Banff

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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.

Banff Rocky Mountain Resort
Banff Rocky Mountain Resort
3 out of 5
1029 Banff Ave, Banff, AB, T1L1H8
The price is CA $189 per night from May 23 to May 24
Stay at this 3-star family-friendly hotel in Banff. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 2 spa tubs. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms in ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (1,361 reviews)
"The resort is located at a very quite place right next to Banff town. Loved the accomodation"

Reviewed on May 16, 2022

Banff Rocky Mountain Resort
Banff Caribou Lodge and Spa
Banff Caribou Lodge and Spa
3.5 out of 5
521 Banff Ave, Box 1070, Banff, AB, T1L 1H8
The price is CA $217 per night from May 23 to May 24
Stay at this 3.5-star spa hotel in Banff. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a full-service spa. Our guests praise the bar and the helpful staff in our reviews. ...
4/5 Very Good! (2,464 reviews)
"Property was really nice and quiet. We really enjoyed the spa, it would be nice if there was a separate pool for the spa. We missed out on some of our VIP perks as they were not explained properly to us so when we checked in. We were only able to use one day of credits which was too bad, as i guess ..."

Reviewed on May 16, 2022

Banff Caribou Lodge and Spa
Tunnel Mountain Resort
Tunnel Mountain Resort
3.5 out of 5
502 Tunnel Mountain Road, Box 1137, Banff, AB, T1L 1B1
The price is CA $201 per night from May 23 to May 24
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! (1,595 reviews)
"relaxing, true gem location. staff friendly and helpful. great experience"

Reviewed on May 17, 2022

Tunnel Mountain Resort
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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 CA $181 per night from May 25 to May 26
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! (1,924 reviews)
"It was a good place to stay, nice to have a fire place, kitchen, and the bud passes. It’s dated, and the out door hot tub was a bit cool for our liking. Front desk staff was accommodating for items the room was lacking"

Reviewed on May 16, 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 CA $199 per night from May 26 to May 27
Stay at this 3.5-star aparthotel in Banff. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 2 spa tubs. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff in our reviews. Popular ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (2,814 reviews)
"Amazing views, hot tubs, sauna, and a lovely staff…"

Reviewed on May 18, 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 CA $376 per night from May 25 to May 26
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 ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (8 reviews)
Great Unit in an amazing hotel
"Great unit in an amazing hotel"

Reviewed on Sep. 3, 2021

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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