Banff Hotels: Accommodations In The Banff National Park

Banff Hotels: Accommodations In The Banff National Park

Welcome to Banff! The town of Banff is located within Banff
National Park in Alberta, Canada. It’s nestled in the Canadian Rockies along the Trans-Canada
Highway, approximately 126 km, or 78 miles, west of Calgary and just 20 minutes east of
Lake Louise. At an elevation of 1,463 meters, Banff is a community with the second highest
elevation in Canada after Lake Louise. Now a resort town, Banff is the first municipality
to incorporate within a Canadian national park. The region has become one of Canada’s
most popular tourist destinations, known for its majestic mountainous surroundings and
hot springs. Banff is a destination for outdoor sports
and features extensive hiking, biking and skiing areas within the area. Sunshine Village,
Ski Norquay and Lake Louise Mountain Resort are the three nearby ski resorts located within
the national park. Within eyesight of downtown Banff, Mount Norquay has skiable slopes as
well as mountain biking trails and has been equipped with modern ski lifts and lodge. Banff is also home to the well-known Banff
World Television Festival, Banff Mountain Film Festival, Rocky Mountain Music Festival
and Bike Fest. Lake Minnewanka, located 6 minutes north of
the townsite, is a very popular day use area with a variety of activities. Mountain biking,
hiking and fishing are all activities allowed in this part of the park. There is a very
popular Lake Cruise and motor boat rentals and a small food concession available at the
marina. Tunnel Mountain is situated within the townsite
and is also very popular for quick hikes; one can reach the summit in less than half
an hour. The Banff Gondola, another popular tourist
attraction, is available to ascend Sulphur Mountain where a boardwalk (Banff Skywalk)
beginning from the upper terminal takes visitors to Sanson Peak. Sulphur Mountain is also the
location of one of Banff’s most popular attractions, the Banff Upper Hot Springs. Historically, Banff was first settled in the
1880s, after the transcontinental railway was built through the Bow Valley. In 1883,
three Canadian Pacific Railway workers stumbled upon a series of natural hot springs on the
side of Sulphur Mountain. In 1885, Canada established a federal reserve
of around the Cave and Basin hot springs and began promoting the area as an international
resort offering first-class Banff accommodations and a spa as a way to support the new railway.
The reserve area was later increased in size and named “Rocky Mountain Park.” This was
the beginning of Canada’s National Park system. The United Nations has since declared Banff
National Park a World Heritage Site as it is cherished by visitors worldwide, becoming
one of the most popular tourist destinations in Canada and the world. Follow the links to current specials on Banff
hotels and enjoy your next holiday with accommodations right in heart of The Banff National Park!

4 thoughts on “Banff Hotels: Accommodations In The Banff National Park

  1. Where have all the Canadians tribes of the Banff area gone ? These people need to be acknowledged. It looks all white to me. How shamefull Canada. Tourism carries on as if these tribes never existed. I am from NZ at least Maori tribes are acknowledged in tourism ventures. These Native tribes stories should br told and how how about some native tour guides on these treks give it a bit of realism. Talk about fake.

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