Holidays in Banff National Park

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

Experience the beauty and adventure of the Canadian Rocky Mountains in this magnificent national park.

The dramatic mountains, lakes and forests of Banff National Park's 6,641 square kilometres make it the ideal destination for scenery lovers and thrill-seekers alike. Mountain bikers, hikers, white-water rafters and kayakers take advantage of the unspoiled wilderness in the summer, while skiers and snowboarders tackle the many and varied ski runs during the winter months.

Banff National Park is home to three ski resorts, including Sunshine Village, located just outside Banff. With its three peaks, Sunshine Village caters to winter-sport enthusiasts of all abilities, and provides off-piste areas for experienced visitors. Take your après-ski on the mountain at one of the resort's restaurants.

In summer, visitors throng to Canada's oldest national park to catch a glimpse of its famed lakes. Their spectacular blue colour and mirror-like reflection of the surrounding snow-capped mountains are picture-postcard perfect. Get your own snaps of two of Canada's most famous images from the hiking trails above Peyto Lake and Moraine Lake. Very few of the park's lakes allow boats. One exception is the non-glacial Lake Minnewanka, so head here for some fishing or a boat cruise.

Some of the park's mountains provide chair lifts or gondolas to take visitors to their summits. Banff Gondola, just outside the town itself, takes you to the top of Sulphur Mountain in minutes. However, if you prefer to get around under your own steam, there are plenty of hiking trails. Some have man-made paths; Johnston Canyon, for example, has a walkway built along its steep sides. Others are navigated via rocky trails.

You'll find a variety of accommodation in both Banff and Lake Louise, Banff National Park's two towns. If you're on a budget, opt for one of the area’s many hostels. Otherwise, treat yourself to a swanky lodge, or splash out on a room at the luxurious 19th-century Fairmont Banff Springs hotel.

Visitors can hire a car, but it's not essential as there are regular shuttles and buses from the towns to the area's main attractions. Shops renting fishing equipment, skis, kayaks and bikes are also plentiful.

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955 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 AU$121 per night from 6 Dec. to 6 Dec.
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 ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (1,570 reviews)
"Great stay. Good location."

Reviewed on 21 Nov. 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 AU$449 per night from 2 Dec. to 2 Dec.
Situated on a lake, this spa resort is steps away from Louise Lake and Icefields Parkway. Lake Louise Gondola and Moraine Lake are also within 9 miles (15 ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (961 reviews)
"Everything about this property is spectacular...the view, the staff, the proximity of unique thungs to do. Getting to the property from YYC was easy and such a beautiful drive. Can't wait to go back."

Reviewed on 29 Nov. 2021

Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise
Mountaineer Lodge
Mountaineer Lodge
2.5 out of 5
101 Village Road, Lake Louise, AB
The price is AU$243 per night from 21 Dec. to 21 Dec.
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 ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (1,282 reviews)
"Close to everything, but we could not understand why we had to wait until exactly 4 to get our room, when the place was empty Everything else was a plus"

Reviewed on 24 Nov. 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

Lake Louise Inn
Lake Louise Inn
3 out of 5
210 Village Road, Lake Louise, AB
The price is AU$121 per night from 6 Dec. to 6 Dec.
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 AU$449 per night from 2 Dec. to 2 Dec.
Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise
Mountaineer Lodge
Mountaineer Lodge
2.5 out of 5
101 Village Road, Lake Louise, AB
The price is AU$243 per night from 21 Dec. to 21 Dec.
Mountaineer Lodge
Deer Lodge
Deer Lodge
3 out of 5
109 Lake Louise Drive, Lake Louise, AB
The price is AU$133 per night from 12 Dec. to 12 Dec.
Deer Lodge
Paradise Lodge & Bungalows
Paradise Lodge & Bungalows
2.5 out of 5
105 Lake Louise Drive, Box 7, Lake Louise, AB
Paradise Lodge & Bungalows
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 AU$275 per night from 5 Dec. to 5 Dec.
Baker Creek Mountain Resort
Emerald Lake Lodge
Emerald Lake Lodge
3.5 out of 5
Emerald Lake Road, Field, BC
The price is AU$239 per night from 2 Dec. to 2 Dec.
Emerald Lake Lodge
Castle Mountain Chalets
Castle Mountain Chalets
3.5 out of 5
Hwy 93 South And Castle Junction 1A, Castle Junction, AB
The price is AU$273 per night from 6 Dec. to 6 Dec.
Castle Mountain Chalets
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