Banff: One of Canada’s Most Beautiful Destinations

This year’s IFFS will be held in Banff, Alberta, one of Canada’s most ruggedly scenic destinations. Banff is the highest township in Canada, offering strikingly rugged and beautiful mountain views in all directions. The lively downtown streets are lined with top-class restaurants, bars, and shops, as well as an eclectic range of art galleries and museums that are enjoyed by the friendly locals and visitors alike. And it wouldn’t be unusual to see a herd of deer wandering down the main street during your early morning jog.

About Banff

The Town of Banff is located inside Banff National Park which was established in 1885. Incorporated as a municipality in 1990, the Town of Banff has a population of around 8,000 permanent residents. Flanked on all sides by towering mountains including Mount Rundle, Sulphur Mountain, Mount Norquay, and Cascade Mountain, the area features over 2,500 campsites making Banff a truly “Great Canadian Outdoors” destination.



How to get there

Getting there is easy. Calgary International Airport (YYC) has connecting service from most major cities. Banff National Park is then a scenic 90-minute drive along the multi-lane Trans-Canada Highway. Watch this short video to help plan your trip!

Leading the way between the Calgary Airport and the Canadian Rockies for over two decades, Banff Airporter is the first choice of scheduled transportation. Banff Airporter offers a scheduled service which departs 11 times a day between Calgary Airport and Banff.

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Weather in Banff

Weather conditions in Banff change throughout the day and can vary dramatically from one area to another. The dryness of the air can cause summer nighttime temperatures of just above freezing. It may be warm and sunny as you begin, but conditions can change over the course of your excursion. If you plan to ski, hike or go for a drive, be sure to get the most up-to-date weather report possible.

Packing Recommendations 

Afternoons can be warm and summery, but mornings and evenings are cold.

You will not need the extreme snow clothing, but still bring different layers for whatever Mother Nature throws at you. A long sleeve shirt as an underlayer, with a mid-weight fleece on top is a good idea.

Add a lightweight waterproof layer if it starts to rain. Bring along a warm hat and a scarf.

The Visitor Centers in Banff National Park can provide additional information on current conditions. For the daily forecast and advisories, call the Banff Weather Office at (403) 762-2088.


Big mountains build big appetites! So Banff has developed a passionate, chef-driven culinary scene to satisfy the most refined palette as well as the biggest appetite. With its eclectic range of menus, Banff’s small size puts regional flavours and international variety all within a short walk which will make it easy for you to dine-around, taste it all, and come back for seconds.

Chucks Steakhouse

Classy bar/eatery with a casual vibe offering locally sourced, refined steak entrees & global wines.
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Upbeat mainstay featuring traditional fare such as moussaka & gyros, plus weekly Greek dance nights. More details

Bear Street Tavern

Rustic, laid-back hangout offering thin-crust pizza, Canadian pub grub, craft beer on tap & a patio.
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Brew Pub

Large 2-storey brewpub for ales by the glass or growler, with burgers, steaks, pasta & poutine.
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Park Distellerie

Mesquite-grilled meats, gourmet comfort eats & small-batch spirits in a hip & rustic space. / Campfire cuisine – handmade spirits.  More details

Saltlik Steakhouse

Steaks, chops, cocktails & a diverse wine list in an upscale Canadian eatery with a lodge like vibe.
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