Banff National Park Hostels

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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