Banff National ParkCanada

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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.

Top Hotels in Banff National Park

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Banff Caribou Lodge and Spa
Banff Caribou Lodge and Spa
3.5 out of 5
521 Banff Ave, Box 1070, Banff, AB
CA $129
per night
Feb 23 - Feb 24

Located in the heart of Banff, this spa hotel is 0.6 mi (0.9 km) from Banff Lake Louise Tourism Bureau, and within 3 mi (5 km) of Cave and Basin National Historic ...

4.1/5Very Good! (2,931 reviews)

"The property was located on the ski shuttle and bus routes. The restaurant And hit pool on property was excellent. The service and staff was friendly and helpful."…"

Reviewed on Feb. 16, 2020

Banff Caribou Lodge and Spa
Canmore Rocky Mountain Inn
Canmore Rocky Mountain Inn
2 out of 5
1719 Bow Valley Trail, Canmore, AB
CA $89
per night
Feb 23 - Feb 24

Situated in the mountains, this hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Canmore Golf and Curling Club and Canmore Museum and Geoscience Centre. Cross Zee Ranch and ...

4/5Very Good! (1,638 reviews)

"Nice cozy place it’s decently priced so affordable to stay at."…"

Reviewed on Feb. 18, 2020

Canmore Rocky Mountain Inn
Lake Louise Inn
Lake Louise Inn
3 out of 5
210 Village Road, Lake Louise, AB
CA $115
per night
Mar 3 - Mar 4

Situated in a national park, this eco-friendly hotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Icefields Parkway, Lake Louise Mountain Resort and Lake Louise Gondola. Moraine ...

3.8/5Good! (2,670 reviews)

"This is perfect 3 star inn! It is clean, has great breakfast, indoor pool and jacuzzi. We came to Lake Louise to ski for few days and Lake Louise Inn was perfect place to stay - only 5 min away from ski resort and offered free shuttle rides. Definitely recommend this inn."…"

Reviewed on Feb. 19, 2020

Lake Louise Inn

Popular things to do in Banff National Park

Sunshine Village
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Sunshine Village

4.5/5(721 reviews)

Choose from more than 100 runs at this ski resort located 15 minutes from Banff.

Moraine Lake
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Moraine Lake

4.5/5(251 reviews)

The view of this turquoise lake in the Valley of the Ten Peaks has been immortalized on countless postcards and on the back of 20-dollar bills in Canada.

Upper Hot Springs
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Upper Hot Springs

4.5/5(951 reviews)

Rejuvenate your body in the geothermal waters of these historic hot springs while admiring the exquisite views of Banff National Park.

Lake Louise Mountain Resort
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Lake Louise Mountain Resort

4.5/5(156 reviews)

If you are a snow bunny or love the exhilaration of taking the slopes with absolute abandon, Canada has what you are looking for at the Lake Louise Ski Resort. 

Banff Gondola
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Banff Gondola

4.5/5(921 reviews)

Ride the gondola from Banff to the top of Sulphur Mountain to enjoy snowy mountain vistas.

Mount Norquay Ski Resort
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Mount Norquay Ski Resort

4.5/5(286 reviews)

Supreme ski vacation packages in Canada are yours when you head to Mount Norquay. With only five minutes between you and Banff, you are in the heart of snow country. 

Top activities in Banff National Park

Discover Banff: Johnston Canyon Icewalk Tour
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Discover Banff: Johnston Canyon Icewalk Tour

98% of travellers recommend
CA $83
Per adult
Wildlife & History Tour of Banff
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Wildlife & History Tour of Banff

94% of travellers recommend
CA $74
Per adult
Horse-Drawn Sleigh Ride in Banff
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Horse-Drawn Sleigh Ride in Banff

86% of travellers recommend
CA $42
Per adult
Canmore Clue Solving Adventure - Smugglers Blues
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Canmore Clue Solving Adventure - Smugglers Blues

CA $13
Per adult
Grotto Canyon Icewalk
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Grotto Canyon Icewalk

88% of travellers recommend
CA $83
Per adult
SkiBig3 Lift Ticket for Lake Louise, Sunshine Village & Mt. Norquay
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SkiBig3 Lift Ticket for Lake Louise, Sunshine Village & Mt. Norquay

86% of travellers recommend
CA $142
Per adult

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