Visitors from all over the world come to Banff to sample the world class skiing and snowboarding at Mount Norquay, Sunshine Village and Lake Louise. Uncrowded slopes, fantastic snow conditions, a high standard of accommodation, and customer service that is second to none, are just some of the reasons why skiers and riders come back to Banff year after year.
Lake Louise is a destination in its own right with a good range of hotels and a small village centre with shops and a small number of restaurants. The lake itself is 3km from the village and is one of the most stunning sites in the Canadian Rockies. The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise lies on the lakeshore and is a magnificent place to stay or dine.
Lake Louise is home to some of the best hiking in Banff National Park and several days can be spent in the area by keen walkers or climbers.
It is difficult to plan a visit to Banff without coming across some reference of the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel. The sheer grandeur of the building and its stunning setting have been enticing visitors to Banff for over 100 years.
For skiers and snowboarders it may be difficult to believe that the Banff Springs Hotel used to close its doors for the winter until the 1970s when it finally became a year round resort. If you ever get the chance to spend Christmas or New Year in Banff, you will see that the Banff Springs now captures the holiday spirit better than most people can imagine.
For many lucky visitors to Banff, the Fairmont Banff Springs will provide a temporary home, but if you are staying at another hotel in town, you should certainly make the effort to visit the Castle in the Rockies.