3 Days in Banff National Park – Spring
Admittedly 3 days in Banff National Park, regardless of the time of year, is not enough to see and do everything. Still, if you are ok with jam-packing your days, this itinerary will allow you to see some really cool things, get those iconic pictures and will give you enough of a taste to plan a return trip.
Morning: Tunnel Mountain Sunrise Hike & Breakfast In Town
Afternoon: Gondola with lunch at the top
Evening: Dinner & drinks at the Castle
You have three days in Banff, and you have to make the most of it – so if you expected this itinerary to encourage sleeping in, wrong place. Plus, when was the last time you could brag to friends that you did a sunrise hike – insert jaw-dropping Instagram photos here.
Starting your day with an early hike in Banff is actually something that locals like to keep as their secret – the town is quiet, and the views are INSANE! So gather a bottle of water and a granola bar, which you can find at STOCK Food & Drink and head to the Tunnel Mountain Trailhead. Fairmont Banff Springs also offers a guided Sunrise Hike to guests staying in-house – this option also provides a certified guide who can share some really incredible stories and facts about life in Banff National Park.
You’ve made it to the trailhead of Tunnel Mountain and are ready to get your heart pumping. Tunnel Mountain is a moderate 4km (there and back) hike, which gives you some really incredible views of the town of Banff & The Fairmont Banff Springs Golf Course. Our tip – bring crampons as it can become a little icy this time of the year.
After your hike, which depending on fitness levels, shouldn’t take more than an hour, you’ll have plenty of time to explore the town of Banff. Grab a luxe coffee & bite at Whitebark Café and wander the quiet streets. You’ll find art galleries, museums, shops and some exciting restaurants and bars. After exploring the town, take the trail along the river back to the hotel to prepare for your afternoon adventure!