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The town of Banff is inside the boundaries of Banff National Park. The park's beginnings go back to 1885 when the first 26 sq. km (10 sq. mi.) were set aside surrounding the hot springs at the base of Sulpher Mountain. The park is now 6641 sq. km (2564 sq. mi.) of wilderness and wildlife.

In 1888 the famous Banff Springs Hotel opened for business by the Canadian Pacific Railway. The railway was the only way to get to the park until the first car found its way in 1911. The drive from Calgary to Banff is memorable because of the transition from plains to foothills to spectacular mountains.

The outdoor activities are extensive all year round with skiing and other in winter and trail riding and hiking. The opportunity to see wildlife close to town makes visits special. Remember though, even the herbivorous elk are dangerous and must be viewed at a safe distance. Make sure to view wildlife at a safe distance.

Check out the Banff Park Museum, a national historic site, for a better understanding of the natural environment. Its exhibits cover the changes in understanding of natural history. The architectural style of the 1903 log building is an example of early buildings in the Park.

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Elkhorn Lodge
Elkhorn Lodge
124 Spray Ave
Banff
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Our lodge is a rustic restful atmosphere with a view of the mountains and within walking distance of downtown Banff and its shops and restaurants. We are at the south end of the townsite, on Spray Avenue, near the Banff Springs Hotel. We have a variety of suites and rooms with queen beds, TVs and loads of amenities.
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Downtown Banff:  1.8km
Rocky Mountain Bed & Breakfast
Rocky Mountain Bed & Breakfast
223 Otter Street
Banff
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Our intimate high-country inn is three blocks east of Banff Avenue on Otter Street in a quiet residential neighbourhood. The building dates from 1918 and has 10 guest rooms and a gorgeous main lounge and dining room. For breakfast there are fresh yogourt parfaits, homemade muffins, toast and assorted cereals to choose from each morning. We serve organic, fair trade coffee.
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Downtown Banff:  1.1km
YWCA Banff Hotel
YWCA Banff Hotel
102 Spray Ave PO Box 520, 102 Spray Avenue
Banff
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Our Banff hotel has simple affordable accommodations that are conveniently located in downtown Banff. The following amenities are available at our front desk upon request: Ironing boards, hair dryers, fans and basic toiletries. Rooms are not equipped with televisions or coffee makers. Television is available in the Café and lounge.
Buffaloberry Bed and Breakfast
Buffaloberry Bed and Breakfast
417 Marten Street
Banff
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Our Banff Bed and Breakfast offers elegantly rustic accommodations, gourmet breakfasts, and unparalleled service provided by local resident hosts. Our B&B is a short stroll to shopping, dining and cultural facilities while ski and hiking trails are only minutes away. The most amazing sightseeing is right outside our door! There are four cozy guest rooms and a common Great Room.
Banff International Hostel
Banff International Hostel
449 Banff Avenue
Banff
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We are conveniently located a couple of blocks away from downtown Banff. Our hostel is divided into 3 levels surrounding a central courtyard. All rooms feature ensuite bathrooms. We currently have the following room types available. Female, Male, Mixed Dorm Rooms, 4 to 8 bed private rooms and a Queen room.
Beaujolais Boutique B&B at Thea's House
Beaujolais Boutique B&B at Thea's House
138 Otter Street
Banff
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Our boutique Banff bed and breakfast is a warm blend of pine vaulted ceilings, fir flooring and antique furniture. Your room will be striking and spacious featuring a king size bed, gas fireplace, entertainment unit, complimentary WiFi, en-suite bathroom with jacuzzi (and a shower), and a small balcony with mountain views. We are also pleased to offer our guests a completely smoke free property.
A Good Nite's Rest Bed and Breakfast
A Good Nite's Rest Bed and Breakfast
437 Marten Street
Banff
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Our Banff bed and breakfast lets you experience the comfort, relaxation, and exceptional degree of service that you can only get from a small family-style bed and breakfast. We are pleased to offer spacious rooms with two queen size beds, private bathrooms, a fridge, and a microwave. Each unique room has its own private entrance, giving you the feeling of complete independence.
Juniper Hotel & Bistro
Juniper Hotel & Bistro
1 Juniper Way
Banff
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Our Banff hotel is popular for its spectacular and unobstructed views and its trendy vibe and eco-design. Located 2 km from downtown Banff amidst National Park woodlands, the 52 room intimate hotel is an exceptional Rocky Mountain experience. Guests rave about the interior, plush beds, Juniper Bistro, Lounge & Patio, outdoor hot tub, walking trails, wildlife viewing and those mountain views.
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Downtown Banff:  2.4km
Hidden Ridge Resort
Hidden Ridge Resort
901 Hidden Ridge Way
Banff
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Tucked away on Tunnel Mountain, Hidden Ridge Resort is quiet and secluded with some of the most spectacular views in Banff and the Canadian Rockies. The modern condos feature wood burning fireplaces, full kitchens and patios or balconies. Soak in the giant outdoor hot tub, barbeque in the covered barbeque area or take a stroll along one of the many hiking trails that start outside your door.
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Downtown Banff:  2km
Homestead Inn
Homestead Inn
217 Lynx Street
Banff
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This Banff motel is within walking distance of the shops and restaurants of downtown. The pet-friendly motel offers non-smoking guest rooms with mini-refrigerators and coffee makers. The Homestead Inn Banff features free on-site parking. Guests can use the pool, fitness facilities and other services at the 4-star Banff Park Lodge, located across the street.
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Downtown Banff:  0.9km
The Fox Hotel and Suites
The Fox Hotel and Suites
461 Banff Avenue
Banff
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We offer a unique accommodation style in Banff, with one and two bedroom suites and hotel rooms. Come visit us and be sure to try our Chili's World Famous margaritas on the street front patio. The Fox Hotel & Suites offers a large hot pool, fitness room, change rooms at the Cave and Basin Hotpool area. Guests have free access to the Banff Town Bus to downtown, Sulphur Mountain Gondola and more.
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Downtown Banff:  0.4km
Rimrock Resort Hotel
Rimrock Resort Hotel
300 Mountain Avenue
Banff
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Our 346 guest rooms at our Banff hotel (including Signature Grandview rooms and a selection of suites) offer a comfortable smoke free environment. The warm contrasting earthy tones and dark wood accents are complimented by the natural beauty surrounding the resort. Visit the full service Rimrock Spa. Use our indoor pool, sauna and whirlpool. Enjoy our 2 restaurants and 2 lounges.
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Downtown Banff:  2.2km
Bumpers Inn
Bumpers Inn
P. O. Box 1328 603 Banff Ave.
Banff
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Bumper's Inn offers affordable accommodation and warm friendly service in Banff. Our quite peaceful location is surrounded on two sides by natural forest with Cascade Mountain looming in the background. Elk, Deer and a variety of other animals are a common site on the motel property. We are situated a block off Banff Avenue, away from the crowds.
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Downtown Banff:  1km
Banff Inn
Banff Inn
501 Banff Avenue
Banff
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We are located on Banff Ave, only minutes from restaurants, shopping and nightlife; our Inn offers standard and Deluxe Rooms with Jacuzzi Baths, Superb Lofts, and Honeymoon Suites with Fireplaces and Whirlpools. All rooms have individually controlled heating and air-conditioning units, and most have balconies.
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Downtown Banff:  0.9km
Banff Rocky Mountain Resort
Banff Rocky Mountain Resort
1029 Banff Ave
Banff
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Banff Rocky Mountain Resort is a relaxing retreat in the heart of Banff National Park. Set amid eight acres of private parkland, surrounded by the glorious scenery, minutes from downtown Banff, our Banff Resort's breathtaking location and extensive amenities are certain to provide a casual and memorable stay in the Canadian Rockies.
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Downtown Banff:  3.2km
Banff Bear Bed & Breakfast
Banff Bear Bed & Breakfast
PO Box 1424 108 Otter Street
Banff
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Our Banff bed and breakfast is the ideal private retreat after a full day of sightseeing, hiking, or skiing. Sit out on the private deck, like a local, and soak up the glorious surroundings with views of Mount Norquay and Cascade Mountain. You will be given a choice of continental breakfast supplies, which are provided in the kitchenette during your stay.
Fairmont Banff Springs
Fairmont Banff Springs
405 Spray Ave
Banff
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Our Banff resort provides unparalleled options and unique experiences to our guests from inclusive onsite getaways to days of adventure exploring the Canadian Rockies. Onsite experiences including 12 restaurants and lounges, two golf courses, a world class spa, shopping, bowling centre, kid's club and much more. For sightseers and adventurers alike, guests will have ample activities to keep busy.
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Downtown Banff:  2.7km
Blue Mountain Lodge - B&B Inn
Blue Mountain Lodge - B&B Inn
137 Muskrat Street
Banff
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Our Banff Bed and Breakfast Inn in was built in 1908 and was well maintained throughout the years. We have ten small, uniquely decorated guest rooms, each with its own private bathroom and shower, as well as cable TV. Some rooms are decorated to reflect important Canadian historical themes and wilderness. In addition, most rooms offer fantastic mountain views.
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Downtown Banff:  1.2km
Buffalo Mountain Lodge
Buffalo Mountain Lodge
700 Tunnel Mountain Road
Banff
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Distinct from the majority of Banff hotels, Buffalo Mountain Lodge is situated on Tunnel Mountain, formerly called "Sleeping Buffalo" by native peoples. Our main lodge is square timber, post and beam construction and high open ceilings. Our decor pays tribute to old-world craftsmanship with custom-made cherry, pine and bent-willow furnishings and copper and glass light fixtures.
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Downtown Banff:  2.1km
Bow View Lodge
Bow View Lodge
228 Bow Avenue
Banff
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If you are looking for peace and quiet, our Banff hotel is only steps away from the tranquility of the Bow River. A picturesque, tree-lined path offers incomparable views of the surrounding Canadian Rockies. Bow View Motor Lodge is also the perfect place to start your downtown Banff sightseeing! We are a short walk from excellent dining, shopping, and entertainment.
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Downtown Banff:  0.9km
Rundlestone Lodge
Rundlestone Lodge
537 Banff Ave
Banff
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At this attractive Banff lodge you will find a warm welcome with a large open fireplace in the lobby and friendly staff at check-in. Conveniently located on Banff Avenue only minutes from Downtown Banff, The Rundlestone Lodge offers a host of amenities including a fitness centre, whirlpool, swimming pool, conference and wedding facilities, and Tooloulous Bistro & Bar.
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Downtown Banff:  1.2km
Banff Caribou Lodge & Spa
Banff Caribou Lodge & Spa
521 Banff
Banff
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The Banff Caribou Lodge features 190 well-appointed rooms including 6 spectacular loft suites. Facilities include The Keg Steakhouse & Bar, The Red Earth Spa, high-speed internet access in all guest rooms, and an exercise room with 35 person jetted hot pool, steam room, and exercise equipment. Downtown shops and restaurants are accessible via a pleasant 10-minute walk or complimentary shuttle bus.
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Downtown Banff:  0.7km
HI-Castle Mountain Hostel
HI-Castle Mountain Hostel
Hwy 1A & Hwy 93 South
Banff
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Half way between Banff and Lake Louise, HI Castle Mountain is just off the Bow Valley Parkway, a quieter highway where wildlife is a bit easier to spot. Within view of the iconic Castle Mountain, the hostel gives you a taste of wilderness living with some of the comforts of home, like a cozy lounge with a wood-burning stove.
Douglas Fir Chalets and Condos
Douglas Fir Chalets and Condos
525 Tunnel Mountain Road
Banff
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Our non-smoking Banff resort is located on peaceful Tunnel Mountain only 4 minutes above beautiful downtown Banff in the Canadian Rockies. Our distinctive alpine resort provides an ideal home base to explore the surrounding natural beauty. We offer a wide range of accommodations including studios, lofts, one bedroom condos, one bedroom loft condos, rustic chalets and large specialty suites.
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Downtown Banff:  2.1km
Johnston Canyon Resort
Johnston Canyon Resort
25 km West of Banff
Johnston Canyon
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An unforgettable vacation awaits you at Johnston Canyon Resort in the Rocky Mountains of Alberta, Canada. Conveniently tucked away between world famous Banff and Lake Louise, just off the Bow Valley Parkway, you will find a holiday gem among Banff accommodations. Visitors from all over the world relax in the heritage charm of our Lake Louise / Banff cabins - enjoying the friendly hospitality.
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Downtown Banff:  2.6km

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