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Bow Valley, Alberta Canada – Accommodation

Budget Beds and Hostels ($-$$)


Akai Motel
1717 Mountain Ave, Canmore.
Tel: 403-678-4664
Email: akai@banff.net

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;
Email: info@ywcabanff.ab.ca
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
Email: alpclub@telusplanet.net
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.
Tel: 403-522-2200
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.



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Bow Valley, Alberta Canada – Accommodation

The Bow Valley is the tourist mecca once known only as Banff. Welcoming nearly five million visitors per year, our world-class scenery is matched by first-class amenities and warm, friendly hospitality.

Since it’s inception in 1885, Banff National Park was created for service to tourists brought by the CP Rail. In the shadow of giant tourism, the sleepy coal mine town of Canmore was discovered by the world during the 1988 Winter Olympic Games, when it hosted the Nordic Skiing Events. Also, the spotlight turned down the valley to a side valley known as Kananaskis. The ski resort Nakiska hosted the Alpine Skiing events, and is just 40 minutes west of Calgary.

Due to moratoriums on commercial or residential development in Banff, Canmore has become one of the fastest developing mountain resort communities in Canada. Not only can you find holiday accommodation, but you can buy recreational property for your retirement as well.

Wonderful, small mountain village accommodation options can be found in Lake Louise, Kananaskis Village, Harvie Heights, Dead Man’s Flats, and Castle Mountain Junction.

The choices are overwhelming, really. There is accommodation for every pocketbook and mode of travel: campgrounds, hostels, bed and breakfasts, hotels, motels, condo time shares, executive suites, and on up to the "Royal Penthouse" in the Banff Springs Hotel (secret elevators!). Also, stay in rustic backcountry lodges accessible by foot or skiing.

With literally thousands of options in the Bow Valley, I thought it best to highlight only a few recommended "picks" in each category and then point you to central accommodation booking and tourism info contacts, should you need more assistance.

Central Reservations and Information

  • Banff Bed and Breakfast Accommodations

    440 Muskrat Street

    Tel: 403-762-8806, Fax: 403-762-8800

  • Banff Central Reservations
    1-800-661-1676 (Toll Free in North America)

  • Banff/Lake Louise Tourism Bureau
    224 Banff Ave
    Tel: 403-762-8421; Fax: 403-762-8163

  • Travel Alberta Vacation Assistance

  • Parks Canada
    Banff Info Centre: 403-762-1550.

    Lake Louise Info Centre: 403-522-3833

  • Kananaskis Country
    Canmore Office, 403-678-5508