Destination guide

Making the most out of your Banff vacation rental

It's hard to think of a more dramatic backdrop than the one Banff offers, with the majestic snow-capped peaks of the Rocky Mountains climbing to staggering heights. Located in Banff National Park, the resort town caters to lovers of the great outdoors, as the area is home to ski resorts, lakes, hot springs, and hiking and biking trails. If you prefer life at a slower pace, you could spend your days exploring the charming downtown dotted with chateau-style shops and restaurants. No matter the time of year, Banff's vacation rentals, hotels, and inns are irresistible for vacationing families, solo travellers, groups, and couples.


If you're looking to delve into the region's rich history, the Banff Park Museum is the perfect place to start. Housed inside a 1903 cabin, the museum holds the title as Western Canada's oldest natural history museum. The Cave and Basin National Historic Site relays the fascinating tale of an 1883 hot springs discovery, while the nearby Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies examines the rugged mountain range through artwork and historic photographs. The area is also home to the Canadian Ski Museum, which celebrates the sport's heritage and origins, and the Buffalo Nations Luxton Museum, which showcases artifacts relating to the First Nations tribe.


Activities and attractions in Banff

Are you searching for things to do while you're in town? You'll be sure to enjoy Banff for its skiing and hiking. Venture out of your cozy vacation rental and check out everything that makes Banff a one-of-a-kind vacation spot. Here are some of the most popular attractions to put on your list, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Mount Norquay Ski Resort (2 mi / 3.2 km)
  • Sunshine Village (9.3 mi / 14.9 km)
  • Banff Springs Golf Club (1.5 mi / 2.4 km)
  • Canmore Golf and Curling Club (10.4 mi / 16.7 km)
  • Cross Zee Ranch (10.4 mi / 16.8 km)
  • Silvertip Golf Course (11.1 mi / 17.9 km)

Seasonal weather averages in Banff

Banff is well known for its skiing. To make the most of the cold weather activities, you might consider visiting in March, February, January or December, when snowfall averages 40.10 inches and temperatures average 10°F.

Natural features

Exploring the mountains and other natural features in Banff

Travelers enjoy Banff for its lakeside setting and riverfront. Whether you're an outdoor enthusiast or just want to take in the scenery, you'll be sure to find the perfect setting for your vacation in Banff. These are a few of the area's most enchanting features, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Upper Hot Springs (2 mi / 3.2 km)
  • Banff Gondola (2 mi / 3.3 km)
  • Cave and Basin National Historic Site (1 mi / 1.5 km)
  • Central Park (0.2 mi / 0.4 km)
  • Banff Cascades of Time Gardens (0.4 mi / 0.7 km)
  • Tunnel Mountain (0.7 mi / 1.1 km)
How to get there

How to get to and around Banff

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

How to get around

Travelling near your Banff vacation rentals

It's easy to get around on foot as Downtown Banff boasts wide sidewalks and a surprisingly flat landscape for a mountain town. Biking is a breeze as well, particularly in a town with scores of bike racks and cycling paths. Public buses offer service throughout Bow Valley, connecting Banff to neighbouring communities. Taxi service is also available in town, and some hotels provide free shuttle service to nearby ski resorts. You'll need a car to fully explore Banff National Park or, if you prefer to leave the driving to someone else, you could reserve a spot on a hop-on, hop-off shuttle bus.

Food & drink 

Beer, bison, and boar – dining adventures in Banff

If you've been itching to sample Canadian Rocky Mountain Cuisine, you're in just the right place. The region emphasizes locally sourced foods, so menus typically feature dishes highlighting such fare as rainbow trout, mushrooms, and fiddlehead greens. For heartier eating, make your way to one of Banff's numerous Western Canadian-style saloons and steakhouses, where you can chow down on such unique offerings as bison, elk, and wild boar. Barbecued beef – braised and grilled in onions and peppers – is also an Alberta specialty. You can end your culinary tour with a cold ale in one of the region's various craft breweries.

Essential info

Key information for your Banff vacation rental stay

The quaint town of Banff features just over 7,800 residents. English is the official language. If you want to grab a drink in a Banff bar, keep in mind that the legal drinking age is 18 in the province of Alberta. Crime is relatively non-existent throughout the region, but should you require an ambulance, police, or the fire department, dial 911. The Canadian dollar is the only acceptable currency in town. Tipping is usually not included at restaurants, and a 15-20% gratuity is customary. Make sure you include plenty of layers when packing for your Banff vacation, as the weather can change quickly across the park's different settings.

How many vacation rentals are available around Banff?

Our 2019 vacation rental listings offer a large selection of 592 house rentals around Banff. From 105 Houses to 6 Cabins, find unique vacation rental for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends. The best place to stay around Banff is on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when travelling to Banff?

Whether you're travelling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Banff:

  • Copperstone Resort: 43 vacation rentals
  • Town Centre: 280 vacation rentals
  • Three Sisters Mountain Village: 27 vacation rentals
  • Silvertip: 394 vacation rentals
  • Cougar Creek: 463 vacation rentals

For other neighbourhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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

HomeAway offers a large selection of lodging choices 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:

  • Banff Lake Louise Tourism Bureau: 540 home rentals
  • Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies: 636 home rentals
  • Banff National Park Information Centre: 634 home rentals
  • Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity: 636 home rentals
  • Upper Hot Springs: 638 home 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 105 Houses in Banff. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Banff include:

  • Cabins: 6 lodging choices
  • Condos/Apartments: 361 lodging choices
  • Chalets: 19 lodging choices

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

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Banff?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 317 vacation homes with pool available in Banff.