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Banff National Park

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Banff National Park which includes a lake or waterhole, landscape views and mountains

Explore Canada's oldest national park, spread across more than 650,0000 hectares of pristine natural environment.

Banff National Park is a dream come true for anyone who loves the outdoors, adventure sports and the sheer grandeur of the Rockies. Winter sees the arrival of the skiing season, while massively different hiking experiences can be found during snow-covered winter and verdant summertime. You can also experience the thrill of descending the mountain rapids, or follow thrilling forest trails on a mountain bike.

Get your map and go tramping on the routes through the hills above Peyto Lake and Lake Moraine. Your elevation will grant you fabulous views down onto these glacier-fed lakes – a perfect spot to take memorable photographs. Lake Minnewanka is widely used for boating, and it offers plenty of opportunities for a relaxing day's fishing.

Alongside the countless trails which can be followed through the mountains, there are also a number of built walkways, allowing access to hard-to-reach places. The walkway cut into the vertical walls of the gorge at Johnston Canyon is one such example.

For a more relaxing day out, try a trip on the gondolas or chair lifts. Nearby Sulphur Mountain can be easily reached on the Banff Gondola, a trip which gives a wide range of panoramic views, broadening out as you climb.

If skiing is your thing, there are three ski resorts in the national park. Sunshine Village encompasses three mountains, and has slopes to suit a wide range of abilities. From first-time skiers to hardened veterans, everyone's catered for here (including off-piste skiing). When you’ve built up your thirst after a hard day whizzing downhill, enjoy après-ski drinks on the side of the mountain.

There are two towns in the park, Banff and Lake Louise, offering a choice of accommodation from stylish hotels to simple hostels. Fairmont Banff Springs offers that extra touch of luxury.

There are plenty of options for renting skis, bikes, kayaks, fishing rods, and anything else you might need during your stay and, if you don't have a car, you can also rent one of these to drive to the surrounding attractions, or you could take one of the many regular shuttle buses.

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938 Cheap Hotels Near Banff National Park

Lake Louise Inn
Lake Louise Inn
3 out of 5
210 Village Road, Lake Louise, AB
The price is NZ$323 per night from 4 Aug. to 4 Aug.
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. Louise ...
4.1/5Very Good! (1,706 reviews)
"The room was very basic but fine. Two small problems were quickly fixed by staff. Location was perfect and property was nice. Price was a lot but was about what you'd expect in this prime location. This part of the world is heavenly!"

Reviewed on 25 Jul. 2021

Lake Louise Inn
Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise
Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise
4 out of 5
111 Lake Louise Drive, Lake Louise, AB
The price is NZ$858 per night from 7 Aug. to 7 Aug.
Situated on a lake, this spa resort is steps away from Louise Lake and Icefields Parkway. Lake Louise Mountain Resort and Lake Louise Gondola are also within ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (986 reviews)
"As expected. We read the reviews before booking so no complaints. Knew that the room would be comparatively smaller than our usual stays and would have no A/C. The convenience factor was the main draw for us. We were able to wake up and walk out to Lake Louise to watch the sunrise within mintutes ..."

Reviewed on 27 Jul. 2021

Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise
Mountaineer Lodge
Mountaineer Lodge
2 out of 5
101 Village Road, Lake Louise, AB
The price is NZ$354 per night from 2 Aug. to 2 Aug.
Conveniently near to skiing facilities, this Lake Louise hotel is located in the mountains within 3 miles (5 km) of Icefields Parkway, Lake Louise Mountain Resort ...
4.1/5Very Good! (1,212 reviews)
"We have a great stay. Front desk staff greeted us with friendly chat and help us with our needs. Restaurants and trip tips.. Rooms are very nice and clean.."

Reviewed on 27 Jul. 2021

Mountaineer Lodge
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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Top Banff National Park Hotel & Accommodation Deals

Paradise Lodge & Bungalows
Paradise Lodge & Bungalows
2.5 out of 5
105 Lake Louise Drive, Box 7, Lake Louise, AB
The price is NZ$321 per night from 29 Jul. to 29 Jul.
Paradise Lodge & Bungalows
Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise
Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise
4 out of 5
111 Lake Louise Drive, Lake Louise, AB
The price is NZ$858 per night from 7 Aug. to 7 Aug.
Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise
Lake Louise Inn
Lake Louise Inn
3 out of 5
210 Village Road, Lake Louise, AB
The price is NZ$323 per night from 4 Aug. to 4 Aug.
Lake Louise Inn
Mountaineer Lodge
Mountaineer Lodge
2 out of 5
101 Village Road, Lake Louise, AB
The price is NZ$354 per night from 2 Aug. to 2 Aug.
Mountaineer Lodge
Deer Lodge
Deer Lodge
3 out of 5
109 Lake Louise Drive, Lake Louise, AB
The price is NZ$379 per night from 23 Aug. to 23 Aug.
Deer Lodge
HI-Mosquito Creek Hostel
HI-Mosquito Creek Hostel
1 out of 5
Highway 93, Bow Lake, AB
HI-Mosquito Creek Hostel
Baker Creek Mountain Resort
Baker Creek Mountain Resort
3 out of 5
Bow Valley Parkway, Lake Louise, AB
The price is NZ$430 per night from 26 Aug. to 26 Aug.
Baker Creek Mountain Resort
Great Divide Lodge
Great Divide Lodge
3 out of 5
1 Trans Canadian HWY, Field, BC
Great Divide Lodge
Cathedral Mountain Lodge
Cathedral Mountain Lodge
2.5 out of 5
1 Yoho Valley Rd, Field, BC
Cathedral Mountain Lodge
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