Adventure in Banff

One of National Geographic’s
Top 21 Places to Visit in the World.

Airport and Hotel Transfers

“So how DO I get to Banff…?”


Your arrival airport is Calgary International Airport (YYC).

Getting from the airport to Banff

Banff is a 1 hour 30 mins drive from Calgary International Airport by car, or 2 hours by shuttle. Shuttle transit to and from Banff is included in your ticket. Explore the trip on Google Maps | Google Earth

You can enjoy the scenic trip in one of two recommended ways:

  • Pre-arranged Shuttle Service included with your VendastaCon ticket.
    Shuttles leave the airport at scheduled intervals and will take you directly to the Banff Fairmont Hotel. Shuttles will leave from the Banff Fairmont Hotel to return to Calgary airport on Thursday, April , 5th and Friday, April 6th. 
  • Alternatively, you may opt to rent a car at the airport and drive yourself – allowing yourself the increased mobility to take in all that Banff has to offer.

For details (and even video!) of how to find the Airporter Shuttle Desk at Calgary Airport upon arrival, visit their website.

Come Alive in Banff 

A Winter Wonderland

Banff has a rich heritage as one of the world’s most awe-inspiring mountain destinations. With easy access to pristine wilderness, endless outdoor adventures, and all the amenities you need, in Banff National Park you feel truly immersed in nature.


– Banff & Lake Louise Tourism Board

A great opportunity to nourish your body and soul – surrounded by such majestic natural beauty – it’s difficult to not feel inspired here. 

Far from the light pollution of major cities, Banff National Park is a stargazer’s paradise. There are few things more powerful than the peace of the Canadian Rockies with a plethora of starlight overhead

– Brendan Van Son, The Toronto Star

This place is alive!

The town of Banff is a spirited place, alive with adventure and wonder. In all directions you’re surrounded by strikingly beautiful and rugged mountains that seem to burst straight out of the ground. You might see a herd of deer wandering down the main street during your early morning jog.

The lively streets of downtown are lined with top-class restaurants, bars, and shops, as well as a vibrant range of art galleries and museums. The locals are warm, open, and genuinely connected to the inspiring environment in which they live. The town of Banff offers you endless options for rejuvenation and exploration every day.

– Banff & Lake Louise Tourism Board

Your Hotel: The Fairmont Banff Springs

Located in the heart of Banff National Park, the world-renowned Fairmont Banff Springs stands as a landmark in the picturesque alpine town of Banff. Canada’s “Castle in the Rockies,” has been providing legendary hospitality to our guests for more than 125 years. This year-round luxury mountain resort offers, championship golf during the summer, unparalleled skiing in the winter, the award winning European-style Willow Stream Spa, and authentically local dining experiences. Whether you’re here for long or short stay, you will find so many wonderful things to do at Fairmont Banff Springs.

For VendastaCon attendees, we’ve negotiated an unbelievable rate.

$233/night CAD

(~$187/night USD)

regular $499/night CAD

  • Complimentary access to hotel pools, indoor hot tub, and 24 hour fitness centre.
  • Attendees will get 10% off Spa Services (based on availability) at Willow Stream Spa.
  • Unlimited business internet access for all guests in guestrooms and resort public areas, wireless and wired.

Things to see and do while in Banff

Come early… stay longer…  extend your stay to see more of the unparalleled splendor that Banff has to offer

Hit the slopes

Banff and Lake Louise are a utopia for skiers and snowboarders. Three easily accessible world-class ski resorts, lightweight powder, the most stunningly scenic backdrop, and a serious après scene. It’s a must-visit location for all snow lovers, no matter your experience.

You will find a variety of terrain for all levels of skiers and snowboarders. Experience some of the lightest, fluffiest snow you will ever have the joy of shredding, and smaller lift lines than most other big ski resorts.

Soak it all in

You slowly lower your body into the steaming hot waters. Aaaahhh. Sinking deeper into the water and tipping your head back, you gaze up at the dark sky pin-pricked with stars. The weather forecast has promised an overnight storm and a load of fresh snow in the morning. You relax and let the water do its magical rejuvenating work. It’s going to be another big day tomorrow.

The Banff Hot Springs are still a favourite today amongst visitors and locals. It’s magical to sit in the pools in the wintertime, watching snow fall on the surrounding peaks. Sunrise and sunset at any time of the year is also a wonderful time to visit, as the mountain air cools down during these times of day. The springs are open until late in the evening year-round.

Head to the top!

The vast expanse of the Rocky Mountains stretches not above you, but around you. It is a perspective you haven’t experienced before. Your gaze levels with the towering peaks that a few minutes ago had loomed far overhead. The sweet scent of wildflowers lingers on the light breeze, warmed by the sun. A high-pitched whistle in the distance catches your attention; a local resident of the mountain, the ever-curious marmot, was warning others of your presence. Up here, immersed in the rugged peaks and alpine meadows, you feel so wonderfully alive.

Take this scenic gondola ride up the mountain and grab a snack and lunch at The Sky Bistro where you can enjoy a beautiful view of The Rockies paired with an all Canadian menu.

Take a hike!

Your breath hangs in the cool early morning air as you walk along the trail winding gently through the trees. You can already feel yourself being calmed, immersed in the deep green and stillness of the woods. Rounding the corner you catch your first glimpse of the canyon and hear the sound of the rushing creek. It is a powerful feeling to stand in the midst of this place, the steep walls of the canyon jutting high above you and the deep blue pools of the creek far below.

Enjoy one of a variety of hikes close by and take in breathtaking scenery. Here are a few we recommend: Boom Lake and Johnston Canyon are two of our favorites.

Go for a stroll

The town is alive with people, wandering along the streets, admiring the sights, and meeting for coffee. You explore the main avenue, strolling and window shopping as you sip a perfect latté, then turn down a side street lined with art galleries and speciality shops. Spotting a gleaming pair of western boots on display, you delve into the store to try them on – they’d be the ultimate memento of your trip to the Canadian Rockies.

The town of Banff has a wide variety of shops, with everything from big brand clothing and technical outerwear, to local art and must-have souvenirs. Spend time on Banff Avenue browsing the latest in men’s and women’s fashions, or make a quick stop to pick up some new gear on the way to your next adventure.

Take a walk through history

Take a walking tour of the conference venue itself, The Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel. It boasts a world-class spa, shops, restaurants – even a bowling alley! It’s all there wrapped in over a century of history!

The hotel offers a wealth of exciting activities for all seasons, including hiking, fishing, river rafting, horseback riding, downhill and cross-country skiing, dog sledding, snowshoeing, skating and a wealth of other exciting activities.

Whether you’ve been playing inside or you’ve returned from the great outdoors, immerse yourself in the unforgettable experience that is the Willow Stream Spa and relax your mind, body and soul with one treatment or a selection of services designed just for you.

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