Banff

Travel Guide
Banff which includes mountains
Visit the highest town in Canada and explore the pristine wilderness which surrounds it.

Banff is the perfect place from which to explore Canada's Rocky Mountains. Surrounded by the pristine wilderness of the Banff National Park and central to many of the regions best attractions, Banff is popular throughout the year. The town's native population of 10,000 is supplemented by around 4 million visitors each year. 

Skiers are spoilt for choice with several ski resorts nearby. Try the slopes at Mt Norguay, Lake Louise Ski Resort or Sunshine Village. Mt Norguay is the favorite of the locals, it has the least crowds and the most advanced slopes. Both Lake Louise and Sunshine Village have huge numbers of ski runs to choose from, from advanced to beginner. The easiest way to get there is to catch one of the shuttle buses which pick up from all the hotels in town.

In summer, the landscape around Banff transforms from a winter wonderland to a green wilderness, ripe for a whole variety of outdoor pursuits. There are hundreds of trails to explore, from easy strolls alongside streams to strenuous hikes which circumnavigate spectacular lakes. Mountain biking is another great way to explore and there are bike-rentals in the town which can also provide maps of the best trails in the area. Rent a kayak and get out on one of the incredible vivid blue lakes in the area for a different perspective.

Get out on the town after a day of skiing or cycling. Being a vacation destination, a party atmosphere pervades the town all year round. There are some excellent nightclubs and bars in the center of town. Don't miss the Dancing Sasquatch, a local institution which is open until late.

Banff is around an hour and a half from Calgary by car, or four hours south of Jasper. 

The Elk & Avenue Hotel
The Elk & Avenue Hotel
3 out of 5
333 Banff Ave, Banff, AB, T1L1B1
The price is ¥44,788 per night from Aug 23 to Aug 24
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in Banff. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and a sauna. Our guests praise the restaurant and the helpful staff in our ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (1,609 reviews)
"The property is really lovely. The staff was very accommodating to me, helping me with parking and check-in. The only downside was that the elevator in my section wasn't working, and as far as I could tell, there wasn't a way to use the elevator in the other section to get over to where my room was, ..."

Reviewed on Aug 5, 2022

The Elk & Avenue Hotel
The Rimrock Resort Hotel
The Rimrock Resort Hotel
4 out of 5
300 Moutain Avenue, Banff, AB, T1L 1J2
The price is ¥67,964 per night from Sep 1 to Sep 2
Stay at this 4-star spa resort in Banff. Enjoy free WiFi, 2 restaurants, and 2 bars/lounges. Our guests praise the restaurant and the helpful staff in our reviews. ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (1,328 reviews)
"Lovely clean hotel in a beautiful setting. Nice to be out of the slight chaos of downtown Banff. Would stay here again for sure."

Reviewed on Aug 3, 2022

The Rimrock Resort Hotel
Moose Hotel And Suites
Moose Hotel And Suites
3.5 out of 5
345 Banff Ave, Banff, AB, T1L 1H8
The price is ¥55,228 per night from Aug 21 to Aug 22
Stay at this 3.5-star spa hotel in Banff. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 2 spa tubs. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in our reviews. ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (2,110 reviews)
"This was an excellent hotel/lodge in all respects !"

Reviewed on Aug 4, 2022

Moose Hotel And Suites
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Douglas Fir Resort and Chalets
Douglas Fir Resort and Chalets
3 out of 5
525 Tunnel Mountain Road, Banff, AB, T1L1B2
The price is ¥35,363 per night from Aug 29 to Aug 30
Stay at this 3-star ski condo in Banff. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a free ski shuttle. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy rooms in our ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (2,022 reviews)
"We were quite pleased with our roomy family suite which included two beds and a nice kitchen The temperatures in Jasper were unusually hot so we had to run a portable AC which worked reasonably well. The power went out twice but the housekeeping response was immediate and kind. Overall the property ..."

Reviewed on Aug 4, 2022

Douglas Fir Resort and Chalets
Hidden Ridge Resort
Hidden Ridge Resort
3.5 out of 5
901 Hidden Ridge Way, Banff, AB, T1L 1H8
The price is ¥37,375 per night from Sep 5 to Sep 6
Stay at this 3.5-star aparthotel in Banff. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 2 spa tubs. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms in our reviews. ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (2,927 reviews)
"We had great time in hot tub and warm tub."

Reviewed on Aug 6, 2022

Hidden Ridge Resort
Rockies Getaway with Grotto Hot Pools and Continental Breakfast!
Rockies Getaway with Grotto Hot Pools and Continental Breakfast!
Banff, AB
The price is ¥52,096 per night from Aug 29 to Aug 30
Stay at this condo in Banff. Enjoy free breakfast, a spa tub, and a sauna. Popular attractions Upper Hot Springs and Banff Gondola are located nearby. Discover ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (9 reviews)
Very beautiful!!
"So cozy! Beautiful view and everything was perfect"

Reviewed on May 19, 2022

Rockies Getaway with Grotto Hot Pools and Continental Breakfast!
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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