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Towering over the provinces of Alberta and British Columbia are the majestic Canadian Rockies. With several world-class attractions and heritage sites, the Rockies are an international travel destination with something to offer everyone in all seasons. Book accommodations in the Canadian Rockies, and enjoy world-class ski resorts, hiking trails, indescribable views, wildlife at your fingertips, and a peace that you will wish you could take home with you. Communities to explore include:

Kananaskis and Canmore

Get ready to play in this premier recreation paradise, where bird watching, photography and every possible outdoor recreation activity is offered. At the end of the day, relax in one of several day spas in Canmore.

Kananaskis Country, located southwest of Calgary, comprises five provincial parks as well as the resort village of Kananaskis itself. This is recreation central: take advantage of beautiful scenery, bird watching (bird migrations in October are especially impressive!), and wildlife spotting. Get ready to see elk, deer, Rocky Mountain sheep, bears, snowshoe hares, and moose. Nearby Canmore is home to a cave system known as the 'Rats Nest', and with a guide, visitors have the opportunity to embark on an in-depth exploration of these mountain caves. Hiking companies offer escorted hikes deep into the Rockies, and Aboriginal guides teach about native traditions on horseshoe and cross-country skiing trips. Stay in Kananaskis Country and indulge your sporty side!

Banff and Banff National Park

World-renowned Banff National Park offers a small-town experience in the midst of the stunning Rocky Mountains. Spend the day skiing at one of three world-class ski resorts, camp out for the night, explore nearby caves and springs, cross-country ski spectacular trails, and relax in natural hot springs to unwind. The rumors are true: Banff is spectacular.

Imagine yourself away from the rush of city life, amidst shimmering glaciers, waterfalls, mountain pastures, and wildlife. Located just 128 km (80 mi.) from Calgary, Banff hosts four million visitors each year, yet still maintains its cozy small-town feel, making it a hot spot for visitors year round. Hop on the Banff Gondola and ride up Sulphur Mountain where three levels of observation decks offer a 360-degree view of Banff and the mountains surrounding the park. The Banff Upper Hot Springs (one of several hot springs in the area) is a historic spa and bathhouse set against the stunning Rocky Mountain scenery - talk about relaxation. The springs are 39 degrees C (102 F) year-round and offer visitors the opportunity to relax and rejuvenate in the beautiful surroundings of Banff National Park. Banff is also home to three world-class ski resorts, so don't be surprised if everyone you meet has flown in from afar for the unparalleled ski conditions. Banff National Park with all its natural riches is the perfect place to enjoy all the Rocky Mountains has to offer.

Lake Louise

Stand in awe at the sight of the green-blue waters of Lake Louise, in front of the towering Victoria Glacier. Ski at this internationally renowned destination, or cross-country ski, hike, horseback ride or bike Lake Louise's world-class trails. White water rafting on four nearby rivers is also popular with the thrill-seeking tourist.

For a peaceful escape, check out Lake Louise, a crystal blue-green lake set against the backdrop of the Victoria Glacier (known as the 'Jewel of the Rockies') located 183 km (114 mi.) northwest of Calgary. Standing at the lakeside, its colour seems almost impossibly teal. Lake Louise must be seen to be believed. Hiking to the tops of lofty mountains, cross-country skiing, soaking at a spa or natural hot spring, canoeing … these are ingredients for a perfect day at Lake Louise. If you're in for a thrilling adventure, check out the escorted whitewater rafting tours for both beginners and more advanced rafters. The Brewster Lake Louise Stables offers guided horseback rides to the Plain of Six Glaciers or Lake Agnes. In the wintertime hop on a sleigh ride at the Chateau Lake Louise that will take you all the way to the end of Lake Louise. The Lake Louise sightseeing gondola is a fourteen-minute ride to a 6850 ft (2088 m) elevation where the surrounding region can be seen from a bird's eye view. Book accommodations in Lake Louise, and see this blue-green wonder of nature for yourself!

The Columbia Icefield

The largest ice field south of Alaska, the Columbia Icefield will astonish you. Walk around on glacial ice at Athabasca Glacier in Jasper National Park, and taste pure glacial waters.

Drive through this unique region alongside a chain of massive ice fields, and experience truly 'Canadian' sights of sparkling glacial ice and crisp snow. This type of scenery is generally expected to be found in Alaska; in fact, the Columbia Icefield is the largest ice field south of Alaska. Covering 389 sq km (233 sq mi), this territory is something every visitor to the Canadian Rockies should see. Several guided tours of the ice field are available, and you can even walk around on the Athabasca Glacier in Jasper National Park, as well as have a taste of pure glacial water!

Jasper and Jasper National Park

Visitors to Jasper enjoy wildlife and nature untouched, unspoiled. Viewpoints overlooking falls, hot springs, lakes, ranching communities, and unparalleled wildlife experiences await you here in Jasper National Park.

Covering 10,800 sq. km (4170 sq. mi.) of land, Jasper National Park is a protected mountain ecosystem allowing visitors to enjoy nature through exploration and outdoor activities. Jasper is a 309 km (192 mi.) drive from Edmonton. Check out Athabasca Falls and the beautiful view offered at several points along the falls. If you have the time, stay awhile and picnic, or go cross-country skiing. Goat Lookout also offers stunning views as well as a picnic area where mountain goats and bighorn sheep can be seen. Several nearby lakes offer family fun in both winter and summer seasons. Plan the perfect day at the Miette Hotspring, the hottest in the Canadian Rockies, with trails and picnicking areas nearby. You can travel with one of the park's accredited guides for an extended hike deep into the wilderness, and can even stay the night with a wilderness pass. Cardinal Ranch offers horse-whispering demonstrations, as well as overnight campouts via horseback. Grand Cache, Alberta is the gateway to Willmore Wilderness Park, where you will find trails, big game, flowers, lakes and rivers only accessible by foot or on horseback. For a longer stay in Jasper National Park, consider the Jasper Institute's courses on natural and historical topics such as photography, bears and wildlife. However long you are able to spend in Jasper, you will wish you stayed longer. Book a Jasper accommodation today.

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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
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
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
Banff Park Lodge Resort & Conference Center
Banff Park Lodge Resort & Conference Center
222 Lynx St
Banff
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Our Banff hotel is steps from the glacier-fed Bow River and is a full-service resort hotel and conference centre. Experience the best of both worlds: a quiet location with quick access to a lively downtown Banff. Amenities include an indoor pool, eucalyptus-infused steam room, exercise facilities and whirlpool. Free secure ski, snowboard and bicycle storage is available in designated areas.
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Downtown Banff:  0.7km
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
High Country Inn - Banff
High Country Inn - Banff
419 Banff Avenue
Banff
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From relaxing in a traditional dry cedar sauna to dining at Ticino Swiss-Italian Restaurant, guests staying at the High Country Inn will find an array of luxurious and family-friendly lodging and amenities designed to help make their stay exceptional. Located two blocks from downtown Banff, this Banff Inn offers easy access to shopping and restaurants.
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Downtown Banff:  0.9km
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
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.
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Downtown Banff:  0.4km
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
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.
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Downtown Banff:  72.5km
Irwin's Mountain Inn
Irwin's Mountain Inn
429 Banff Avenue
Banff
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Our charming Banff hotel is an ideal choice as it's nestled right in heart of Banff, Alberta with a naturally lit new lobby entrance and charming lounge. We offer a fitness centre, whirlpool, conference room, and the El Toro restaurant featuring Canadian cuisine with a Spanish and Mexican influence. Free parking and free wireless internet. Our staff can advise guests on tours and area attractions.
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Downtown Banff:  0.2km
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
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
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
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
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
The Georgetown Inn
The Georgetown Inn
1101 Bow Valley Trail
Canmore
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Canmore's Georgetown Inn has been welcoming guests to the Canadian Rockies since 1993 by providing outstanding mountain accommodation just minutes from Banff National Park. The classic Tudor English exterior with its patios and English gardens will immediately beckon you inside. Here you will discover 20 beautifully appointed guestrooms, each one unique in its appearance and décor.
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Downtown Canmore:  0.5km
Silver Creek Lodge
Silver Creek Lodge
1818 Mountain Avenue
Canmore
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Inspired by Zen tradition, to bring attention, reverence and harmony to all things, Silver Creek Lodge Canmore offers a unique environment with all the comforts of a cosmopolitan lifestyle in luxurious and unique condo suites. otel accommodations unlike any other, uniquely styled and crafted to offer the ultimate relaxing guest experience.
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Downtown Canmore:  1km
The Summit at Grande Rockies
The Summit at Grande Rockies
901 Mountain St
Canmore
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Our premier Canmore condo hotel suites boast spacious layouts and a two-storey floor plan, fully equipped gourmet kitchens, luxurious bedrooms, walk-in closets, lavish bathrooms complete with steam showers and soaker tubs, stunning mountain vistas, gas fireplaces, large dining areas, modern furnishings and private balconies and decks, some with your own private six-person hot-tub.
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Downtown Canmore:  0.5km
Spring Creek Mountain Village
Spring Creek Mountain Village
1 Spring Creek Gate
Canmore
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Offering campsites from April 15th though October 15th, Spring Creek RV Campground is ideally situated in Canmore, Alberta in the beautiful Canadian Rockies. Only 23 kilometers from Banff, Spring Creek offers all the conveniences of a modern campground set in natural surroundings amid breathtaking scenery. Downtown Canmore with all its shops and restaurants is just a stroll away.
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Downtown Canmore:  2.3km
Fire Mountain Lodge
Fire Mountain Lodge
121 Kananaskis Way
Canmore
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Our Canmore lodge brings the style and luxury of one of the finest urban resorts into the four-season natural wonderland of the Canadian Rockies. Challenge yourself with championship golf, world-class skiing, hiking, mountain biking and Banff National Park. Each two-story designer condominium suite becomes a private and intimate retreat from your daily life.
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Downtown Canmore:  0.5km
Mystic Springs Chalets & Hot Pools
Mystic Springs Chalets & Hot Pools
140 Kananaskis Way
Canmore
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Our Canmore chalets are your ultimate family friendly hotel accommodations in Canmore, the heart of the Bow Valley. With over forty fully self-catering, two bedroom, two bathroom condo style suites, our hotel is ideal for anyone travelling with family and friends. The courtyard houses Canmore's largest outdoor heated swimming pool and a large hot tub, fitness area, laundry facilities and BBQs.
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Downtown Canmore:  0.7km
Banff Boundary Lodge
Banff Boundary Lodge
1000 Harvie Heights Road
Harvie Heights
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Our Harvie Heights lodge (20 km from Banff) offers comfortable private 2 Bedroom Condo Suites that include- fully stocked self catering kitchens, gas fireplaces, complimentary parking onsite (one parking stall is provided for each unit), outdoor hot tub, BBQ area, pet friendly rooms, and laundry facilities on site with glorious mountain views. Easy access to Banff National Park and Canmore.
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Downtown Harvie Heights:  2.2km
Jasper House Bungalows
Jasper House Bungalows
Hwy 93 South, Box 817
Jasper
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We are located in beautiful Jasper National Park, only 3.5 km south of the town of Jasper on Highway 93. Secluded and peaceful on the banks of the Athabasca river and sheltered by Whistlers Mountain, home of the Jasper Tramway, Jasper House provides the ideal setting in which to enjoy the true Canadian Rockies experience. Walking trails leave from your front door and hiking trails are nearby.
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Downtown Jasper:  3.5km
Sundance Lodges
Sundance Lodges
Box 190
Kananaskis
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Our unique, family campground is nestled in the Canadian Rockies. Campers enjoy beautiful, authentic tipis, comfortable trappers' tents and secluded campsites in the heart of Kananaskis Country, an Alberta protected recreation area. We accommodate regular tents as well as RV camping. We are 45 minutes from Banff & Calgary in the Kananaskis Valley.
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Calgary Airport:  88.5km

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