The Best Canadian Mountain Towns: Banff, Alberta

I’d like to head up north for some outdoor fun. What are the best Canadian mountain towns for active, adventurous travelers?

Aug 2, 2012
Outside Magazine

Banff via Shutterstock    Photo: MountainHardcore


It's not exactly secret, but any article on the Canadian Rockies has to include this town in the Bow Valley. Formerly a railroad outpost, Banff is now an adventure destination that draws athletes and tourists to the Bow Valley. In the summer, you can paddle the Bow River or a handful of nearby lakes, including famed Lake Louise; mountain bike on hundreds of miles of singletrack; and hike throughout the nearby Banff National Park. Or you can simply stay in town and enjoy cultural events like the season-long Banff Summer Arts Festival.

STAY: At the newly remodeled, log-facade Banff Caribou Lodge near the village center (rates from $150).

Filed To: Adventure Adviser