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Banff is best known for being a snowy escape in the colder months, beloved by skiers and snowboarders, but its appeal lasts long after the spring thaw: striking landscapes make this a dreamy summertime destination, with opportunities for hiking, biking, and water sports on Lakes Louise and Minnewanka. The Banff Gondola runs year-round, shuttling guests up 2,292 feet to the summit of Sulphur Mountain, where they’re rewarded with sweeping views of six mountain ranges. The Sulphur Mountain Boardwalk and Sanson’s Peak recently reopened after an overhaul of the observation deck, which offers a glimpse of the Bow Valley. Up top, Sky Bistro has panoramic views and locally sourced dishes like Kuterra Farms salmon with Pacific clams (all seafood is certified by Ocean Wise as sustainable) or house-smoked Alberta Angus strip loin—wash it all down with one of the bottles on the extensive all-Canadian wine list.
For those interested in top-notch skiing or incredible outdoor experiences, Banff is the place to be. Tuck into the luxury , which combines a French château feel with Scottish castle turrets soaring above the spruce trees. If you opt to visit Banff National Park in the summer, take the leap and try —aerial views of the park are breathtaking, and it’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience that will now likely come at a reduced cost thanks to the favorable exchange rate.


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