Banff National Park Lodging

Banff National Park lodging offers just the base necessary to enjoy some of the best activities in Canada’s oldest national park; riding the Banff Gondola to the Sulphur Mountain summit, boat tours of Lake Minnewanka, skiing in Banff across almost 8,000 acres, or canoeing, kayaking, horseback riding, and hiking through the magnificent landscape. There isn’t a lack of choice in price ranges either, even though the Fairmont Banff Springs sets the bar on national park luxury. Banff is home to a wide range of hotels in every price range, from low-cost local hotels and motels in the heart of the town, to outrageously beautiful mountainside resorts, lodges, and inns that cost a mint. With Fido or going it alone, there are enough lodging choices in Banff to make your head spin.

Camping in Banff National Park

Camping in Banff National Park
Camping in Banff National Park   Image: Travel Alberta

There are exactly thirteen separate campgrounds to choose from when deciding to camp in the park. Camping is one of the most popular choices in Banff National Park lodging in the summer (with such naturally high elevations, spring and fall are often much too cold). With a 5M dollar investment into camping areas in Banff in 2010 alone, visitors will enjoy excellent facilities and services while sleeping, literally, in the great outdoors. Both tent and trailer camping is accommodated. The largest campground is Tunnel Mountain Village with more than 600 sites, followed by Two Jack Main, Lake Louise Tent Campground, and Lake Louise Trailer Campground. Campgrounds open in May and June with most closing up mid to late September.

Hotels near Banff National Park

Hotels near Banff National Park
Hotels near Banff National Park

Hotels near Banff National Park include everything from five star resorts to family lodges to large and small hotels alike and certainly a handful of good hostels. The Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel (pictured above) is by far the most revered, and oldest, hotel in park and one that receives millions of annual visitors, whether to stay or just get a look around. Classic mountain luxury at Hidden Ridge Resort is another of Banff’s hotel icons and a masterpiece in mountain lodging design. The Juniper Hotel site has roots dating back 4,000 years. Today it embodies its history while offering a modern, boutique hotel setting. The Rimrock Resort Hotel, Mount Royal Hotel, and locally love Banff International Hotel are more worthy options to explore when looking for Banff hotels.

Cabins in Banff National Park

Cabins in Banff National Park
Cabins in Banff National Park

Being a national park, there are park-wide restrictions on building, limiting the number of cabins, or chalets, so as not to make any negative environmental impact. Most all of the cabins in Banff National Park are a part of a resort or lodge, offering all the same aspects of private cabins but often closer spacing then wilderness cabins might offer. Rundle Ridge Chalets and Johnston Canyon Resort feature mountain cabins near Banff skiing, hiking trails, rivers, and more. A little further away, closer to Jasper, is The Overlander Lodge, also offering lodging near Banff National Park. Some hotels also have a smattering of cabins mixed into lodging options that might include lodge or resort rooms and a limited number of private cabins on the premises.

Pet Friendly Lodging

Pet Friendly Lodging
Pet Friendly Lodging

Many adventurers traveling to Banff for vacations travel with their pets and it’s no wonder why; the landscape begs for a furry companion to share the backcountry and mountains with. Luckily there is ample pet-friendly lodging in Banff and bringing your pet with you doesn’t mean sacrificing luxury in the least either (you know when the Banff Springs offers pet-friendly rooms, many will follow suit). The famous Juniper Hotel, Mount Royal Hotel, and Castle Mountain Chalets (between Lake Louise and Banff) offer pet-friendly accommodations and several pet services too. Also between The Lake and Banff is Johnston Canyon Resort, an ideal setting to retreat to. The local Best Western, Voyager Inn, and Driftwood Inn are the best mid-range, pet-friendly options.

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