couple of places you can go swimming and just lounge around. Two-Jack lake is a stunner, to say the least, and you can go swimming in it as well.
The town of Banff has a very nice homely feel to it as well. It has many different clothing shops, tourist shops, and crystal shops. There are many different places to eat, which cater to everyone’s likes…and yes, you are surrounded by mountains. My favourite is summer just because of the views and how everything comes to life. There are so many vibrant colours and so many places to see. The options are limitless, really.
Banff is a very touristy town, meaning that a lot of people visiting are looking for a good time. Banff has a very rich night-life. From wine-Wednesdays, to Sunday-Funday, it is an all around good time. They have cheap drinks and good music. They have multiple bars, that are all in close proximity to each other. Their one night club, Dancing Sasquatch, is located near the end of the main strip on Banff Ave. Banff is unique in that the party night for locals is on Sunday night. If you want to see the town come to life at night, Sunday is the night to go out. Afterall, it isn’t called Sunday Funday for no reason. You can grab a couple cheap drinks at Tommy’s before, and then head over to their nightclub Dancing Sasquatch which is right beside it, or you can even go to High Rollers and play some bowling while having drinks. Dancing Sasquatch is known for their $8 dollar time-machine drinks, which…well, you’ll just have to find out what they are when you go there. Like I said, their nightlife is one for the books.
Banff is predominantly Australian, so don’t be shocked when you go there and hear countless Aussie accents. Don’t worry, they are the friendliest people you will ever meet. It is a huge tourist attraction, so people from all over the world come to see Banff. Many people get working visas in Banff, which is why you’ll hear so many different accents. It is a great way to meet people and to form connections. Everyone is super nice and welcoming, and honestly just looking to have a good time. So, make friends, and just have fun.
Last, but not least, Banff has an abundance of wildlife. Just be mindful of that when you go and always keep your ears and eyes open. When hiking, don’t travel alone, and if you do, make sure you take bear spray. And do not, i repeat, DO NOT, spray yourself with bear spray as it is poisonous. It is meant to be sprayed at the animal if it is coming near you and you feel threatened by it.
You will most likely see deer. They tend to roam around the streets, stopping cars in their path. Goats are also pretty known to see in the back roads of Banff. However, they like to hang out in the middle of the road, and they don’t move for no one. Yes, it is possible that you will see a bear, and maybe even some cubs. They are cute, but from a distance. Keep that distance. There are moose as well, and they are massive, and so majestic. Their squirrels look like chipmunks, but on steriods, and they are super sweet. As Banff is trying to preserve their wildlife, they ask that you do not feed the animals. You can be fined a lot of money if they catch you feeding the animals, and that is no joke. So, just be respectful and admire them from a distance.
If you have not been to Banff, I urge you to go and I really hope that this helped convince you. It is honestly a majestic place and something to see. If you liked this post, please leave a comment or subscribe to my email list below so you can read the other content I put up. Thank you so much and have a wonderful day!