Couples in Banff

Whether your idea of a good time spent together is exploring mountain trails, skiing down powdery slopes, enjoying fine dining, or taking quiet walks by the river, Banff has something to offer any couple looking for a romantic getaway.

Being a prime destination for outdoor recreation, sightseeing and cultural exploration, as well as having all the modern amenities to ensure a comfortable stay, Banff National Park is a wonderful choice for couples looking to create wonderful memories. Thanks to the area's spectacular access to outdoor sports, as well as museums, performing arts and galleries, you can spend your day exploring all of these things and finish off reminiscing about your day over a glass of wine and delicious three-course meal.

Having so many options also means you can get away from crowds for a more intimate experience, and have as much peace, quiet and privacy as you want amidst the glorious peaks of the Canadian Rockies.

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  • Canoeing

    The Banff canoe docks are conveniently situated approximately 200 metres from Banff Park Lodge. Explore the surroundings by canoe by taking a trip down to Vermillion Lakes. Bring a picnic and some binoculars as this is a great place to bird watch and spot bald eagles as they plummet into the lake. Alternatively, work your way up the Bow River and let the current bring you back to town. Canoes are also available to rent at the Faimont Chateau Lake Louise and Moraine Lake Lodge.

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  • Banff Gondola

    ​Take an 8 minute ride in a safe, glass enclosed gondola as you ride up to the top of Sulphur Mountain. Savour 360 degree spectacular views of the majestic rocky peaks that surround Banff as your eyes focus to Lake Minnewanka in the distance.

    Enjoy lunch at the Summit Restaurant or dine at the Panorama Restaurant. If you are feeling adventurous you can hike up the Vista Trail Boardwalk to Sanson’s Peak or to the true summit of Sulphur Mountain on the South East Ridge Trail.

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  • Horseback Riding

    Experience the mountains the way travelers have since the beginning of time: on horseback. Numerous riding tours, trail guides and riding clubs in the Banff area allow you to tailor a day trip or overnight experience to satisfy your Canadian West dream. Tours can include BBQ lunches to a fully prepared campsite complete with all your needs.

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  • Hiking

    ​Banff National Park boasts thousands of kilometres of hiking trails, for all ages and hiking abilities. Popular trails close to downtown Banff include Fenland Trail, an easy 2km loop, and Tunnel Mountain a moderate 2.3km hike that offers spectacular 360 degree views over Banff and its valley. With moderately steep switchbacks, this small summit is most definitely worth the effort. For more hiking trail information, including current trail conditions, please visit the Banff Visitor Centre on 224 Banff Avenue upon your arrival.

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  • Helicopter Tours

    For your ultimate mountain experience! Want to get closer to the Rocky Mountain peaks without having to pull out your hiking boots? Helicopter Tours are available in Canmore at Alpine Helicopters. If you are looking for heli-hiking, check out CMH! Take a step beyond the ordinary with sightseeing air tours for a once in a lifetime unforgettable experience. Fly over ageless glaciers in a remote and breathless world of majestic mountains.

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  • Cycling

    Banff National Park consists of over 190kms of mountain bike trails and various road riding opportunities. The biking season typically runs from May to October, and the trails range from easy to difficult. For all your biking and accessories rentals you can find numerous shops in town, including Banff Adventures Unlimited, Bactrax, Soul and Mountain Magic.

    The Banff Legacy Trail, completed in 2010, was built to commemorate Parks Canada 125th Anniversary. This 3 metre wide, 22km long commuter trail is a suitable trail for families and cyclists of all abilities. You will enjoy the breath-taking views of the surrounding mountains as it runs parallel to the Trans Canada Highway.

    Vermillion Lakes Road is the perfect bike ride to pack a picnic and set up at one of the 3 shallow lakes surrounded by marshlands. From here you will capture the magnificent and classic view of Rundle Mountain with Vermillion Lakes. This is an easy trail that provides beautiful views.

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  • Norquay Via Ferrata

    A must-add to your bucket list! The first new activity in Banff National Park in recent history, the Via Ferrata is a guided tour through a fixed anchoring system of cables, ladders and a suspension bridge. As you climb higher and make your way up the cliffs above Norquay Ski Hill, you’ll truly get a taste of the Mountaineer’s experience without the risk. Surround yourself with breathtaking views and feel your adventurous spirit soar as you rise higher and gain more exposure to the elements all while attached to safety of the cable.

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  • White Water Rafting

    There are a number of white water rafting companies to choose from, most offering the choice of 3 types of rafting experiences to tailor to your desired adventure level.

    The Kananaskis River, 45 minutes west of Calgary, Alberta., is perfect for first timers, families, groups and even the seasoned rafter. Class 2-3 rapids.
    Horseshoe Canyon – Big waves and spectacular scenery. Perfect for adventure seekers. Class 3-4 rapids.
    Kicking Horse River – Renowned for being an exciting river for adrenaline junkies seeking mighty rapids and plenty of thrills. A fun and exciting white water experience for the very adventurous that love to be soaked by the waves. Up to Class 4 rapids.

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  • Glacier Skywalk

    The Glacier Skywalk is an experience like no other: a mountaineer’s perspective with heart pumping excitement, breathtaking views and nature inspired, interpretive story-telling. A cliff-edge walkway leads to a platform where you are able to witness with the safety of a glass panel a 918-foot drop. This adventure is open to visitors of all ages. Look down and you’ll see hints from life thousands of years ago. Look up and you’ll see the most stunning alpine and glacial vistas. Look around and you’ll discover one of the most unique ecosystems in the world; a place where it’s so hard to survive that adaptation never stops. Take in and experience wildlife, waterfalls, glaciers, fossils and more.

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Bow View Lodge

The perfect place for your mountain getaway.

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Meetings & Conferences

Plan your corporate retreat or conference at Bow View Lodge, where our River Suite is ideal for groups of up to 24 people, providing the conveniences of a modern meeting facility combined with inspirational river views.

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Weddings

Exchange your vows in Banff National Park, one of the world’s most beautiful destinations. Bow View Lodge is an ideal location for small celebrations; our qualified staff can provide you with all the amenities to make your wedding day memorable. Our Conference Service Manager will with you to develop the wedding of your dreams.

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Reunions

With 58 guest rooms, we are well equipped to handle your family reunion. Plan on reserving our intimate meeting space or using conference facilities and restaurants at our sister property, the adjacent Banff Park Lodge.

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