Hello, what's Banff actually like? is it the type of place where you park the car and don't have to drive while you're there? thinking of spending Christmas there, do a little skiing and relaxing but wondering if it's like a small ski town or a bigger area where you have to always get into a car to get to restaurants, shops and the slopes.
Depends where you stay and how much you like walking. It is relatively small, but the restaurants are concentrated downtown, so if you don't stay near town centre area, you can be looking at quite a long walk, and it can be bitterly cold, even in December. You for sure need a car or other transportation to the hill- it's at least 20 minutes on the highway to Sunshine and more like 45 minutes to Lake Louise.