Banff, in the heart of the Canadian Rockies in the province of Alberta, is one of Canada's most popular tourist destinations. It is renowned for its impressive mountainous surroundings, hot springs, and incredible array of outdoor activities that are available year-round.
Banff was first populated after the construction of the transcontinental railway through the Bow Valley in the 1880s - some of the railway workers discovered natural hot springs on the side of Sulphur Mountain, and the area was rapidly developed as a resort and spa. Many grand hotels were built and the town grew up around the railway station to cater for the influx of visitors that flocked to Banff - the town grew and grew in popularity, and is today one of Canada's most visited towns and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Banff is surrounded by the beautiful mountains of Rundle, Cascade, Norquay, and most notably Sulphur, up which the Banff Gondola and Skywalk offer visitors phenomenal views of the countryside and valleys surrounding the town. Sulphur Mountain is also the site of the famous Upper Hot Springs, a set of naturally-occurring outdoor hot springs with fantastic mountain views. There are also many trekking trails and some amazing white water rafting opportunities around Banff, and the area is also famous for its excellent mountain biking trails.