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Moving to Banff?

Heading to beautiful Banff? Here are some do's and don'ts to keep in mind while you're there!

Towered over by the eastern side of the Canadian Rockies, Banff is the third oldest national park in Canada. Created in 1885, it's jaw-dropping natural beauty is balanced with a small town that lures about 2-5 million visitors per year. It’s one place you should definitely see in your lifetime, and may be somewhere you would like to settle for a while!

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Here are some do’s and don’ts while in Banff:

 1. Ask for a local discount

There are a lot of stores that will give you a discount if you are a local, just ask anywhere!

2. Learn the names of the mountains and where they are:

Just the basics: Cascade, Tunnel, Rundle, Sulfur, and Norquay.

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3. Climb a mountain

Don’t do anything crazy like Cascade Mountain your first time; climb something like Tunnel Mountain or Sulfur Mountain.

4. Learn the “short cuts”

Most locals have figured out a way to get to different destinations by avoiding main roads like Banff Ave… if you can figure this out it, it will make your commute a LOT easier.

5. Be prepared to walk

Almost everything in Banff is accessible by walking, not many things will require you to drive or take public transport.

6. Keep up on community events

Check out online as well as around town to see what events are going on that you can be involved in. Bingo on Thursday nights at The Legion are a blast!

7. Go to the Fairmont Spa

It’s only $40 for locals and the hot pools will soothe your muscles after a climbing the mountains.


1. Be afraid to ask where something is!

Everyone is super-friendly and probably more than willing to help you out.

2. Be shocked by the tourists

There are many tourists in Banff for short periods of time, so be prepared for vehicle and pedestrian traffic on the main roads.

3. Don’t only go on Banff Ave

There is much more to Banff than Banff Ave, so don’t be afraid to explore the small side streets to see what you’ll find!  

4. Worry about making new friends!

Don’t be shocked if all your new friends in Banff go half way across the planet. Turnover on Banff is high and many people are only here for a season or two, there will be a lot of sad goodbyes and going away parties at the end of a season, but this way you’ll get to meet lots of fresh faces!

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 5. Worry about expensive dinners

There are cheap dinners; pasta nights are on Wednesdays throughout the town and only $2. Go with your friends and have fun!

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Brenna Ellens - Sales and Marketing Executive-Banff @ Taxback.com

I enjoy working face-to-face with customers to find out how we can assist their needs. I'm very organized and enjoy new challenges as they help me grow and experience new things!

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