This Alberta Place is One of the Most Beautiful Small Towns in the World | 全球最漂亮小鎮之一

23 Small Towns around the world received this accolade

Have you been to Banff? Or more realistic, how often you go to this small town in the National Park? 

Chances are for those who live in Calgary and areas, even Vancouverites and many locals visit Banff on a regular basis. While we all have our own reasons, purposes, or…excuses, it is delightful to hear from others.

According to Travel+Leisure in February 2023: the endlessly attractive alpine town of Banff is a favoured ski destination and just one of the all-around prettiest places regardless of the season. Besides hitting (or hiking) the slopes, travellers can admire the Rocky Mountain peaks from Banff Avenue while shopping for souvenirs, spot wildlife in Banff National Park, and soak in the hot springs. And Fairmont Banff Springs — adoringly referred to as Canada’s “Castle in the Rockies” — gives visitors a storybook setting to stay overnight.

Traveler woman sitting on canoe with aurora borealis over Spirit Island in Maligne lake at Jasper national park, Alberta, Canada (Source: iStock)

The 2023 Standings According to Travel+Leisure

  1. Gordes, France
  2. Shirakawa-go, Japan 
  3. Giethoorn, Netherlands 
  4. Stepantsminda, Georgia 
  5. Oia, Greece 
  6. Cherrapunji, India 
  7. Guatapé, Colombia 
  8. Stowe, Vermont 
  9. Ban Rak Thai, Thailand 
  10. Portofino, Italy 
  11. Grindelwald, Switzerland 
  12. Lake Placid, New York 
  13. Bacalar, Mexico 
  14. Moulay Idriss Zerhoun, Morocco 
  15. Ilulissat, Greenland 
  16. Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany 
  17. Marsaxlokk, Malta 
  18. Frigiliana, Spain 
  19. San Sebastian Bernal, Mexico 
  20. Banff, Canada (oh, Canada…!!)
  21. Whitefish, Montana 
  22. Byron Bay, Australia 
  23. Stone Town of Zanzibar, Tanzania 

Let's Go Banff

The marketing effort for Banff lands in the hands of Banff / Lake Louise Tourism and Travel Alberta. Marketing campaigns such as “Remember to Breathe” and Johnny Harris’ “Why Canada’s Mountains Feel Like Switzerland” are high-quality productions. 

Remember to Breathe Campaign (2011) - Travel Alberta

Why Canada's Mountains Feel Like Switzerland (2020) - Johnny Harris

Proximity to Calgary

Calgary has been voted for many years by the Economist as one of the most livable cities in the world. “Cowtown” has world-class hospitality as a host, a vibrant young population to drive the economy forward and stay ahead of the curve are some of the key factors. But being just 60 minutes away driving from the Town of Banff, it is a natural gift!

Blue toned view on Calgary at sunset from Scotsman's Hill (Source: iStock)

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