Banff Travel Guide


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    Banff is a town meant to be visited by tourists. According to history, George Stewart, the first superintendent of the Banff National Park, wanted to make a town where tourists can go when they visit the Cascade Mountains. For this reason, most of the streets were built in such a way that travelers...

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  • Banff Park Lodge

    Including Lake Louise and the Columbia Icefield Excursion - Banff Guide Service, Stoney Squaw Summit and Snowtips-Bactrax ideally found nearby the three star hotel, Banff...

  • The Fox Hotel and Suites

    Seen in Banff, The Fox Hotel and Suites is conveniently found nearby Victoria Glacier, Red Earth Spa and The Grotto Spa. Some other prominent attractions nearby include T...

  • Rundlestone Lodge

    With Red Earth Spa, Victoria Glacier and The Grotto Spa properly placed near the three star hotel, Rundlestone Lodge; this hotel is wonderfully located in the city of Ban...

  • Delta Banff Royal Canadian Lodge

    Delta Banff Royal Canadian Lodge is one of the ideal, premium places to lodge in Banff. Perfectly placed near The Grotto Spa, Victoria Glacier and Red Earth Spa, Delta Ba...

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  • Banff Gondola

    Banff Gondola

    Mountain Ave

    The Banff Gondola takes guests on an eight minute journey to the summit of Sulphur Mountain in a mod...

    Attractions, Transportation, Landmarks and Points Of Interest
  • Whyte Museum Of The Canadian Rockies

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    111 Bear Street Box...

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    Attractions, Activities, Arts and Culture, Entertainment
  • Canada House Art Gallery

    Canada House Art Gal...

    201 Bear Street

    Attractions, Arts and Culture
  • Bow Falls

    Bow Falls is a major waterfall on the Bow River, Alberta just before the junction of it and the Spra...

    Attractions, Landmarks and Points Of Interest

About Banff

Banff is a town meant to be visited by tourists. According to history, George Stewart, the first superintendent of the Banff National Park, wanted to make a town where tourists can go when they visit the Cascade Mountains. For this reason, most of the streets were built in such a way that travelers get a good view of the picturesque mountain.

Downtown Attractions

Downtown Banff is full of landmarks and interesting attractions. One can even enjoy these attractions on foot since they are in close proximity to each other.

For instance the 1911 Banff Mineral Springs Hospital is near the Administration Building and Cascade of Time Gardens, Buffalo Nations Luxton Museum and the Sign of the Goat Curio Shop.

Right after those clusters, cross the Bow River Bridge and visit the Banff Park Museum National Historic Site on Banff Avenue. Along the avenue, you can also find the oldest commercial building, the Dave White Block. Moving on, you can find the beautiful façade of Harmony Lane. Across the street, you can drop by the Cascade Dance Hall, The Paris Restaurant and the Rundle Memorial United Church.

Walk a little further and you can see the Rocky Mountain Tours and Transport Building and the Dominion Café. A little further north and on the opposite side is the St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church and the Banff School Auditorium.

Bow and Lynx Attractions

Along Bow Avenue and Lynx Street, you can find several historical landmarks as well. From the south, you can visit the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies, Moore’s residence and its neighboring residence of Peter and Catharine Whyte. A few meters away, you can also see the Crosby and Sibbald residences.

Across Lynx Street, see the Cascade No. 5 Masonic Lodge, the Old Craig Cabin and the Homestead Hotel. Although a little further north, the St. Mary’s Catholic Church is also a sight to see.

Caribou and Beaver Attractions

The attractions found on Caribou and Beaver Streets provides a contrast between the luxurious living and humble settlements of early residents of Banff. Risht across the Fire Hall, you can find the Luxton residence, Tanglewood (originally known as Siding 29), Beaver Lodge, Holmes residence and the James Thomson House and Tourist Cabins. Continue a few meters northeast and you will also see the Kidney residence.

In another cluster on the eastern part of Caribou Street, you can see the Woodside Cottage and Mcaulay residence, Gair Lodge, Bayne residence, Mountain School Annex and the residence of Henry and Margaret Greenham.

Buffalo Attractions

The Old Cemetery of Banff used to be located along Buffalo Street. At present, several well-preserved structures can be found there such as the St. George’s in the Pines Anglican Church, Park Superintendent residence and the Senator Forget residence. A few buildings to the east of the latter is the Cyril Childe residence.

To the east of St. George’s are the Grant Hemming residence, Orr residence, Crandell/Peck cabin and the Norman Sanson residence. A little further east are the Transformer Substation building, Tarry a While / Mary Schaffer Warren residence and the actual Old Banff Cemetery in between them.

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