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Banff, Lake Louise and Canmore

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This place is where day and night compete for your love. The three ski resorts of Banff National Park can be accessed from three mountain communities: Banff, Lake Louise, and Canmore. Each location provides unique benefits and accommodation options to suit your vacation style.

Perhaps you prefer the grandeur of the Fairmont Banff Springs, styled after a Scottish Baronial Castle. The iconic Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, set on a glistening emerald lake surrounded by soaring mountain peaks.

For those who like to be a little more independent, the local community of Canmore on the out-skirts of the National Park is beautifully tucked beneath the tower peaks of the Three Sisters. The perfectly situated Sunshine Mountain Lodge, Banff’s only ski-in, ski-out hotel. Or a true wilderness escape at secluded Emerald Lake Lodge.

Whatever your taste and budget, from secluded lodges to the many choices in Banff, Lake Louise, and Canmore, SkiBig3 has a memorable room with a view for you.

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town of Banff

The town of Banff is the central hub for the majority of visitors coming to Banff National Park. In all directions you’re surrounded by strikingly beautiful and rugged mountains that seem to burst straight out of the ground.

The lively streets of downtown are lined with an eclectic mix of restaurants, bars, and shops, as well as a vibrant range of art galleries and museums.

Accommodation options run the gamut – from condos to castles, hostels to hotels. SkiBig3 Vacation Planners are here to help you find the perfect home-away-from-home to suit your budget and style.

Ski shuttles to all three resorts are both comfortable and convenient. Mt Norquay is just 10 minutes from town, Banff Sunshine 20 minutes and Lake Louise 45 minutes west of town. 


Economy Accommodation Banff offers moderate hotel style accommodations at affordable prices year round. Clean, comfortable rooms, combined with our legendarily warm, friendly atmosphere are sure to appeal to any budget conscious traveler.
Banff Inn Bow View Lodge
High Country Inn Irwin’s Mountain Inn
Red Carpet Inn Rundlestone Lodge
Mid Range Accommodation  With a wide variety of options to choose from, many featuring amenities like pools, saunas and fireplaces, choosing the perfect Banff hotel is easy. The Banff Caribou Lodge & Spa, with its mountain ambience, and Fox Hotel & Suites, with hot pool inspired by the original Cave and Basin Historic Site, are just two of several choices.
Banff Aspen Lodge Banff Caribou Lodge & Spa
Banff Park Lodge Resort Banff Ptarmigan Inn
Banff Rocky Mountain Resort Brewster’s Mountain Lodge
Canalta Lodge Chartlons Banff
Elk & Avenue Hotel Fox Hotel & Suites
Hidden Ridge Resort Juniper Hotel
Mount Royal Hotel Tunnel Mountain Resort
Premium Accommodation For those seeking a more upscale holiday in Banff with a number of added creature comforts, these hotels and lodges may just have what you are looking for. Rest and relax with a spa treatment at the Moose’s Meadow Spa, or experience Banff’s only ski-in, ski-out accommodation at the Sunshine Mountain Lodge. Go ahead and treat yourself with any of these premium options.
Buffalo Mountain Lodge Moose Hotel & Suites
Peaks Hotel & Suites Royal Canadian Lodge
Sunshine Mountain Lodge
Luxury Accommodation Historic fairy-tale castles set amid spectacular mountain scenery, like Fairmont Banff Springs. Breathtaking views from the luxurious Rimrock Resort Hotel, nestled in a pristine setting above the Banff Townsite. Complete with award winning dining, spas and outdoor activities. Dare to dream.
Fairmont Banff Springs The Rimrock Resort Hotel

lake louise Village

The hamlet of Lake Louise is located just off the Trans-Canada Highway (Hwy #1), 40 minutes west of the town of Banff. Lake Louise offers a variety of restaurant and accommodation options. Smaller and quieter than the town of Banff, you really feel immersed in the mountains and closer to nature. 

The famous waters of Lake Louise are five kilometres (three miles) up the hill from the hamlet and directly across the valley from the Lake Louise Ski Resort. 

Named for Queen Victoria’s fourth daughter, Lake Louise is a truly awe-inspiring sight. The hanging Victoria Glacier and an amphitheatre of rugged peaks provide an imposing backdrop. 

Ski shuttles to the Lake Louise Ski Resort are fast and convenient, taking only 10 minutes from the Lake, and 5 minutes from the village. Shuttles to Banff Sunshine are scheduled on specific days of the week. 


Mid Range Accommodation  Lake Louise is home to several lodging options that are prefect for skiers & riders looking to make the most of their time on the slopes. The historic Deer Lodge is located close to the shores of Lake Louise with a view from roof-top hot tub that is second to none. The Mountaineer Lodge and the Lake Louise Inn are both located in the village area and offer the perfect home-base for friends & families.

Deer Lodge
Mountaineer Lodge
Lake Louise Inn
Luxury Accommodation Luxury and Lake Louise make the perfect combination. Take in the skaters, ice-sculptures and frozen waters of the lake beneath the imposing Victoria Glacier all from privacy of your lake-view room in the magnificent Chateau Lake Louise. In the heart of the village, stay at the Relais & Chateaux, Post Hotel & Spa, named by CNN one of the world’s 10 most beautiful ski lodges.

Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise
Post Hotel

Secluded Lodges

Nothing captures the essence of the Canadian Rockies quite like a secluded mountain lodge. Wilderness locations that are off-the-beaten-track offer the chance to relax and unwind in your own private mountain lodge or cabin.

Emerald Lake Lodge is located 30 minutes west of Lake Louise, while Baker Creek by Basecamp sits quietly along the Bow Valley Parkway mid-way between Banff Sunshine and the Lake Louise Ski Resort. Both resorts are easily accessible by personal vehicle, but do not offer ski shuttle service to the ski resorts.

Emerald Lake Louise
Baker Creek by Basecamp

town of Canmore

When arriving from the Calgary International Airport, your first stop in the Canadian Rockies is the mountain town of Canmore. Located just outside the east gate of Banff National Park, Canmore is a picturesque mountain town that won’t disappoint.

Canmore makes a perfect base camp for world-class mountain adventure.  Family-friendly accommodation options combined with unique restaurants, shops, and a Recreation Centre that 

showcases a climbing centre, library, art gallery, pool and indoor water park provide a truly unique experience.

Canmore offers a multitude of condo-suite styled accommodation options. While community bus service runs between the town of Banff and Canmore, ski resorts are most easily accessed by personal vehicle.


Hotel Accommodations Canmore hotels boast amazing amenities at a reasonable price. They are convenient base to all winter sport activities and are just a short drive away from the ski resorts of Banff National Park. The Coast Hotel offers easy access to walk to Elevation Place (Canmore Rec Centre) and Main Street, the central shopping district. Looking for great value, stay at the Copperstone Resort Hotel, located just outside of town and east of Canmore.

Coast Hotels
Copperstone Resort Hotels
Condo Accommodation Canmore offers a multitude of accommodation options to provide you more space. These modern resorts are designed for families and groups staying for a longer duration. Experience serene mountain settings while still enjoying all the comforts of home. Enjoy wood burning fireplaces, full kitchens and patios or balconies, along with the privacy that comes with your home away from home.
Stoneridge Mountain Resorts Blackstone Mountain Lodge
Grande Rockies Resort Rocky Mountain Ski Lodge
Solara Resort Falcon Crest Lodge


Itineraries & Insider Guides


Bucket List Idea: 5-Day Fairmont Banff Lake Louise SkiBig3 Itinerary


SkiBig3 Tips: Guide to Lake Louise in Winter


Where to stay if you want a pool in Banff, Lake Louise and Canmore

Interior shot of child on bunkbed in loft suite at CanAlta Lodge in Banff

Family Friendly Accommodation in Banff National Park