As one of the world’s largest countries, Canada‘s land area mostly contains vast swathes of wilderness. Thick forests and high mountains with snow at their peaks — even in the summertime — stretches most of its surrounding space. For vacationing skiers in Whistler or neighbouring city, Calgary, the beauty of Canada’s wild mountain region rests in Banff.
As one of the best places to explore this wilderness, Banff sits beside a glacier-carved lake beneath the Rocky Mountains.
When travelling from Kenya to Banff, it’s easiest to fly to Calgary International Airport and then transfer. Hop on our Alaskan cruises from Celebrity Cruises and enjoy the scenery from Alaska to the Canadian Rockies. The stopover will give you a welcome chance to stretch your legs. Upon arrival, you can relax in one of the magnificent chateaux hotels overlooking the water and wooded slopes.
In the winter, Banff is a big hit with the ski crowd as it also hosts snowboarding, tobogganing and outdoor ice skating activities.
In the summer, it’s a great place for hiking, mountain biking and climbing. If you’re brave enough to face the cold, you can swim in the lake or at Banff Upper Hot Springs. It may still be a bit cold, but it is always delightfully refreshing.
Our luxury holidays in Banff are designed to offer every comfort — get a good night’s sleep and hearty meal before you set out to explore the wild places.
Peak vacations in Banff mean heading directly into the wild, dramatic landscapes of Banff National Park before exploring the shops and restaurants along Banff avenue.
Throughout summer, the Banff Summer Arts Festival showcases dozens of free performances at venues throughout the city.
The Festival presents visual art galleries while concerts, dance, opera, theatre and shows feature local musicians, artists and some of Canada’s best-known writers.
The best way to experience an overview of what Banff has to offer is to take the gondola up to the top of Sulphur Mountain, from where you can see the town spread out like a map and mile upon mile of countryside beyond it. Bring a coat, you’ll need it even in summer.
Weather changes rapidly, so it’s best to wear layers. Sturdy footwear is important if you want to make the most of your visit. There are also paved routes for less seasoned explorers.
However way you approach it, you’ll find this rugged country breathtakingly beautiful.
Start queueing for that gondola ride here!