Destination guide

For outdoor thrills and amazing scenery, Banff is the place

Set in Banff National Park, Banff is a resort town with just under 8,000 residents, that's bordered by the glacier-topped Canadian Rocky Mountains. It’s a year-round playground for outdoor lovers, or you can just soak up the amazing views and hot spring waters. Ride a gondola, play golf, or hit the slopes for some world-class skiing and boarding. You’ll see heavenly turquoise lakes, and rugged mountain peaks right from downtown Banff Avenue. It's home to the Banff Mountain Film Festival and tons of wildlife, so it's not surprising Banff vacation rentals book up early.


Get your double-double & Old Dutch chips, then just give’r

Where to start? From your Banff vacation rental you can explore Banff Avenue with it’s buskers and boutiques, or take in a concert at The Banff Centre. Mountain bike along a lakeside trail, go climbing at Tunnel Mountain, and then soak away your cares at Banff Upper Hot Springs. You’re gonna love it! Try your hand at fishing or play a round at Banff Springs Golf Course. The coveted winter season brings ice skating on frozen lakes, world-class skiing and snowboarding, plus tobogganing, and ice sculptures during SnowDays winter festival.


If you don’t like the weather, just wait a minute!

Sometimes reliability equals unpredictability, as is the case with weather in Banff, which can change at a moment’s notice. This subarctic climate produces summers peaking at 22°C in July, with winters dipping down to -15°C. Be sure to bring your woolly hat and parka! June tends to get the most rain, but the best time of year to visit is during the cooler spring and fall months, unless you like the crowds, and rates tend to be lower for Banff vacation rentals. And even during summer, nights are cool so don't forget that bunny hug!

Natural features

Stunning mountains, wildlife and oh-so-many bears!

The town is within stunning Banff National Park, and there's a daily park entry fee to access this amazing natural beauty; but this 6,500 sq km of parkland is so worth it for the wealth of wildlife alone, as maybe you’ll see moose, elk or the occasional grizzly bear. You'll need to be quiet as they really don’t like people, sorry! Banff is also home to bighorn sheep, caribou, coyotes, mountain goats, white-tailed deer and tons of black bears. Did we mention the bears?


How to get to and around Banff

If you'd prefer to travel by train, the main station is Banff Station.

Where to stay around Banff?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 523 vacation rentals near Banff. From 53 Houses to 358 Condos/Apartments, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Banff for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Banff?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Banff. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Canada House Gallery: 575 vacation rentals
  • Banff Lake Louise Tourism Bureau: 470 vacation rentals
  • Banff National Park Information Centre: 583 vacation rentals
  • Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity: 577 vacation rentals
  • North American Ski Lift: 581 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Banff listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Banff?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 53 Houses in Banff. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Banff include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 358 rentals available
  • Cabins: 5 rentals available
  • Chalets: 18 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Lodges and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Banff?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 297 vacation rentals with pool available in Banff. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.