Introducing Banff Town
Like the province in which it resides, Banff is something of an enigma. A resort town with souvenir shops, nightclubs and fancy restaurants is not something any national park purist would want to claim credit for. But, looks can be misleading. First, Banff is no ordinary town. It developed historically, not as a residential district, but as a service center for the park that surrounds it. Second, the commercialism of Banff Ave is delusory. Wander five minutes in either direction and (though you may not initially realize it) you're in wild country, a primeval food chain of bears, elk, wolves and bighorn sheep. Banff civilized? It's just a rumor.
Banff Town destination guides
High Trails of the Canadian Rockies
Spectacular trekking in Waterton, Banff, Yoho and Jasper National Parks including heli-hike
Beautiful Banff Day Trip from Calgary
Take a full day to explore the Rocky Mountains, and travel along Tunnel Mountain Drive, with its wind carved rock formations. Then ride to the mountain top on the Banff Gondola for amazing views! Take the scenic Tunnel Mountain Drive, where you'll see the town of Banff and often you will find wildlife such as deer, elk, and bear.