skip navigation

See yourself here: Banff

Where meetings meet majesty – a guide to the ultimate event destination



20 December 2023


If you're on the lookout for a meetings and events location that seamlessly blends business with breathtaking beauty, look no further than Banff. Nestled in the heart of the Canadian Rockies, Banff is more than just a postcard-perfect town; it's a meeting destination that promises to elevate your events to new heights. 

Sleeping bearLocated less than hundred miles (or 150 kilometers) from Calgary and a short drive from Lake Louise, you get the most incredible first-hand perspective of Canada’s rural nature and wildlife. Situated within Banff National Park, the resort town boasts boutiques and restaurants, chateaux-style hotels and souvenir shops. The surrounding parkland is home to almost 600 wildlife species, including elk and grizzly bears.

Logistics made easy

Now, let's talk logistics. Getting to Banff is surprisingly easy, considering it's a mountain paradise. Calgary International Airport is your gateway, and from there, it's just a scenic 90-minute drive. Shuttle services are available, and trust us, the ride is worth every ooh and aah as you wind through the Rockies.

Venue vibes

Banff offers a range of venues that will make your event not just productive but downright memorable. The Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity is a hub of inspiration, with meeting spaces designed to spark creativity against a backdrop of majestic mountains. For a touch of luxury, the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel is an iconic castle-like resort that offers both opulence and stunning views.

Need something more intimate? Check out the Rimrock Resort Hotel or the Cascade Ballroom. Both offer fantastic meeting facilities with the bonus of jaw-dropping views – perfect for a little daydreaming when that budget meeting gets too intense. The Buffalo Mountain Lodge provides a rustic yet elegant setting, nestled in the pine-clad mountains.

Sights that take your breath away

Banff stairs with view over the lakeBanff's natural beauty is its biggest draw, and incorporating it into your event is a game-changer. Surprise your attendees with a meeting at the Surprise Corner viewpoint, where the iconic Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel is perfectly framed against the backdrop of the Bow Valley. It's a view that never fails to impress.

Don't miss the chance to organize a networking event at Lake Minnewanka. The serene lake surrounded by mountains provides a picturesque setting that fosters both relaxation and inspiration.

Year-round awesomeness

The best part about Banff as a meetings and events destination? It's not just a one-season wonder. Sure, the winter brings pristine snow for winter sports enthusiasts, but the summer is just as captivating. And fall/autumn? It's a palette of warm colors and crisp air, perfect for some brainstorming sessions amidst nature's most vibrant show. And don't even get us started on spring – the town comes alive with blooming flowers, and the energy is infectious.

Winter in Banff isn't just a season; it's a celebration of all things snow and adventure. So, bundle up, embrace the chill, and embark on a winter wonderland experience in the heart of the Canadian Rockies! Whether you're an adventure seeker or someone who prefers a cozy retreat, Banff has something for everyone. Here's a list of winter activities in Banff that you won't want to miss tagging on to your event. We recommend morning meetings followed by a selection of afternoon team-building activities including:

  1. Banff panoramic viewSkiing and snowboarding
    Banff is a haven for skiers and snowboarders with world-class resorts like Banff Sunshine, Lake Louise Ski Resort, and Mt. Norquay. Enjoy the thrill of gliding down pristine slopes surrounded by breathtaking mountain scenery.
  2. Ice Skating on Lake Louise
    A world away from any pop-up ice rink, Lake Louise transforms into a magical natural ice rink during the winter months. Glide across the frozen lake with the majestic Victoria Glacier as your backdrop. Skate rentals are available at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise.
  3. Dog sledding
    Experience the exhilaration of dog sledding through the snow-covered forests surrounding Banff. Professional mushers and energetic dog teams will take you on a memorable journey through the winter wonderland.
  4. Snowshoeing
    Strap on a pair of snowshoes and explore Banff's pristine winter landscapes. Trails like Johnston Canyon or the Spray River Loop offer snowshoeing adventures suitable for all skill levels.
  5. Sleigh rides
    For a more relaxed winter activity, take a scenic sleigh ride through the snowy meadows. Snuggle under warm blankets as you enjoy the crisp mountain air and the rhythmic sound of sleigh bells.
  6. Ice climbing
    Adventure seekers can try their hand at ice climbing on the frozen waterfalls of Johnston Canyon. Guided tours cater to all skill levels, ensuring a safe and thrilling experience.
  7. Hot springs
    After a day of winter adventures, soothe your muscles in the Banff Upper Hot Springs. Imagine soaking in warm mineral-rich waters surrounded by snow-capped mountains – the perfect way to unwind.
  8. Banff wildlifeSnow tubing
    Mt. Norquay offers a tubing park where you can experience the thrill of sliding down groomed lanes on an inflatable tube. It's a fun and family-friendly activity.
  9. Winter wildlife tours
    Join a guided wildlife tour to witness Banff's winter residents, including elk, bighorn sheep, and perhaps even a majestic snowy owl. The snowy landscape adds an extra layer of magic to wildlife viewing.
  10. Banff Gondola
    Take the Banff Gondola to the summit of Sulphur Mountain for panoramic views of the snow-covered town and surrounding peaks. The observation deck is especially breathtaking at sunset.

Banff is a year-round destination, and when the snow melts away, it reveals a stunning landscape that's just as captivating. From outdoor adventures to cultural explorations, here are some fantastic non-winter activities to enjoy in Banff:

  1. Hiking
    Banff National Park boasts an extensive network of hiking trails suitable for all skill levels. From easy strolls around lakes like Lake Louise to more challenging hikes like the Plain of Six Glaciers, there's a trail for every adventurer.
  2. Banff canoeingCanoeing and kayaking
    Once the lakes thaw, grab a paddle and explore the pristine waters of Moraine Lake, Lake Louise, or Vermilion Lakes. The turquoise glacial lakes surrounded by mountains create a picture-perfect setting.
  3. Banff Upper Hot Springs
    Unwind in the Banff Upper Hot Springs, a relaxing experience with panoramic mountain views all year round. The warm, mineral-rich waters provide the perfect retreat after a day of exploration.
  4. Gondola Ride to Sulphur Mountain
    While the Banff Gondola is a popular winter activity, it's equally spectacular in the warmer months. Enjoy a scenic ride to the top of Sulphur Mountain for breathtaking views of the Bow Valley.
  5. Biking
    Rent a bike and explore the picturesque Bow Valley Parkway or tackle the challenging trails at Tunnel Mountain. Mountain biking enthusiasts will find plenty of opportunities to satisfy their adrenaline cravings.
  6. Wildlife viewing
    Banff is home to diverse wildlife, and spring and summer offer prime opportunities for spotting animals like elk, bighorn sheep, bears, and more. Take a wildlife tour or keep your eyes peeled while exploring the park.
  7. Lake Minnewanka Cruise
    Hop on a boat cruise on Lake Minnewanka to enjoy the stunning scenery and learn about the history of the area. The boat tour offers a unique perspective of the surrounding mountains and forests.
  8. Horseback Riding
    Explore the backcountry on horseback with guided trail rides that showcase the natural beauty of Banff. It's a leisurely and authentic way to experience the stunning landscapes.
  9. Visit the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity
    Immerse yourself in the arts at the Banff Centre, which hosts a variety of cultural events, performances, and art exhibitions throughout the year. Check the schedule for workshops, concerts, and other creative experiences.
  10. Banff Avenue Shopping
    Stroll along Banff Avenue, the main street of town, and explore its charming boutiques, art galleries, and souvenir shops. It's a great way to discover unique treasures and local craftsmanship.

Banff isn't just a destination; it's an experience. From awe-inspiring venues to team-building adventures in the great outdoors, Banff promises to elevate your meetings and events to unparalleled heights. So, what are you waiting for? Pack your bags and let the mountain magic unfold in Banff!

After-hours adventures

Banff doesn't believe in dull moments. When the workday is done, it's time to play. Hit the town for some delicious local eats at places like The Bison Restaurant or Grizzly House, where fondue is an art form. Fancy a nightcap? Head to the Banff Avenue Brewing Co. for some locally brewed goodness.

So, there you have it – Banff, the ultimate meetings and events destination that seamlessly blends business with breathtaking beauty. Your team will thank you for giving them an experience that goes beyond the boardroom. Now, go ahead, book that meeting, and let the adventure begin!

Fun facts to impress your attendees

  • Banff National Park, established in 1885, is Canada's oldest national park and the third-oldest in the world.
  • Banff Avenue, the main street in town, is not only lined with charming shops and restaurants but is also the highest commercial street in Canada.
  • The Banff Film Festival, one of the most prestigious mountain film festivals globally, takes place annually, attracting outdoor enthusiasts and filmmakers from around the world.



Are you ready for your next event?

Contact us