Bringing a Friend?
Bring a friend along to Banff! Non-delegate friends, family members and spouses are welcome to join you in beautiful Banff for a vacation during the Festival. There's exploring and adventure in the mountains to be had by day, and with limited tickets available to our evening social events, there's plenty of fun by night!
The Fairmont Banff Springs' Virtual Concierge is where you will find information on all Banff has to offer - everything from shopping and dining to sightseeing and adventures. There's golfing, hiking, horseback riding and mountain biking. Or spend a glorious day at the famous Willow Stream Spa.
Banff Activities and Adventures - A Sampling of the Highlights
The Icefields Parkway
Considered one of the world's most beautiful drives, head from Banff towards the Columbia Icefields. Stunning glaciers, shimmering turquoise lakes, and wildlife dot the roadside. Visit Lake Louise en route. Then at the Icefields Centre, you'll go for a walk on a glacier!
Upper Hot Springs
Located just ten minutes from the hotel, these naturally-heated springs on Sulphur Mountain is the birthplace of Canada's first national park. The elegant outdoor pool is heated to a soothing 40°C (112°F).
The Whyte Museum
Home to historical displays and rotating artwork, the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies Art houses Banff's diverse and rich history. Well worth a visit! Located at 111 Bear Street in the heart of Banff's bustling downtown.
Golf at the Fairmont Banff Springs
The Fairmont Banff Springs Golf Course is renowned for its panoramic beauty and challenging layout. Designed in 1928 by Stanley Thompson, the course winds along the Bow River under the snow-capped peaks of Sulphur Mountain and Mount Rundle. In 1989, the Tunnel Mountain Nine was added, resulting in 27 holes of championship layout. The course offers a breathtaking view in every direction and a magnificent layout that thrills every golfer fortunate enough to spend a day here. Amateurs and professionals alike are constantly amazed by its panoramic challenge. From hole design to optical illusions created by the surrounding mountains, this course will delight and tempt you.
Willow Stream the Spa at The Fairmont Banff Springs
The Willow Stream Spa at The Fairmont Banff Springs offers first-class pampering surrounded by majestic mountain beauty. Capturing the spirit and ambience of the mountains, the Spa reflects the image and elegance of the newly restored Fairmont Banff Springs. Our breathtaking 38,000-square foot spa has been rated in the top 10 with prestigious magazines such as Condé Nast Travel UK and Travel and Leisure Magazine, and ranked the number one spa in Canada with Spa Finders.
If mountain biking gives you a thrill, Banff has many exciting trails to keep your wheels spinning. The Ski Stop at The Fairmont Banff Springs Conference Centre offers mountain bike rentals and provides the necessary safety gear. Route recommendations are available at the Ski Stop and the Concierge Desk.
Lake Minnewanka Boat Cruise to Devil's Gap
The Devil's Gap Cruise originates from the Lake Minnewanka boat dock, a scenic 15-minute drive from the hotel. This interpretive cruise departs several times daily and travels beneath Mt. Aylmer and Mt. Ingilsmaldie to Devil's Gap. All boats are glass enclosed and heated in inclement weather.
River Float Trips
The 45-minute river float trip travels on gentle class-2 rapids down Banff's Bow River. Life jackets are provided and swimming experience is not necessary. You are also welcome to bring along a camera and binoculars as you keep an eye out for wildlife. Several departures are available throughout the day.
Horseback Riding in Banff
Enjoy western-style trail rides departing from The Fairmont Banff Springs Corral with your choice of a one-hour or a three-hour ride. The one-hour ride travels along the Bow River, passing by the Bow Falls. Three-hour rides follow the trail along the Spray Valley with spectacular views of Mount Rundle and the Spray River.
Canadian Rockies Interpretive Walking Program
Experience the early days of the Canadian Rockies with a leisurely hike in this timeless landscape. Programs are available for all levels of experience and include transportation, professional guide services and lunch. Gear (boots, poles, packs and rainwear) is supplied free of charge.