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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 $99 per night from Apr 26 to Apr 27
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 ...
4/5Very Good! (2,139 reviews)
"Great stay, clean, quiet and all needs were met."

Reviewed on Apr. 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 Apr 25 to Apr 26
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! (1,924 reviews)
"nice and clean"

Reviewed on Apr. 19, 2021

Moose Hotel And Suites
Rundlestone Lodge
Rundlestone Lodge
3 out of 5
537 Banff Avenue - Box 489, Banff, AB
The price is CA $99 per night from Apr 25 to Apr 26
Located in the heart of Banff, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Banff National Park Information Centre and Banff Lake Louise Tourism Bureau. Banff Centre ...
4.3/5Excellent! (1,053 reviews)
"Overall a great place to stay. The hot tub gave me a rash and there was a wrapper near the bed but other than that no complaints. Great customer service!"

Reviewed on Apr. 22, 2021

Rundlestone Lodge
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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 Apr 25 to Apr 26
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! (2,414 reviews)
"The staff was awesome. I’ve stayed here every time I come to Banff and this is the first time I’ve noticed that the maintenance has gone a bit downhill. Broken door handles, coffee pots and the grounds had litter all over."

Reviewed on Apr. 20, 2021

Hidden Ridge Resort
Incredible Banff Getaway in a Great Location Private Hot Tub!
Incredible Banff Getaway in a Great Location Private Hot Tub!
Banff, AB
The price is CA $488 per night from Apr 27 to Apr 28
Situated in Banff, this condo building is within 2 mi (3 km) of Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, Banff National Park Information Centre, and Banff Lake ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (5 reviews)
Great little hideaway
"We had a great time in this condo, the view was wonderful!"

Reviewed on Aug. 1, 2019

Incredible Banff Getaway in a Great Location Private Hot Tub!
Rustic Budget Banff Condo with Fireplace | Access to 2 Hot Tubs!
Rustic Budget Banff Condo with Fireplace | Access to 2 Hot Tubs!
Banff, AB
The price is CA $119 per night from Apr 25 to Apr 26
Situated in the mountains, this condo building is within 3 mi (5 km) of Canadian Ski Museum West, Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, and Banff National Park ...
4.3/5Excellent! (23 reviews)
Friends staff , Clean good service
"We stayed at Rocky Mountain resort. In early March. The condo was very well equipped, everything you needed, clean, staff very friendly. A little out of town but only a 5 minute drive into Banff, this suited us. Over all a very pleasant stay."

Reviewed on Mar. 13, 2021

Rustic Budget Banff Condo with Fireplace | Access to 2 Hot Tubs!
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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5/5 - Excellent

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Jun 2, 2020

Beautiful

3/5 - Okay

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May 19, 2020

Banff needs a foot village like Whistler with better shopping and restaurant patios you can sit and people watch. Don't like the main drag being one long street they need more of a village/resort feel to it.

5/5 - Excellent

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Apr 28, 2020

Banff is one of the most beautiful places i have ever been to

5/5 - Excellent

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Apr 2, 2020

We loved it. If we come during winter again, hiking will be our focus! Summer would be wonderful, too. Either way, we'll be back :)

5/5 - Excellent

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Mar 31, 2020

Excellent Rocky Mountain resort town with plenty of outdoor activities to do.

5/5 - Excellent

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Mar 29, 2020

Banff is always beautiful place to visit

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