Banff is located in Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada, in the heart of the Canadian Rockies. While walking the town of Banff, south of town you will see Rundle Mountain (2,949 m or 9,673 feet), just one of the many surrounding peaks.
You won't go hungry in Banff. There are more than 22 Canadian restaurants, more than seven cafes and many bakeries. There is also a wide range of Italian, Japanese, French, German, Chinese, Greek, Indian, Korean, Mediterranean and Southwestern eateries and many pubs.
Banff's big three places to ski are: Lake Louise, 35 minutes west of Banff townsite; Sunshine Village, 5 miles west of Banff; and Norquay, the original ski area of Banff since 1926.
From Banff to Jasper
Banff is a short scenic drive from Jasper townsite in Jasper National Park. Take the Icefields Parkway (Highway 93) and visit Lake Louise on the way. More than 100 glaciers border the western side of the Continental Divide along this drive.
In the area of Banff you may see wildlife such as black bear, grizzly bear, moose, elk, mountain goats, bighorn sheep and mule deer, as well as hundreds of colorful flowers that bloom in the hills and alpine by June.