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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.

Guide to Exploring Banff National Park

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Banff Park Lodge

Banff Park Lodge

222 Lynx St, Banff
of 5, from 979 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in the Canadian Rockies, this Banff hotel's quiet location is 2 blocks from Banff Avenue shopping and museums, 1 block from the Bow River and is close to skiing and hiking .

The Rimrock Resort Hotel

The Rimrock Resort Hotel

300 Moutain Avenue, Banff
of 5, from 1,451 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Nestled in the mountains 750 feet above the town of Banff, The Rimrock Resort Hotel is across from the Upper Hot Springs and within walking distance of the Banff gondola.

The Fox Hotel and Suites

The Fox Hotel and Suites

461 Banff Ave, Banff
of 5, from 994 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

The Fox Hotel and Suites is 4 blocks from downtown Banff, 1 km (0.6 mi) from the Bow River, and 5 km (3 mi) from the Sulphur Mountain Gondola.

Hidden Ridge Resort

Hidden Ridge Resort

901 Hidden Ridge Way, Banff
of 5, from 771 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

This resort, situated high on Tunnel Mountain, features views of downtown Banff and the surrounding Rocky Mountains.

Moose Hotel And Suites

Moose Hotel And Suites

345 Banff Ave, Banff
of 5, from 222 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Banff, this spa hotel is 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from Banff National Park Information Centre and within 3 mi (5 km) of Upper Hot Springs and Banff Gondola. Cave and Basin National Historic Site is 1.4 mi (2.3 km) away.

Lake Louise Inn

Lake Louise Inn

210 Village Road, Lake Louise
of 5, from 1,080 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Situated in the Village of Lake Louise, this inn is within 4 km (less than 3 mi) from Lake Louise, skiing, hiking, and Samson Mall.

Rundle Mountain Lodge

Rundle Mountain Lodge

1723 Bow Valley Trail, Canmore
of 5, from 488 reviews
2.0 out of 5.0

Situated in the mountains, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Canmore Golf and Curling Club and Canmore Museum and Geoscience Centre. Cross Zee Ranch and Grassi Lakes are also within 3 mi (5 km).

Inns of Banff

Inns of Banff

600 Banff Avenue, Banff
of 5, from 1,289 reviews
2.5 out of 5.0

Located on the main street of Banff, this inn is within 5 km (3 mi) of the Sulphur Mountain Gondola and Upper Hot Springs.

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