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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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Castle Mountain Chalets
Castle Mountain Chalets
Box 1655
Banff
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Our Banff Chalets at the foot of Castle Mountain are located within Banff National Park. Each chalet includes a fully equipped kitchen and a fireplace. Facilities include a hot tub, computer room and small gym. Guests enjoy the BBQ facilities or the fire pit. Gas station and grocery store are on site. Each rustic-style apartment/cottage includes a living area with a flat-screen TV and DVD player.
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Downtown Banff:  26km
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
Mount Royal Hotel
Mount Royal Hotel
138 Banff Avenue
Banff
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Our Banff hotel is in the very heart of downtown. Our heritage dates back to 1908, but is modern with 135 charming and tastefully appointed rooms ranging from standard, premium, junior suite to executive suites. Within the hotel you can enjoy dining in the internationally acclaimed Tony Roma's Restaurant and Lounge and the all new Toque Canadian Pub.
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Downtown Banff:  0.7km
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
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.
Tunnel Mountain Resort
Tunnel Mountain Resort
502 Tunnel Mountain Drive
Banff
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Our 96 unit Banff resort has a wide variety of accommodations to suit every taste. The Tunnel Mountain Condos, Chalets, Cabins and Suites are perfect for the family or a getaway with friends or co-workers. The Executive Suites are ideal for the business traveler and perfect for couples looking for a luxurious, romantic Canadian Rockies getaway.
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Downtown Banff:  1.2km
Banff International Hotel
Banff International Hotel
333 Banff Ave
Banff
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Our Banff hotel invites you to experience warm hospitality and exceptional comfort from the most prized location in downtown Banff in the heart of Banff National Park, a short stroll from boutique shopping and dining options, this bustling mountain town is begging to be explored. Or, if you prefer, stay on-site and enjoy a refreshing break on our seasonal outdoor patio off the main street.
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Downtown Banff:  0.6km
HI-Banff Alpine Centre
HI-Banff Alpine Centre
801 Hidden Ridge Way
Banff
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This Banff hostel offers a cafe and bar, 2 community kitchens and Rocky Mountain views. The Cave and Basin National Historic Site is a 10-minute drive away. Private and dorm-style rooms. Some have private bathrooms. Cougar Pete's is the full service onsite restaurant with a varied menu. The Storm Cellar bar has dart boards and pool tables and provides a fun atmosphere.
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Downtown Banff:  2km
Holiday Lodge B&B and Cabins
Holiday Lodge B&B and Cabins
311 Marten Street
Banff
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Located in central Banff, this bed and breakfast has shared kitchen facilities, free WiFi, offers hardwood flooring. En suite bathroom provides a hairdryer. A BBQ is available for guest use. A common lounge area and free parking is provided.
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
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 Voyager Inn
Banff Voyager Inn
555 Banff Ave
Banff
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A short walk from the town centre, this Banff motel offers easy access to numerous leisure activities and provides comfortable accommodation and a free daily breakfast. In addition to stunning views of the Canadian Rockies, guests can enjoy top-rated ski trails and scenic hiking paths. A number of quaint shops and local restaurants are also easily accessible.
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Downtown Banff:  1km
A Banff Boutique Inn - Pension Tannenhof
A Banff Boutique Inn - Pension Tannenhof
121 Cave Avenue
Banff
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Our Banff inn is a contemporary 10 room designer Inn located only a 5 minute walk into downtown Banff. The Inn is situated quietly among the Pine Trees along Cave Avenue. Backing onto the nature corridor allows for fantastic hiking or skiing right from our doorstep. The rear Terrace is perfect for lounging and steeping yourself in the sounds of nature. Check out our Local's Art Gallery.
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Downtown Banff:  2.9km
Charlton's Cedar Court
Charlton's Cedar Court
513 Banff Avenue
Banff
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One of the first Banff accommodations Charlton's Cedar Court is a classic alpine Banff hotel. This newly renovated property has a saltwater indoor pool, whirlpool and steam room. Situated just 10 minute's walk to the downtown, this property offers a unique selection of accommodations including family-friendly kitchenette suites, and romantic loft fireplace suites.
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Downtown Banff:  0.8km
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.
Banff Ptarmigan Inn
Banff Ptarmigan Inn
337 Banff Ave
Banff
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The Banff Ptarmigan Inn boasts 134 hotel rooms. Natural wood accents add a warm glow to the hotels interior design. In-house facilities include Meatball Pizza & Pasta Restaurant, free high-speed wireless internet access in guest rooms and all public areas, just a two minute walk to downtown shops and boutiques, making the Banff Ptarmigan Inn an exceptional hotel for your next vacation.
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Downtown Banff:  0.2km
At Wits End - Banff
At Wits End - Banff
116 Mountain Avenue
Banff
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Nestled at the foot of Sulphur Mountain this Banff bed and breakfast retreat is located in the heart of Banff National Park, adjacent to world-renowned Cascade Gardens and just minutes from the Upper Hot Springs Pool, the Banff Springs Hotel, the Banff Golf Course and downtown Banff. A private entrance leads to clean, quiet rooms for individuals or couples. Bedrooms each have private bathrooms.
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
HI-Rampart Creek Hostel
HI-Rampart Creek Hostel
Highway 93
Banff
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Our Banff hostel is located in a wilderness setting. It features a common kitchen. Snowshoes are provided for your use. Wooden furnishings and natural daylight are offered in all of our dormitory rooms. Shared bathroom facilities are provided. Our hostel has no electricity to ensure a rustic experience. You can relax in the shared lounge or by the outdoor fire pit.
Banff Aspen Lodge
Banff Aspen Lodge
401 Banff Avenue
Banff
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All of our guest rooms at this Banff lodge are spacious and tastefully decorated. Singles, couples and families can choose the room type that suits their needs; most rooms feature private balconies and mountain views. Our convenient location on Banff Avenue is a three-minute stroll to the fine shopping, dining, museums and galleries.
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Downtown Banff:  0.45km
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
Spruce Grove Inn
Spruce Grove Inn
545 Banff Ave
Banff
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The Spruce Grove Inn built in 2003 is one of Banff's newest hotels This 3-star hotel with 120 spacious, modern guestrooms offers an upscale product to its sister property next door. All rooms have individual climate controls and air conditioning, touch-tone direct-dial telephones with voice mail, coffee/tea makers, hair dryers, colour cable televisions and free high-speed Internet.
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Downtown Banff:  1.1km
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
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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