Hotel at a Glance: Banff International Hotel
Banff International Hotel is located in the heart of Banff National Park. While staying here, you'll be within walking distance of shops and galleries as well as park sites and facilities, and, most important, you'll be surrounded by unparalleled views of the Canadian Rockies.
- Banff National Park: Encompassing 2, 564 square miles of craggy mountains and alpine lakes, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is one of Canada's most spectacular destinations.
- Walk to downtown for unique shops, restaurants, and historic sites.
- Onsite dining: Ricky's All Day Grill serves up causal fare such as pancakes, burgers, and barbecue ribs; RG's Lounge is a good spot for enjoying a cold one in front of the fireplace.
- Morning coffee and alpine tour bookings: available at the Explore Rockies Cafe
- Unwind in the onsite jacuzzi, steam room, or dry sauna.
Banff, Alberta: Tiny Town in the Canadian Rockies near Major Ski Resorts
The tiny mountain town of Banff is ringed by rugged peaks and dense pine forests in the heart of the Canadian Rockies, about 90 minutes west of Calgary. The town is just minutes from year-round outdoor activities at Banff National Park, which encompasses 2,564 square miles of snow-capped mountains, coniferous forests, and glacial lakes; U.S. News & World Report called Banff one of the world's best national parks.
In the winter, skiing is the area’s big draw, with three ski resorts totaling nearly 300 runs. Mt. Norquay has been open to the public since 1926 and features Big Chair, North America's second-oldest chairlift. Another nearby popular attraction, Banff Upper Hot Springs, stays open to the public all year long. The mineral-rich waters are always 98–104 degrees Fahrenheit, no matter the season.
Downtown Banff is a bustling commercial center filled with independent shops. A slew of bars and restaurants serve bison, venison, and elk. The sparkling Bow River winds through town; take a stroll along the Bow River Falls trail and you’ll get up-close views of the cascading waters.