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Banff National Park
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About Banff National Park
Banff National Park is somewhat indescribable; its beauty lies not only in its obvious scenery but runs through its crystal clear glacier river, howls within the surrounding towering mountains, and whispers along its beautifully untouched streets.
There are a few options for Banff hostels; you will be located either on the main strip (good for a winter stay) or around Tunnel Mountain. Visit the travel centre downtown to educate yourself on which trails or activities are currently offering what you're looking for! Banff's nightlife is always booming, with dance clubs near/on the main drag.
Banff's year-round activities are endless. In the summer, be sure to hit up the dollar store and grab yourself a dingy on which to float down the Bow Valley River! Must-do mountains include Tunnel Mountain, a short walk from the town (about twenty minutes), where you'll catch the picturesque ski town at a birds-eye view. Sulfur Mountain, which is a two-hour hike for the averagely fit, can pose a great challenge for runners; a short gondola ride to the top for the faint of heart is definitely worth the value and the energy you save to walk around the top of the mountain. For the more adventurous of hikers, Mount Rundle and Cascade Mountain are must-dos. Close to town, you can't skip the Fairmont Banff Springs castle in the mountains.
Winter is a whole different story; Banff is a snowboarder's or skier's haven. The town runs shuttles to three of their main ski hills periodically throughout the day on two main routes stopping at most Banff hostels and hotels. The three ski resorts include the closest Norquay ski hill, and the ever competing Lake Louise, and Sunshine Mountain; all are definitely worth a try. Lake Louise seems to be preferred by boarders due to its extensive terrain park. Sunshine is preferred by skiers due to its many rolling mountains. As for Norquay, it's a mere five minutes out of town and the only one of the three to offer night skiing.
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HI - Banff - Alpine Centre Hostel
"Excellent - I've stayed at Hi Banff twice now, once in summer, once in winter and both time have had an excellent stay. The first time I stayed in the main building and the second time i stayed in building 2, which is just next door not attached to the main building. I would definitely try and get in building 2 again as it's newer and nicer but the main building is excellent too. It has an on-site restaurant that serves breakfast and i think...
HI - Lake Louise - Alpine Centre Hostel
"The best thing about HI - Lake Louise - Alpine Centre Hostel is that it has a lot to offer in a fantastic location at a much lower price than nearby hotels. The Location Lake Louise - Alpine Centre Hostel is located in the village of Lake Louise within Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada. The location is very convenient to many of the attractions that Banff and Jasper National Parks have to offer. There are a lot of skiing and hiking...
HI - Rampart Creek Wilderness Hostel
"A few advisories regarding HI - Rampart Creek Wilderness Hostel are in order. First, bring your own drinking water or be ready to boil what they have on hand. The local water board has posted an advisory, although hostel management says it's just a formality and the water is ok. Unfortunately, the kitchen building has some rodent issues -- at dawn, mice can be heard scurrying in the walls or perhaps even scampering around the campfire at...
HI - Castle Mountain Hostel
"The HI - Castle Mountain hostel can feel a bit crowded at times with fourteen beds to a room and a smallish kitchen that can get very bustling at times. This is offset by a spacious common area for groups, electricity, showers fed from a rather small hot water tank, a nice selection of books, magazines, and maps. Susan, the host, is very talkative and always has bright eyes and a friendly smile for guests. The hostel is very clean...
Samesun Backpackers Banff
"Banff Chalet - SameSun is affiliated with the six Samesun Backpackers Lodges located in Vancouver, Kelowna, Revelestoke, Silverstar, and Banff. Samesun operates two hostels in Banff located approximately fifty meters apart. This review is for the Samesun Chalet. The other hostel is the Samesun Backpacker Lodge (not reviewed). They are independent hostels (non HI). The Location The Samesun Chalet is exceptionally well located on world...
Banff International Hostel
"Good reception, situation and rooms - Bad coffee and orange juice!!! Good ambiance. Good place ... bear bus and train station. People in reception wonderful. Computers, printer ... wifi anywhere ... Good good good." … "Great location, friendly staff and clean. - The rooms were clean, staff were helpful, wi-fi always worked and the breakfast had plenty of options and there was always enough food. I would stay here again if I was in the...
Banff Y Mountain Lodge
"Banff Y Mountain Lodge is a YWCA property perfect for all ages located on the beautiful Bow River and the perfect base for the great range of Outdoor activities available in the area all year round. The Location The Y is located at 102 Spray Avenue, which is just across the bridge over the Bow River from Banff Avenue, where you will find all the shops, restaurants, and nightlife. There is a bus stop right outside the hostel if you need...
HI - Mosquito Creek Hostel
Near Lake Louise
"If you want to experience a bit of the true Canadian experience, you have come to the right place at HI - Mosquito Creek Hostel. This hostel seems to attract climbers, cyclists, cross country skiers, snowshoers, photographers, and anyone looking for a rustic wilderness experience, versus the shopping malls, crowds, and nightlife of Banff, Lake Louise, and Jasper. If you want nightlife or shopping, look elsewhere! Wildlife (including bears!)...
HI - Canmore Clubhouse Hostel
"HI - Canmore Clubhouse Hostel's small dorm rooms offer more of a sense of privacy than other hostels. An excellent kitchen, common areas with fireplace and good reading selection, washrooms, showers, wimpy electric sauna, deck, laundry room, and internet computer make this one of the comfiest hostels in the Canadian Rockies. The hostel has a beautiful location tucked away on a hillside just outside of Canmore. Reserve ahead and hosts will...
HI Lake Louise Alpine Center
"… south on the Icefields Parkway (#93 N). Make sure you take lots of pictures and have a National Park Pass. Turn east on Highway 1 towards Lake Louise. Keep a sharp eye out for the exit to Lake Louise, it comes up fast (less than 1km) Turn right at the top of the exit ramp into the village. At the first stop sign, turn right. The HI-Lake Louise Alpine Center is the second establishment after the bridge, on your left. From Golden...
Brewster's Mountain Lodge
"… Amenities include onsite whirlpool, sauna and small fitness area and many onsite shops which include but not limited to a hair salon and Budget Car Rental. Each guest room and suite comes complete with rich coloured “Western” Décor, historical photographs from one of Banff’s founding families archives, log furnishings, cosy duvets and woollen blankets, granite and fully tiled bathroom, satellite television, wireless internet...
King Edward Hotel
"Over the years it has been well kept up 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 in Banff are within a 2 block radius of the King Edward Hotel. It's like "Downtown living in middle of the Wilderness." Rooms & Services: Being the second most historic hotel in Banff, the...
The AWA Hotel Driftarrow Banff
"… you a comfortable stay. We are right on the Banff Bus line, to take you to any ski resort, or mountain lake you desire. Whether sitting in the Hot tub at The AWA Hotel Driftarrow Banff, or eating in our world class Italian Restaurant, the Meatball, our staff will promise that you will always be welcomed with a smile, while visiting all the great wonders the Canadian Rockies has to offer. Check in reception is located in...
Banff National Park Travel Tips & Suggestions
If you go up to Lake Louise, go really early in the morning or late in the day to avoid summer crowds (and not wait endlessly for a parking spot). And check out Johnson Lake near Banff on a hot day for a swim in a mountain lake. There's a small beach there too.
If possible, don't go to Banff in July or August as it's very busy. If you go off-season, you'll have cheaper prices, less crowds, and all the same great stuff. June or September is great.
When staying in Banff, be sure to drive the Icefields Parkway up to Jasper. It's absolutely breathtaking.
If you're in Banff, make sure to eat dinner at St. Jame's Gate. It's a "true" Irish pub. The food is delicious, the staff friendly and helpful, and the ambience very cozy. During the winter, this is THE place to get tips on the local ski areas, as most instructors, etc. stop in for a beer after work.
— Campfire Girl
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