Three outstanding ski resorts, Ski Banff@Norquay, Sunshine Village and Lake Louise provide more than 7,700 acres and 240 trails offering countless options to skiers and snowboarders of any ability. From wide-open bowls and tree-lined glades covered with fresh dry champagne powder, to meticulous groomed slopes and state-of-the-art snowmaking, visitors enjoy unspoiled scenery, short lift lines, and guaranteed friendly local hospitality.
With an interchangeable, multi-day Tri-Area lift ticket, which includes free transfers from your hotel to the slopes, visitors can enjoy frequent and worry-free shuttle transportation between the hotels and each ski area.
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The weather in the Canadian Rockies is variable due to the high elevation and rugged topography. Cool, crisp air and warm days are typical of autumn in the Canadian Rockies. Warming Chinook winds can bring spring-like conditions in winter, while spring offers both skiing and golfing opportunities. The summer climate is pleasant with low humidity, warm temperatures and daylight hours stretching until 11 pm. Select General Information for current weather conditions.
Banff and Lake Louise are unique in offering a wide variety of activities within a mountain setting which satisfy the interests of visitors from around the world. Select Activities - Attractions to browse a complete list of activity operators and sightseeing opportunities.
Banff National Park is a comfortable ninety minute drive west of Calgary in the province of Alberta, via the four-lane, year round Trans Canada Highway. The area is easily accessible with numerous international and charter airlines offering flights from around the world. Banff and Lake Louise are also serviced by rail, charter coach and scheduled bus services. Major car rental agencies are conveniently located in Banff, Lake Louise and Calgary. Banff and Lake Louise are joined by a spectacular forty minute drive through the Bow Valley.
Banff. In 1883, the transcontinental railway reached the formidable Rocky Mountains and three railway workers chanced upon simmering hot springs. The area was protected by the government and two years later became Canada's first national park, Rocky Mountain Park. At 1384 m (4540 ft) above sea level, Banff is "Canada's Highest Town".
A train whistle blows in the distance as a reminder