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Hostelling in Banff National Park, Alberta

by K Gordon Schultz

Banff, Alberta Hostels For Budget Travelers

There are many accommodation options for the budget traveler to choose from when visiting Banff National Park and the Canadian Rockies, but none fit the “budget” category better than Banff’s two hostel options. Now don’t think that just because they provide the least expensive accommodation option in Banff that they do not meet today’s standards of cleanliness and security. Both hostels do a great job in each circumstance.

HI Banff Alpine Centre
Located on Tunnel Mountain, above the townsite of Banff, the Hosteling International (HI) Banff Alpine Centre is the newer and larger of the two. Even though it is outside the downtown core, and quieter as a result, Banff’s Roam bus system is FREE to HI guests giving you full access to such sites as Sulphur Mountain Gondola, Bow Falls and Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel and other Banff activities. Add in free Wi-Fi, the Storm Cellar Pub & Gamehouse with $2.75 highballs, Cougar Pete’s Kitchen and Lookout where you will be full for less than $10.00 and the fabulous staff that is almost all backpackers, the HI Banff Alpine Centre is the way to go! Overnights start at $31.75 for Hostelling International members.

Samesun Banff
The Samesun Banff is part of a network of privately owned of hostels that really understand their clientele. Great location, clean and well-kept, easy access to transportation are all pluses at Samesun Banff. Located at 433 Banff Avenue, the Samesun Banff is only 2 short blocks for the centre of Banff with its many choices of bars and restaurants. But with the onsite Beaver bar and restaurant, with mains starting under $10.00, you may never leave the property. Throw in free Wi-Fi, daily breakfast and for those driving, free parking. Rates start at $31.50 in a shared dorm.

Hostelling is a wonderful way to travel the world. From Banff to London to New York, hostelling will put you in the centre of it all!

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