Canadian Rockies (Banff & Jasper)

Canadian Rockies (Banff & Jasper), photo by Magnus Manske
Canadian Rockies (Banff & Jasper) (photo by Magnus Manske)

The Canadian Rockies are located in western Alberta and eastern British Columbia.

The gorgeous alpine scenery, glacier-fed lakes, and unblemished forests have led to its designation as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The region draws millions of visitors every year, but is large enough to accommodate those seeking solitude.

Among the best known and most popular destinations within the large region are Banff and Jasper National Parks, both in Alberta. These parks offer diverse summer activities, including hiking, climbing, and canoeing on lakes. Banff also offers extensive winter sports facilities, including lifts for skiing and snowboarding,

Overall Atmosphere: Natural
A Natural Atmosphere includes a diverse range of destinations with outdoor-oriented features, including both water-based (beaches, rivers, lakes, etc) and land-based (mountains, forests, deserts, etc). It also includes specific outdoor activities, ranging from water adventuring (eg, kayaking, sailing) to land adventuring (eg, hiking, biking).

Natural Interests tend to be:
(a) outdoors-oriented, and therefore more dependent on weather conditions
(b) less easily accessible and more physically demanding than other destination categories.

In some cases (eg, rafting and climbing), this includes a significantly increased degree of adventure (or danger, depending on one's viewpoint).
Featuring mainly outdoors-oriented natural attractions.

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Delta Hotels by Marriott Banff Royal Canadian Lodge

Featuring an indoor mineral swimming pool and spa services, this Banff hotel includes an on-site restaurant and lounge. Each room offers a 37" LCD TV and free WiFi. Banff Gondola is 13 minutes' drive away. Average score from 585 guest reviews: 8.6/10.

$141 - $283


Banff International Hostel

Located in Banff centre, this hostel provides free WiFi in all rooms. Mount Norquay Ski Resort is 15 minutes’ drive away. All shared dormitory rooms at Banff International Hostel feature shared bathroom facilities and lockers. Average score from 775 guest reviews: 7.5/10.

$25 - $59


Samesun Banff

Located on Banff National Park, this hostel is just 5 minutes’ walk from Banff’s shops and bars. A fully licensed bar and restaurant as well as a fully equipped common guest kitchen are available on site. Average score from 686 guest reviews: 8.2/10.

$25 - $74


The Banff Inn

Featuring a hot tub, steamroom, and sauna, this Banff hotel is located just 19 km from Sunshine Village Ski Resort. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant and bar. Free WiFi and a cable TV are provided in every guest room. Average score from 50 guest reviews: 8.0/10.

$118 - $148


Banff Ptarmigan Inn

Situated just minutes from the centre of Banff, this comfortable inn offers convenient amenities and leisure services within walking distance of many area attractions, parks and ski areas. Average score from 553 guest reviews: 7.7/10.

$103 - $181

See all hotels in Canadian Rockies (Banff & Jasper).
Hotel NameRooms FromGuest Rating
At Wits End B&B

At Wits End B&B

Located in the heart of Banff National Park, this Banff property provides daily breakfast. Free Wi-Fi and a shared refrigerator and microwave are provided. Banff town centre is less than 1 km away. Average score from 11 guest reviews: 9.4/10.

$93 - $123

Hillside Bungalows

Hillside Bungalows

Nestled within Banff National Park, this family owned property is a 15-minute walk from the town centre. Each cottage features a fully equipped kitchen, free Wi-Fi and view of the surrounding mountains. Average score from 32 guest reviews: 9.0/10.

$89 - $112

The Juniper Hotel & Bistro

The Juniper Hotel & Bistro

Featuring an on-site gourmet restaurant and lounge, this Banff hotel is located 10 minutes’ drive from Mount Norquay Ski Resort and boasts panoramic views of the Rocky Mountains. Free WiFi is included. Average score from 676 guest reviews: 8.6/10.

$83 - $170

The Hidden Ridge Resort

The Hidden Ridge Resort

This apartment-style property is nestled in a secluded area on Tunnel Mountain and offers stunning views of Banff town centre and the surrounding mountains. The resort features apartments with full kitchens and wood-burning fireplaces. Average score from 31 guest reviews: 8.4/10.

$96 - $483

Brewster's Mountain Lodge

Brewster's Mountain Lodge

Offering a fitness centre, hot tub, and sauna, Brewster's Mountain Lodge is located in Banff. A daily continental breakfast is served. Free WiFi access is available. Each room here will provide you with a TV and satellite channels. Average score from 698 guest reviews: 8.3/10.


A Good Nite's Rest Bed and Breakfast

A Good Nite's Rest Bed and Breakfast

Located 1 km from Banff Park Museum, A Good Nite's Rest Bed and Breakfast offers rooms with a microwave and a mini refrigerator. Free WiFi is provided. Daily breakfast is included. Average score from 302 guest reviews: 8.3/10.


High Country Inn

High Country Inn

Offering an indoor pool, a dry cedar sauna and a hot tub, High Country Inn is located in Banff. Free W-Fi and a mountain view are enjoyed from all rooms. Mount Norquay is 13 minutes’ drive away. Average score from 786 guest reviews: 8.3/10.

$92 - $156

Irwin's Mountain Inn

Irwin's Mountain Inn

Featuring a fitness centre and hot tub on-site, this hotel is located in the heart of Banff, surrounded by the Canadian Rockies. Shopping and restaurants are conveniently within a few minutes walk. Free WiFi is provided. Average score from 977 guest reviews: 8.2/10.

$77 - $256

Banff Caribou Lodge and Spa

Banff Caribou Lodge and Spa

Featuring an on-site spa, this mountain lodge is nestled in the heart of Banff city centre, only 5.6 km from Banff Gondola. Free passes for Banff's transit system are provided. Free WiFi is provided. Average score from 45 guest reviews: 8.2/10.

$89 - $181

Tunnel Mountain Resort

Tunnel Mountain Resort

Featuring an indoor pool and 2 hot tubs, this resort boasts panoramic views of Banff National Park and the Canadian Rockies. Free Wi-Fi is included. Banff centre is 850 metres away. Average score from 45 guest reviews: 8.1/10.

$74 - $248

Best Western Plus Siding 29 Lodge

Best Western Plus Siding 29 Lodge

This property is located 10 minutes’ walk from Banff town centre. An indoor swimming pool and a hot tub are provided for guest use. Free Wi-Fi is offered in all areas. Breakfast is provided daily. Average score from 454 guest reviews: 8.1/10.


Elk + Avenue Hotel

Elk + Avenue Hotel

Offering a sauna and a hot tub, Elk + Avenue Hotel features guest rooms with a flat-screen TV and an iPod docking station. Free WiFi is available. Banff Gondola is 4 km away. A mini refrigerator is included in each room at this hotel. Average score from 17 guest reviews: 8.1/10.

$96 - $219

Blue Mountain Lodge Banff

Blue Mountain Lodge Banff

Surrounded by the Canadian Rocky Mountains, this bed and breakfast is 2 minutes' from the shops and restaurants of Banff town centre. It offers a guest kitchen and lounge. Free Wi-Fi is provided in all rooms. Average score from 497 guest reviews: 8.0/10.

$74 - $148

Banff Voyager Inn

Banff Voyager Inn

Offering an outdoor pool and a restaurant with a garden patio, Banff Voyager Inn is located in Banff. Free WiFi access is available. The Fairmont Banff Springs golf course is 10 minutes’ drive away. Average score from 128 guest reviews: 7.1/10.

$89 - $133

Spruce Grove Inn

Spruce Grove Inn

Offering access to an outdoor pool, hot tub and sauna, Spruce Grove Inn is located 5 minutes’ drive from Banff city centre. Free WiFi access is available. Snowy Owl Sled Dog Tours are 20 minutes’ drive away. Average score from 116 guest reviews: 6.2/10.

$89 - $148



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Scenic Waterways

Beautiful Lakes with Mountain Backdrops

Among the beautiful and famous are Lake Louise and Moraine Lake, both located in Banff.
Alpine Mountains
The Canadian Rockies are widely considered among the most beautiful mountain systems in in the world, with everything from 5-star resorts for relaxing to 5-plus climbing spots, with plenty in between.
Winter Sports
Banff national park has three ski resorts:

Lake Louise Mountain Resort

Sunshine Village

Ski Norquay
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Kayaking and Canoeing
Hiking and Trekking

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