The ski towns of Banff and Lake Louise are home to the distinctive mountain resorts of Banff Sunshine, The Lake Louise Ski Resort and Mt Norquay.
The three resorts boast 8,000 acres of skiing, 2 gondolas, 26 chairlifts and 30 feet of feather-light, dry Canadian Rockies powder annually.
Explore variety, history and views beyond compare all with one lift ticket. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the area is known for its exceptional natural beauty, rare wildlife and abundant land-forms.
Discover the makings of a fairytale, with castles, châteaux and hamlets nestled amongst the storied peaks of Canada’s first National Park.
Where We Are
Three iconic Canadian Rockies mountains that share 8,000 acres of skiing, 2 gondolas, 26 chairlifts and piles of the finest champagne powder every season. Every kind of run imaginable, and some that simply aren’t. Two legendary, historic ski towns offering everything from posh and pampered to retro and rustic. All surrounded by a vast, pristine and protected wilderness park so breathtaking that it’s part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The big mountain resorts of Banff Sunshine, The Lake Louise Ski Resort, and Mt Norquay, serviced by the authentic ski towns of Banff and Lake Louise, are as good as it gets for skiers, snowboarders and outdoor aficionados of all stripes seeking the winter adventure of a lifetime. From families looking for a memorable vacation and couples seeking true alpine romance to thrill seekers ready to take the plunge into the wild, everyone who ventures Banff & Lake Louise departs feeling invigorated, inspired and simply awe-struck at its sheer natural beauty.
First settled in the 1880s after the transcontinental railway was built through the Bow Valley, the town of Banff is the gateway to the Canadian Rockies and its namesake National Park. Tourism here got its start when railway workers discovered a series of natural hot springs on Sulphur Mountain. Soon, construction of the majestic Banff Springs Hotel was underway and the rest, as they say, is history.
Today, this vibrant resort town of 9000 residents welcomes over 4 million visitors annually. While skiing has long been central to Banff’s winter appeal, many other popular outdoor winter activities and experiences can be enjoyed, from dog-sledding to snowshoeing. Banff’s more than 130 bars, restaurants, coffee shops and bakeries will satisfy every palate, its nightlife rocks till the wee hours, and more than 50 accommodation options fit any style and budget (including, of course, the fairytale castle called the Fairmont Banff Springs). Culture also thrives here, with three local museums, eight contemporary art galleries and performances at the Banff Centre, a globally respected arts, cultural, and educational institution. And of course, you’ll want to soak it all up in those world-famous hot springs.
Welcome to the most iconic mountain community in the world! Set against the stunning backdrop of Victoria Glacier is one of the most photographed sights in the Canadian Rockies – lovely Lake Louise. Just 40 minutes drive west of Banff, the luxurious Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise overlooks this postcard pretty setting. Staying here or at nearby lodges in the village of Lake Louise gives you easy access to horse-drawn sleigh rides, dog sledding, cross-country ski trails, snowshoeing and, of course, The Lake Louise Ski Resort. Looking to unwind? Rejuvenate at the spa, read a book by a fireplace, or take a quiet walk in the stillness of the outdoors. In Lake Louise, you’ll find all the amenities needed: hotels, restaurants, bakeries, delis, grocery store, liquor depot, and outdoor sports equipment and apparel.
Canada’s first National Park now encompasses 6,641 square kilometres of unmatched mountain scenery nestled in the heart of the magnificent Canadian Rockies. Surrounded by snow-capped peaks, glistening glaciers and sweeping vistas, you’ll be seduced by the elemental allure of this extraordinary wilderness. And just beyond the town of Banff and the village of Lake Louise, you can explore this vast wilderness, home of some of North America’s wildest creatures, including caribou, elk, wolves, black and grizzly bears.