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Include boat tour, gondola ride in trip to Banff

Carol Sottili The Washington Post

Q. My husband and I are planning a summer trip to Banff. There are so many things to see and do, we could use some guidance.

A. Banff, in the Canadian Rockies within Banff National Park, is set in a scenically beautiful region known for outdoor recreational activities.

A boat tour on nearby Lake Minnewanka (403-762-3473,, a visit to the Banff Upper Hot Springs (800-767-1611,, a ride on the Banff Gondola (403-762-2523, and a guided nature hike (800-732-7251, are just a few activities that come to mind. For a full list, contact the Banff-Lake Louise Tourism Bureau (403-762-8421,

Banff has dozens of hotels, many with nice views. Top shelf is the Fairmont Banff Springs (800-441-1414,, with rooms in summer starting at $310 a night.

If that’s too rich, try the High Country Inn (800-293-5142,, with views of the Cascade, Tunnel and Sulphur mountains, and rooms starting at $138 a night. Another choice is the Inns of Banff (800-661-1272,, with rooms from about $192 a night.

Banff has lots of well-regarded restaurants. For a special night, the Banffshire Club in the Fairmont Banff Springs hotel, with great views of Sulphur Mountain, is top-notch.

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