Banff Canada - See What All The Hype Is About
It's home to, not only the majestic Canadian Rockies, it's also a World Heritage Site.
What's a world heritage site? Simply put, it's a place that holds special cultural or physical significance.
The incredible mountain range known as the Canadian Rockies is just that.
The area is known for its natural beauty and biological diversity.
There is so much to see and do in and around this quaint village.
It has become a world class tourist destination with over 2 million visitors a year.
People travel from all over the world to spend a few days or even a week or two in Beautiful Banff.
It has something for everyone.
Here's just a few ideas to get your holiday started.
Are you a nature buff? The Banff Park Museum showcases the early original approach to natural history by the Geological Survey of Canada.
The home of this museum is a 1903 log building in the architectural style of what the federal park buildings looked like back then.
They offer an extensive collection of over 5,000 natural history specimens.
Great for the kids to see some incredible wildlife up close and personal.
Historians will love the romance of the Canadian Pacific Railway.
History played an important part of Banff.
If it wasn't for this transcontinental railway forging through the Rockies and workers, discovering the natural hot springs, Banff would not be the destination it is today.
In fact, Banff was the first Canadian National Park in the country.
It was given this title in 1885.
Back then, Canada starting promoting this area as an international resort and spa to help support the new railway.
People from all over the world could take the train to this world class vacation spot.
Visitors today are still enjoying the Canadian Rockies on board the Rocky Mountaineer Train.
With the discovery of the natural springs, came the construction of the Banff Springs Hotel.
It's a castle nestled in the Rocky Mountains.
If you're looking for a relaxing place to get away from the hustle and bustle..
this will fit the bill.
The hotel offers the Willow Stream Spa with three waterfall treatment whirlpools, indoor mineral pool, outdoor heated pool and jacuzzi.
The Banff Springs Resort could be a romantic weekend getaway, an incredible wedding venue or honeymoon destination.
If you're a golfer, the Banff Springs Golf Course offers internationally renowned scenery and a diverse terrain.
If you're looking for vacation ideas for your annual family holiday or spring break, this is a great option.
Numerous activities are available for kids from the extensive pool to black light bowling, from skiing/snowboarding to wildlife patrol.
Because of the diversity of the mountain ranges all within the Banff area there are three world class ski resorts.
Norquay is 5 minutes from the town of Banff.
Sunshine Village only 20 minutes away and Lake Louise 50 minutes by car or shuttle.
All these ski resorts offer a little different terrain, from learn to ski, gentle slopes for beginners, to the black run maniacs.
What's great about Sunshine Village is you can ski til the 3rd week in May, offering exceptional spring skiing.
Banff could be a spring break vacation possibility.
Back to the Banff townsite after a day of skiing, snowshoeing, golfing, hiking or biking is some excellent dining.
There are over hundred restaurants, some specializing in great Canadian Cuisine.
What I like best about this destination is the versatility..
there is something to do in every season.
There's Spring skiing at Sunshine Village, there's hiking, biking, and golf in summer and fall.
Plus skiing, skating and dog sledding during the winter season.
There is so much more to see and do here in Banff.