Can you imagine living inside of a national park? If you purchase a home among Banff real estate, you can do just that as the town sits inside the most popular national park in Canada. It’s often ranked among the world’s top travel destinations – National Geographic Traveler magazine highlighted it on its annual Best of the World list as one of the must-see places to visit in 2017.
The publication noted its rugged beauty tucked within the Canadian Rockies, with gem-like lakes, dramatic peaks, and abundant wildlife. Unless you’re a big fan of concrete jungles, Banff surely must be the best town one could possibly live in. Still not convinced?
IT’S A WELCOMING PLACE FOR ALL
Banff is a family-friendly place for residents and visitors of all ages with a wide range of programs and events. The Town of Banff hosts a variety of programs for kids from toddlers to teens like Into the Wild, focused on the outdoors and nature. Aimed from children in grades 1 through 6, it offers hiking, cooking, crafting and outdoor skill learning to help build their relationship to the outdoors.
Kids in grades 5 through 8, and their parents, will appreciate The Basement, a supervised drop-in space where they can hang out, do homework, create music and art, and play games. Adults who are 55 and older are catered to as well with all sorts of programs, including the Mountain Adventure Program with experiences led by certified guides.
IT’S A SMALL TOWN WITH A BIG CULINARY SCENE
While Banff offers small-town charm, it also boasts a thriving culinary scene. There’s a long list of restaurants serving just about everything imaginable from vegan and vegetarian dining at Nourish Bistro with delicious plant-based comfort foods and even organic beer, to restaurants serving local Alberta beef. Melissa’s Misstake is a popular option with its mouth-watering Albertan Angus beef and lobster, as is The Maple Leaf, specialising in fresh fish and seafood as well as Alberta bison, elk, and beef which can all be complemented with a tasty glass of wine from the award-winning wine list.
OUTDOOR ADVENTURE YEAR-ROUND
Banff is especially popular among outdoor enthusiasts who are pretty much guaranteed to never get bored here. During the warmer months of the year, the hiking opportunities are practically endless with more than a thousand miles of defined trails that will bring you through lush alpine meadows and stunning mountains, passing waterfalls, glaciers and lakes in shades so surreal you might think they were Photoshopped if you didn’t seem them with your own eyes.
Moraine Lake is in the heart of the park and is renowned for its extraordinary colour, with rock particles in the glacial waters resulting in a striking turquoise hue. This and other lakes are ideal for paddling in a canoe or kayak too. In the wintertime, living in Banff means easy access to the snowy slopes, including Canada’s largest single ski area, Lake Louise Mountain Resort, Sunshine Village and Mount Norquay. Sleigh rides, ice skating, and ice fishing can all be enjoyed too.
WILDLIFE CAN BE SEEN WANDERING RIGHT THROUGH TOWN
The park is home to more than 50 mammal species like deer, woodland caribou, elk, lynx, bighorn sheep, black and grizzly bear. Oftentimes you’ll see deer or elk taking a walk right down the middle of Banff Avenue, so if you enjoy watching wildlife, it’s hard to beat Banff.
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