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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Tunnel Mountain Resort
Tunnel Mountain Resort
3.5 out of 5
502 Tunnel Mountain Road, Box 1137, Banff, AB, T1L 1B1
The price is $272 per night from Sep 14 to Sep 15
Stay at this 3.5-star family-friendly lodge in Banff. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a free area shuttle. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (1,657 reviews)
"Very clean quiet and nice area, friendly staff and nice ambience"

Reviewed on Aug 12, 2022

Tunnel Mountain Resort
Moose Hotel And Suites
Moose Hotel And Suites
3.5 out of 5
345 Banff Ave, Banff, AB, T1L 1H8
The price is $389 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! (2,104 reviews)
Awesome pick for Banff
"This hotel was awesome! The location is close to all the restaurants in downtown Banff. The employees were informative and helpful. Our room was spacious and clean. We loved our stay here!"

Reviewed on Aug 16, 2022

Moose Hotel And Suites
The Rimrock Resort Hotel
The Rimrock Resort Hotel
4 out of 5
300 Moutain Avenue, Banff, AB, T1L 1J2
The price is $417 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! (1,309 reviews)
"Excellent staff & beautiful area"

Reviewed on Aug 14, 2022

The Rimrock Resort Hotel
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Douglas Fir Resort and Chalets
Douglas Fir Resort and Chalets
3 out of 5
525 Tunnel Mountain Road, Banff, AB, T1L1B2
The price is $187 per night from Sep 15 to Sep 16
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! (2,032 reviews)
Perfect for our family Banff trip
"Overall the resort was fabulous, The price was less than the places off of Banff Ave, yet they included an amazing indoor water park and play place that our kids loved. Granted it's far enough away from Banff Ave to be a very long walk, but there's a Roam shuttle stop at the entrance to the resort, ..."

Reviewed on Aug 15, 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 $311 per night from Sep 7 to Sep 8
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! (2,935 reviews)
"This time I was happy about my second visit with my family. Sure I will return back."

Reviewed on Aug 14, 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 $387 per night from Aug 21 to Aug 22
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!
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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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