Pleasantly touristy Banff consists basically of a long main street connecting the 'downtown' area - a small network of side roads built in grid fashion, lined with clothing and souvenir shops aimed at summer visitors - with a large area of hotel and condo lodgings. The buildings are low-rise, and some are wood-clad. The town is pleasant enough, but it's essentially a modern tourist town, without the character of the classic American cowboy or mining towns.

For families

Excellent choices There are various school and activity programmes for all ages. We've had good reports of the schools in the past. All three resorts offer childcare. The Tiny Tigers Ski and Play Program at Sunshine introduces youngsters to the slopes.

Apres Ski

Night on the town is best There's little teatime après-ski because the town is a drive from the slopes. Mad Trapper's Saloon at the top of the Sunshine gondola is the place to be during the close-of-play happy hour. In town later, the two main live music venues are the Rose & Crown and Wild Bill's. The Banff Avenue Brewing Company is the local microbrewery. The Elk and Oarsman ('a decent pub') has a lively sports bar and the St James's Gate is the local Irish pub. There are a couple of good nightclubs.

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Good For

  • Advanced
  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
In Resort
  • Family Friendly
  • Off The Slopes
  • Village Charm
On Slope
  • Boarder
  • Fast Lifts
  • No Queues
  • Snow Reliability
  • Terrain Parks

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