Located 90 minutes from Calgary, the city of Banff is in the Southwest corner of Banff National Park. Banff is the largest community in the National Park, which is in the middle of the Canadian Rocky Mountains. The park includes 6,641 square km of land, including mountains, glaciers, bodies of water, and different types of forests.
The weather in Banff is really variable due to its high elevation, and the surrounding mountain ranges. Summer highs average about 21 degrees Celsius. Winter however brings much lower temperatures, averaging around -12 degrees. On the bright side, the National Park is known for the strange winter phenomenon of a “chinook” where warm winds cause much warmer temperatures.
Staying in a vacation home rental allows a traveller to embrace the privacy of the park, while still allowing for home living essentials. Every day you can wake up in your custom picked accommodation to a view of the surrounding mountains that make up the Rockies. While mingling and sighting the large variety of your wild neighbors, indulge in some of the many activities available. These includehiking, taking the gondola to get a panoramic view, canoeing, or skiing in the winter.
Vacationers can find holiday lodging directly from owners in the form of villas, home, apartment, chalet and condo rentals in Banff, Alberta. In the middle of the biggest backyard around, this mountain town offers different types of vacation rentals to suit anyone’s needs. From simple cabins, to the cozy villas, there is accommodation for all budgets.
Why stay in a Banff hotel when you can rent a vacation rental? Owner Direct has been matching holiday guests with privately-owned short term and long term vacation rentals since 1994. Book yours now, and find yourself enjoying the fresh air of Banff National Park, in Alberta, Canada.
About Banff National Park - Owner Direct Vacation Rentals: Canmore is surrounded by the spectacular Canadian Rockies. Canmore is strategically located 106km/66mi west of Calgary, Alberta on the Trans Canada Highway, an easy and beautiful drive of about one hour from downtown Calgary. The town of Canmore is just 5 kms (2 miles) from the entrance to Banff National Park to the west and 22 kms (12 miles) to downtown Banff. This scenic drive takes just 15 minutes.
The beautiful Bow River flows down from Lake Louise, through Banff and Canmore and on to Calgary and beyond. The Bow River is one of the premium trout fishing rivers in the country. You can enjoy a variety of mountain trails, ranging from leisurely walks to challenging hikes, or take day trips to surrounding attractions such as Banff, Lake Louise, and the Kananaskis Country.
Wildlife in the Bow Valley abounds with Elk, Mountain Sheep, Deer, Black Bears, Cougars, Coyotes and many others. The mix of wildlife and growth always creates some difficult problems, but the environment and the native animals are always paramount in the planning process in Canmore. The creation of wildlife corridors and public awareness programs through the schools and media have heightened our appreciation and respect for our natural wildlife population.
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