Summer in Banff

  • View of Town of Banff and Cascade Mountain

  • B&B guests on a Banff Summit

  • Blue Mountain guests cycling in Banff National Park

  • Scrambling in Banff National Park

  • A quiet day in Banff National Park

  • Climbing in a scenic "Banff Postcard"

  • Horseback riding near the Blue Mountain Lodge

  • Golf on the famous Stanley Thompson course in Banff

  • A guest of our B&B fishing in Bow River

  • A B&B guest rests before going for the summit of Mt Niblock

Summers in Banff are amazing. Banff offers stunning panoramas in a rough but easily accessible mountain scenery. “Being here feels like living in a postcard”. The intensive emerald to dark blue colours of our lakes make Banff one of the premier National Parks worldwide, a Unesco Heritage site as well as a world-reknown mountaineering centre … or simply a great place for lovers of the outdoors.

You can rush and see the “Must Sees” in two days but there is so much more to discover ….

In terms of day planning our area can roughly be divided into three day-long visits: Kananaskis Country Provincial Park, Banff plus Kootenay National Parks and Lake Louise plus Yoho National Park.

Don’t skip Banff as this is a real town with lots of sightseeing to do and an amazing Town Centre with museums, shops, excellent restaurants, cozy places to relax and have a drink or spend an evening in our cinema. Banff is right in the National Park, the logical place to stay for all excursions.

Most of our guests are here to visit our impressive sites in the 3 National Parks. Many of the areas of interest are in easy reach from parking spaces and there is a well maintained trail system as well as washrooms. They can be explored on horseback, canoe, mountain bike or even raft. Wildlife can be seen just outside of Banff (and sometimes in Banff when predators are closing in). A great place to see wildlife is the famous Stanley Thompson golf course, one of the premier golf courses in the world. The scenery is just gorgeous and animals love the minerals they add to the greens. For golf lovers, there are 4 golf courses around Banff.

Not all panoramas are close to the road and some involve a short hike.

A scramble or scrambling means that you need your hands and feet to hold on to the rock or mountain (to avoid a fall). A scramble is a light exciting form of climbing a mountain done without any roping up, a step down from high mountain climbing. The scales of scrambles go from “easy to moderate to difficult”, difficult means that you need some climbing experience to feel safe as it can be “really” airy. Most mountain summits around Banff involve some easy to moderate scrambling.

This is a real mountaineering and climbing community and you might be able to meet some of Canada’s most re-known mountaineers anywhere in town or attend one of the presentations of their latest exciting trips. Don’t forget to attend the Banff International Mountain Film and Book Festival in November to get some insider stories from the world highest peaks or amazing adventure trips from all around the world.

A neat way to discover Banff is by mountain bike as most of the sites to visit in and around Banff are in easy reach.

Banff is also known for conferences and meetings in a fabulous environment. We are located centrally, walking distance from the most popular conference places and City Centre. Our lodge is a century old Banff landmark and all other important historic places are located in our area, as well as our 3 Banff museums and the re-known Banff Centre for the Arts.

Biking/Cycling in Banff

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Biking/Cycling in Banff

The Legacy trail is connecting Banff to Canmore and is one of the most accessible bike routes in this area. Minnewanka loop is a scenic on paved road trail travelling at the foot of Cascade Mountain, passing by Johnson lake and…

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Mountaineering & Climbing in Banff

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Mountaineering & Climbing in Banff

Banff has a mountain and mountaineering atmosphere and sometimes encourages and teases guests to do some exciting climbing or mountaineering. We can help finding amazing mountain guides for all types of…

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Scrambles In and Around Banff

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Scrambles In and Around Banff

Cascade Mountain is a great scramble. Drive up to Mt Norquay ski hill and hike to the last ski lift. Find the trail which goes to the river, go over the bridge and hike up to the natural amphitheatre. From here go to…

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Best Hikes in Banff

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Best Hikes in Banff

Caldron Lake Beautiful lake above Peyto lake. Start at the viewing platform and continue downhill heading west to the beginning of the lake. Continue toward the creek, cross it at the bridge. From there you will see…

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Sightseeing

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Sightseeing

Where to go, what to do?

Banff is the jewel of the Canadian Rockies. We suggest planning enough time in the area to visit Lake Louise and the Teahouses, Moraine Lake and Larch Valley (in September this valley is

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Summer Planning

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Summer Planning

What and how much sightseeing can be done in a full day? Day A : Bow Falls, Banff Springs Hotel, Sulphur Mountain, Hoodoos, Cave and Basin, Marsh Loop, Fenland Trail, Vermilion Lakes. (ev. Walk to Sundance Canyon). Day B: Ruins and story of the city of Bankhead, Johnston Lake, Two Jack Lake with exciting view on Mt Rundle, Lake Minnewanka, Stewart Canyon, Mt Norquay Lookout, Johnston Canyon (Inkpots), Fireweeds, Marble Canyon, Paint Pots, walk to the toe of Stanley Glacier. Day C: Canmore, Kananaskis Country loop, Chester Lake and its...

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