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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
Inns of Banff
Inns of Banff
600 Banff Ave
Banff
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Located on Banff Avenue the Inns of Banff has some of the best views in all of Banff. With 244 rooms this hotel has it all: ski rentals, Wildfire Grill, both an indoor pool and hot tub along with an outdoor hot pool, underground parking, Japanese restaurant Miki, Gift shop, and more. Inns of Banff offers a variety of rooms ranging from hotel rooms, 2 and 4 bedroom condos to freestanding cottages.
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Downtown Banff:  1km
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
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
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-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.
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Downtown Banff:  32.8km
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.
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Downtown Banff:  1.4km
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 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
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 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
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 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
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
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 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
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
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
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.
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Downtown Banff:  0.21km
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
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
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
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.
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Downtown Banff:  0.5km
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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