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Where to Stay near The Banff Centre

For art and culture in Banff, you should find a place to stay near the Banff Centre, a leading promoter of creativity in the arts, sciences, business and the environment. Overlooking the Bow River on the west side of Tunnel Mountain, the Banff Centre welcomes visitors staying in accommodation along Banff Avenue and in the town centre’s hotels and hostels. Or you could base yourself in a hotel in Canmore or Lake Louise and travel to Banff for the day.

What is The Banff Centre?

The Banff Centre brings international-quality arts and culture to the people of Banff and its visitors. With annual, one-off and regular world class festivals, exhibitions, talks, performances and events, the Banff Centre has a lot to offer. Check the events calendar before you visit if you are flexible with what you’d like to see, or plan your stay in Banff around one of its many festivals, exhibitions or arts programmes. The Banff Centre also offers a range of postgraduate arts programmes in performing and fine art as well Canada’s oldest arts summer school. Its campus spreads over 42 acres, near the centre of Banff. On site, there are theatres, a recital hall, dining facilities, a swimming pool and general amenities such as ATMs.

Other things to Do in Banff

The town of Banff is home to a vibrant community of artists, promising a number of galleries, including the Banff Centre’s Walter Phillip’s Gallery, and places to pick up local arts and crafts to take home with you. You’ll also find Banff is a good place to shop for ski or snowboard gear before hitting the bars and restaurants and unwinding after a day of skiing, hiking or sight-seeing. If you choose to stay in a hotel, lodge or inn in the centre of Banff, you’ll have your pick of places to eat and drink.

Culture vultures should make a beeline for the Banff Centre and add a cultural element to your stay in the Banff National Park.