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 Caribou Lodge and Spa
Banff Caribou Lodge and Spa
3.5 out of 5
521 Banff Ave, Box 1070, Banff, AB
The price is CA $119 per night from Oct 24 to Oct 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 ...
4/5 Very Good! (2,409 reviews)
"Good hotel to stay. My second visit to the caribou"

Reviewed on Oct. 20, 2021

Banff Caribou Lodge and Spa
Moose Hotel And Suites
Moose Hotel And Suites
3.5 out of 5
345 Banff Ave, Banff, AB
The price is CA $179 per night from Nov 21 to Nov 21
Located in the heart of Banff, this spa hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Banff National Park Information Centre, Banff Lake Louise Tourism Bureau, and Canadian ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (2,055 reviews)
"The front staff were very friendly. Rooftop hot tub area is beautiful. Hotel’s restaurant was delicious."

Reviewed on Oct. 22, 2021

Moose Hotel And Suites
The Fox Hotel and Suites
The Fox Hotel and Suites
3.5 out of 5
461 Banff Ave, Banff, AB
The price is CA $149 per night from Oct 31 to Oct 31
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. Canadian Ski ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (1,877 reviews)
"The hot pool and sauna are really awesome. Cleanliness can be improved a bit."

Reviewed on Oct. 21, 2021

The Fox Hotel and Suites
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Banff Rocky Mountain Resort
Banff Rocky Mountain Resort
3 out of 5
1029 Banff Ave, Banff, AB
The price is CA $109 per night from Oct 24 to Oct 24
This family-friendly Banff aparthotel is located in a national park, within 3 mi (5 km) of Canadian Ski Museum West, Banff Park Museum and Banff National Park ...
4/5 Very Good! (2,717 reviews)
"This property is in an excellent location away from the business yet only a couple minutes drive to downtown Banff. Very pleasant staff at check-in. This property offers an indoor and an outdoor hot tub plus a pool and a restaurant on site. The condos are in decent shape, a little wear and tear but ..."

Reviewed on Oct. 19, 2021

Banff Rocky Mountain Resort
Hidden Ridge Resort
Hidden Ridge Resort
3.5 out of 5
901 Hidden Ridge Way, Banff, AB
The price is CA $149 per night from Nov 1 to Nov 1
Situated in a national park, this aparthotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, Canadian Ski Museum West, and Banff National Park ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (2,589 reviews)
"Has a nice view from the hot tub!"

Reviewed on Oct. 21, 2021

Hidden Ridge Resort
Douglas Fir Resort and Chalets
Douglas Fir Resort and Chalets
3 out of 5
525 Tunnel Mountain Road, Banff, AB
The price is CA $135 per night from Nov 8 to Nov 8
Located near the slopes, this Banff condo building is in the mountains, within 1 mi (2 km) of Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity and Banff Lake Louise Tourism ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (1,814 reviews)
"Fireplace in the room. Free firewood. Indoor waterslide, hot tub and outdoor hot tub."

Reviewed on Oct. 18, 2021

Douglas Fir Resort and Chalets
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