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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.

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The Fox Hotel and Suites
The Fox Hotel and Suites
3.5 out of 5
461 Banff Ave, Banff, AB
The price is $162 per night from Jun 25 to Jun 25
Situated in a national park, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Banff National Park Information Centre and Banff Lake Louise Tourism Bureau. Banff Centre ...
4.2/5Excellent! (1,723 reviews)
"the hotel was great, comfortable and spacious rooms, clean and very well laid out. Good breakfast options and friendly staff. Would recommend."

Reviewed on Jun 21, 2021

The Fox Hotel and Suites
Moose Hotel And Suites
Moose Hotel And Suites
3.5 out of 5
345 Banff Ave, Banff, AB
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $219 per night from Jun 27 to Jun 27
Located in the heart of Banff, this spa hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Banff National Park Information Centre and Banff Lake Louise Tourism Bureau. Banff ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (1,927 reviews)
"What a beautiful property! Location was perfect - so easy to walk anywhere we were going. Jamie offered an upgraded room (for a small upgrade fee) upon check in which we enjoyed. We took advantage of the rooftop hot pool which was an excellent way to relax and unwind. We had popped into Pacini for ..."

Reviewed on Jun 22, 2021

Moose Hotel And Suites
Hidden Ridge Resort
Hidden Ridge Resort
3.5 out of 5
901 Hidden Ridge Way, Banff, AB
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $186 per night from Jun 27 to Jun 27
Situated in a national park, this condo resort is within 2 mi (3 km) of Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, Banff National Park Information Centre, and Banff ...
4.2/5Very Good! (2,455 reviews)
"Overall stay was a great experience. Kids enjoyed it so much they want to get back."

Reviewed on Jun 19, 2021

Hidden Ridge Resort
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.
Newly Renovated, Bright Suite on Tunnel Mountain!
Newly Renovated, Bright Suite on Tunnel Mountain!
Banff, AB
The price is $178 per night from Jun 25 to Jun 25
Situated in Banff, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Canadian Ski Museum West, Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, and Banff National Park Information ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (10 reviews)
Nice and cozy
"When we entered the place my husband realized it just had a small bar fridge and no oven was not very happy so he went to the front counter and they upgraded us to a place with a full kitchen and fireplace needless to say it was way more nicer and more space. We had an end unit in the basement and ..."

Reviewed on Nov 18, 2020

Newly Renovated, Bright Suite on Tunnel Mountain!
Banff - A Mountain Suite, Perfect Getaway for two Couples, Friends, Adult Family
Banff - A Mountain Suite, Perfect Getaway for two Couples, Friends, Adult Family
Banff, AB
Situated in the mountains, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Banff Park Museum, Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, and Banff Lake Louise ...
4.9/5Exceptional! (31 reviews)
Fantastic B&B!
"Our experience was amazing! On day one we were pleasantly surprised at the beautiful home and how well-kept and clean it is. The second surprise was the breakfast supplies provided and how helpful the host was. Everything is within walking distance if you’d like to shop or have a bite to eat.. Awesome ..."

Reviewed on Mar 16, 2020

Banff - A Mountain Suite, Perfect Getaway for two Couples, Friends, Adult Family
Rustic Chic Banff Mountain Home
Rustic Chic Banff Mountain Home
Banff, AB
Located in the heart of Banff, this vacation home is within a 5-minute walk of Banff National Park Information Centre and Banff Lake Louise Tourism Bureau. Banff ...
5/5Exceptional! (5 reviews)
Run away bride ladies get away
"This was an amazing place to stay bring your food and cloths as everything else is there. The host is amazing she has thought of everything to make your stay unforgettable. Great location to downtown and great view of the mountains. We had a blast on our runaway bride ladies get away. 😆👰‍♀️"

Reviewed on Apr 18, 2021

Rustic Chic Banff Mountain Home
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.

Getting around Banff

The town of Banff itself is easily walkable and, with the stunning natural scenery everywhere you look, this is one of the nicest ways to get around town. There are also lots of cycle paths, and you’ll find bike rental companies all over town. Many hotels offer free shuttles to sites within the park, while a hop-on, hop-off bus service connects the town with Lake Louise, Johnston Canyon, and more. Visit the Roam Public Transport website.Browse Banff rental cars.

Best time to visit

Beautiful Banff is sure to captivate you throughout the year, with a face that changes with the seasons. Between December and March, the place becomes a winter wonderland, with snow blanketing the mountains and treetops; this is the time to come to enjoy Banff’s fantastic skiing. In summer, hike and horseback ride the forests and mountains, take a cruise on Lake Minnewanka, track bears and more.

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