You rarely find a country that has as much variety and natural beauty as Canada, from the hottest fresh water springs to the rare temperate rain forests, we have no shortage of beautiful places for you to visit. Banff, in Alberta, western Canada is an all year round destination known for its skiing, camping, hiking and idyllic scenery. The town is part of the Banff National Park tucked away in the covert Canadian Rocky Mountains.
Skiing in Banff
Banff enjoys one of the longest ski seasons in the whole of North America, starting in mid November going right the way through to late May. With the resort being located less than an hour and a half drive from Calgary airport; it offers a perfect combination of tranquillity and bustling resort (but nothing too stressful!). With four extraordinary mountains and protected by two national parks, skiers and boarders are guaranteed to have powder days in some of the most perfect ski surroundings on the planet.
How to get there
The Calgary airport is a modern facility that uses airlines from around the world. With it being under an hour and half from the national park it is a conveniently positioned. If you are travelling by car and not plane then Banff is easily accessible by Hwy 1, which is known as the Trans-Canada Highway, however you have to bear in mind that you will need to purchase a national park pass as Banff is located right in the centre of the National Park! These can be brought if you are travelling in a group of two to seven people in a single vehicle, for a day pass it costs $19.60 and $136.40 for an annual park pass, it depends on how often you are planning to visit in order to decide which offer to are better off purchasing (A day is defined, regardless of entry time, until 4pm the following day).
Wrap up warm!
Banff climate varies throughout the year and with elevation, however it can be roughly predicted that the average temperature around the winter months is around -12º C, having said that it is not unusual to find a particularly cold period around December or January which can reach a staggering -30º C. This makes Banff the ideal resort for all snow lovers. Shockingly in comparison to the summer months where temperatures can reach over 20º C! So make sure you pack your thermals!
Where to stay?
If you are after a little piece of luxury then look no further than Paradise Lodge & Bungalows who are undoubtedly ranked the top place to stay within the Banff National Park. The quaint log cabin bungalows are steeped in history, with real wooden floors and beams, not surprising to see as they harp from the less commercial, older times. All of the suites are fully equipped as mini self catering apartments with a kitchen, living room and a real log fire. The view of the mountains and glaciers are breathtaking, with the location of the hotel being within the boundary of all the action but far enough away to avoid the hustle and bustle.
Whether you are travelling to Banff for skiing, snowboarding, walks, hiking or even just sightseeing then you really must visit the Banff Upper Hot Springs resort. Make the difference between a good trip and an awe inspiring one. You can relax and ease your sore muscles in the natural hot springs water with the unbelievable view of the snowy mountains as your back drop, with a cocktail in hand – what a way to sightsee!
Bio: Business owner, marketing expert and writer Karen James has always been a lover of luxury travel and has expanded her knowledge of the world with various luxurious holidays; she seeks guidance from a company based in Cambridge, Citystay; who are experts in the field of self catering apartments. When Karen isn’t planning her latest adventure abroad and ticking her apartment criteria, she likes better than long walks with her dogs or weekends by the sea with her grandchildren.