Banff, Canada

Banff, Canada

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The stunning town of Banff, Canada is where you can stay to ski at Lake Louise, Sunshine Village and the local mountain – Mt Norquay.

All three mountains are accessible on one lift ticket offering skiers and snowboarders of any ability offering countless challenges. Take the FREE shuttle from your hotel every morning to the ski area of your choice.

Stay in the beautiful town of Banff and enjoy some of the 100 bars and restaurants on offer.

Come to the place where the elk walk the snow-covered streets as casually as the people!

Banff, Canada is truly a special place and winter is the low season which allows for great value in all accommodation styles. The snow at all three ski areas remains squeaky dry due to the colder inland temperatures. Another great benefit of staying in Banff is the endless list of activities other than skiing & snowboarding. Take a day off and enjoy all that the area has to offer including hot springs, ice climbing, canyon walks, shopping & leisure centres to name a few. The many bars and restaurants will keep you well fuelled as you take in the magnificent surrounds.

Sunshine Village’s seven-month season stretches from early November until late May – the longest non-glacial season in Canada.

The three resorts offer 8,000 acres of skiable terrain on one convenient, tri-area lift ticket. There’s terrain to suit every level and desire, from gentle groomed runs to some of the world’s most extreme in-bounds challenges.

Country Alberta, Canada
Visa requirementsETA is required for Visitor entry please contact us for more details
Languages spokenEnglish/French
Currency usedCanadian Dollar ($)
Ski Area Size7,748 Acres
Highest Point2,730m
Vertical Drop1,071m
Longest Run8km
Lifts28
SeasonNov - May
TerrainLake Louise
25% beginner
45% intermediate
30% Advanced

Sunshine Village

20% Beginner
55% Intermediate
25% Advanced

Norquay
20% Beginner
36% Intermediate
28% Advanced
16% Expert
Nearest AirportCalgary (YYC) 145km
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Nightlife info

With over 28 establishments, there is something for everyone's taste of nightlife. From cabin themed nightclubs to cozy Italian restaurants you will find what you need to enjoy a great night out.

For a Big Night Out, many will start at one of the local pubs or If someone's in the mood for dancing, they'll head to one of the three night clubs. If you want to hang out, play a game of pool, cheer on your favorite sports team, dj on a juke box, or listen to a touring band your options are endless.

On the ski hill you'll be able to warm up with a hot toddy or cool down with an ice-cold pitcher of beer or Most in-town hotels also have plenty to do after hours as well.

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Culture and history info

1883 marks one of the most prestigious years in Canadian history. Besides Canada's first transcontinental railroad reaching successful completion, 3 railroad workers stumbled across a series of hot springs on the lower shoulder of the present-day Sulphur Mountain. After various heated ownership disputes, the springs and it's surrounding areas were labelled Canada's first national park by 1885.

The unsung potential of the Canadian Rockies unravelled immediately as the Canadian Pacific Railway was taken aback by the possibilities of the national park serving as a hotspot to tourists worldwide. Thus, this opened the doors to investments, leading to the erection of the elegant 250-room Banff Springs Hotel, under the direction of William Cornelius Van Horne, in 1888.

More ideas sparked and the railway then constructed a series of grand hotels along its main line. Advertising Banff as an international tourism stopover on the steel highway that had suddenly become the fastest and most direct route from Europe to the far East, was the next step towards the emergence of Banff's fame.

The Rockies became prominent amongst the Victorian elites, who indulged themselves in drinking within the scenery and, soaking in the soothing sulphur springs. This promoted the integrity of the Rockies and in no time, people were not only coming to visit...but also to stay!

Banff and Lake Louise depict our local knowledge and appreciation for the nature, history and culture of our World Heritage destination. Banff is applauded for its museums, national historic sites and galleries. At the Luxton Museum you can discover the long native presence of the Plains Indian in the Rockies. Visit the Cave and Basin National Historic Site to feel the energy and vision invested in the creation of our national parks system. Tour heritage homes at the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies, and take in the fine interpretive exhibits that explain the panoramas seen from the top of the Banff Gondola.

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Fox Hotel and Suites

Banff, Canada
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Activities

sightseeing tour, we have something for everyone. Review the list below to find the activity that's right for you.
Cave Tours
Visit this exciting underground world with a descent into a cave on Grotto Mountain.

Dogsled Tours
An age old Canadian tradition, Dogsledding is one of the most unique adventures you can take. Experience the majestic Rocky Mountain wilderness.

Helicopter Tours
Enjoy a bird's eye view of the Rocky Mountains from a helicopter.

Heli-Skiing
One day is all you need to create memories to last a lifetime. Enjoy a safe and exhilarating heli-ski experience from Banff.

Ice Climbing
Banff, Canmore and Lake Louise provide some of the world's best climbing areas.


Calgary Flames Ice Hockey Tours
Hockey is back! Feel the excitement of a NHL Ice hockey game. Cheer on the Calgary Flames and get ready for some fast paced, action-packed hockey.

Ice Fishing
Go Ice fishing on Spray Lakes for Lake Trout and Rocky Mountain whitefish, all from the comfort of heated huts.

Ice Walks
Hike on a frozen creek bed on a guided ice walk tour. Choose between Johnston Canyon or Grotto Canyon.

Sightseeing Tours
Visit landmarks in Banff and Lake Louise and learn about the historic places of the Canadian Rockies.

Sleigh Rides
Spend an hour, enjoying the views on a Banff sleigh ride. Public and private sleigh rides available.

Snow Tubing
Ever flown down a snow-covered hill on an inflated snow tube? If not, you should try it.

Snowmobiling
Feel the adrenaline rush of a snowmobile tour. This is one adventure you won't want to miss.

Snowshoeing
Enjoy a guided snowshoe tour to Marble Canyon, Fortress Mountain or Sunshine Village.

Unfortunately there are no self-catering offers at this location at the moment.

Unfortunately there are no tour offers at this location at the moment.

Ski Programs

The best way to explore the three resorts is to enrol in a Club Ski Program. This three day program with the same instructor includes lessons at all three ski resorts. Whether you’re a first timer or a seasoned skier, your personal ski instructor knows every inch of the resorts and can show you where to ski your best.


The Club program is available for all levels of skiers and includes:

One Ski Pro for the entire three day program
A day of learning and skill development at each of our resorts
Lift line priority
Guided tours of each resort
A souvenir photo with your instructor and new Club friends


Club programs begin every Sunday and Thursday at Sunshine Village and run from 9:45 am until 3:30 pm with a lunch break each day. There is a maximum group size of 9 participants for the Adult Club Ski program.

Day one: Sunshine Village – Top of Gondola, Picnic Tables outside Trappers
Day two: The Lake Louise Ski Resort – Snow School meeting place, outside lodge by gondola
Day three: Mt. Norquay – Out front of lodge, close to daycare.

Transfers

Banff Airporter:
Relax and enjoy the view! You’ll get your first glimpse of the spectacular Rocky Mountains across the horizon as we depart YYC. During the 2-hour door-to-door drive to Banff, the mountains inch closer and closer, as the vast Prairies give rise to the Foothills. Then, we tuck into the mountains themselves, following the gorgeous Bow River right into Banff.

Adults from $59
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Hot Deals

Our convenient tri-area lift ticket offers unlimited skiing and riding on almost 8,000 acres of terrain, at all three ski areas in Banff National Park.
And our tickets provide transportation to and from the resorts, so all you have to worry about is having fun.

Whatever you want to ski or ride, you’ll find it here in the heart of Canada’s Protected Playground, Banff National Park.
Our three ski areas; Mt. Norquay, The Lake Louise Ski Resort and Sunshine Village offer almost 8,000 acres of skiable terrain on a convenient tri-area lift ticket.

You’ll be free to roam light, dry powder, incredible terrain, fun parks and endless runs. It may surprise you to know that winter is actually low season here, offering lower prices throughout the towns. And with no holiday season pricing on lift tickets, it’s now more affordable to visit Banff National Park whenever you wish.



FAIRMONT BANFF SPRINGS HOTEL

20% off lodging & discounted lift passes

Package Includes:

7 nights twin share in a Fairmont Room at the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, Banff

5 day Bannf and Lake Louise lift pass

From $1399

Valid for travel 5-31 January 2020. Book & pay by 31 August 2019.

This grand 125-year old ‘Fairytale’ castle resort is located amidst the wooded landscape of Banff National Park, 1.5 km (2 minutes from downtown Banff). There is a shuttle service to all 3 local ski areas, Sunshine, Mt. Norquay and Lake Louise Ski Area. All rooms have magnificent views of the surrounding mountains and valleys.

Onsite facilities include an indoor & outdoor heated pool, hot tubs, Willow Stream Spa, a diverse variety of restaurants, bars, cafes and a shopping arcade.

*Conditions apply. Valid for travel 1 February – 31 March 2019. Book & pay by 15 December 2018. Room upgrade will be based on availability at time of booking. Prices and availability subject to change.



INN OF LAKE LOUISE

INCLUDES BONUS OFFERS: 15% off Lodging and a discounted lift pass

Package Includes:

7 nights twin share in a Deluxe Room at Lake Louise Inn

5 day Lift Pass

From $1199 per person

Featuring a heated indoor pool and hot tubs, this Lake Louise hotel offers 2 on-site restaurants and a lounge. Guest rooms include views of the surrounding mountains. Free shuttle service to the Lake Louise Ski resort 3.5 km away is available during ski season. Free WiFi is provided.

A flat-screen cable TV and a coffee machine are provided in each room at Lake Louise Inn. Each private bathroom includes a hairdryer. All suites and apartments includes a balcony and fireplace.

Legends Restaurant serves breakfasts, lunches and dinners. Timberwolf Pizza and Pasta Café features family dining. Explorers Lounge offers après ski, with pub-style dinners in a cozy environment.

Ski storage and a ski tune-up centre are provided on-site at Lake Louise Inn. Guests can enjoy the fitness centre. BBQs are provided under covered gazebos for private functions. Free parking is available.



CANALTA LODGE

15% off Lodging & Free entry the Banff Hotel Spring Pools

Package Includes:

7 nights twin share in a Hotel King Room at Canalta Lodge Banff

Daily buffet breakfast

5 day Tri-Are Lift Ticket (includes the Ski Shuttle)

From $999 per person

Offering an on-site coffee shop, Canalta Lodge is located 5 minutes’ drive from Banff city centre. Free WiFi access is available. Snowy Owl Sled Dog Tours are 20 minutes’ drive away. Each air-conditioned room offers a seating area and a cable HDTV. Featuring a bath or shower, private bathrooms also come with a hairdryer. Extras include ironing facilities.

Happy Camper coffee barista offers coffee and confectioneries to guests of Canalta Lodge. In the morning, a complimentary breakfast is offered. Ski storage and fitness facilities add to the guest experience at Canalta Lodge. Paid underground parking is offered on site.

*Conditions apply. Valid for travel 5 January – 12 February 2020 and 24 February – 6 March 2020. Book & pay by 31 August 2019.



FAMILY FOX HOTEL AND SUITES

25% off lodging, discounted adult lift passes + kids ski FREE

Package includes:

7 nights quad share in a Superior Two Bedroom for a family of 4 at Fox Hotel & Suites

Daily deluxe continental breakfast

From $3635 per person

5 day Tri-Area lift pass for 2 adults and 2 kids (aged 12 years & under. The lift pass is valid at Sunshine, Mt. Norquay and Lake Louise and includes free shuttle transport to and from the mountains.

*Conditions apply. Valid for travel 3 Jan - 13 Feb 2020. Book & pay by 31 August 2019. Prices are subject to change and availability.

The Fox Hotel & Suites with both hotel rooms and suites, offers the perfect stay to any traveler in Banff. Enjoy continental breakfast, wifi, access to the hot pool and fitness room and parking on-site

The hotel has a lodgelike feel to it.They have spacious suites with living rooms and kitchen nooks which includes a microwave, mini fridge, sink, toaster, and dishes. Hotel rooms are available for the traveler looking for basic room types also.



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