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Banff Village is located in Banff National Park, in the breath-taking scenic wilderness of southwestern Alberta, Canada. Being only 127km from Calgary’s city center, it is an approximate 1 ½ hour drive from the major international YYC Calgary airport.
Lake Louise is located in Banff National Park. It is a 55km drive North-West of the townsite of Banff. It’s a beautiful drive through the Park, but supplies are limited in the area. Don’t hesitate to turn off at Castle Junction for a quick stop at our General Store! We carry a little bit of everything. You’ll find things like snacks, gas, some camping supplies, toiletries, and an array of alcoholic beverages. There are picnic tables nearby to enjoy a scenic lunch, and you just can’t beat the views of Castle Mountain! Did you know...that Lake Louise is the highest permanent settlement in all of Canada?
As we know, the earth is constantly shifting with the energy that surrounds it. Lake Louise is no exception to this. The glaciers waters that flow down into the lake during the spring melt give it its distinct blue color. More specifically, the glacier waters carry silt, a fine rock dust from erosion, that sits on the top of the water for a long time due to its light density. The sun then reflects on these particles and refracts the beautiful blue color we all long to see.
July and August have proven to the best months to see the bluest colors of Lake Louise. This is because the early spring melt has not brought enough silt to reflect the sunlight. Once we hit the mid summer months, the glacier fed lake has had time to accumulate a larger amount of rock dust to reflect the beautiful blue/green color we all know and love. As the fall approaches, the silt has had time to settle towards the bottom of the lake, making the colors less vibrant. However, the sunlight also plays a big role in the color any glacier fed lake. For the best views of Lake Louise, visit on a bright sunny day during the months of July & August. However, be warned, the lake is magnificent and breath-taking at any time of year!
The Lake Louise hamlet is only 5km downhill from the natural icy blue lake. The town itself offers fewer amenities compared to Banff Village. However, they offer most essential services, like a gas station, coffee shop, grocery market, candy store, a few restaurants, a post office, and rental shops. Make sure to double-check open and close times for the local shops and services before heading out, as they are not always open late into the evening depending on the season. Additionally, Lake Louise offers a plethora of activities and attractions for those looking for outdoor adventure. Skiing and hiking are among the most popular, however canoeing, climbing, biking, and wildlife watching are all highly recommended activities to try in the area. For the most up to date information on tourism activities, accommodations, and information in the area, check out the official Banff & Lake Louise Tourism website!
We Canadians sure love our outdoor adventures, but there has been a debate running for some time now on the difference between cabins and chalets. Typically, a cabin is built from logs, more modest in size, and is less ‘finished’ than their chalet counterparts. Whether you are looking for a getaway in a cabin or chalet, we are always excited to offer the perfect cozy place for you and your family to relax! Check out the different chalet types that we offer on our property to see what would suit your needs the best.
We could not be prouder to offer our luxurious chalets accommodations in our central location in Banff National Park. With the Bow Valley Parkway at your doorstep, mountain views at every turn, and the potential for wildlife sightings, we highly recommend the Castle Junction area for your next getaway. Since we are situated almost right in the middle between Banff Village and Lake Louise, there are endless possibilities for outdoor adventure around us. If you are looking for activities in the area, click the above image for our suggestions nearby!
With the Eastern section of the Bow Valley Parkway closed towards Johnston Canyon, we are getting a lot of enquiries on how to get there and enjoy the beautiful site despite the barriers. The easiest way to access the canyon is to hike or bike along the 6km road starting at Castle Junction. If you are adamant about visiting the canyon without leaving your vehicle behind, we recommend making an overnight reservation at either the Johnston Canyon Lodge & Bungalows or simply making a reservation at the Johnston Canyon Restaurant. Another option san the vehicle, but overriding the road closure, is to grab a seat on the Johnston Canyon Shuttle. However which way you choose to visit the beautiful lower & upper falls, don’t forget to grab some snacks and water at our general store before heading out.
There are plenty of things to keep you busy around Castle Mountain Chalets! Many locals and tourists alike come to this area to hike the many nearby trails or cycle up the Bow valley Parkway. If you prefer to grad a seat outside and enjoy your surroundings, there is plenty of wildlife to spot in Banff National Park. This means that wildlife is always present and around us. We recommend always carrying bear spray with you and always keeping your dogs on leash. Make lots of noise while on trails and try to avoid using earbuds when cycling alone. There are many viewpoints to admire around our property, making us the perfect stop on your next adventure!
Yes, if there are no fire bans in effect for the National Park, you are able to enjoy a cozy campfire. You are responsible for making sure to follow all park rules and fire safety protocols. Always verify with the local or National Park websites to make sure there aren’t any restrictions or bans in the area before lighting up. If you forgot to pack your smores kit, you can drop by our general store to grab the essentials.
Yes, bears are some of the most common animals roaming the park. In this area we have 2 species, grizzly bears, and black bears. There are now an estimated 65 grizzlies in Banff National Park. As exciting as it is to spot a bear in their natural habitat, it’s important to remain at a safe distance when possible. We always recommend carrying bear spray with you, and this can be purchased from our general store, or if you are a guest, we offer rentals. For up-to-date bear sightings in the area, click on the bear above.
The town is located on the Bow River. This river was used by Indigenous people for travel, hunting and fishing, long before European settlers arrived. The name “Bow” refers to the reeds that grew on the banks of the glacier-fed river, and were used by Indigenous peoples to make bows. In the Blackfoot language, the river is called Makhabn, which means “river where the bow reeds grow". The area was named in 1883 by the former Canadian Pacific Railway president George Stephen. He was inspired by his birthplace near Banff, Scotland.
Yes, you can drink the tap water in Banff. The water is sourced from a deep underground aquifer begins with pristine glacier and snowmelt water filtered through the dolomite, limestone, quartzite and shale which make up some of the geology of the area. Alberta Environment rates Banff's tap water as "High Quality Groundwater" which is processed through the water treatment facility located on Tunnel Mountain with city staff testing the water daily to make sure it’s safe for public consumption.
In 1887 it was recognized as Canada’s first national park and the world’s third national park. The townsite of Banff was established and the Banff Springs hotel was quickly built shortly after. The area was then being promoted as an international resort and spa destination for all travelers alike. The Town of Banff was the first to incorporate a municipality within a national park in Canada.
There are endless possibilities of things to do in Banff. Whether that is taking a ride up the Banff Gondola, exploring nearby trails and hikes, checking out the local shops and restaurants, or spending a day soaking in the hot springs, you won’t be bored if you love the outdoors.
There is so much to see in Banff. Wildlife-spotting in this area is a popular activity with the locals and tourist alike. Elk, bears, deer, bighorn sheep, and goats, are all roaming the park. You can also check out one of the many museums the townsite has to offer.
Banff is beautiful all year round. Canada is blessed to be able to experience all 4 seasons. There are many summer and winter activities to be enjoyed by all. The shoulder seasons are also quite beautiful and bring their own set of advantages. Fall colors, and spring wildlife, are the most notable reasons to visit during off-season.
The weather in the mountains has always been known to fluctuate quite a bit throughout the days. The cool mountain air always leaves a bit of a chill most months of the year. However, July and August are known to have warm sunny days hovering around the mid to high 20s. Keep in mind, the higher you get in elevation, the colder it will be regardless of the temperature in town. Always pack multiple layers and jackets to be prepared for those ever-changing temperatures.
Don’t let the rain ruin your trip to Banff. With a little research, there is always something to explore around the park. You can take a drive down the Bow Valley parkway, check out one of the museums in town, and/or soak in the Banff Upper Hot Springs. Once Covid restrictions are lifted, you can enjoy a movie at the local theater, experience an escape room, or go bowling with some friends!
Banff was established on November 25th, 1885, making it the first national park in Canada, and the fourth in the world after Bogd Khan Uul National Park, Mongolia 1783, Yellowstone National Park, USA 1872, and Royal National Park, Australia 1879.
Visitors who are looking to fly into the province of Alberta with hopes of getting to Banff National Park will have to fly into the International Calgary Airport (YYC), then take public transportation or rent a car for the remainder of the drive to Banff. The distance is approximately 127km, or a 1.5-hour drive.
There are accommodations for everyone here in Banff. At Castle Mountain Chalets we have accommodations for all types of travelers, located in the heart of Banff National Park, Castle Mountain Chalets is perfectly situated within 30 minutes to sights and attractions in Banff, Lake Louise, and Kooteney National Park.
Banff is located in Alberta, while Glacier National Park is located in British Columbia. Glacier National Park has day hikes starting at approximatly five main trailheads with ample parking. However, Banff is of course filled with incredible sights, and is more spread out, leaving trails a little less busy.
In the battle of the Alberta National Parks, we often see this question. While Banff National Park is almost 2x smaller in size than Jasper National Park, the townsite of Jasper is much smaller in comparison. The variety of restaurants and shops is better in Banff, while Jasper embodies a small town feel and is the central hub of activity. Jasper is closer to Edmonton, and Banff is closer to Calgary. However, whichever you choose to visit, you will find great food, fun activities, and beautiful scenery.
Good question. Both encompass some of Canada’s most sought out natural attractions. Both are small towns in the Banff National Park. The town of Lake louise is the gateway to both Lake louise and Moraine Lake, with ample hiking oppertunities and limited dining oppertunities. The town of Banff is the gateway to the entire Banff National Park, and is surrounded by hiking and other activities, as well as sights both in and around the town with ample dining and shopping available.
Banff is a tourist town, while Whistler is more of a resort town, each taking up a space in the Canadian mountains. Whistler’s location sees it recieves vast amount of snowfall generally at warmer temperatures compared to the dry powder the interior mountains provides Banff’s ski resorts. Winter is low season for Banff, so value for money is arguably better.
Banff was first settled by Europeans in the 1880s, after the transcontinental railway was built through the Bow Valley. In 1883, three railway workers found the hot springs near Sulphur Mountain and Banff was created with a strong tourism focus in mind. It was first named “Rocky Mountains Park of Canada” before being named Banff National Park at a later date.
With its breath-taking sights and wildlife, Banff has been renown as an outdoor adventure-lovers paradise and awe-inspiring tourism destination within the Canadian Rocky Mountains. Being Canada’s first National Park, it also encompasses a rich heritage.
Banff is famous for its abundance of wildlife and outdoor adventure, along with it’s beautiful and diverse mountain landscapes. It is no surprise that it’s one of the most popular mountain destinations to visit in Canada, and across the world.
Being the first National Park in Canada, and the fourth in the entire world, Banff has always been known to be a world-renown tourism destination in the Canadian Rockies. Banff has over seven national historical sites including Banff Museum Park, Cave and Basin, Abbot Pass Refuge Cabin, Howse Pass, Skoki Ski Lodge, and Sulphur Mountain Cosmic Ray Station. Banff Springs Hotel remains the only historic site not administered by Parks Canada.
There are multiple webcams set up at some of the most beautiful destinations in Banff National Park so you can see the live action from home 24/7! Check out the Banff and Lake Louise Tourism website for all camera links by clicking the image above.
Banff is a great destination to spend a day. There are so many things to do and explore, however, that one day may not be enough to fully experience what Banff has to offer. A great day in Banff can be spent enjoying an easy hike up Johnsons Canyon, a canoe rental at Vermillion Lakes, checking out Bow Falls and Lake Minnewanka, and grabbing a bite at one of the numerous local restaurants in downtown Banff.
Banff is a great spot to be enjoyed by the whole family. You could enjoy one of the numerous family-friendly trails, like the Fenland Trail, or rent bikes and enjoy the Legacy Trail with the whole family. Enjoy a Picnic by Lake Minnewanka afterwards before heading back.
Banff has always been a favourite place to spend the holidays. Think of a beautiful chalet, surrounded by snowy mountains, trails, and all of the Christmas activities in the area. You are sure to find something that suites your family traditions. Recently, Banff has added new community minded experience for the holidays. In Search of Christmas Spirit, a live Christmas story, gives you the opportunity to immerse yourself in the tale. Snowshoeing, dogsledding, and skiing adventures are all great fun for the family during the holidays. Castle Mountain Chalets is the perfect home away from home this Christmas, click the image above for more details.
If you are looking for a quieter and more accessible trip to the Banff National Park, we recommend visiting during the ‘quiet season’, early May through June or Mid Septemebr to Mid October to avoid crowds and long lines. Many tourism activities will also offer discounts, and here is a large variety of coach tours to get you to all the great destinations.
Banff is located approximatly 45 minutes from the town of Lake Louise, Castle Mountain Chalets however is located conviniently in the heart of the park, halfway between Banff and Lake Louise, with easy access to the Ice Field parkway and at the entrance of Kooteney National Park. Castle Mountain Chalets is the Ideal location to explore the Canadian Rockies.
From the Town of Banff, head north to Lake Louise, then take Highway 93 North to Jasper. A straigh drive takes about 3h30 hours, however we recommend you leave bright and early, so you can take in all the stops on the way, take your time, dont rush, arrive in Jasper by mid afternoon, to get settled into your Jasper accommodations. Jasper House Bungalows provides a variety of room types to suite all budgets.
Roam Transit, the regional bus, travels this area frequently during the peak season, with routes between Lake Louise, Banff and Canmore. For the full schedule for this season, visit Roam
Banff has plenty of family-friendly activities that can be enjoyed by the entire family. Walking through downtown Banff, Visiting the castle like grounds of Fairmont Banff Springs, Ride The Banff Gondola, Skiing and Snowshoeing, Kid friendly hikes around Tunnel Mountain!
There are many pet-friendly trails in Banff National Park. Dogs must be leashed on all trails and public areas, however, there is an off-leash dog park on Hawk Avenue for your pup to roam freely. If your dog loves the water, consider a SUP, kayak, or canoe rental. If you want to grab a bite to eat, there are even pet-friendly restaurant patios for you both to enjoy, like the Bear Street Tavern. If a full meal isn’t what you are after, stop by Wild Flour Bakery and try their freshly made dog treats! Castle Mountain Chalets is Dog friendly, and can join you in any of our rooms with the exception of the Mountain View Suites which we maintain as Pet Free for the comfort of our guests with sensativities.
The Town of Banff is actually quite small in size and most certainly walkable. Once you get there, you can reach most tourism sites and museums by foot. However, if you want to reach some of the further areas, there are local buses and shuttles that can bring you around. If you book tours, most will depart or have a shuttle from their main office in Banff, allowing you to enjoy those activities without having to get to the meeting point by vehicle.
Transportation from Banff to Jasper can be arranged through the many tour companies in Banff. Once you arrive in Jasper, there is no public transportation, however the Town of Jasper is small and easy to navigate on foot, making is easy without a vehicle. If you are looking to visit Maligne Canyon, or other hikes located outside the city, you can book a tour that leaves from a main office in town.
Stay at Castle Mountain Chalets for a night before heading up the Icefields Parkway. Make sure to check out some of the highlights such as the Discovery Center, Athabasca Falls & Glacier, Saskatchewan River Crossing and Sunwapta Falls, before making it to Jasper for the evening. Book a stay at our sister property, Jasper House Bungalows, for another amazing and cozy experience in the Rockies.
Banff in the spring may seem like a great idea to avoid the crowds, but you may be in for a surprise. The temperatures in April can fluctuate along with unexpected weather patterns. The average temperatures range from highs of 9 degrees Celsius and lows of -3 degrees Celsius. Most lakes are still quite frozen in April. Castle Mountain Chalets is equipped with wood burning fireplaces, making for exceptional cozy cool spring mornings and evenings.
The fall is a beautiful time to visit the Canadian Rockies. The temperatures in October can still fluctuate, along with unexpected weather patterns. (Yes, it sometimes snows in October!) The average temperatures range from highs of 10 degrees Celsius and lows of -2 degrees Celsius. Castle Mountain Chalets is in close proximity to many of the great Larch hikes such as Rockbound Lake, Corey Pass, Larch Valley and Stanley Glacier, with wood burning fireplaces in our Chalets, end your day with the cozy crackle of the fireplace.
The temperatures in March are still quite cold, and snow is usually still in the forecast. The average temperatures range from highs of 4 degrees Celsius and lows of -8 degrees Celsius. March delivers some of the best snow of the season with deep snow packs, and storm cycles generally bringing substantial snow falls, more mild temperatures make for great days at the ski hill, ski touring, cross country skiing or snowshoeing.
Banff has sees both sides of the coin with temperatures reaching as low as -40 degrees celcius in winter and +38 degrees celcius in summer, check out the current weather Here.
Surrounded by stunning natural scenery, Banff is a small townsite with approximately 8000 permanent residents. Residents must work or operate a business to reside in the National Park. The town was incorporated in 1990 with the intention of tourism as its main focus. The main street, Banff Avenue, is lively and lined with restaurants and shops of all kinds.
Both of these attractions are a must if you are in the area. The Banff Gondola gains 700m in elevation, while the Jasper Skytram gains 1000m in elevation. If you are looking to take the Gondola or Skytram straight to the top of a mountain, then Banff is for you, as the Skytram requires a short hike of approximately 30 minutes to the top from the highest tram station. If you are hungry atop the Banff Gondola, you will find the Sky Bistro restaurant and Northern Lights Alpine Kitchen offering nourishment with a view. You will also be able to walk the Sulphur Mountain boardwalk to the UNESCO Heritage World Heritage Site of Sulphur Mountain Cosmic Ray Station. For a fun family-friendly experience check out the Above Banff Interpretive Center, where you can explore the world surrounding us through self-guided activities. For the Jasper Skytram you will head up Whistles Mountain from the Lower Station to the Upper Station where you get an amazing view of the Jasper Valley.
If you are looking for an Airbnb near Banff, you’ll find our listing for Castle Mountain Chalets on there, located only 32km away from the Town of Banff, directly in the National Park. We offer fully stocked stand-alone chalets for your relaxing getaway or adventure starting point.
A full day of hiking and activities requires you to begin with delicious breakfast! In Banff there are many good breakfast spots with great views to ensure your day starts off right. Luxurious breakfast spots where you can enjoy local favorites such as Canadian bacon and pancakes drizzled with maple syrup include the Juniper Bistro, Farm and Fire, The Vermillion Room at the Banff Springs Hotel. For those eager to see the sights and need just a quick bite to eat, the Banff National Perk and Whitebark Café and are great coffee shops with grab and go meals. For great value and large portions Coyotes Southwestern Grill is the place, and if youre looking for something easy off the beaten path go see Germaine at Bare Bistro for fresh baked goods as well as simple breakfast on the go.
Banff is starting to be popular for its craft beers and breweries. A couple of the popular breweries in the town are Banff Ave Brewing Co. and Three Bears Brewery. These local micro-breweries also have restaurants on site to accompany their unique craft beers. At Banff Ave Brewing Co, you may even ask your server for a free brewery tour!
Backcountry camping in Banff National Park is a popular for adventure seekers looking to get away from the crowds. It allows for the opportunity to see many natural wonders of the Canadian Rockies that are as not frequently seen as other accessible attractions in the park. Although the hiking season is generally May – October, some of the higher-elevation trails will still have snow until early July. There are over 50 backcountry camping sites available in Banff National Park and permits must be purchased in advance.
Banff has fantastic breakfast options to fuel you before your adventures. The Maple Leaf in downtown Banff showcases an enticing brunch menu throughout the week in an authentic Canadian setting. The Juniper Hotel Bistro offers brunch on the weekend, where you can enjoy a delicious breakfast poutine with a side of incredible mountain landscapes. The Vermillion Room at the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel offers a wonderful breakfast menu in a charming dining are. Their breakfast is served daily but on Sundays they offer a Build Your Own Brunch feature. Additionally, Tooloulou’s is a local favorite for breakfast classics served up with a Cajun twist.
The numbers of international visitors have been reduced to a very small percentage due to the border closure back in 2020. However, the number of domestic tourists have steadily increased over the pandemic, proving that we have some amazing sites right in our own backyard. With wide open spaces and outdoor activities for everyone, keeping socially distant has been easily achieveable.
Camping in Banff is a great way to enjoy the fresh air and stunning scenery of Banff National Park. There are many options for camping depending on your comfort level. Different types of campgrounds offering various levels of amenities and services. Front country camping allows the convenience of driving right up to your campsite and being able to set up right there making it the most popular option. Backcountry camping requires much more planning and is better suited for the more adventurous. There are less amenities and facilities for these campsites but more opportunity to get away from the crowds and soak up unspoilt nature. Generally, you will have to hike, ski, snowshoe, canoe or kayak in order to reach backcountry sites. Castle Mountain, Protection Mountain and Marble Canyon Camp Grounds are within close vicinity of Castle Mountain Chalets, with our general store making for an easy trip to grab some snacks, cold drinks, beer, wine or camping supplies.
The Banff Center is a publicly accessible campus for events, summits, festivals, performances, and exhibitions. It’s a center for arts and creativity that was built to be a learning organization specializing in preserving the legacy of excellence in artistic and creative development.
Camping in Banff National Park is popular activity for all ages who enjoy immersing themselves in the fresh air of the Canadian Rockies. You can connect with nature and save money with the simplicity of tent living. The most popular campgrounds near Banff town are Tunnel Mountain campground and Two Jack Lake campground. Quieter campgrounds are located half way between Banff and Lake Louise, Castle Mountain, Protection Mountain, and Marble Canyon Camprounds are great alternatives to the hustle and bustle of in town campsites.
Visitors of Banff National Park will surely visit lively downtown Banff at some point. The Main strip, Banff Avenue, is lined with shops and restaurants to be enjoyed. The street is even blocked off to vehicle traffic during the summer months to allow for a more pedestrian-friendly experience.
Since Banff is a National Park, you need to purchase a Parks Pass prior to arrival, or before entering the park. You can either get a day pass or a yearly pass. These passes can be purchases for an individual or a group (Max of 7). If you are looking to save money and plan on visiting other National Parks, you can purchase the Discovery Pass, which allows access to all National Parks in Canada for a year.
Dog sledding in the Canadian Rockies is a perfect wintertime activity for you and your family. There are several companies operating tours in Banff and Lake Louise. All the sleds are run by experienced guides while you enjoy the stunning winter landscapes. Some of the companies offering these tours are Narnia Dogsledding Tour and Great Divide Dogsledding Tour, Kingmik Dog Tours, Howling Dog Tours, and Snowy Owl Sled Dog Tours
Located in Banff National Park, Park Distillery has a great selection of handcrafted spirits, merchandise, and a delicious restaurant on site. They source their high-mineral water from the glacier run offs and source their grain from the high-altitude farms of the Alberta Foothills. Everything is hand-produced in small batches to preserve the quality. Park Distillery to check out their current menu and/or make a reservation.
On February 14, 2021 at 6:33pm the Banff area experience a 3.9 magnitude earthquake with its epicenter miles below Cascade Mountain. Earthquakes in the Canadian Rockies are extremely rare on a present day scale, they are generally not felt. The earthquake lasted just a few seconds and was described as a very weak jolt. No damage was recorded.
Elopements have become more popular these last couple years due to covid restricting gatherings. What better place to elope than with some of Canada’s best scenery in the Rocky Mountains of Banff National Park? Come and stay with us at Castle Mountain Chalets for a beautiful backdrop and luxurious chalet accommodation.
Year round there are many different festivals featuring arts and culture to rodeos and other sporting events, exhibits and shows. For up-to-date information on what is happening in Banff and the surrounding areas please visit Banff Lake Louise Tourism.
A popular dining experience to enjoy is going out for fondue in Banff! Get your après-ski fix sharing pots of delicious bubbling hot swiss cheese with loved ones. The Grizzly House is one of Banff’s most famous fondue spots. Beyond their cheese fondue they also offer hot oil fondue or a hot rock to cook a unique selection of meats. The dim lighting offers an intimate atmosphere that has been open since 1967. Another popular restaurant that offers fondue is Ticino’s. It was voted “Local’s choice for Fine Dining” in Banff’s Crag and Canyon and has been family run in Banff since 1974.
Golfing surrounded by the panoramic Canadian Rocky Mountains in the fresh mountain air is sure to please any golf enthusiast. The Banff Springs Hotel has a premium golf course at the base of Mount Rundle by the Bow River. It has two courses, the 18-hole Stanley Thompson course and the 9-hole Tunnel Mountain course. It has been rated as one of the World’s Best Golf Courses.
Prime hiking season in Banff National Park usually runs from July to mid-September. Some of the more bucket-list worthy hikes in the area: Lake Agnus Teahouse/Big Beehive, Plain of Six Glaciers, Moraine Lake Rockpile, Larch Valley/Sentinel Pass, Cascade Amphitheater, and the Bourgeau Lake/Harvey Pass.
If you are looking for a hotel alternative, a hostel is a good option. Banff has a few hostels, notably, the Banff International Hostel and HI Banff. You can also check out hostelworld.com for a more comprehensive list of all the hostels in the area!
Banff in the spring is still a gamble when it comes to expecting nice weather, but you may be in for a surprise. The temperatures in May can fluctuate along with unexpected weather patterns. The average temperatures range from highs of 14 degrees Celsius and lows of 1 degree Celsius. Most glacier lakes have begun to melt, while some lakes at lower elevations are almost completely Ice free.
Banff IGA is the largest grocery store in Banff. They have a large selection of fresh produce as well as ready to go meals. It is in the heart of Banff on 318 Marten Street. The General Store at Castle Mountain Chalets has basics to make a meal, featuring products from Valbellas, as well as snacks, drinks, ice cream, beer and wine.
To get the best tips from locals visit one of the information centres located in Banff National Park. The experts will have all the best advice for lodging and dining options as well exploring all the best natural attractions! There is a Visitor Centres are located in Lake Louise and two located in Banff, one being a purple mobile tent that gets set up in the pedestrian zone of downtown Banff.
Also known as K-Country by local Albertans, the Kananaskis Country covers over 4,000 square feet around the eastern slopes of the Canadian Rockies near Canmore and Banff National Park. There is now a mandatory pass requirement for vehicles parked in the Kananaskis Country. Daily and yearly passes are available.
The Banff Job and Resource Center has plenty of readily available resources for job hunting and hiring. They resume and cover letter writing and assistance. They offer access to printers, computers, scanners, and photocopiers. They also host job-search webinars and offer feedback for interviews. They also help with organizing staff housing in the area. Email us at Caslte Mountain Chalets for available positions firstname.lastname@example.org
In Banff National Park, there are many lakes and river with scenic views for kayaking and canoeing. For calm lakes near Banff try Johnson Lake, Two Jack Lake and Vermilion Lakes. For paddling in the Lake Louise area, Moraine Lake, Lake Louise and Herbert Lake are the best options. The Bow River in Banff National Park is excellent for seasoned kayakers. The three most popular sections are Lake Louise to Castle Junction, Castle Junction to Banff and Bow Falls to Canmore.
Kayaking is a popular activity to enjoy in Banff National Park. The Banff Canoe Club offers kayak and canoe rentals to use from their docks in downtown Banff. Paddlers can have the chance to explore a gentle section of the Bow River or follow Forty Mile Creek into Vermillion Lakes. For those interested in a guided tour, Banff Adventures offers kayak and canoe excursions for all ages.
Banff Public Library offers a plethora of physical and digital reading materials, audiobooks, movies. It is located at 101 Bear Street in the Town of Banff. In 2020, over 1700 community members had a library card and borrowed over 30 000 items. The Whyte Museum also has an archive of historical texts and photographs.
Banff National Park is famous for its jewel-coloured lakes surrounded by snow capped peaks. Some of the must-see lakes include Lake Minnewanka, Johnson, Vermillion and Two Jack Lake are all located close to Banff town. Lake Louise is the most famous lake in the Canadian Rockies, and the close by Moraine Lake should not be skipped. Other impressive lakes in the area include Peyto Lake and Bow Lake, which are located on the Icefields Parkway on the road up to Jasper.
Banff is iconic for being a picture-perfect mountain town. Cascade Mountain is the most recognizable, which towers over Banff town. If you drive towards Lake Louise from Banff, no doubt you will see the magnificent Castle Mountain stretched out along the highway.
Banff has several museums located in town for visitors who are interested in learning about the culture and history of Canada’s oldest National Park. The Banff Park Museum is located in an old log cabin constructed in 1903 and is the oldest museum of natural history in western Canada. The Whyte Museum was started by landscape artists Peter and Catharine Whyte who had a vision to acquire, preserve and interpret the history and culture of the Rocky Mountains of Canada. The Buffalo Nations Luxton Museum showcases the heritage of the First Nations indigenous groups that have inhabited the Banff and Lake Louise area. Features of the exhibit are a variety of artifacts and art pieces including weaponry, tools, clothing, and ceremonial pieces.
Searching for a glamping experience in Banff National Park? Parks Canada’s new Otentik might be for you! The Otentik is like an A frame cabin and a canvas tent combined and includes electricity, heat and bunk beds suitable for up to six people. They are a perfect way to immerse yourself in nature without the discomforts of camping. The Otentiks are located on the shores of Two Jack Lake and Tunnel Mountain campground and are available from mid-July to mid-September
Banff has a number of outdoor skating rinks during the colder months. The Fenlands Recreation Center Meadow Rink, Banff High School Outdoor Rink, and the Bear Street Rink are great places for an outdoor skate in the winter. Some natural outdoor rinks in the area include Lake Louise, the 40 Mile Creek to Vermilion Lakes, Two Jack Lake, and Lake Minnewanka
Banff certainly has no shortage of fantastic pizzas. Some of the local favorites are Athena Pizza Banff, Bear Street tavern, Carlitos Pizza, High Rollers, and Pacini Banff. Of course, you will find the classics like Boston Pizza, Dominos, and Pizza Pizza if you are looking for a quick and cheap slice.
Looking for the Canadian delicacy made of fries, gravy, and cheese? Banff Poutine is a whole restaurant dedicated to making these cheesy and warm dishes with a twist. Located at 223 Bear Street in the Town of Banff if you want to enjoy a Canadian comfort classic.
Banff Taxi and Taxi Taxi are two companies that service Banff and the surrounding areas in Banff National Park. Taxi Taxi and Banff Taxi are available 24-hour 7-day a week. They both provide full size sedans, taxi minivans and for larger groups can provide full size vans.
There are many vacation packages to be enjoyed throughout the park from various companies. Contact your local travel agent for the best options suiting your needs, better yet call us at our front desk and we would be more than happy to help with accommodation and sight seeing recommendations.
Consider Castle Mountain Chalets for your next wedding or event. We have a open-concept lodge available to configure to suit any style of event. A gas fireplace and stonework bring an alpine feel to the space along with pine paneled walls and ceiling. The space is accompanied by two large bathrooms, a full kitchen with gas range and prep table. We can accommodate banquet seating of 60 people. We also have a large tv, ping-pong and foosball table available in the lodge for your enjoyment.
There are many opportunities for cross-country skiing around the national park. Castle Mountain Chalets has 3 tracks that we set around the property heading off in different directions, and in consequence, offering a variety of views starting right at our doorstep.
This boutique wellness event is perfect for those looking to experience all things specializing in yoga. Attend yoga talks, cooking classes, practice your yoga poses, shop the wellness market, or indulge in some spa self care. This 3-day wellness experience occurs annually.
Banff has been steadily increasing their sustainable practices. Banff encourages their residents and businesses to take the zero-waste trail to reduce and divert the waste that goes to the landfill. Banff even collects and composts raw and cooked food scraps by using bins around town.