As an avid traveler to Banff, Alberta, I feel my commentary may assist you in selecting the best Banff Hotel or Travel Deal. Seeing I am a skier, I generally travel to Banff or Lake Louise in the winter season. However, this resort operates year round and is always a good option for some great Canadian lifestyle. If this is you first time reading about Banff or if you are just looking for information on one of North Americas top ski and golf destinations then you have come to the right place.
Located just over an hours drive from Calgary, Alberta, is the town of Banff. Within the immediate area of the town are three main ski hills: Sunshine Village, Lake Louise and Mount Norquay. Each of these ski resorts are approximately a one hour drive from Banff. There are also many golf courses in the area, with the most popular ones being Kananaskis and the Fairmont Banff Springs. There are fantastic Banff travel deals to take advantage of, whether you are seeking a winter or summer vacation.
Below is a list of my top 4 favorite luxury hotels in Banff and available Banff deals.
1. Fairmont Banff Springs: Stay at the famous and exclusive Fairmont Banff Springs for your winter holiday and enjoy free nights! Stay 4 nights, only pay 3 and get an additional $ 100 Food and Beverage Credit when you book before November 16, 2009.
2. The Rimrock: This hotel has the only four diamond restaurant in Banff and has a 5 Star hotel rating. Seeing the hotel is situated directly across the street from the Banff hot springs and has an outdoor ice rink, it is truly a great property for the kids over the winter period. If you book this property by November 15, 2009, you will receive 20% off all stays after December 23, 2009.
3. Fox Hotel: If you are looking for a moderately priced Banff holiday then I would highly recommend the Fox Hotel. This Banff accommodation is modern and very nice for romantic getaways or a winter family vacation. This is one of the few hotels in Banff that offer two bedroom suites.
4. Hidden Ridge: If you want a fairly inexpensive Banff vacation for the whole family then I would urge global travelers to check out this property located in Tunnel Mountain. All suites are very spacious with full kitchens, wood fireplace, private balcony and large flat screen TVs. Several tour operators will offer discounted lift tickets and activities. This generally occurs when you book your Banff hotel packages with them. A lift ticket is good at any of the three mountains in the area.
Banff has many great winter activities aside from skiing. One of which is dog sledding. This is quite a unique experience to Canada and one which is gaining alot of interest from international and domestic travelers. This activity will take you right into the backcountry of Alberta and will allow you the ultimate traditional outback Canadian adventure. Besides dog sledding, other popular winter activities include heli skiing, ice walks, ice climbing, snowmobiling, sleigh rides and ice fishing.
There are also plenty of things to do in Banff in the summer. Banff is truly a golfers paradise. Aside from that, there is whitewater rafting, ziptreking and fantastic fishing. You can also experience Banffs nature trips where you can see wildlife such as grizzly bears, wolves, eagles, ram, and mountain lions.
Regardless of what you decide to do, Banff is a great all season resort. I personally have yet to experience everything Banff has to offer, however I have done enough to give you some direction as to the highlights. Whatever you choose, you will be impressed of the diversity and what the area has to offer.