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Winter hikes in Banff with Johnston Canyon a top pick

Best Winter Hikes in Banff & Nearby

Banff National Park may be quieter in the winter, but its not lacking for winter activities. In fact, locals love to visit as there's so much to do including a great assortment of winter hikes in Banff and nearby. There's something for everyone especially in the easy and moderate category. When it comes to the more difficult winter hikes in Banff, you're usually getting into a bigger elevation day, so there's likely more snow. Cue…

Sunset views from the boardwalk near the Banff Gondola

Banff Gondola – Sky Bistro Experience

Three years ago in August 2017, John and I had a date to ride the Banff Gondola and dine at the Sky Bistro. But the smoke was thick and the views non-existent so we nixed it. Fast forward to September 2020 and we finally made the trip up. I’m sorry it took us so long.…
Awesome views of Mt Rundle

Tunnel Mountain Hike in Banff National Park

It took me six years of living in Calgary to do the Tunnel Mountain hike in Banff. Now that I've done it I wonder why it took so long. This short must-do hike delivers a workout if you go fast enough, panoramic views of Banff and the valley including the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel from above and red chair moments on the summit. And you can do the Tunnel Mountain hike in spring, summer, fall…

A look at what's ahead

Alternatives to Banff National Park in Summer

I love visiting Banff National Park but in the height of the summer I tend to avoid the town of Banff and any of the mainstream sites and hiking trails. I'm not a fan of crowds. Fortunately there are excellent summer alternatives to Banff National Park during the peak summer period. If you're like me and a little crowd adverse try some of the following equally awesome experiences. Kootenay National Park If you're driving to…

Banff main street in winter

Banff in Winter – 13 Amazing Things to Do

There are an incredible number of things to do in Banff in winter. I personally think it's a better time to visit than in the summer. The crowds are gone. Hotels are generally far less expensive and it's way easier to score a restaurant reservation. No matter what the temperature is outside (even if its -25°C), you can slip into Banff Hot Springs (except during COVID) at the end of the day to warm up…

On the way to the Columbia Icefields

Banff to Jasper Drive – The Most Scenic in Canada

The drive between from Calgary all the way through to Jasper, Alberta is a treat. Once you're about 20 minutes west of Calgary you get into big sky country and from there it just gets better and better. Highlights include the area around Canmore, Banff, Lake Louise, Bow Lake and the Columbia Icefields. I personally think the drive between Banff and Jasper is the most scenic drive in Canada - though there is some close competition -…

Exceptional views of Banff at the top of the Banff Via Ferrata

What’s the Better Place to Visit – Banff or Jasper?

One of the questions I get asked a lot via email is what's the better place to visit - Banff or Jasper? So far the question has related to a summer or fall visit only. The bottom line for an answer - though it's wishy-washy, is that neither Banff or Jasper is better than the other. That would change if time was of the essence and you happen to be starting in Calgary. Under these…

Looking up the Bow River

What is the Best Winter Bike Ride in Banff

Are you wondering what the best winter bike ride is in Banff? Perhaps not - especially if you think bike riding is best done when there isn't any snow. But it's the snow that makes winter fat tire biking so much fun. John and I picked up two fat tire bikes from Soul Ski and Bike in downtown Banff conveniently located two doors down from Wild Flour Bakery. We didn't want a hard bike ride in…

Cycling towards Lake Minnewanka

5 Great Bike Rides in the Banff Area

There is excellent mountain and road biking in and around the town of Banff. In just a few hours you can get a good taste of the area and hit some of the iconic spots - without getting caught up in traffic. Mountain biking seems to be growing - partially as there has been some trail building in the last few years in the Tunnel Mountain area. But if you're not into mountain biking, there…

Walking through garden lined paths to our room at Buffalo Mountain Lodge

Buffalo Mountain Lodge – What a Stay is Like

I enjoyed a two night stay in June at Buffalo Mountain Lodge in Banff National Park. My sister-in-law joined me for a girls getaway and the only thing we both had to say when we left yesterday, was that our visit was way too short. Although I'd heard of Buffalo Mountain Lodge before, it wasn't until we actually had to find the place that I appreciated its location. You'll find it on Tunnel Mountain Road,…


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