Hotel at a Glance: Spruce Grove Inn
The Spruce Grove Inn is a ski-lodge-style hotel set against the dramatic crags of the Canadian Rockies. Here, you'll be a few minutes' stroll from quaint downtown Banff's upscale stores, restaurants, and spas. This getaway makes a great gift for the ski lover in your family—dates are available well through the winter.
- White-powder slopes: You'll be within a quick drive of three major ski resorts: Sunshine Village Ski & Snowboard Resort, Lake Louise Ski Area, and Mt. Norquay.
- Take in the scenery from your room's private balcony.
- Luxe rustic is the vibe at this property, with exposed wooden beams and knotted-pine furniture.
- An underground tunnel leads to the Spruce Grove Inn's sister property next door, the Banff Voyager Inn. There you'll find a pool, hot tub, liquor store, and restaurant.
Banff, Alberta: Tiny Town in the Canadian Rockies with World-Class Skiing
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.