Banff National Park

Banff National Park showing a lake or waterhole, landscape views and railway items
Canada’s oldest national park is a place for adventure-filled getaways and stunning mountain scenery.

Banff National Park is known for its rugged mountain scenery, glacier-fed turquoise lakes and miles of untouched forests. Come for hiking in summer and skiing in winter. Thrill seekers will find no shortage of activities, from white water rafting to mountain biking.

The park’s lakes are a gorgeous aqua-blue color in summer and their surfaces reflect the surrounding mountains. Hike the hills above Peyto Lake and Moraine Lake for two of the most photographed scenes in Canada. Lake Minnewanka isn’t fed by glaciers, but it’s one of only two lakes in the area that allows boats on the water. Take a boat cruise or rent a fishing rod.

Hiking opportunities in the park abound. Tackle rocky mountain paths or enjoy man-made walkways. Johnston Canyon has a walkway built into the side of its sheer canyon walls.

If you don’t want to hike, opt for the gondolas and chair lifts that go up some of the mountains. Banff Gondola rides to the summit of Sulphur Mountain just outside the town.

There are three ski resorts within the national park. Sunshine Village is a short drive from Banff and encompasses three mountains. Skiing areas range from beginners’ slopes to advanced, off-piste areas. Finish the day with après-ski drinks in a restaurant on the mountain.

The national park spans 2,564 square miles (6,641 square kilometers) in the Canadian Rocky Mountains. There are two towns in the park: Banff and Lake Louise. Both towns offer plenty of accommodations, from budget hostels to luxury lodges. For an indulgent option, book a room at the century-old Fairmont Banff Springs.

There are many places to rent equipment such as bicycles, skis, kayaks or fishing gear. If you don’t have a car, you can rent one or use the regular bus and shuttle services running between towns and major attractions.

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Top Hotels Close to Banff National Park

Lake Louise Inn
Lake Louise Inn
3 out of 5
210 Village Road, Lake Louise, AB, T0L1E0
The price is ¥41,757 per night from Sep 1 to Sep 2
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in Lake Louise. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 3 restaurants. Our guests praise the restaurant and the helpful ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (1,440 reviews)
"There was no elevator in our building. We are fit so it wasn’t an issue. It might be if you have mobility issues. There was no air conditioning but there was a fan so again, we were fine. It was clean and liveable. I liked that there was a pool and hot tub. We played mini golf for free. Also there ..."

Reviewed on Aug 8, 2022

Lake Louise Inn
Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise
Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise
4 out of 5
111 Lake Louise Drive, Lake Louise, AB, T0L1E0
The price is ¥111,162 per night from Sep 6 to Sep 7
Stay at this 4-star spa hotel in Lake Louise. Enjoy free WiFi, 3 bars/lounges, and a full-service spa. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (1,005 reviews)
"We had a fabulous stay it’s a gorgeous property and provides wonderful access. My only critique- we had an in room ac ( thank you) and there were tiny dead bugs all over the window sill by the desk that were never cleaned up despite housekeeping coming in- and second feedback I feel the dirty laundry ..."

Reviewed on Aug 5, 2022

Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise
Mountaineer Lodge
Mountaineer Lodge
2.5 out of 5
101 Village Road, Lake Louise, AB, T0L 1E0
The price is ¥50,008 per night from Aug 17 to Aug 18
Stay at this ski hotel in Lake Louise. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms in our reviews. ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (1,392 reviews)
"Decent. Nicer than I expected"

Reviewed on Aug 5, 2022

Mountaineer Lodge
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Best Lodging Options Near Banff National Park

Castle Mountain Chalets
Castle Mountain Chalets
3.5 out of 5
Hwy 93 South And Castle Junction 1A, Castle Junction, AB, T1L1B5
The price is ¥40,717 per night from Sep 5 to Sep 6
Castle Mountain Chalets
Lake Louise Inn
Lake Louise Inn
3 out of 5
210 Village Road, Lake Louise, AB, T0L1E0
The price is ¥41,757 per night from Sep 1 to Sep 2
Lake Louise Inn
Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise
Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise
4 out of 5
111 Lake Louise Drive, Lake Louise, AB, T0L1E0
The price is ¥111,162 per night from Sep 6 to Sep 7
Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise
Mountaineer Lodge
Mountaineer Lodge
2.5 out of 5
101 Village Road, Lake Louise, AB, T0L 1E0
The price is ¥50,008 per night from Aug 17 to Aug 18
Mountaineer Lodge
Deer Lodge
Deer Lodge
3 out of 5
109 Lake Louise Drive, Lake Louise, AB, T0L1E0
Deer Lodge
Paradise Lodge & Bungalows
Paradise Lodge & Bungalows
2.5 out of 5
105 Lake Louise Drive, Box 7, Lake Louise, AB, T0L1E0
The price is ¥41,883 per night from Sep 5 to Sep 6
Paradise Lodge & Bungalows
Baker Creek Mountain Resort
Baker Creek Mountain Resort
3 out of 5
Bow Valley Parkway, Lake Louise, AB, T0L 1E0
The price is ¥52,379 per night from Aug 31 to Sep 1
Baker Creek Mountain Resort
Emerald Lake Lodge
Emerald Lake Lodge
3.5 out of 5
Emerald Lake Road, Field, BC, V0A1G0
Emerald Lake Lodge
Storm Mountain Lodge Cabins & Dining
Storm Mountain Lodge Cabins & Dining
3 out of 5
Highway 93 South, Castle Junction, AB, T1L 1C8
The price is ¥46,510 per night from Aug 17 to Aug 18
Storm Mountain Lodge Cabins & Dining
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