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Banff at a Glance

Banff is a classic resort town that grew up to support the sight-seers, skiers and outdoor enthusiasts who come to Banff National Park. Enjoy the gift shops, restaurants and bars. Stock up on gear and groceries and get ready to head into the interior of the park. 

If you travel to Banff during the winter, some of Canada's very best skiing awaits you. For a day off of the slopes, try cross country skiing or snowshoeing in the back country. Experienced ice climbers travel to Banff during the winter to test their skills on the magnificent ice floes that dot the park. 

In summer, sight-seers come to Banff. They can visit the hot springs, play in one of the nearby lakes, learn about the park in a visitors' center, or head out for some trekking or day-hiking. Big fields of spring flowers coat the countryside, and in summer it is still possible to traverse the high snows of a glacier. Whatever your passion is, indulge it while enjoying the beautiful views of the Canadian Rockies. 

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May - September, December - February
Low Season
March - April, October - November
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      Passport / Visa Requirements

      American citizens and permanent residents must now have a valid U.S passport or U.S green card to enter Canada. Visitors from other countries may need a tourist visa and can determine their specific requirements by using the website of the Canadian government.  All visitors must be able to convince immigration officials that they have enough money for their trip, that they are healthy, and that they have ties in their home country that will draw them home again at the end of their visit. American citizens can learn more information on world-wide travel at the U.S State Department's website.

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      Severe Weather The Canadian Rockies have cold winter temperatures and frequent snowfall. Lookout for road closures. Weather varies by elevation, so dress in layers and be prepared for fluctuating conditions.

      Safety Hazards Crime rates vary, but in general, they are quite low. Visitors should spend more time learning about the dangers of the outdoors where they will be traveling. Proper bear training, first-aid skills and injury avoidance techniques are important for people traveling in the back country.

      Health Hazards Mosquitoes, sunburn and heat exhaustion can plague summer travelers, but hypothermia can also be an issue winter or summer. Keep a dry set of clothes, regulate your body temperature and drink enough water.