There are many ways to see and enjoy the fabulous Canadian Rockies. This is a spectacular place, vibrant and inspiring to the core. Once you’re here, it’s hard to go wrong. But we think you should get your special visit just right.
To make your visit here as memorable as possible and to get the most out of each moment, we've put together what we think is the ultimate way to spend three days in Banff.
So, we’ve carefully-curated the perfect Canadian Rockies itinerary. It's got just the right combination of adventure and comfort in our pristine natural surroundings. And we’ve narrowed it down to three fantastic experiences.
We call it our Ultimate Explorer 3-day Itinerary.
The key is to plan this at least 48-hour ahead of time so you can save money and rest assured that it's all sorted.
Ultimate Banff Day 1:
Be one of the first special guests to stay in the new and reimagined Mount Royal Hotel. Relax in high style and rich heritage right in the heart of downtown Banff.
After checking in and spending some time strolling the shops and restaurants of downtown Banff, start your journey in the beautiful Rocky Mountains at the Banff Gondola. This is the classic Rockies experience—Banff's #1 attraction. Just a short distance from your downtown hotel, the iconic Banff Gondola has taken visitors and locals of all ages on a memorable ride to the top of Sulphur mountain for many successful years. You can hop on the free shuttle to get their quickly and easily.
Contemporary and modern, not only is the Banff Gondola a safe and secure eight-minute ride to the most incredible mountain views, it has a beautiful interpretive boardwalk trail and plenty of places to rest and revel in the six mountain ranges visible from the boardwalk.
To add to your experience, the Gondola’s new Upper Terminal has a fantastic 360-degree observation deck, an interpretive centre and theatre, a café and two great restaurants. So, enjoy a delicious meal as the sun sets and toast your first perfect day in the Rockies. This is the perfect place for the ultimate dinner with a view. And follow up your meal with some time enjoying the Sunset Festival. Cheers to day 1!
Once the sun has dropped behind the peaks, head back to the Mount Royal Hotel and call it a night—you've got an early start tomorrow!