Family-Friendly Lodging in Banff National Park

In Banff National Park, you’re spoilt for choice no matter your taste. Three great ski resorts, two towns, and an endless number of lodging options. With so much to choose from, some choices work better for families than others. We’ve done the decision-making for you, and narrowed down the best family-friendly accommodation for all budgets in the town of Banff and village of Lake Louise.

Family snowboarding at Banff Sunshine Village, Banff National Park.
Photo courtesy of Banff Sunshine Village.

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Sunshine Mountain Lodge

Banff Sunshine Village is well-known for its family-friendly terrain and easy navigation – you can always see the village no matter what run you’re on. They know what works best with little ones in tow, and the same goes for their very own Sunshine Mountain Lodge.

Sunshine Mountain Lodge, Banff Sunshine Village, Banff National Park.
Photo courtesy of Banff Sunshine Village.

The only ski-in ski-out accommodation option in Banff National Park, Sunshine Mountain Lodge will meet all of your family’s needs, from first tracks to après snacks. They offer several room options, from 3-person deluxe rooms to 6-person lofts, as well as connecting rooms for bigger families.

Goat's Eye Suite at Sunshine Mountain Lodge, Banff Sunshine Village, Banff National Park.
Goat's Eye Suite at Sunshine Mountain Lodge. Photo courtesy of Banff Sunshine Village.

Daily activities are included with your stay, including fireside s’mores, tobogganing, scavenger hunts, and hot tub bingo in Banff’s largest outdoor hot tub. The Family Room and Activity Room are great for winding down for the day before a restful sleep and another great day on the slopes.

Douglas Fir Resort & Chalets

Douglas Fir Resort & Chalets is a fantastic family-friendly option for your stay in Banff National Park, just a 4-minute drive from downtown Banff. The quiet surroundings will ensure a restful stay, while the excitement of town is just a short trip away.

Douglas Fir Resort & Chalets, Banff National Park.
Photo courtesy of Douglas Fir Resort & Chalets.

From specialty suites to loft condos to A-frame chalets, there’s a layout to suit every family. Give your kids the classic cabin experience in their 2-3 bedroom chalets. Complete with a fireplace and fully stocked kitchen so you can cook your own meals – you’ll feel right at home.

Douglas Fir chalet
Photo courtesy of Douglas Fir Resort & Chalets.
Ski lodge with kitchen and fireplace.
Photo courtesy of Douglas Fir Resort & Chalets.

If skiing hasn’t worn out their energy for the day, there’s no need to stress, their indoor play zone will keep them entertained! Two storeys and 36 feet in length makes it Western Canada’s largest hotel indoor playground.

Douglas Fir Kids Play Area
Photo courtesy of Douglas Fir Resort & Chalets.

You’ll also want to check out their indoor waterpark, no matter your age. Featuring two indoor waterslides, a kiddie’s pool, and a 24-person jacuzzi, there’s something for everyone.

Inns of Banff

A great budget option for families located right on Banff Ave is the Inns of Banff. Standard rooms, suites, condos, and cottages are available with ample space for the whole family, and it’s just a short walk to downtown. For larger families, booking the Executive Cottage will give ample room to relax for parents and kids. Five separate sleeping areas, a games room with bubble hockey and big screen TV, a stocked kitchen and wood burning fireplace are just a few great amenities of the cottage.

Executive Cottage at Inns of Banff, Banff National Park.
Photo courtesy of Inns of Banff.

You’ll be spoilt for choice of dining options, too! Any sushi-lovers in the family? They’ll go crazy for the all-you-can-eat sushi buffet at Miki Japanese Restaurant. Visit the Wildfire Grill for a window-side view of Cascade Mountain, or get in a game of pool at the relaxed Bear’s Den Lounge.

The Fox Hotel

Kids will love the hot tub at this downtown Banff hotel. The Cave and Basin themed replica will take them back in time to the hot spring which catalyzed the birth of Canada’s first national park.

Cave and basin-themed hot pool at the Fox Hotel & Suites, Banff National Park.
Photo courtesy of The Fox Hotel & Suites.

Their cozy-cabin style loft suites will make the whole family feel at home, and the continental breakfast will start the day right with a make-your-own-waffle station. Treat the family to dinner at Chili’s Grill & Bar located right in the hotel. The warm southwestern dishes will be the perfect way to wrap up a wintery day on the slopes.

Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel

Every kid dreams of staying in a magical castle, and a stay at the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel is the best way to make their wish come true. Once you’re there, there are several great programs and activities to entertain the family after a day on the slopes.

Their Cultural Programs are a fun way to learn about Banff’s history, from campfire stories to Heritage Experiences where you’ll learn about the history of the Big 3 resorts and the historical hotel itself.

For younger kids under twelve, the ‘Kids at the Castle’ programming gets them involved in everything from science experiments to movie nights and pajama parties.

Fairmont Banff Springs hotel exterior winter shot, Banff National Park, Canada.
Photo courtesy of Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel.

Lake Louise

Lake Louise Inn

Located right in the village with an easy commute to Lake Louise Ski Resort, the Lake Louise Inn has suites and rooms for every style and budget. And at the end of your day on the slopes, you can treat your muscles to their heated indoor pool and whirl pool! With floor to ceiling windows, you’ll get the best possible stunning mountain views.

One bedroom condo with loft at the Lake Louise Inn, Lake Louise, Banff National Park.
Photo courtesy of The Lake Louise Inn.

The kids will love taking part in the Après Ski Gazebo BBQ and Bonfire on Saturday nights, complete with complimentary marshmallows and hot chocolate. Every night of the week you can dine at their three restaurants. Timberwolf Pizza and Pasta Cave is the best for family dining, Explorers Lounge welcomes little ones until 8pm, and Legends Restaurant offers hearty breakfasts and lunches next to a cozy fireplace. They’ll even prepare bagged lunches to grab and go for your day on the hill!

Lake Louise Inn firepit and gazeebo.
Photo courtesy of The Lake Louise Inn.

Mountaineer Lodge

Just 5 minutes from both Lake Louise itself and the Lake Louise Ski Resort, the Mountaineer Lodge is an ideal location to experience the best of both worlds in this quaint village. The past four years have seen several improvements to the hotel.

Mountaineer Lodge interior
Photo courtesy of Mountaineer Lodge.

Spacious rooms and suites provide everything you need for a comfortable stay, including new pillow top mattresses and duvet bedding in every room. Families will love the multi-bedroom suites to accommodate up to six people.

Enjoy their complimentary hot breakfast buffet to fuel your ski day, complete with your favourite breakfast items you’d enjoy from your own home.

Ready to make your next great family memories in Banff National Park? Call our in-Banff SkiBig3 Vacation Planners today at 1-844-754-2443  or plan your Canadian Rockies ski vacation online. Great Ski & Stay Packages available now.

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