Banff is a beautiful mountain town located west from the city of Calgary. Surrounded by breathtaking landscapes, the town of Banff in Alberta is the first municipality ever incorporated within a national park in the country of Canada. The Banff National Park of which the town has been a part of since its incorporation in 1990 has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is a popular destination for locals and tourists alike.
Because of it being a town within such lush natural surroundings, commercial growth strategies are strictly and aggressively implemented in the town. Each year, not more than 1.5% commercial growth is allowed on the town. It is for this reason that the best way to explore the town of Banff is on foot. Self-guided walking tour brochures are available at the Banff Information Center and Town Hall, allowing you to explore and discover some of the hidden gems of the town of Banff such as the pristine Bow River and the majestic Tunnel Mountain which has once been buried under a thousand meters of glacial ice that have melted away.
If you want to explore the town at an even slower pace, take a carriage ride around the town. Carriage tours last anywhere from 15 minutes to an entire hour and arrangements can be made in advance for the carriage to pick you up and drop you off from your hotel. Carriage ride tours are a romantic and truly unique way to enjoy the sights and sounds of the town of Banff in Alberta, Canada.