Looking to get away from it all? Head to Banff, Alberta! The town was created as a service town to support visitors to Banff National Park, Canada's oldest national park - which opened in 1885. Millions of guests visit this pristine natural area each year, and often opt to stay in the town's many spacious vacation homes, cabins, chalets, and apartments. Banff vacation rentals are furnished comfortably to cope with cold winters and hot summers. The accommodations also offer guests privacy and independence – many are equipped with cooking facilities, making for the perfect place to unwind as you prepare a meal.
Choose the perfect vacation rental
Best Vacation Home Deals Banff
Find a vacation rental that meets your needs among the 878 great options from different vacation rental websites in Banff. HomeToGo directly sorts all of these properties so you can save up to 62%!
Top-Rated Offers and Accommodations Banff
Recommended Vacation Rentals Banff
Find your perfect vacation rental Banff: from $81 per night
Budget-friendly Rentals Banff
Apartments and vacation rentals with a kitchen
Cook up a feast on your next vacation and book a Banff rental with full kitchen.
Vacation rentals with Wi-Fi
Stay connected while traveling and book a Banff accommodation with high-speed internet.
Vacation rentals with a fireplace
Get warm and cozy on cold winter nights Banff by booking a vacation home with a fireplace.
Popular Rental Amenities Banff
You will have a large selection of vacation rentals to compare and choose from if you are looking for a property including a pool in Banff. Hotel rooms with pools Banff are a great choice for groups of 10 and usually cost around $774 per night. If you would also like to be close to the water, more than two-thirds of the vacation rentals with a pool are within 2 kilometres of the waterfront.
The Weather Banff
Find the Banff climate diagram. July is the warmest month of the year Banff with temperatures reaching a maximum average of 22°. Conversely, January is the coolest month Banff, with temperatures going under -16° The rainiest month is June while the driest month is February.
7-Day Weather Forecast Banff
Where to Eat on Your Banff Vacation
Dining in Banff is more than just grabbing a bite during a hike. There are plenty of elegant places to bring your loved ones, and the culinary scene is buzzing. At the rustic Maple Leaf Grille on Banff Avenue, you'll find typical Canadian dishes such as Albertan beef, BC salmon, East Coast cod, and Okanagan Wine Country salad. Savour dinner at the Bison Restaurant & Terrace and whet your appetite with seafood waffles, escargots, pork belly, and Peking duck.
Nourish, a vegetarian restaurant, offers tapas-style options such as stuffed mushrooms and gluten-free onion rings, while Eddie Burger & Bar is the go-to place if you're craving something more substantial – make sure to try the elk burger with avocado and gouda, or the poutine, a Quebecois indulgence of french fries and cheese curds. Reserve a table at Magpie & Stump for scrumptious quesadillas with pulled pork, chorizo, and shrimp tacos, and for your sweet cravings, stop by at Wild Flour Bakery on Bear Street and enjoy dark chocolate cake and macaroons. Evelyn's Coffee Bar serves great wraps, pies, and giant homemade cookies.
Banff, Alberta: An Ideal Vacation Destination for Nature and Art Lovers
The Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies, on Bear Street, boasts wonderful works by Canadian and international artists dating back to 1800. Many focus on the Rockies, and there are even works by the famous Group of Seven. Influenced by European impressionism, these artists painted Canadian landscapes. Don’t miss the permanent collection about the story of Banff and the people who made a home in the mountains.
If you’re interested in natural history, visit the Banff Park Museum. Its exhibits, set in a former Canadian Pacific Railway building, consist of local minerals and plants and stuffed grizzly and black bears. Nearby is Banff National Park's birthplace, the Cave and Basin National Historic Site, where there are natural thermal springs.
Top Tips: Things to Do in Banff With Kids
1. Gondola Rides and Mountain Views
One way to witness the incredible mountain scenery of Banff National Park in all its glory is by taking the Banff Gondola to the top of Sulphur Mountain. For a lot of kids, the nearly 2km-ride on the gondola is the highlight, but the breathtaking views ain't bad either!
2. Exploring Caves and Banff's Hot Springs
For an alternative experience of viewing the stunning geographic features of Banff is to venture underground and explore the amazing Cave and Basin National Historic Site.After rambling through the well-lit, spacious underground cave network that's accessible for kids aged 2 and up, relax and warm up in the natural thermal hot springs. You can also enjoy natural hot springs with incredible alpine views at Banff Upper Hot Springs if you really warm up to Banff's geothermal offerings.
3. Go for a Summer Paddle
Any active members in the family? Don't worry, Banff has more than enough world-class outdoor activity opportunities to tire out even the most hyperactive of children.
During summer, go canoeing at Lake Minnewanka, take a pony trek to spot local wildlife, or try one of the many kid-friendly hiking trails of varying difficulty crisscrossing Tunnel Mountain and Mount Cory. Kids will love the impressive glacier-fed Bow Falls, or you can explore the 3 beautiful Vermilion Lakes by bike.
4. Spend a Day on the Slopes
Of course, winter doesn't bring any decrease in outdoor family activities, with Banff's amazing array of family-friendly ski resorts. Depending on the age, ability level, and preference of your family, you might prefer the stunning views and steep slopes of Lake Louise to the gentle, easy-going pistes and family-focused facilities of Sunshine Village; or the smaller crowds and convenient location of Mt. Norquay might be the ticket.
Where to Enjoy Nightlife in Banff: From Bull Rides to Fruit-Infused Beers
Hang out with real cowboys, go bull riding, or sing karaoke at Wild Bill's Legendary Saloon, or head to the Elk & Oarsman to watch sports or listen to live music while sipping draught beer. The Dancing Sasquatch is a favourite night haunt, and at Banff Ave Brewing Co, you can sample bratwurst, burgers, salads, and Saskatoon-berry infused beer.
If you’re not interested in bars, there are plenty of activities on or off the slopes. Sign up for night skiing, skate on a frozen lake, or go for an evening ice walk at Johnston Canyon. Venture up to Lake Minnewanka to spot the northern lights then head back to the comfort of your cozy Banff cabin rental for some late night hot chocolate by the fire.
The Best Things To Do On Your Banff Vacation
Banff National Park's mountains and valleys offer infinite opportunities to watch wildlife, hike, climb, mountain bike, ski, or just commune with nature. Its 6,641 square kilometres of verdant mountains, lush meadows, and scenic waterways beg to be discovered.
Rent a canoe and paddle around Lake Minnewanka, Two Jack Lake, or the Vermilion Lakes, or bike the Spray River Loop. Cycling enthusiasts should also check out the route between Banff and Lake Louise, characterized by rolling hills, and hikers will want to explore the Bow River Falls & the Hoodoos Trail, which starts at the Bow River Bridge and goes to the back of Tunnel Mountain, past stunning forests and meadows. Not to be missed is Lake Louise, a breathtaking turquoise jewel surrounded by majestic mountains. About 13km to the southeast is Lake Moraine, another dazzling body of water – the Valley of Ten Peaks and the Tower of Babel form its stunning backdrop.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the typical price of a vacation home Banff?
The nightly price for accommodation Banff starts at $81.
What is the typical availability of House rentals Banff?
February has the highest availability of House rentals Banff, so you can expect plenty of selection, even for last-minute bookings.
What are the most popular vacation home amenities Banff?
When looking to book a vacation home Banff, the most requested amenities include Internet, TV, and Pool.
How many House rentals and Apartment rentals can I find Banff?
Banff has 878 House rentals and Apartment rentals available to book.
Are there pet-friendly vacation rentals Banff?
If you're travelling with a dog, over 13% of vacation rentals Banff are pet-friendly.
What's the best month to visit Banff?
The warmest time of year Banff is July and August, with the nightly price of a vacation home starting at $81.
We list offers from thousands of providers, including:
Vacation Destinations Near Banff
Canmore Vacation Rentals
Lake Louise Vacation Rentals
Radium Hot Spring Cabins
Cochrane Vacation Rentals
Yoho National Park Vacation Rentals
Invermere Vacation Rentals
Panorama, B.C. Cabin Rentals
Fairmont Hot Springs Vacation Rentals
Golden Vacation Rentals
Calgary Vacation Rentals
Airdrie Vacation Rentals
Rocky Mountain House Vacation Rentals
Nordegg Vacation Rentals
Sylvan Lake Vacation Rentals
Kimberley Cabin Rentals
Kaslo Vacation Rentals
Red Deer Vacation Rentals
Nakusp Vacation Rentals
Cranbrook Vacation Rentals
Top Vacation Ideas
Explore More Vacation Ideas
Weekend Getaways in Ontario
Weekend Getaways in Calgary
Valentines Day in Toronto
Family Winter Getaways in Ontario
March Break in Ottawa
Road Trips in Canada
Weekend Getaways in Toronto
BC Parks Cabins
Ski Hills near Toronto
Alberta Parks Cabins
Weekend Trip in Toronto
Weekend Getaways in Alberta
March Break in Nova Scotia
Christmas Markets Calgary
Road Trips in Alberta
Quebec City Christmas Markets
March Break in Montreal
Vancouver Island Road Trips
Valentines Day in Vancouver
Ottawa Romantic Getaways