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Lake Louise & Sunshine Village info needed

post #1 of 14
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Any recommendations for cheap-but-good places to stay and eat while skiing Lake Louise & Sunshine Village?

I'm planning on 3 days skiing with 4 nights in the area planned from March 8-10th. I'll have a car.

Thanks in advance,

post #2 of 14
Try the Inn of Banff. They are usually fairly cheap. They are on the outter edge of Banff, but a taxi into theheart of Banff will costs less than CDN$5. It's close enough to walk if you prefer and they have a great outdoor hot tub.

Also search expedia.com.

As for eating, how cheap is cheap? Remember you will have USD in your pocket and prices will be in CDN$ so everything will seem cheap!

There is a food court inside the Banff mall.

Food at Sunshine is limited and rather expensive so I recommend going to Safeway in Banff and get yourself some premade sandwiches and take with you.
post #3 of 14
Here's a link that has Banff hotels ranked into different price categories. Don't stay at Lake Louise, it's a ghost town.

Since you have a car, walking proximity to restaurants isn't a big issue, but even the farthest hotels on Banff Avenue aren't more that a 10 minute walk from the center of things. There are many many great choices for places to eat. Get some recommendations from hotel staff when you arrive.

The great thing about Banff is that winter is low season, so hotel prices are at their lowest of the year (about 60% of summer rates).
post #4 of 14
Bumpers is cheap and clean. its right near inns of banff. and samesun hostel is cheap too but you might have to book ahead.
post #5 of 14
I'm not sure what is cheap, but I stayed at the Sunshine Inn atop the gondola and it was 800 a person USD for 8 nights lodging and 8 days of skiing...The cool thing about the village inn is that it includes lift tickets in the reasonable room rate..and it has a kick ass hot tub...did I mention that you can see them turn on the quad chairs from your window.....30 feet away?
post #6 of 14
Try the Elk and Oarsman for decent, reasonably priced food. And Evelyne's coffee shop makes a great chicken sandwich for cheap; it makes a great sack lunch.
post #7 of 14
I used to stay at the Hotel in Banff, forgot the name that had the Keg Restaurant in the lobby. The rates were reasonable, the food good, excellent morning breakfast buffet, in door hot tub and sauna. It was right at the end of the Main Street in Banff.
post #8 of 14
The Bow View Lodge was cheap and cheerful. One block to liquor/beer, and two blocks to Banff Ave. Its behind the Banff Park Lodge. You will have access to the saltwater pool and hot tub at the BPL. Although you have a car, you can ride the resort shuttle from in front of the BPL for free with your lift ticket. Might as well let someone else drive, eh? In fact, from the BVL, you just don't need a car at all.
post #9 of 14
if you need tickets:


Lift tickets for Alberta and BC.
buy one, get one 50% off for
Fernie, Lake Louise, Kimberly, Jasper (Marmot Basin), Nakiska, Norquay (banff)
blackout dates for Dec 23 - Jan 7, Feb 15-25, March 24- April 9. and valid Monday to Thursday.
I have a bunch, each one good for one day at that resort, not valid at each hill.
Tickets are $60-80 a day so you can save $30-40 for two people. $10 each.
post #10 of 14
Thread Starter 
Wow... great info!

Keep it coming, I'm got my airline ticks and will do the rest this week.


post #11 of 14

cafe solia


very nice food, good price, all downtown
post #12 of 14
Banff Park Lodge. Ski and stay deals. www.banffparklodge.com is the website??
Coyote's Grill ( really good bkfsts and tex mex/southwestern)
Grizzly House(game of all kinds, grilled on hot rocks )
Giorgio's(very nice Italian, atmosphere)
Melissa's (highly recommended but didn't eat there)
Ticino's (swiss and fondue)
Suginoya (excellent sushi...)
post #13 of 14
The japanese restaurant is Sukiyaki's...not Suginoya. My mistake. However, with all the Asian tourists in Banff, I doubt you could get bad sushi there.
post #14 of 14
Thread Starter 
thanks for the info, I departed Chicago today.

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