An island of excitement, surrounded by the serenity of wilderness.
That’s how visitors might be tempted to view Banff – a thriving, bustling resort community offering the finest in dining and accommodation, outstanding boutiques and galleries and sizzling night spots, surrounded by the most breathtaking mountains and alpine lakes the Canadian Rockies has to offer.
About 7,500 residents call Banff home, but every year they open their arms to more than four million visitors from the four corners of the globe. They come to relax and play in this year-round resort that offers world class downhill skiing at Lake Louise, Sunshine Village and Banff Mt. Norquay in winter and internationally renowned golfing at the Banff Springs Hotel Golf Course in summer. (Not to mention hiking, climbing, canoeing, kayaking, fishing, cycling, birdwatching, cross-country skiing…)
You can choose to live like royalty and stay at the Banff Springs Hotel, the jewel in the crown of the Canadian Pacific chain of five-star hotels, or bunk in at one of the dozens of rustic motels and inns dotted throughout the town site. For the more rugged of character, Banff National Park offers hundreds of campsites for everything from RVs to tents.
Banff is also home to The Banff Centre, nestled on a hillside overlooking the town, providing a soul-soothing retreat for artists and business people to immerse themselves in their chosen pursuits, as well as the Whyte Museum of the Rockies, a cool refuge from the hustle and bustle in which to immerse yourself in the natural and human history of the Canadian Rockies.
Banff National Park
Banff National Park is Canada’s oldest national park, established in 1885, and the world’s third. Located in the Rocky Mountains, the park is famous for its spectacular mountain scenery with glaciers, hot springs, and many beautiful lakes, including Lake Louise, and it’s both a summer and a winter resort. The abundant wildlife includes grizzly and black bears, moose, elk, cougar, and bighorn sheep. Area: 6641 sq km (2564 sq mi).
Real Estate Rules
Before buying a property in Banff, make sure you check with your agent the ‘need to reside’ and the leasehold title information, two very different real estate rules because Banff is located inside a national park
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