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Year-Round Adventure at Banff National Park

Stay at Charltons and discover the unmatched natural beauty of Banff National Park. The first national park to be established in Canada and a Unesco World Heritage Site, there is much to explore all year round.

Within the park boundaries, there are 1600 kilometers of trails, two gondolas, three ski areas, and some of the most scenic drives in North America. In the Townsite you can discover Bow Falls, the Cave and Basin National Historic Site, the Banff Upper Hot Springs and variety of museums, shopping and plenty of dining options.

Year Round Activities and Sightseeing:

  • Sulphur Mountain Gondola – Ride to the top of this nearby peak to experience a bird's eye view of six mountain ranges. Once at the top you can continue to a higher point known as Sanson’s peak for the best photo opportunities.
  • Banff Upper Hot Springs – Located just out of town at the end of Mountain Avenue the historic Banff Upper Hot Springs are open year-round and consists of a large pool, spa facilities and café.
  • Cave and Basin National Historic Site – return to the birthplace of the Banff National Park. A close walk, bus or car ride from Central Park, here you will discover more about the natural formations and history that surrounds the creation of the Banff National Park. A newly installed exhibit paying tribute to those held in internment camps in the area during WW I is also worth a visit.
  • The Whyte Museum - Located downtown at 111 Bear St. The permanent exhibit at the Whyte Museum tells the story of Banff’s beginnings and the pioneering men and women who have shaped our mountain culture.  Seasonal art installations speak to the story Alberta and its people, and issues, past and present.
  • The Banff Centre for the Arts - Bringing writers, performance and visual artists together, the Banff Center frequently showcases world class talent in performances throughout the year. Annual events such as Wordfest, the Mountain Film Festival or the Summer Arts Festival are worth planning a visit to Banff. Visit for scheduled events.
  • A leisurely walk on a nearby trail, wandering through the shops on Banff avenue and enjoying world class dining are all just steps away from Charltons. For more information on these items and seasonal festivals in Banff, visit

Summer Activities

  • Hiking and Biking – You can hike or bike along the shores of dazzling blue lakes, up to quaint mountain teahouses, through carpets of wildflowers and up high to spectacular viewpoints.
  • Whitewater Rafting and Float Trips – Enjoy the perfect mix of mountains, scenery, fun and a little action on an exciting whitewater raft adventure or a peaceful and relaxing float trip.
  • Canoeing and Kayaking – The waterways are an excellent way to spot wildlife and offer something for the whole family.
  • Golf – Renowned for its panoramic beauty, the Stanley Thompson 18-Hole Course at the Fairmont Banff Springs offers a captivating and challenging layout for amateurs and professionals alike.
  • Horseback Riding – Enjoy the quiet, leisurely pace of a horseback trail ride and take in the views while your four-legged friend propels you.

Winter Activities

Skiing and Snowboarding – Experience the ‘Big 3’- Sunshine Village, Mount Norquay or lake Louise ski area- with a total of 7,700 acres of developed terrain suitable for beginners and experts alike, the ski season stretches from November to as late as mid May.

Dog Sledding – Travel on a traditional dogsled with a team of huskies as you are lead on a picturesque journey through mountain valleys.

Ice Walking – A canyon full of rushing water in summer, Johnston Canyon freezes in winter to form sparkling walls of ice. Hike on steel walkways built into the canyon walls that give an airy view of the canyon below.

Heli-Skiing – With big bowls, untracked terrain and an easy lift to the top, heli-skiing will give you the most memorable and exhilarating runs of your life.

Snowshoeing – Strap on snowshoes and venture into the wilderness. Trained naturalists will accompany you to provide instruction on snowshoeing and to share their knowledge about the area.

For your Health and Safety and ours


With the uncertainty of the current health situation, our priority remains with the safety of both our valued guests and colleagues.  Therefore we have made the decision to temporarily suspend hotel and outlets operations until Friday May 29th, 2020.  We look forward to when we are able to welcome you back to the hotel and the beautiful Rocky Mountains.

At this time, we are accepting reservations beginning June 1st, 2020

We will provide updates as the current situation progresses and thank you for your continued support.

Should you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us at 1 800 661 1225 or email