Hotel at a Glance: Banff Voyager Inn
Banff Voyager Inn sits in the midst of the Canadian Rockies, just a few minutes from forested hiking trails and glacier-fed lakes inside Banff National Park. The area is home to hundreds of downhill ski trails, and ski season typically runs from November to April.
- Mountain Home Smokehouse Grill: Chefs at this onsite restaurant proudly smoke their meats onsite, resulting in tasty baby back ribs, beef brisket, and German-style pork loin. * Guest rooms have free WiFi and private balconies with views of the surrounding mountains.
- Downtown Banff is a 15-minute stroll away. Here, you’ll find restaurants and shops set along the Bow River.
- Go for a swim in the heated outdoor pool that’s open all year long, as well as an indoor hot tub and sauna.
- Nearby ski runs: The inn is within a 45-minute drive of Lake Louise Ski Resort and Sunshine Village, and the downhill runs at Norquay are just 15 minutes away.
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 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; 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. The closest to Banff Voyager Inn is Mt. Norquay, which 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—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. 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.