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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
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
Red Carpet Inn
Red Carpet Inn
425 Banff Avenue
Banff
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Our Banff inn is just 2 1/2 blocks from Banffs downtown shopping area. All rooms are equipped with coffee makers, refrigerators, 27" cable TVs, free wireless internet, private 4 piece baths, air conditioning, complimentary guest safe, deluxe beds from Natural Rest. Please note we are a pet-friendly property but a completely non-smoking property.
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Downtown Banff:  0.2km
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
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
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
Sunshine Mountain Lodge
Sunshine Mountain Lodge
1 Sunshine Access Road
Banff
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Our Banff Lodge offers rooms that range from affordably intimate and cosy to spectacular and sprawling suites ideal for families. All are decorated in a rustic mountain theme, but have luxury touches to ensure you are pampered after your day on the slopes. All rooms offer cable television, flat screen LCD TV, hair dryer, telephone, Internet and windows that open to fresh mountain air.
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 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
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
The Fox Hotel and Suites
The Fox Hotel and Suites
461 Banff Avenue
Banff
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We offer a unique accommodation style in Banff, with one and two bedroom suites and hotel rooms. Come visit us and be sure to try our Chili's World Famous margaritas on the street front patio. The Fox Hotel & Suites offers a large hot pool, fitness room, change rooms at the Cave and Basin Hotpool area. Guests have free access to the Banff Town Bus to downtown, Sulphur Mountain Gondola and more.
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Downtown Banff:  0.4km
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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Downtown Banff:  1.2km
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
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
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
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
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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