Hotel at a Glance: Banff Park Lodge
Banff Park Lodge is nestled in the Canadian Rockies, a stone’s throw from the clear glacial waters of the Bow River. The prime location offers guests easy access to everything that draws visitors to Banff: ski slopes, hiking and biking trails, and shopping on Banff Avenue and Bear Street, a 2-minute walk away. The lodge is a 10-minute drive from Banff Upper Hot Springs and the Banff gondola, which reveals stunning views of the Rockies from above.
- Superior rooms encompass nearly 400 square feet and include a private balcony or patio.
- Do dinner: This deal includes a $20 dining credit to the onsite Italian restaurant, La Terrazza (not valid toward alcohol).
- Winter activities include skiing, snowshoeing, and snow tubing.
- Warm up after a day of exploring with a dip in the indoor hot tub or a session in the eucalyptus-infused steam room.
Banff, Alberta: World-Class Ski Town in the Canadian Rockies
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 away from year-round outdoor activities at Banff National Park. The park encompasses 2,564 square miles of snow-capped mountains, coniferous forests, and glacial lakes that are a shocking shade of blue; US News & World Report called Banff one of the best national parks in the world.
In the winter, skiing is the area’s big draw, with three ski resorts totaling nearly 300 runs. Once the snow melts, you can still enjoy the brisk mountain air on miles of hiking and mountain-biking trails such as Stoney Squaw Summit, an uphill route that wends through dense forests to a stunning mountain vista. Another popular attraction—Banff Upper Hot Springs—is open to the public all year long. The mineral-rich waters, which stay at a constant 98–104 degrees Fahrenheit, are part of the highest hot-springs system in Canada.
Downtown Banff is a bustling commercial center filled with independent shops. 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.