Here are 2 sample itineraries for you depending on the duration of your stay and time of year, in this case, spring:
Banff covers almost 6 641km² which is a lot of ground to cover in 3 days (or even forever in Banff National Park if we are being honest), so if you have three days, you can devote yourself to seeing this beautiful National Park.
With a little more time to explore available to you, Banff becomes a true playground!
Also, we get it; vacations are a luxury right now, but who says it needs to be a vacation? A working getaway has tons of added benefits and can help you get out of the work rut you might be in. Nothing like a change of scenery to help promote work-life balance.
Plus, the Castle in the Rockies is the perfect place to set-up a work laptop for a few days. We offer a work away from home add-on package that allows you to enjoy the Rockies while on the phone with your boss.
Need some inspiration? Check out our webcam for some incredible in-the-moment views!
Step Three: Know Before You Go
Like most vacations you take – understanding the place you are about to visit is pretty essential. Banff is no exception.
Here are the top 5 things you should know before coming to Banff:
- Banff is a national park; if we are specific, Banff is Canada’s first national park. This, therefore, means that when you drive into the park, you will be required to purchase a Park Pass, which you can do so here.
- The weather in Banff National Park – Mountain weather is unpredictable, and being prepared by bringing layers will save you from being chilly one day to being hot the next.
- Know the landscape – Banff is home to some incredible wildlife, and if you are inexperienced with hiking and the Rockies – preparing yourself for those encounters can be vital. If you are planning on doing some hiking that is not known as a well-travelled trail – be prepared with bear spray and research some bear safety tips. Bring bug spray and never leave home base without enough water. Parks Canada is a great place to start before you head out on an adventure.
- Make Reservations in advance – this is good practice regardless of the season, especially if you are travelling over weekends.
- Consider mid-week travel – fewer crowds will allow you to do and see more.
Step Four: Welcome to Canada’s Castle in the Rockies
The birthplace of Canada’s National Parks – Fairmont Banff Springs has a long history and something that can’t be missed when travelling to Banff National Park. Lovingly know as Canada’s Castle in the Rockies, Fairmont Banff Springs has often been the home base to many mountain adventures over the decades. Today the 757 roomed castle is home to some truly unforgettable experiences. Those include:
Two golf courses – internationally renowned and an exhilarating play, The Fairmont Banff Springs Golf Course opens mid-May and stays open till October.
Fairmont Spa – all adventures require some downtime, and the Fairmont Spa in the heart of the Castle provides just that – featuring indulgent services like massages and facials, a nail & hair salon as well as mineral pools, hot tubs and more, you won’t find a better spot to escape than the spa.