Canada Ski Accommodation in Banff, Canada

Description

The world-famous resort town of Banff is located in the centre of Banff National Park, flanked on all sides by Alberta's Rocky Mountains. Wild elk still wander into town occasionally while bighorn sheep and the occasional moose can be seen in the foothills of the ski areas. The ‘Big 3’ ski areas of Norquay, Sunshine Village and Lake Louise (45 minutes drive away) are all connected by an excellent bus shuttle service (free with Tri-Area Lift Pass) and all grades of skiers will be impressed with these three unique mountains.


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Apres

Canada is not exactly known for its après scene. However, being a reasonably-sized town, rather than small resort village, Banff has a vast array of pubs, bars and nightclubs. Whether you’re looking for a quiet drink or an all-night party, Banff has the perfect venue!

Banff Avenue Brewing Co.

If you’re keen to try some ‘real’ Canadian beer, head to the Brewing Co where they brew all their own beers in-house, using true rocky mountain water. Founded in 2010, the modern and friendly pub features HD sports TVs, a brewer’s lounge with pool tables, and a patio, and offers up-scale pub food. Free brewery tours are also

Pump & Tap Tavern

A favourite with the locals, the British pub-style Pump & Tap is the place to go for live sports coverage from around the world. They have excellent food and drink specials and serve pub favourites such fish & chips, pulled pork sandwiches and chicken wings.
Wild Bill’s Legendary Saloon
For a true ‘old west’ experience, head to Wild Bill’s. The saloon features live bands, big screen TVs and even a dance floor with line dancing! The saloon also has an old west styled restaurant if you want to stick around for a bite to eat.

Aurora Nightclub

Popular with resort staff as well as stag and hen dos, Aurora’s is the place to go for a big night out. They have excellent drink deals such as ‘Cheap-Ass Wednesdays’ when you’ll get 99c draft beer, $3 vodka bombs, and $3.99 everything else! The club features several bars, a dance floor, a stage and DJ sets. If you’re feeling a little peckish during the night, the Smashed Tomato Pizza Stand is located in the entrance hall of the club. Genius.

Dancing Sasquatch Nightclub

Another popular venue to dance the night away is the Dancing Sasquatch. Great DJs, a huge sound system and nightly events will keep you entertained in this lively Canadian cabin-themed bar.


Eating out

Banff’s bustling streets are packed full of many varied restaurants to suit all tastes and price limits. For quintessentially Canadian fare, head to the Maple Leaf Grille for elk, bison or lobster. For good value, tasty food, try the Old Spaghetti Factory, perfect for families and younger groups. Coyotes offers Southwestern cuisine with a Mediterranean influence. Or if you like the sound of an east-meets-west menu with plenty of vegetarian options, opt for Fuze, a much raved about, contemporary restaurant.



Activities

The ski town of Banff, located in Banff National Park, is the perfect location for anyone wanting to enjoy the great outdoors. Not only does it have access to ‘The Big 3’ ski resorts –Mt Norquay, Sunshine Village and The Lake Louise Ski Area – but Banff is an adventure playground in itself.

Snowshoeing
Banff National Park has a huge range of terrain to explore by snowshoe, from the surrounds of the town of Banff to the backcountry, and tours are available for all levels. There are a range of companies offering excursions and rentals in Banff so for the full list, visit the Banff-Lake Louise website: www.banfflakelouise.com/Snowshoeing

Curling
The Fenlands Banff Recreation Centre offers four curling ‘sheets’ (lanes) attached to a licensed lounge, so if you’re looking for a different night out, why not get on the ice and give it a go? It may not be the most exciting sport to watch on TV but it’s a whole different game when you’re out there yourself!

Hot Springs
For a unique experience, relax your tired ski muscles in Banff’s famous and historic natural hot springs. The hot springs have all the amenities of a modern facility but you will be bathing in a spa and bathhouse that’s been in use for more than a century, while admiring the National Park’s beautiful alpine scenery. 100% natural mineral water flows at the springs with the temperature kept between a toasty 37 and 40 degrees Celsius. Entry is $7.30 for adults or $6.30 for children from 3 years. Towels, swimsuits and lockers are all available for hire.

Johnston Canyon
If you fancy a day off from skiing, a great way to discover more of Banff National Park is to hike through Johnston Canyon. Just 30 minutes by bus, the canyon is located in between Banff and Lake Louise. The ‘hike’ to the canyon is actually a relatively easy walk through snowy forest trails and steel catwalks lined by frozen ponds. Snowshoes are recommended, though not essential and guided tours are available. The walk alone is beautiful but the final destination, a massive, icy-blue frozen waterfall, is spectacular. There are two trails you can choose between; the lower falls takes around 1-1.5 hours or allow 2.5 hours if doing both the lower and upper falls.

Ice Climbing
For the more adventurous, try the exhilarating sport of waterfall ice climbing. Climb up stunning, near vertical frozen waterfalls and enjoy the amazing views from the top! Half-day and full-day tours are available for all levels and all equipment and training is provided.



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Childcare

Although the town of Banff offers access to some of the world’s best skiing, there is plenty to do off the mountain as well. Making it a great base for families, there are a tonne of activities to keep the kids entertained on days off from the slopes or in the evenings.

Tobogganing

There is plenty of terrain in Banff suitable for tobogganing. A local favourite is the toboggan run behind the Fairmont Banff Springs hotel. If you have toddlers, the smaller and slower hills at Banff’s Cascade Ponds are perfect.
Toboggans and sleds can be rented or purchased in town.

Ice Skating

There are plenty of natural and man-made ice rinks in Banff National Park; The Fenlands Banff recreation centre offers both indoor and outdoor ice skating; there is a rink at the Banff High School playing field; and there is a rink behind the Banff Springs Hotel.

If you are planning to head to the stunning Lake Louise, just 45 minutes’ drive from Banff, kids can enjoy skating on the groomed area of the lake, around a magical ice castle.
Ice skates can be rented in town.

Dog Sledding

Dogsled tours are great fun for all the family. Take a short 35 minute ride or enjoy a scenic 1.5-2 hour session where you travel from Banff National Park through to the Kicking Horse Pass. You may even get to “mush” your own dog team! The sleds are equipped with comfortable foam cushions and sleeping bags to keep passengers warm! Tours can be booked through Kingmik Dogsled Tours: www.kingmikdogsledtours.com

Bowling

If you’re looking for a fun evening activity for the kids or taking a day off the slopes, bowling is a great way to keep the kids entertained! The bowling alley at the Fairmont Banff Springs hotel is open daily and they offer games for as little as $6 per adult and $5.50 per child. For added fun, glow bowling is available Fridays from 7pm and Saturday afternoons from 1-7pm. Sunday is family day and you can book a lane for $40.50 per hour for up to 6 people.

Cinema

The Lux Cinema in the town centre screens all the latest films. Check the website for current films and screening times: www.landmarkcinemas.com/banff

Douglas Fir Waterpark

The Douglas Fir Resort & Chalets, just 5 minutes from Downtown Banff offers an exciting waterpark at $20 entry for the general public (free for children 5 and under with a paying adult). The indoor waterpark features two giant waterslides and a kiddie pool for the young ones and a 24-person Jacuzzi and large steam room for Mum and Dad!


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Banff, Canada Snow Report
Current conditions
Temp: 1° C
Wind: 9mph
Direction: sw
Conditions: Clear skies
New Snow
24hrs: 5cm
Snow Depth
Top: 132cm
Base: 132cm

Banff Chalet Sleeps

Chalets sleeping: 2 people & over

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