Banff National Park

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Explore the spectacular mountains, dense forests, glittering glaciers, serene lakes and charming mountain lodges of Canada’s oldest national park.

Banff National Park is an outdoor enthusiast’s paradise, defined by a picture-perfect mountain landscape of rugged peaks, sparkling lakes and powerful rivers. Spanning 2,564 square miles (6,641 square kilometers), the park is part of the iconic Canadian Rockies mountain range. Enjoy hiking, fishing, skiing and wildlife watching, or simply relax in natural hot springs and admire the park’s majestic natural scenery.

Wander around Banff Town, the small resort village that most travelers use as their base for exploring the national park. This lively town is filled with boutique shops, buzzing bars and some good restaurants. Ride the Banff Gondola to the top of Sulphur Mountain for incredible views over Banff Town and the Bow Valley.

Relax in the Upper Hot Springs Pool while admiring the surrounding mountain views. These natural hot mineral springs were the attraction that first drew tourists to Banff beginning in the late 19th century.

Visit some of the park’s stunning glacier-fed lakes. Take photos of the immense Victoria Glacier looming over the turquoise waters of Lake Louise. Enjoy swimming, boating or fishing on Lake Minnewanka, the park’s largest lake.

In the warmer months, Banff offers over 1,000 miles (1,600 kilometers) of defined trails to explore. Take on one of the scenic trails running through the Sunshine Meadows, an alpine meadow set at an elevation of around 7,300 feet (2,220 meters). The Parker Ridge Trail is another favorite of hikers, offering incredible views of the Saskatchewan Glacier.

Winter in Banff National Park is all about skiing, with the park offering one of the longest ski seasons in North America. Enjoy heated chairlifts and more than 107 runs at Sunshine Village and head to the Lake Louise Ski Resort to try other winter activities like tubing and snowshoeing.

To reach Banff National Park, fly into Calgary International Airport, from where the park can be reached by shuttle bus or rental car. Banff Town is small enough to explore on foot and many hotels offer free shuttle service to the major ski areas.

The unparalleled natural beauty of Banff National Park is sure to amaze you.

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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
The price is $92 per night from Feb 17 to Feb 18
Situated in a national park, this eco-friendly hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Icefields Parkway, Lake Louise Mountain Resort, and Lake Louise Gondola. Louise ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (1,553 reviews)
"Nice place to stay. It was quiet, I enjoyed the pool and hot tubs."

Reviewed on Jan 21, 2022

Lake Louise Inn
Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise
Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise
4 out of 5
111 Lake Louise Drive, Lake Louise, AB
The price is $270 per night from Jan 30 to Jan 31
Situated on a lake, this spa resort is steps from Louise Lake and Icefields Parkway. Lake Louise Gondola and Moraine Lake are also within 9 mi (15 km).
4.5/5 Wonderful! (984 reviews)
"The day we showed up to the lake, ice skating area had not been cleared. Full of snow."

Reviewed on Jan 20, 2022

Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise
Mountaineer Lodge
Mountaineer Lodge
2.5 out of 5
101 Village Road, Lake Louise, AB
The price is $109 per night from Jan 26 to Jan 27
Conveniently near skiing facilities, this Lake Louise hotel is located in the mountains within 3 mi (5 km) of Icefields Parkway, Lake Louise Mountain Resort, ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (1,349 reviews)
"Beautiful hotel, great customer service, quiet. Would certainly stay here again!"

Reviewed on Jan 14, 2022

Mountaineer Lodge
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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Best Lodging Options Near Banff National Park

Deer Lodge
Deer Lodge
3 out of 5
109 Lake Louise Drive, Lake Louise, AB
The price is $85 per night from Feb 6 to Feb 7
Deer Lodge
Lake Louise Inn
Lake Louise Inn
3 out of 5
210 Village Road, Lake Louise, AB
The price is $92 per night from Feb 17 to Feb 18
Lake Louise Inn
Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise
Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise
4 out of 5
111 Lake Louise Drive, Lake Louise, AB
The price is $270 per night from Jan 30 to Jan 31
Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise
Mountaineer Lodge
Mountaineer Lodge
2.5 out of 5
101 Village Road, Lake Louise, AB
The price is $109 per night from Jan 26 to Jan 27
Mountaineer Lodge
Paradise Lodge & Bungalows
Paradise Lodge & Bungalows
2.5 out of 5
105 Lake Louise Drive, Box 7, Lake Louise, AB
Paradise Lodge & Bungalows
HI-Mosquito Creek Hostel
HI-Mosquito Creek Hostel
1 out of 5
Highway 93, Bow Lake, AB
HI-Mosquito Creek Hostel
Baker Creek Mountain Resort
Baker Creek Mountain Resort
3 out of 5
Bow Valley Parkway, Lake Louise, AB
The price is $195 per night from Jan 24 to Jan 25
Baker Creek Mountain Resort
Emerald Lake Lodge
Emerald Lake Lodge
3.5 out of 5
Emerald Lake Road, Field, BC
The price is $93 per night from Jan 31 to Feb 1
Emerald Lake Lodge
Castle Mountain Chalets
Castle Mountain Chalets
3.5 out of 5
Hwy 93 South And Castle Junction 1A, Castle Junction, AB
The price is $188 per night from Feb 7 to Feb 8
Castle Mountain Chalets
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