The Town of Banff is located in the heart of the Canadian Rocky Mountains. A service town for Banff National Park, the town is both small and remote—only four square kilometers total, surrounded on all sides by the park. The town’s population is limited due to the area’s park status, which prevents the ownership of private property. Thus, the area’s inhabitants and economy is largely limited to supporting the more than three million visitors who flock to Banff each yearn to enjoy its awe-inspiring natural beauty. The town of Banff, though small in size, offers visitors a wide selection of accommodations, from bed and breakfasts and hotels in Banff to lodges to castles. This guest post will explore a few of them—where will you lay your head during your stay?
Enjoy sleeping in the great outdoors? Look no further. Campgrounds like Banff’s Johnston Canyon Campground will hit the spot. Johnston Canyon Campground is a mid-size campground located in Bow Valley Park that can accommodate “anything from tents to RVs or motorhomes.” The campground is open between the months of June and September and offers babbling creeks, cascading waterfalls and magnificent wildlife.
Banff’s lodges offer the best of both worlds—plan for a cozy stay, but leave the sleeping bag at home. Sundance Lodge is located along the backcountry of the park, near Brewster Creek trail. Your stay will include home-cooked meals and running showers and toilets that are solar powered. During the summer months, Sundance offers visitors hiking trails and guided horseback trips ranging from two to six days in length. Cross-country skiing is offered in the winter.
Bed and Breakfasts
Bed and Breakfasts pepper the town of Banff, providing an authentic, local experience. Your stay will include breakfast and a room in a small building or actual home. The historic Banff Avenue Bed and Breakfast is affordable, friendly and relaxed. The home is close to downtown Banff shops as well as ski shuttles.
Treat yourself to the ultimate retreat at the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel. This hidden travel gem, modeled after a Scottish Baronial Castle is the pinnacle of luxury. The resort is over 125 years old and boasts an impressive array of on-site accommodations, including: 12 lounges and restaurants—The Banffshire Club, Grapes Wine Bar, Castle Pantry, among others—two golf courses, the nationally recognized Willow Stream day spa, a bowling center, and “kids club” for young guests.
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