Welcome to your detailed guide for hostels in Banff National Park, Canada. You can choose from 8 Banff National Park hostels. In total, there are 8 cheap places to stay in Banff National Park such as guesthouses and bnbs. Prices start from $30 for a dorm.
Above we list every single hostel there is in the city. Let us take a broader look at what you can expect - and what not. We created this cheatsheet for you to get a more complete picture of the hostel quality in Banff National Park, average prices and types of hostels to choose from.
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Most Banff National Park hostels are located in
Banff Town, Castle Junction, Icefields Parkway
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Below you can discover the best hostels to suit every traveller type. All of our recommendations are based on information shared by genuine travellers, the hostels and data that has been calculated from the system. Don't forget to check the ratings and see how these compare with the rates.
Travelling on your own to Banff National Park? Fabulous!
Pick a great hostel designed with solo travellers in mind, and you're bound to meet plenty of like-minded people who have also dared to venture to Banff National Park alone. Here are the top hostels for solo travellers in Banff National Park. We've also highlighted which hostel offers special perks you, as a solo traveller, will love. Each hostel offers great social spaces to meet fellow backpackers and wonderful opportunities for making new friends. You'll soon realise that travelling on your own definitely does not mean travelling alone.
This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Banff National Park. To help you make friends with Banff National Park before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!
Guess what? Banff National Park is also named and spelled Lake Louise - It is the same destination. Goodbye confusion.
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.
There are plenty of frequently asked questions about hostels in Banff National Park. We've collected the most common questions and doubts when it comes to picking your preferred accommodation in Banff National Park. The more you know, the better you can plan with confidence and ease, right?
A hostel in Banff National Park costs on average $46 for a dorm. A hostel in Banff National Park with private rooms costs on average $153.
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HI - Mosquito Creek Hostel is the best hostel in Banff National Park for families.
HI - Mosquito Creek Hostel is the best hostel in Banff National Park for groups.
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HI - Banff - Alpine Centre Hostel is the best rated hostel for partying in Banff National Park.
It offers: Pub Crawls, Bar.
Hey fam! Here are a few more tips from the community, from them to you, and you to them. This space is dedicated for travellers to share their best tips on backpacking Banff National Park. Have a closer look - the Hostelz community share real hidden gems, insider knowledge and overall impressions of Banff National Park. Everyone is welcome to add something useful, funny, unexpected and the "absolutely necessary to know before you go" - share, share and then share a little more!
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.
Pack smart, not hard
Hostel? Check! Now let's have at your hostel packing list for Banff National Park and Canada.
You may wonder what to pack when staying in hostels? There is a few absolute basics you always have to pick. Other items are more optional and depend more on your location. Here is the must-packing items when staying in hostels:
These are the basics, yet there is more. We wrote a big, detailed guide on what to pack, tech gear and things you won't need.