Budget Beds and Hostels ($-$$)
1717 Mountain Ave, Canmore.
The Spruce Grove Motel
545 Banff Ave, Banff.
Tel: 403-762-2112, Fax: 403-760-5043
The Gateway Inn
800 Harvie Heights Rd, Harvie Heights (just west of
Tel: 403-678-5396; Fax: 403-678-5381;
Y Mountain Lodge
102 Spray Ave, Banff;
Tel: 403-762-3560, Fax: 403-762-2602;
Toll Free: 1-800-813-4138;
Guess what, it’s the old hospital revamped…. and actually a friendly, affordable option for people. Right in the heart of Banff on the river. New lounge with rock fireplace, on-site cafeteria, laundry, internet access, shared and private rooms. Co-ed.
Alpine Club of Canada Clubhouse
Indian Flats Road, Canmore.
Tel: 403-678-3200, Fax: 403-678-3224
Easier to get here if you have a car, 2 km east of town. Dormitory rooms, laundry, climbing literature library, communal kitchen. Discounts for American Alpine Club members and international affiliate clubs.
Hostelling International, Banff
Tunnel Mountain Road, Banff.
Tel: 403-762-4122, Fax: 403-762-4611
Beautiful location and construction, dormitory and semi-private rooms, laundry, deli-cafe on premises, and you can work for room. The Banff office takes bookings for the more remote, primitive hostels: Castle Mountain (between Banff and Lake Louise) and the Ribbon Creek Hostel (Kananaskis Village area).
Hostelling International – Canadian Alpine Centre at Lake Louise
203 Village Road, Lake Louise.
A collaboration between the Hostelling Association and the Alpine Club of Canada: outstanding mountain architecture at a bargain price. Laundry, on-site (scrumptious! affordable!) deli, meeting room, dormitory and private
rooms. Reservations; they save some rooms for "walk-ins". You won’t get a better deal in Lake Louise.
If you want more information about this area you can email the author or check out our North America Insiders page.