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Enjoy Banff on a Budget

The great outdoors is nature’s gift to thrifty travelers and much of Banff’s appeal lies in the natural beauty which surrounds it. In the summertime, this Canadian ski resort presents a wide variety of low-cost activities including fishing, hiking, and relaxing in the local hot springs. During the height of the ski season, budget hotels in Banff offer the option of skiing holidays on a shoestring to those who just can’t resist the pull of the slopes.

Things to see in Banff

There are so many incredible natural landmarks in and around Banff that you can easily spend your days drinking in the sights without spending a cent. Start in the town itself, with the Bow River which makes for a dramatic sight as it plunges over the edge of Bow Falls before heading on to join the Hudson River. The Bow Falls famously featured in the Marilyn Monroe movie River of No Return, so be sure to get a photo for the movie buffs back home. Next, head out of town for a hike along one of the many nearby trails. A popular favorite is the Hoodoo’s trail just outside of town. Once you’ve worked up a sweat, why not relax with a natural spa visit. A trip to the hot springs is surprisingly affordable, allowing you to wallow luxuriously in the warm waters while taking in the majestic views.

Cheap hotels in Banff

If you’re staying in the summer, one of the best options for low-cost accommodation in Banff has to be camping. There are a number of professional sites offering basic amenities such as hot showers and restrooms. When it starts to get colder, there are some good backpacker lodges and budget hotels in Banff town, which are friendly, clean, and offer a good base for exploring the area at a reasonable price. If you’re traveling in a group, it is possible to book into one of Banff’s cheap hostels and share a dorm room—hostels and guesthouses are also a low-cost option for individual travelers.

Where to stay in Banff

Affordable hotels in Banff are quite easy to find. There are cheap hotels, hostels and B&Bs available in the town itself, while the surrounding National Park offers reasonable rates for camping and camper vans. These campsites range from providing the most basic amenities to offering electricity, campfire spots, and running water. Bed and Breakfast options are plentiful in the town center and are equally varied in their style, including modern condos and alpine wood cabins. Some of the larger resorts also offer good hotel deals in Banff in the off season, so it’s worth keeping an eye out for these.

How to get to Banff

As well as the option of getting a bus from Calgary International Airport, you can easily spend a good few days just enjoying the road. Greyhound buses come into Calgary—an 11-hour road-trip from Seattle. A great way to travel to Banff on a budget is to book onto one of the guided coach tours of the Rockies. These all stop off at Banff as part of the tour. For those with time on their hands but little cash, why not make the journey part of the vacation? The 75-mile bike ride from Calgary is a once-in-a-lifetime experience with unforgettable views across the Rockies.

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