Join us on Banff’s daily hostel activities
Whether you are in for a relaxing holiday wanting to soak in hot springs with epic mountain vistas, or feel more inclined to mountain bike down a steep decline – there’s something for everyone in Banff.
There are endless opportunities for extreme sports just around the corner as well including whitewater rafting at Kicking Horse, snowboarding or skiing at one of the three local ski resorts, or horseback riding through amazing back country terrain. Our friendly hostel staff will happily recommend where to go, what to see and how to make the most of your time in the Rockies.
Our top 3 Banff hostel activities – summer
Our hosted hostel activities are free for guests. The only charges may be ticket prices or rentals (hot springs, movies, skating etc.) and any food and drink you might like. We offer activities ranging in price from free local hikes to hiring snowshoes or rafting trips. Guests that participate in the daily activities get 10% off in The Beaver Bar that evening – great way to celebrate a good day!
If you are visiting Banff in the summer, don’t miss out on seeing this little mountain town from above! The town of Banff is surrounded by stunning rugged peaks and are all accessible by trails leading out of the town center. Spend a few hours or all day climbing to the top of one of the local “hills” and relish in the majestic birds eye views from the top where you will be above the clouds amongst alpine meadows and lakes. Our regular hiking spots include Tunnel Mountain, Sulfur Mountain and Vermillion Lakes, all with amazing views of the Bow Valley. Some more advanced hikes that we can recommend are Cascade Mountain, Edith and Cory Pass, or the rather looming peak of Mount Rundle. Pack a lunch, bring lots of water and a good sense of adventure as we make the most of the long summer days in the Rocky Mountains.
All hikes are FREE!
Take a relaxing cruise in the sun or race your mates across the lake in a double or triple person canoe. This is the perfect way to spend the long summer afternoons in the Bow Valley as you paddle out to the Vermillion Lakes area and look back at the surrounding mountain vista. Banff’s wildlife often comes down to the waters edge and this is a great place to keep your eyes out for elk, beaver and plenty of bird life. If you have your swimming trunks and balls of steel feel free to take a dip in the river, although the water temperature in summer is about 2 degrees. Life jackets are required and everyone is welcome to try out this relaxing activity.
Canoe rental is $28 p/hour.
Banff was made famous in the 1800’s when a natural hot spring was found bubbling away under Sulphur Mountain. This soon became the draw card for tourism in the early 1900’s as people came from all around to feel the healing waters. Now the Banff Upper Hot Springs taps into that cleansing water and have created a modern mountaintop bathing area that is one of the most popular activities in Banff. No matter whether you have been enjoying mountain hikes or preferring to hike between pubs at night, this will be a great way to restore the batteries and soak the sore muscles. Retro/old school bathing suits are available for hire if you’d like to step back into historic Banff.
Hot springs entry is $7.30. Retro bathing suit hire (optional) is $1.90.
Our top 3 Banff activities – WINTER
Embrace the Canadian winter and try your hand, or more rightly your feet, at ice-skating. Every Sunday night we head down to Banff’s new recreation center and slip into some skates (but hopefully not slip on the ice). If you haven’t worn skates since your 8th birthday party, there’s usually someone to help out, and there’s always a lot of laughs. For our more professional ice babies, try your luck at the ‘Russian Split’ or a ‘Flying Spin Sit’ (hopefully on purpose). We head down at 6:15PM and are back in time for some Sunday Funday AgwaBombs in the Beaver afterwards.
Cost is $10 inc. skate hire.
This is a great way to experience Banff’s best hikes in the winter months. From December to March, snowshoeing trails are open and are accessible to every one of all skill types. It’s like an easy stroll through the country, except you are gliding across the top of a deep snow pack and viewing some rare winter wildlife. Alberta boasts stunning blue skies in the deep of winter, so rug up tight in warm winter clothes but make sure to bring your sunglasses and your camera. This is a unique experience that will expose parts of the Rocky Mountains that most people don’t ever get to see. Find out what trails are open in which seasons at Parks Canada and find out how to survive a Canadian winter in the Rockies.
Snowshoe rental $10.80.
CHEAP MOVIE NIGHT
After a long day throwing yourselves down a mountain and skiing some of the best champagne powder in the world, you’ll probably want to sit yourself down for a bit. So every week for “Tight A$$ Tuesday” we get our hostel crew together and head down to Banff’s Lux cinema and see a new release movie for only $5.50 (or $11 including popcorn and a drink)! Time to relax, be with your mates and get a great deal on a new blockbuster hit movie. You can check out what’s showing next week at Banff Lux Cinema.
We head down to the cinema at 6.30PM, enough time to grab a happy hour jug and some dinner before.
After the movie, come back to the Beaver for 10% off all night.
If you want to get involved in loads of epic Banff activities, then check into the hostel and get yourself signed up for one of our many daily events. Every week throughout the year, the Samesun Banff hostel offers a range of hostel activities suitable for everyone. Our staff will take you hiking (summer) or snowshoeing (winter) through the majestic Rocky Mountains and finish the day with a plunge into Banff’s steaming hot springs (year round). In the evenings our backpacker bar, The Beaver, hosts fun events such as karaoke, trivia, open mic, bingo and beer pong.
OTHER RESOURCES FOR BANFF ACTIVITIES & EVENTS
Check out some of these sites for more information on local ski hills, weather conditions, festivals & events happening in the Banff/Bow Valley area.