The Best Bed and Breakfasts in Banff, Alberta

Stay at a friendly bed and breakfast in photogenic Banff to be close to mountain hikes and turquoise glacial lakes
Stay at a friendly bed and breakfast in photogenic Banff to be close to mountain hikes and turquoise glacial lakes | Courtesy of Buffalo Mountain Lodge / Expedia
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27 January 2021

With the snow-capped Rockies as its backdrop, pretty Banff – at the heart of Banff National Park – is one of Canada’s most photogenic towns. In winter, it draws skiers for its top-notch slopes; by summer, it’s a wildlife enthusiast’s dream, with bear and elk sightings moments from your doorstep. Stay at one of these friendly B&Bs, and you’ll have all the energy you need for tackling mountain hikes or visiting luminously turquoise glacial lakes.

Mountain View Bed and Breakfast

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Mountain View Bed & Breakfast
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The name is apt: gaze out the window from the newly built Carriage House at this B&B, and you’ll discover a full postcard-worthy vista of jagged peaks. Fresh, contemporary stylings fill the two rooms – which can be booked together for a family of four – as they do in the nearby Main House, with its patio and outdoor fireplace. Famous Canadian friendliness comes courtesy of your hosts, Edwina and Kevan, who will happily dish out recommendations for local hikes.

Banff Bear Bed and Breakfast

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Banff Bear Bed and Breakfast
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Ever dreamed of living in your own private log cabin? You’ll love this two-bedroom self-contained hideaway, with a private terrace facing out towards Mount Norquay and Cascade Mountain – a dreamy spot for watching elk graze or sipping sundowners. Breakfast supplies are provided so you can rustle something up at your leisure, but as it’s just a short walk into town, opt for the breakfast poutine – potatoes, bacon, eggs, cheese, hollandaise – at Tooloulou’s instead.

Buffalo Mountain Lodge

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Buffalo Mountain Lodge
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You’re a 20-minute walk from downtown, but the location more than makes up for it. Buffalo Mountain Lodge is coddled in wilderness on the slopes of Tunnel Mountain – blanketed by wildflowers in the summer and snow drifts in the winter. Rooms come with wood-burning fireplaces for coziness, while a new outdoor hot tub soothes sore muscles after a day’s skiing or hiking. Don’t miss the restaurant, which stars fabulous produce such as bison and elk from the lodge’s own game ranch, and top Canadian wines.
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Buffaloberry B&B

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Buffaloberry B&B
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Homemade pumpkin crunch granola; baked camembert egg custard with caramelized onions; maple syrup-smothered buttermilk pancakes – the breakfast spread at Buffaloberry B&B is reason enough to stay here. But hosts Theresa and James do more than just cook well, in a bid to make your stay comfortable. Their Western country-style decor – which extends to the warmly lit bedrooms – is enticingly homey, with sandstone fireplaces and characterful metal railings, as well as sink-in leather chairs.

Canadian Artisans Bed and Breakfast

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Set in Canmore, at the gateway to Banff National Park, this B&B puts nature first: it’s so cozied by mature trees that it practically feels like it’s floating above the forest. True to its name, artistic touches are found at every turn, from stained-glass windows to wood carvings; many were designed by owner Valerie Knowlden, who built the retreat, along with her husband. Book the Treehouse Suite for a bird’s-eye view of the green surrounds.

Ambleside Lodge Bed and Breakfast

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Ambleside Lodge Bed & Breakfast
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From the grand stone fireplace to the wood-paneled ceilings and light fixtures fashioned from horns, this place feels epically Canadian. Book the Hudsons Bay room and you can cuddle in a rustic wood-framed bed with fuzzy striped blankets (from the country’s iconic department store of the same name). Rise and order a breakfast of chewy waffles or fruit parfait, the perfect start to the day before hiking the trails along the Bow River, just steps away.

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  • Samesun Banff

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    Samesun Banff
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    If a dynamic, social vibe is what you’re seeking, this hostel ticks the boxes. On-site bar and restaurant the Beaver dishes up beers and burgers to groups of friends after a day on the slopes, while dorm rooms and laundry facilities make it an affordable pick for longer term stays. No need to splash out on a car hire, either: staff will help sort transport to the ski slopes and the National Park highlights, such as Moraine Lake and Banff Hot Springs.

    Cascade Court Bed and Breakfast

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    Cascade Court Bed and Breakfast
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    This family-owned B&B combines decades of hospitality experience, courtesy of owner Clara Tarchuk, with a fresh perspective from her son Randy and his wife Debbie, who joined the team in 2019. Clean, homey rooms have a simple decor of raw wood and white, and there’s a common area when you need space for a quiet afternoon’s reading or a round of board games. The location is serene, even though you’re only a few minutes from the action in central Banff.

    The Poplar Inn

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    This Victorian-style inn is a real throwback to Canada’s frontier days. Just two rooms – each with their own lounging decks – give it an intimate feel, so after a day spent exploring the nearby shops it really feels as though you’re returning home. There’s a barbecue area where you can grill up a feast, but this is a prime location, minutes from the many restaurants in the heart of Banff. With options ranging from steak to sushi, you can just as easily head out for dinner.

    Banff Boutique Inn

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    Planning on staying a while, to really make the most of all that Banff National Park has to offer? This inn is designed for just that, with full kitchen access from its suites, plenty of storage for your kit (including rental bikes and skis) and free on-site parking. The decor is relaxed and warming, and the Deluxe King category comes with an electric fireplace and an oversized soaking tub for pampering.
    These recommendations were updated on January 27, 2021 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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