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The town of Banff is located within Banff National Park, which was established in 1885, and is one of Canada's oldest national parks.
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some of the best things to do in banff is shop and and sightsee. the gondola ride up to mount. sulphur is incredible and the view is incredible. there is a huge platform on top of the mountain which allows you to reach the very highest peak, but for those of you who cant take a minor decrease in oxygen, i dont recommend this. also, make sure your not quick to spend your money there. all the stores sell pretty much the same stuff and you have to walk around to each store before you know your getting the best deal and if your american, there is no currency exchange in any of the stores, so exchange your currency before you get to banff. banff consists of many side streets with hardly any stores, just keep on the main street because your not missing out on anything. the hotels in banff stay booked throughout the year. i recently bought a hotel room for 3 people and spent just $75 for a night. the beds werent as comfortable, but when your in a place that costs a lot of money to do anything, its best that you take the best deal you can get even when it means sleeping on a bumpy mattress. make sure that when you go to banff, its on a clear day. i recently went and had to deal with the harsh winds and snow blowing straight into my face which makes it a hard time to do anything and mount sulphur is no fun when the winds are harsh and the temperature is close to 20 degrees F. the restaurants in banff are nice, seeing as there are only a few. they dont serve much and they are expensive! a place called earls serves decent food and at a huge cost. if your going to save money and eat a decent meal, just go to mccdonalds on the main road. though, there are some disadvantages to going to this place. i would never say no if given the opportunity to go again. compared to the U.S, canada is heaven on earth to me. people are friendly, the air is clean, the mountains are spectacular, and the skiing areas could not be better. overall, if your going to take a trip to a place as fantastic as this, dont give it any second thoughts!
The city bus goes up to the hot springs and up to the Banff Springs hotel. $2 one-way. Day passes for the bus are also available. Makes it easy to get around if you have no car. If you're flying into Calgary, there is an airporter bus service that is very convenient and very reliable that will take you right to your hotel in Banff (and pick you up there for the return trip). This is much nicer than the usual "super shuttle" service you can find at many US airport. Reservations highly recommended. http://www.banffairporter.com/scheduled.php The Fairmont Banff Springs hotel is a wonder! Pretty pricey, but worth a visit, even if you don't stay there. It's an amazing stone castle (literally), with lovely antiques! Many restaurants inside, too.
in town you can shop, shop,shop as there are many international and locale shops on the main drag.hotels everywhere,reservations advised but check around if all else fails head to canmore (17miles, outside the park)lots of hotels,motels and condos for rent here. most canadian banks represented as well as money exchanges.lots of eateries from McD's to five star. try coyotes, great S.W. bistro grill great food fast lively enviroment.visit cave and basin for history of the discouvery the area. Trail rides,gondolas, hiking ... all in close proximity. end your day with a soak in the upper hot springs
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