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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
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
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
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 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
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.
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
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
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
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.
Hillside Bungalows
Hillside Bungalows
452 Muskrat Street
Banff
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We are in the heart of the Canadian Rockies in Banff. We have 2 cozy, self sufficient cabins in a quiet residential neighborhood that is only minutes away from the hustle and bustle of downtown. Our charming cabins both feature fully equipped kitchens, a relaxing living area, cable television with DVD, free WI-FI access and two double beds. We are pet and child friendly.
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Downtown Banff:  0.55km
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
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
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 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
King Edward Hotel Banff
King Edward Hotel Banff
137 Banff Ave.
Banff
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Our Banff hotel is right on Banff Ave and Caribou St. It was built in 1904 and is the second oldest hotel in Banff. Over the years it has been well kept and it features 21 modern rooms with all contemporary amenities to relax and enjoy. It offers friendly and helpful staff as well as reasonable rates. The majority of sights, shopping, dining, events and entertainment are within a 2 block radius.
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Downtown Banff:  1km
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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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