Banff Alpine Centre

HI Hostel with bar and cafe.

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Friendly, chalet-style 216-bed hostel, that sprawls over several buildings among the woods of Tunnel Mountain, 3km from downtown.

Lodgings range from basic shared dorms ($35–44) through private rooms ($102–133) to cabins; members get small discounts. Look out for good-value ski and rafting packages online.

Facilities include large kitchen, laundry, lounges with fireplaces (& free wifi) and an inexpensive restaurant, Cougar Pete’s (daily: winter 7am–Noon & 5pm–9pm, Summer 7am–11pm) where you can get a square meal and drink for around $10. There’s also a sociable bar here, the Storm Cellar Pub (evenings 6pm–late), with free pool table, foosball and darts. Various activities are regularly planned here and the hostel organises pub crawls into town too.

A free bus pass is included with accommodation.

At A Glance

801 Hidden Ridge Way
Banff Alberta
Rate is cheapest lodgings for two people in high season: $125; overall range: $70–175; member discounts.

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