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Johnston Canyon Icewalk
Hike on steel walkways built into the canyon walls and get an airy view of the canyon below. Travel through breathtaking scenery and nature on your way to the trail head and learn about the history and geology of Johnston Canyon.This popular wal""Join this small-group Banff guided tour and hike on steel walkways which have been built into the canyon walls. Travel through prime wildlife habitat and learn how Johnston Canyon was formed. You'll be led past lower falls and end up at breathtaking uptitle=Icewalk+Highlights&1=Enjoy+a+beautiful+tour+of+the+Johnston+Canyon+Icewalk%AE&2=Look+out+for+the+various+types+of+wildlife+which+inhabit+the+area&3=Learn+about+the+history+and+geology+of+the+area+from+your+knowledgeable+guide&4=Complimentary+pick"""Banff Canada"
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Winter Tour: Banff and its Wildlife
"Build a connection to the World Heritage Site as you visit Banff's landmarks and view wildlife in their natural winter habitat. Hear how the history of the Bow Valley changed when three railway workers rediscovered a hidden treasure. See and le habitat and their winter survival adaptations. This is Banff's best tour for viewing wildlife and animal species are seen on 95% of the tours. Please note: This tour is seasonal and only operates from December through April.""""Join a personalized small-group tour and discover beautiful Banff in the winter! Over three hours your local guide will point out all the landmarks and wildlife in their natural habitat particularly their ability to survive the cold winter months."title=Tour+Highlights&1=Enjoy+a+sightseeing+tour+of+Banff+and+its+wildlife&2=Visit+historic+places+and+famous+landmarks&3=Learn+about+the+history+and+geology+of+the+area+from+your+knowledgeable+guide&4=Complimentary+pickup+and+drop+off+from+most+Banff+hot
From CAD62.00
Maligne Valley and Wildlife Tour
"There’s only one way to see the splendor that is the winter wildlife and nature of Jasper National Park. This guided tour takes you in a van through the most stunning sites of the park including Athabasca Valley Maligne Valley and Medicine Lake. See the diversity in the National Park as the van rolls along. There is minimal walking. Get great photos of animals along the way including Elk deer sheep goats
From CAD68.00

Banff Avenue Tips (18)


The town lies in the middle of Banff National Park, in the valley of the Bow River and resembles a small town in the Alps. In the summer time it is mostly visited by hikers, and winter is a place for skiers, the bustling city center is very contradictory with his quiet nature and beauty. Visits Banff certainly do not get bored

Shopping in Banff is not too bad, you'll find shops around, restaurants to dine- in. Even if you just wandering around and enjoy the view and admired the beautiful buildings and look sometimes behind you where you have the mountain. Banff downtown is easy to navigate is a long straight walk, small and compact no need to drive around. We came with our car, we parked to one of the parking outside the center and we walk around

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Jul 12, 2014

Walk around town

Don't miss the chance to have a walk on its streets. It is a fairy tale town and you get to have great views and chances are you ran into a bear!

Much of what happens in Banff happens on Banff Avenue, the main street, full of restaurant, shops, the Banff Park Museum, etc.

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Jan 04, 2008

Banff Avenue

Banff Avenue is littered with various resteraunts and gift shops. One offered ostrich, bison and rattlesnake!

The Banff museum is worth a visit, especially if you are continuing on through the Rockies, as it will help you identify the myriad of wildlife you will encounter along the way.

The museum is full of stuffed animals from years ago, some huge ravens were a highlight!

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Oct 26, 2006

Cows Ice Cream in Banff

I love Cows Ice Cream. I came across my first Cows Ice Cream while in Halifax on the waterfront. After that, I made sure to visit Cows when I was in Ottawa on several different occasions (although there isn't one in Ottawa anymore), in Banff, in Vancouver, and in Whistler. They've got great t-shirts and other Cow souvenirs...and the ice cream isn't bad either.

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Jun 24, 2006
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Walk by the river

If you walk down Banff Avenue, towards the Cascade Gardens, you will have to cross this bridge that spans the Bow River.

Either side of this pretty river are places to sit, admire the view, have a picnic etc.

You will have a view such as this one of the surrounding mountains, everywhere you look when you are in Banff, are mountain views.

On one side of the river is a museum, I will put this on another tip.

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Jun 23, 2005

Banff Avenue

Banff Avenue is the main street in Banff. It is a very lively street and you will find plenty of restaurants, pubs and novelty/souvenir boutiques (including my favorite: Banff Fudge Factory!). Walking up and down the street and hopping in and out of the different shops is a lot of fun - but keep in mind that just about everything there is slightly overpriced.

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Apr 28, 2005

Take the alleyways

During summer time when there does not seem to be any room to walk on main street, head to the back alley. That is the highways for the locals duing the summer months and it will take less time to go anywhere.

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Apr 21, 2005

Strolling the avenue

Strolling Banff avenue is a great way to spend the afternoon. Be warned it can be quite crowded at times, but if you're a people watcher it's great. The avenue is filled with tons of shopping, from mainstream stores to funky little candy stores. Great coffee shops and places to stop for lunch and beverage - a little bit of urban bliss in the mountains.

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Apr 17, 2005
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"Banff & Rocky Mountains On My Top 5 Destinations"
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"Banff the first Town on our Canadian Rockies trip"
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"Beautiful Banff"
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Hans and I loved to walk down Banff Avenue. Banff Avenue is the main street where you will find unique specialty shops, souvenir shops and restaurants and the views on either side of the avenue were awesome.

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Nov 02, 2004


There is so much to do and see in Banff. Visit CANADA PLACE Walk through the CASCADE GARDENS with its gazebos,colourful flower beds and cascading waterfalls. Or maybe stop and see the SIKSIKA NATION INTERPRETIVE CENTRE where you can enter a traditional tepee, talk to native interpreters and gain insight into the customs and spiritual beliefs of the Siksika Nation(Blackfoot)

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Oct 21, 2004

A sugar addicts nightmare...

Nobody in Alberta goes to Banff without planning to buy some fudge and candy from the candy store on Banff Ave. Once you step in, its like being in Charlie and the Chocolate factory, and they have everything from fist sized jawbreakers (many a comrade has lost his teeth on one of these suckers), to giant chocolate covered caramel pecan logs (my friend managed to have hers last the whole weekend...and end up in her hair after a late night out...), to every pez dispenser ever created (I don't even like fudge and I ended up falling hard for an oreo cookie/chocolate medley....some of it is a bit pricey, however if you plan to travel anywhere in Alberta after Banff, be prepared to suffer the wrath of the Albertans if you say you bypassed the sugar rush....

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May 12, 2004

A must see and must do activity you cannot miss.

This here is a good location to take some nice pictures of Banff Avenue and the enormous '' Cascade '' mountain or even a little back at the bridge .It is just a beautiful view and off course the best with the sun shining.Going a bit backwards on this bridge across the street you will come to ''Cascade Gardens,'' on the grounds of the Banff National Parks Administration Building , more on this can be seen in Tips and travelogues.

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Jun 19, 2003

Things to Do Near Banff

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Bow Falls

Early Sunday morning, we were in town and looking to kill some time, and we ended up hiking along this trail - you take Banff ave across the river, and the trailhead begins about here. For the first...
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Upper Hot Springs

We only had 1 day to sight-see in Banff. We had spent the previous day on the road from Jasper so today we just wanted to do something local. Perfect! I had seen pictures of the hot springs and...
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Buffalo Nations Luxton Museum

This was one of the best museums I visited on this trip, the everyday scences resembling the life of the Buffalo Nation People are outstanding. Our visit gave me an understanding of these people which...
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Johnston Canyon

We decided to begin our trip with a visit to Johnston Canyon, one of the parks most popular hikes. Perhaps we should have picked another time than a gorgeous Sunday afternoon because the trail was...
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Cave and Basin

Tourism in the area started here with this Hot springs Cave. Today bathing is no longer allowed in the cave ( you can view it though) but you can still visit the site and hike the trails in the nearby...
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One of the most easily accessible alpine meadows in the Rockies is the Sunshine Meadows area, just west of Banff. A ski area in the summer, the Sunshine Meadows complex stays open in the summer to...
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