Destination guide

Experience Banff in holiday homes to rent

Surrounded by Alberta’s Rockies, Banff is one of the top destinations in Canada for travellers looking for unrivaled outdoor adventures near holiday homes to rent. Here, you’ll find plenty of opportunity for outdoor sports, no matter what time of year you visit. With an abundance of hot springs and ski resorts, it’s easy to see why people travel from all over the world to visit Banff and its beautifully maintained national parks with its towering peaks, calm waters and northern lights.

History

Historical sites by Banff holiday homes

The Banff area near your holiday rental is steeped in history, and you can experience some of it for yourself. One of the top locations in that regard is the Cave and Basin National Historic Site. The natural hot springs here served as the starting point for Canada’s national park system in 1883. At the site today, you can enjoy the accompanying Discovery Tour, which takes you through historical architecture and an underground cave. You may also want to visit the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies. Here, you’ll learn more about the local area, with a mixture of art, history and folklore that offers valuable insight about Banff’s unique culture, dating back to the original settlers. If you’re looking to go back even further, you can stop by the Buffalo Nations Luxton Museum, which showcases the culture and accomplishments of the area’s indigenous people prior to European contact.

Activities

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 cosy holiday rental and check out everything that makes Banff a one-of-a-kind holiday spot. Here are some of the most popular attractions to put on your list, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • 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)
Outdoor activities

Outdoor adventure near your Banff holiday rental

Outdoor adventure is the name of the game in Banff. Surrounded by snow-capped peaks and expansive lakes, Banff’s natural landscape facilitates a wide variety of outdoor adventures that all travellers can enjoy, just a short ride from holiday homes. Ride the Banff Gondola to take in everything Banff has to offer. This relaxing ride offers scenic views of summits, valleys and the town of Banff itself. Venture into the surrounding peaks, and you’ll find a collection of ski resorts perfect for tackling the slopes. Mount Norquay is particularly appealing, since it provides a variety of slope difficulties suited for all experience levels. Visiting the Banff Upper Hot Springs is a unique way to finish off your day, as the natural waters and scenic alpine views offer an entirely new level of relaxation.

Weather

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 101.85 inches and temperatures average -12°F.

Natural highlights

Exploring the mountains and other natural features in Banff

Travellers 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 holiday in Banff. These are a few of the area's most enchanting features, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • 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

Transport to Banff holiday homes

The closest international airport to Banff is the Calgary International Airport. From there, Banff proper is just a short 90-minute ride away through scenic landscapes. Shuttle bus connections go straight to Banff from the airport, but you could always drive yourself in a hire car to your holiday accommodation. Additionally, there’s a Rocky Mountaineer train service with a stop directly in Banff. Once you’re in town, you can walk or bike to most of the nearby attractions. Venturing into the surrounding mountains typically requires a car or bus. Banff offers the Roam service, however, which is a hybrid bus that has room for wheelchairs, skiing equipment, strollers and any other gear you might need to take with you.

Where to stay near Banff?

Our 2019 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 581 holiday rentals near Banff. From 110 Houses to 6 Cabins, find unique holiday homes for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best place to stay near Banff for a long holiday or a weekend break is on Stayz.

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

Whether you are travelling solo or with family and friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of holiday rentals for a long holiday or just a weekend break in Banff:

  • Mount Norquay Ski Resort: 29 holiday homes
  • Silvertip: 387 holiday homes
  • Cougar Creek: 451 holiday homes
  • Quarry Pines: 25 holiday homes
  • Three Sisters Mountain Village: 27 holiday homes

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

What are the most popular points of interest and landmarks to stay near when travelling to Banff?

Stayz offers a large selection of holiday homes near great places in Banff. From Stayz travellers, the most popular points of interest to stay near are:

  • Banff Lake Louise Tourism Bureau: 535 holiday rentals
  • Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies: 647 holiday rentals
  • Canada House Gallery: 646 holiday rentals
  • Banff National Park Information Centre: 646 holiday rentals
  • Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity: 648 holiday rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Banff listed on Stayz where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Banff?

Yes, of course. Stayz offers 110 Houses in Banff. Our other popular types of Banff holiday rentals include:

  • Cabins: 6 holiday houses
  • Condos/Apartments: 350 holiday houses
  • Chalets: 19 holiday houses

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

Can I find a holiday accommodation with pool in Banff?

Yes, you can select your preferred holiday accommodation with pool among our 314 holiday homes with pool available in Banff. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available.