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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 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
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
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
Best Western PLUS Siding 29 Lodge
Best Western PLUS Siding 29 Lodge
453 Marten Street
Banff
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Our Banff hotel mixes comfort, luxury, and affordability. Relax in our spacious rooms, take a dip in our pool or hot tub, or just make the quick walk to downtown for shopping and fine dining. Hot tubs, fireplaces, kitchens and more are all available in our luxury suites, while our standard rooms offer great amenities. Pet friendly rooms. Delicious complimentary hot breakfast
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Downtown Banff:  0.4km
Moose Hotel and Suites
Moose Hotel and Suites
345 Banff Ave
Banff
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Our Banff hotel has mountain elegance with warm, rich, natural materials. Located in the heart of downtown Banff, the Moose Hotel & Suites features 174 air-conditioned guests rooms, Spa & Pools with 10 treatment rooms, private outdoor hot pool, a bright indoor pool and exercise room, and 2 spectacular rooftop hot pools with views of the Canadian Rocky Mountains. Complementary WiFi.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
Mountaineer Lodge
Mountaineer Lodge
101 Village Road
Lake Louise
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Our Lake Louise lodge offers a great night's sleep, free breakfast and friendly staff. This 78 room hotel's accommodations range from standard to deluxe guest rooms to two bedroom suites. All include new pillow top mattresses, duvet bedding, microwave, mini fridge, coffee station, free WiFi and satellite TV. Enjoy the indoor hot tub, steam room, ski waxing room, laundry facilities and ski storage.
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
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
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
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
Mount Robson Inn
Mount Robson Inn
902 Connaught Drive, PO Box 88
Jasper
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Surrounded by breathtaking natural beauty and endless recreational opportunities, the Mount Robson Inn offers central and well-appointed lodging for visitors to Jasper National Park. Conveniently tucked in the charming Jasper townsite, this fine hotel boasts inviting, amenity-rich rooms and suites and is within minutes of downtown restaurants and shops.
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Downtown Jasper:  1.3km
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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