Banff, AB, Canada

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Banff, AB, Canada

Banff vacation rentals

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.

Sorry there's so many turquoise lakes & staggering mountains

Head up the Banff Gondola where you’ll be rewarded with the most amazing, 360-degree Rocky Mountain views. Experience Canada’s history at Cave and Basin National Historic Site, or Banff Park Museum, and then learn about First Nations heritage at Buffalo Nations Luxton Museum. No trip to naturally gorgeous Banff would be complete without visiting the iconic 1888 Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, where it’s likely you’ll see wildlife along the way. Then you have to go see the world-famous turquoise waters of Lake Louise, just 59 km northwest, while 21 km more takes you to equally-stunning Moraine Lake.

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!

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?