Looking for something to do during the holiday season? Banff is always a great place to spend some time. Whether you are going just for a day or have longer to spend, there is always lots to see and do. My kids used to love stopping to see the hoodoos, riding up the gondola to the top of Sulphur Mountain and, of course, spending time on Banff Avenue visiting the candy store.
We all think of Banff for downhill skiing, but do we also think of dog-sledding and horse-drawn sleigh rides? The Hot Springs are open year round as is the Sulphur Mountain Gondola. Just imagine the snowy vistas you can see from the top of the mountain!!
If you prefer indoor activities, you can visit some of the museums such as the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies, the Buffalo Nations Luxton Museum or the Banff Park Museum National Historic Site of Canada.
There are lots of activities both indoor and outdoor that are free of charge. Think of ice skating outdoors in the middle of the mountains, tobogganing and sledding or cross-country skiing. One of my favorite activities is a stroll through the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel.
You can make the most of your visit by checking out some of these great books at Calgary Public Libray before you go. Find some hidden corners that you haven't discovered before.
My Favourite Restaurants: Calgary, Banff and Beyond (2009) by John Gilchrist. Calgary’s very own John Gilchrist has again shared his opinions on the best places to dine.
The Town of Banff has a comprehensive website with information on things to see and do.
As well, Banff National Park has a website with information on activities, natural wonders and public safety.
There is also a Banff Lake Louise website with more information on things to see and do.