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Things to do in Banff

From classic must-see sights to insider hot spots and local haunts, there are countless things to do in Banff. How do you decide? Start with our travel guide and get our favorite Banff attractions and activities—shops, museums, parks, nightclubs, coffee shops, tours, and more.

Our international team of editors and writers handpick the best things to do in Banff to help travelers discover authentic, local experiences. Whether a hidden boutique with handcrafted products, a popular local festival, a bakery with a cult following, or a picnic-worthy park, Travel + Leisure guides the way, providing information and inspiration. From beaches and bars to cultural attractions and up-and-coming neighborhoods, our list will help you make the most of your romantic getaway, family vacation, or trip with friends. Below find Travel + Leisure’s top picks for what to do in Banff.

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  • Brewster Ice Explorer

    Grab your fleece and hop aboard the Brewster Ice Explorer, which climbs up the Athabasca Glacier in Jasper National Park. More
  • Hike in Banff

    Take the Sunshine Meadows Alpine Shuttle to the Upper Access road and just start walking. More
  • Jasper National Park

    Summer is prime viewing time for Jasper National Park's Columbia Ice Fields or the Athabasca Glacier. More
  • Kensington Tours

    A vast range of personalized itineraries, including working on archaeological digs in Israel and trekking to see gorillas in Rwanda, while staying ... More
  • Sunshine Village

    There are regular shuttles to Sunshine Village, the main Banff ski resort, where you ride the gondola to the top. Try one of the less-challenging G... More

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