Banff is a beautiful town located in the heart of the Banff national park in Alberta, Canada. It’s the closest town to Lake Louise and I wanted to have a little break from skiing, so I decided to come to Banff for a day. When I arrived in the morning there were very few people on the streets and most of the shops were closed. Only later did I realise that it was because it was excruciatingly cold. But after the sun came out, people started coming out.
After having a good look around town in the morning, we decided to head to the direction of the Fairmont. The Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel is perhaps one of the most famous grand railway hotels built by The Canadian Pacific Railway to serve passengers of expanding railway network. It was constructed in 1888 and later rebuild several times. It looks absolutely stunning, and with red brickwork and it’s many towers it rivals the mountains in majesty. Inside it’s as grand as it looks outside, I would love to stay there but unfortunately I was in Banff just for a day. I would recommend anyone who comes to visit Banff to stay there as it is the place to be in town.
After Fairmont we went further up to the Hot Springs and Gondola. The Gondola takes you to the top of the Sulphur mountain in just 8 minutes. It is worth going there because the views from the top are absolutely breathtaking, you can see the whole surrounding area and the town of Banff itself. There is also a walkway that takes you to the old weather station, built atop Sanson Peak. After coming back down the Gondola, only a short walk away is another famous Banff attraction, the Hot Springs. For just several dollars you can go in the 40℃ hot pool right in the middle of winter. It was quite amazing swimming in the pool overlooking the mountains when temperature outside is below zero.
The town itself is really fun, full of restaurants and bars, shops selling everything from dinosaur fossils to cowboy stuff.I bought some awesome souvenirs, including a real coyote pelt. The locals are really friendly and always happy to help.
I was really surprised to see a Louis Vuitton boutique, especially because there are no other luxury shops in Banff. All the stores are regular ones that you’d expect to see in the small town, so it really stands out. I’m still quite puzzled why it’s there but it could be for Asian tourists that visit Banff in the summer. They really like the brand. Apparently Louis Vuitton was open in Banff for 14 years now.
Below are a few photographs from Banff.