Hotel at a Glance: Bow View Lodge
The riverfront Bow View Lodge is set just across from Banff National Park. Its peaceful wilderness setting near the city center gives guests the best of both worlds: you may spot deer and elk wandering on the property, and you’ll be just a five-minute stroll from downtown Banff.
- Included perk: Enjoy a bottle of wine.
- Onsite dining: Try rack of lamb seasoned with fennel and mint at La Terrazza, or head to Chinook Family Restaurant for sandwiches and other casual fare.
- Take in the view: Guest rooms look out to pine forests and mountains; some rooms have balconies.
- Après-ski activities: Store your skis or snowboard at the hotel, then unwind in the indoor pool, hot tub, or eucalyptus steam room.
Banff, Alberta: Tiny Town in the Canadian Rockies with Year-Round Outdoor Activities
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. 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.