Canada's Alberta province is home to the town of Banff. It's approximately 80 miles west of Calgary and about 200 miles north of the American border.
Banff sits 450 feet above sea level. This placement makes it Canada's highest-elevated town.
Due to the weather patterns created by the Canadian Rockies, you can experience sharp sunlight, bitter cold, rain and snow all in the span of one day. July and August are the hottest months, with temperatures around 70 degrees F, while January and February typically chill you with temperatures slightly above zero degrees F.
Banff National Park
The town of Banff is one of only two Canadian municipalities that exist within the borders of a national park. Banff National Park spans approximately 2,500 square miles of frozen tundra, alpine meadows, valleys and glaciers.
From Banff you can ride in a four-person, enclosed gondola to the top of Sulfur Mountain at a height of more than 7,000 feet for a view of six mountain ranges. As of 2009, the rate was $28 for adults and $13 for children.