Village life, accommodation and nightlife
in Banff Town

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Banff is loaded with accommodation, shops, bars and places to hang out. Hotels can be expensive but there are cheap alternatives, including the two youth hostels that costs from C$20/night for members, and C$25 for non-members. The hostels also offer bed and ticket packages; for around C$295 you get 5 nights accommodation with breakfast, lift pass, and return travel to the mountain included.


The Hard Rock Cafe sells good cheap food, while Bumper's has the biggest steaks you've ever seen. The licensed cafe at the youth hostel has the best value food. Alternatively there is a KFC, a McDonalds, a Subway, a Chinese and plenty of pizza take-aways.


Night-life is what you make it, and most of the bars have pool tables and play loud music. The Rose and Crown is an English-style joint and worth a visit. Most of the pubs and bars have drink promotions on during the week so you can always find somewhere cheap to get smashed before you head off to one of the two local nightclubs that are usually packed out from 12am till closing at 2.30am most nights.


As with most resorts, the further the accommodation is from the centre of town, the cheaper it will be. The drawback is getting in and out of the town at night as you will have to fork out for a bus or taxi. A mini-bus called The Happy Bus' runs from 5.30pm until late. Plenty of Hotels located in and around the town centre, with 2 youth hostels a short walk from town. The Samesun hostel has just been gutted and refitted over the 2004 summer and seems to be the livelier of the 2 hostels available.  READ NEXT: Mountain statistics