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Banff National Park

Banff National Park is one of the most beautiful parts of the Canadian Rocky Mountains with an unspoilt landscape full of soaring mountain peaks, remote waterfalls, mountain lakes, pine-covered slopes and – in summer – alpine meadows full of wildflowers. It truly is one of the most stunning places in the world.

Where to Stay in Banff National Park

From mountain lodges with views stretching across Banff National Park to the iconic Chateau Lake Louise, the first hotel in the park, sitting on the shores of the lake, you have a great choice of places to stay both summer and winter. Get away from it all in one of Banff National Park’s spa resorts or skiing lodges, or find a hostel or mid-range hotel in the towns of Banff or Canmore, both well set up for winter and summer holidays for all budgets. Some hotels have swimming pools with flumes, which are perfect for families, while others have a more grown-up feel, with golf, spas and a relaxing sense of calm.

Things to Do in Banff National Park

Winter in Banff’s Big 3 ski resorts means some of the best skiing and snowboarding in the world. With famously short lift queues and mile upon mile of uncrowded runs, skiing in Banff National Park is a happy change to the busy-ness of Europe’s resorts. After a morning on the slopes, take a trip to the Upper Hot Springs near Banff, where you can soak in the thermal waters while enjoying the far-reaching mountain views. For something else a little different, book a snowmobiling tour or trot off into the snow-covered meadows on a snuggled-up sleigh ride, before heading to one of Banff, Canmore or Lake Louise’s restaurants.

Visiting Banff National Park in Summer

A summer holiday in Banff National Park opens up many roads closed in the winter months, so you can visit remote mountain lakes or hike along pine-covered trails to reach hidden waterfalls. You could also arrange a kayaking or rafting trip along Bow River. You might prefer to stay dry and rent mountain bikes to take off along the easy Legacy Trail from Vermillion Lakes or try the more adventurous Tunnel Bench Loop. Head further afield by renting a car; even the Trans-Canada Highway between Banff and Lake Louise is a sight to behold. But the Icefields Parkway (93N), rated one of the top scenic drives in the world, is a truly unforgettable experience.

The History of Banff National Park

Canada’s oldest national park, Banff National Park was born when railway workers building the Canadian Pacific Railway in the 1880s discovered Upper Hot Springs and realised the potential for tourism. With Chateau Lake Louise built, the well-to-do flooded to Banff to take the waters, and you’ll see why during your own holiday. Do try to visit the Cave and Basin National Historic Site in Banff to learn more about the area, and take a ride in the Banff Gondola to take in the stunning views of the whole park.


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The Rimrock Resort Hotel £144
The Rimrock Resort Hotel

The Rimrock Resort Hotel

300 Moutain Avenue, Banff
     
    4.4
    of 5, from 1,978 reviews
    4.0 out of 5.0

    Situated in the mountains, this spa resort is within a 5-minute walk of Upper Hot Springs and Banff Gondola. Cave and Basin National Historic Site is 3 mi (4.8 km) away.

    The Fox Hotel and Suites £157
    The Fox Hotel and Suites

    The Fox Hotel and Suites

    461 Banff Ave, Banff
       
      4.2
      of 5, from 1,975 reviews
      3.5 out of 5.0

      Conveniently located near the ski slopes, this Banff hotel is situated in the mountains, within 2 miles (3 km) of Banff National Park Information Centre and Cave and Basin National Historic Site, and is convenient for winter sports, such as cross-country skiing and skiing lessons. Upper Hot Springs is 3.1 mi (5 km) away.

      Banff Park Lodge £98
      Banff Park Lodge

      Banff Park Lodge

      222 Lynx St, Banff
         
        4.1
        of 5, from 1,928 reviews
        3.0 out of 5.0

        Conveniently located near the ski slopes, this Banff hotel is situated in the mountains, within 2 miles (3 km) of Canada House Gallery and Cave and Basin National Historic Site, and is convenient for winter sports, such as cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. Upper Hot Springs and Banff Gondola are also within 3 miles (5 km).

        Banff Rocky Mountain Resort £98
        Banff Rocky Mountain Resort

        Banff Rocky Mountain Resort

        1029 Banff Ave, Banff
           
          3.9
          of 5, from 1,773 reviews
          3.0 out of 5.0

          This family-friendly Banff condominium resort is within 3 mi (5 km) of Banff National Park Information Centre, Banff Lake Louise Tourism Bureau and Canadian Ski Museum West. Canada House Gallery and Banff Park Museum are also within 3 miles (5 km).

          Canmore Rocky Mountain Inn £61
          Canmore Rocky Mountain Inn

          Canmore Rocky Mountain Inn

          1719 Bow Valley Trail, Canmore
             
            3.9
            of 5, from 670 reviews
            2.0 out of 5.0

            Situated in Canmore, this hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Canmore Golf and Curling Club and Canmore Museum and Geoscience Centre. Cross Zee Ranch and Canmore Nordic Centre Provincial Park are also within 3 miles (5 km).

            Fairmont Banff Springs £291
            Fairmont Banff Springs

            Fairmont Banff Springs

            405 Spray Ave, Banff
               
              4.4
              of 5, from 1,541 reviews
              4.0 out of 5.0

              This family-friendly Banff resort is located in the mountains, within a 15-minute walk of Bow Falls and Banff Cascades of Time Gardens. Upper Hot Springs and Banff Gondola are also within 3 miles (5 km).

              Lake Louise Inn £82
              Lake Louise Inn

              Lake Louise Inn

              210 Village Road, Lake Louise
                 
                3.6
                of 5, from 1,993 reviews
                3.0 out of 5.0

                Conveniently near to skiing facilities, this Lake Louise hotel is located in the mountains, within 3 miles (5 km) of Lake Louise Gondola and Lake Louise Mountain Resort, and is convenient for winter sports, such as cross-country skiing and skiing lessons. Plain of Six Glaciers Teahouse and Moraine Lake are also within 9 miles (15 km).

                Ramada by Wyndham Canmore £57
                Ramada by Wyndham Canmore

                Ramada by Wyndham Canmore

                1402 Bow Valley Trail, Canmore
                   
                  3.7
                  of 5, from 1,834 reviews
                  2.5 out of 5.0

                  Situated in Canmore, this hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Canmore Golf and Curling Club and Canmore Museum and Geoscience Centre. Cross Zee Ranch and Canmore Nordic Centre Provincial Park are also within 3 miles (5 km).

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