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Popular amenities for Banff vacation rentals

Stay near Banff's top sights

Canada House Art Gallery14 locals recommend
Banff Visitor Centre32 locals recommend
Banff Avenue5 locals recommend
Bow Falls15 locals recommend
Banff National Park of Canada7 locals recommend
Willow Stream Spa at the Fairmont Banff Springs46 locals recommend

Quick stats about vacation rentals in Banff

  • Total rentals

    220 properties

  • Rentals with dedicated workspaces

    40 properties have a dedicated workspace

  • Rentals with a pool

    60 properties have a pool

  • Pet-friendly rentals

    10 properties allow pets

  • Family-friendly rentals

    50 properties are a good fit for families

  • Total number of reviews

    10K reviews

Your guide to Banff

All About Banff

There are two Banffs — summer Banff and winter Banff — and both are equally spectacular. Built as a resort town in the 1880s in the middle of Banff National Park, this picturesque western village, ringed by mountains, is the ideal base for a Canadian Rockies adventure.

In summer, hikers wander up Tunnel Mountain for a few hours or head deep into the backcountry for days. Canoes skate across the spectacular blue-green Lake Louise and Moraine Lake, whose waters are fed by glacier. Biking, mountain climbing, golfing, and outdoor sports may be the main draw, but they aren’t the only activities to enjoy: The Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity hosts concerts and plays, and the Whyte Museum brings together art and local history. When snow covers the mountains and valleys, Banff becomes a ski and snowboard town, with three resorts nearby. A snowshoe stroll around one of the lakes may bring you close to native flora and fauna.

The best time to stay in a vacation rental in Banff

You’ll want to wear active clothes for an activity-rich destination, but keep each season’s demands in mind. Summer lasts from June through September and peaks in July, when daytime temperatures regularly hit the 70s and 80s Fahrenheit. Remember: You’re high in the Rockies, so keep sweaters and light jackets on you to protect against the evening chill.

From January through March, Banff is covered in snow and ice — temperatures can easily plummet below zero Fahrenheit. The cold is dry, too, so be prepared with plenty of heavy layers and warm boots with good treads. In spring and fall, the temperature varies wildly, so pack for a wide range of conditions and check the local forecasts before you go.

Top things to do in Banff

Banff Gondola

It takes eight minutes for the Banff Gondola aerial lift to sweep up the tree-covered slope of Sulphur Mountain to the upper platform, at an altitude of 7,500 feet, where mountain peaks stretch to the horizon. Cafes and restaurants allow you to linger at the heights, or if you prefer to stay outdoors, take a short hike along the ridge or gather around a fire pit in winter.

Upper Hot Springs

Geothermal hot springs emerging out of a massive fault in Sulphur Mountain brought visitors to Banff for the water cure in the late 19th century, and this outdoor pool, which averages 100 degrees Fahrenheit in winter and summer, continues to instill restorative bliss. (Bring a swimsuit, or rent one.)

Lake Louise

This gorgeous lake is almost as big a draw as Banff — even the spectacular 35-mile drive between the two cities is a must-do. The turquoise lake is cradled by a host of peaks. You can kayak or canoe in its glacial waters, hike up the domed Beehive mountains, or meander around the town of Lake Louise.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How is the weather in Banff?

    Banff experiences a subarctic climate. Summers can reach 22°C (72°F), perfect for hiking and sightseeing, while winters can drop to -15°C (5°F) creating ideal conditions for winter sports like skiing and snowboarding.

  • What are some of the best things to do in Banff?

    Banff has plenty to explore, from hiking in the national park, wildlife spotting, and canoeing on the Bow River to relaxing in the hot springs, or skiing and snowboarding in winter. Arts and culture enthusiasts can visit the Whyte Museum.

  • What is the best time of year to visit Banff?

    Banff is a year-round destination, with summer (June to August) attracting lots of visitors for hiking and sightseeing. The Banff Centre Mountain Film and Book Festival in the fall and SnowDays Festival in winter particularly draw crowds.

  • What are the best places to stay in Banff?

    Downtown Banff is popular for its close proximity to shops and restaurants. Tunnel Mountain is frequently suggested for its campgrounds and cabin rentals, while Norquay is favored for its ski-in, ski-out accommodations.

  • What are the best places to visit in Banff?

    Banff National Park is home to numerous attractions, including Lake Louise, Moraine Lake, and the Icefields Parkway. Visitors also enjoy exploring Johnston Canyon, the Banff Gondola, and the historic Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel.

  • What are some hiking trails in Banff?

    There's a variety of hiking trails in Banff. The popular Johnston Canyon trail leads to stunning waterfalls. The Tunnel Mountain trail offers breathtaking views of the town, while the Plain of Six Glaciers is renowned for its glacier views.

  • What are some family activities to do in Banff?

    Families in Banff can explore the Banff Park Museum and Cave and Basin National Historic Site, take a gondola ride up Sulphur Mountain, or enjoy a picnic by Lake Minnewanka. The Banff Upper Hot Springs also provides a relaxing family-friendly experience.

  • What are some of the best day trip ideas in Banff?

    Day trips from Banff often include Lake Louise, noted for its stunning turquoise waters, or the vibrant town of Canmore. Many also explore the Icefields Parkway, one of the most scenic drives in the world, or visit Yoho National Park, famous for Emerald Lake.

  • What types of vacation rentals are available in Banff?

    Uncover the perfect home-away-from-home with our diverse selection of vacation rentals in Banff. From over 50 condo rentals to over 10 house rentals, we've got you covered. For even more variety, explore our Airbnb Categories to find the ideal space for your getaway.

  • Are there vacation rentals with a dedicated workspace in Banff?

    Yes! Work meets play with ease at over 40 vacation rentals in Banff featuring dedicated workspaces. Stay connected and productive in your home away from home.

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