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Banff
Travel Guide

Experience the majestic beauty and active excitement of the Rocky Mountains from the highest town in Canada.

Situated in Banff National Park, this town is the perfect location from which to explore the wonderful natural surroundings of the Rockies. Banff is a hugely popular destination, with its 10,000 permanent residents welcoming over four million visitors every single year!

The landscape is cloaked in white throughout the winter making this one of the best places in the country to go skiing! Ski resorts at Mt Norquay, Lake Louise and Sunshine Village offer a wide range of the best that a downhill enthusiast could wish for. Mt Norquay is the big favourite with the locals, as it has the most challenging slopes and attracts smaller crowds, while a wide range of beginners, intermediate and advanced slopes are catered for at Lake Louise and Sunshine Village. The best way to get out to the ski resorts is to take a shuttle bus. These run from all of the hotels in Banff.

Unspoilt green wilderness surrounds the town as summer comes around and lovers of the outdoors have a whole new range of choices. Hundreds of walking trails are marked out throughout the countryside, ranging from gentle walks through the valleys to strenuous hikes up into the heights, exploring hidden mountainsides and spectacular lakes. Mountain biking is also a huge favourite here, with lots of exciting routes available. Maps can be obtained from Banff's bike rental companies. Crystalline blue lakes draw thousands of kayakers to the area too, and there are plenty of kayaking spots to choose from.

When you've finished your day's exertions, you can settle back and enjoy a beer in one of the many bars and nightclubs in Banff. The town is famous for its party atmosphere, so make sure to bring a little bit of energy back with you from the hillsides and enjoy your night! The Dancing Sasquatch is known far and wide and is open until late.

Banff is located an hour and a half from Calgary, and is four hours south of Jasper by car.

Banff Travel Guide Video

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 NZ$121 per night from 10 Mar. to 11 Mar.

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! (2,078 reviews)

"Quick easy check in and great customer service. Room is clean and cozy the only gripe I have is the thermostat doesn’t really work. I tend to spend my nights stripping the second bed of its pillows and sheets so I can make it through the night. This to me is the only downfall. Otherwise it’s a great ..."…"

Reviewed on 5 Mar. 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 NZ$207 per night from 1 Apr. to 2 Apr.

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! (1,882 reviews)

"Great property very close to all shops and restaurants. Roof top hottub is beautiful, restaurant in hotel has a great breakfast"…"

Reviewed on 7 Mar. 2021

Moose Hotel And Suites
Mount Royal Hotel
Mount Royal Hotel
3 out of 5
138 Banff Avenue, Banff, AB
The price is NZ$121 per night from 9 Mar. to 10 Mar.

Located near the slopes, this Banff hotel is situated in the mountains and within a 5-minute walk of Canada House Gallery, Banff Lake Louise Tourism Bureau and ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (1,566 reviews)

"Great location. Staff were pleasant and accommodating. Was able to check in early and received an upgrade without asking. Highly recommend thus hotel."…"

Reviewed on 6 Mar. 2021

Mount Royal Hotel
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Banff Rocky Mountain Resort
Banff Rocky Mountain Resort
3 out of 5
1029 Banff Ave, Banff, AB
The price is NZ$121 per night from 11 Mar. to 12 Mar.

This family-friendly Banff condominium resort is located in a national park, within 3 mi (5 km) of Canadian Ski Museum West, Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity ...

4/5Very Good! (2,404 reviews)

"We had the most amazing time with our family. Perfect place to stay!"…"

Reviewed on 5 Mar. 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 NZ$198 per night from 22 Mar. to 23 Mar.

Situated in a national park, this condominium resort is within 2 miles (3 km) of Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, Banff National Park Information Centre ...

4.2/5Very Good! (2,389 reviews)

"The property location is really good. I love the hot pool it’s perfect location. It feels good soaking after ski trip from Norquay! Due to Covid protocol"…"

Reviewed on 26 Feb. 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 NZ$184 per night from 8 Mar. to 9 Mar.

Located near the slopes, this Banff condo is in the mountains, within 1 mi (2 km) of Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity and Banff Lake Louise Tourism Bureau, ...

4.1/5Very Good! (1,771 reviews)

"Great place to stay for families! Loved having the kitchen"…"

Reviewed on 22 Feb. 2021

Douglas Fir Resort and Chalets
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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18 Mar. 2020

We absolutely loved Banff and hope to come back every year or 2 from Australia!!

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14 Mar. 2020

Very cold in march. Bring lots clothes

5/5 - Excellent

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3 Feb. 2020

Banff is a must for anyone travelling to Alberta. A beautiful little town with great daytime activities and an abundance of great restaurants.

5/5 - Excellent

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21 Jan. 2020

Loved Banff plenty to do and see in winter, will be back.

5/5 - Excellent

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26 Nov. 2019

Amazing scenery pretty little town.

5/5 - Excellent

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12 Nov. 2019

For travellers not familiar with the area, temperatures may suddenly go well below monthly average even in early Oct. And pack shoes suitable for walking in snow/ice unless you're ok with accidental spontaneous ice skating like we did.

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