HI Banff Alpine Centre
HI Banff Alpine Centre
Get a taste of lodge life with all the amenities, and keep your eyes peeled for the wildlife that regularly wanders through town. Choose from shared or private rooms or even your own cabin! Guests get a free local bus pass so you can check out the town and nearby attractions.
Check out our Work for Stay program!
- Stay in one of our cozy private cabins
- Frequent visits from our wildlife neighbours
- Free Banff transit pass with most stays
Bar on site
- Winter access
- Free parking
- Fully Equipped Kitchen
- Games room
- Laundry room
- Luggage storage
- Meeting room
- Pool table
- Ski storage
- TV room
- Tourist Info
- Wheelchair accessible
- Urban walks
- Computer kiosk
- No Air-conditioning
A glimpse of the hostel
Rooms & Beds
HI Banff Alpine Centre is the largest hostel in Alberta. Perched above the Bow River and only minutes from the action on Banff Avenue, the hostel is a perfect combination of elbow room and convenience. We can accommodate groups of all sizes and ages. You can hike and bike out the front door and then enjoy the onsite restaurant and pub.
Lodging, amenities and services are well taken care of for the guests. You feel welcome by the friendly staff and safe and comfortable in your room and common areas. You may even get some decent food at Cougar Pete if you're not cooking or going out.
If you’re an outdoors kind of person then the HI Alpine Centre in Banff is the perfect place to stay to get involved in loads of summer activities including canoeing, kayaking, hiking, biking and white water rafting! It’s a very sociable hostel...
As I walked to Cougar Petes (the Hostel Restaurante), I couldn’t help but think about how incredible this hostel is. Amazing views, awesome private rooms with all the amenities you’d expect to find in a hotel….”
Tunnel Mountain Hike
Considered one of Banff's best hikes, the Tunnel Mountain trail leads to a panoramic view over the town of Banff and its surrounding valley. The hike is categorized as moderate and its trailhead is only 20 minutes walking from the hostel. Bring a lunch, the mountain top is perfect for a picnic with a view!
The Rockies' largest freshwater lake is Minnewanka, or Lake of the Spirits. With an expansive shoreline it features several day hike trailheads. It's also the only lake in the park system that permits motorized watercraft, which means boat tours are available. Like any lake in the rockies, it's often a great spot for ice skating.
IGA Grocery Store
Best local grocery store. Save up on your trip by getting your own groceries and come cook with other travellers in the hostel's common kitchen!
This week at the hostel
Games Night in the bar
Giant Jenga, Monopoly Deal, Pass the pigs, FIFA 22, plus a lot more. And as always, free pool & darts!
Pub Quiz in the Storm Cellar
Join us at the bar for a team Trivia night or Disco Bingo with cool prizes to win every week!
Tournament Night at the Storm Cellar
Elimination pool tournament or pong tournament down at the bar. All skill levels welcome.
Storm Cellar's Karaoke Night
Absolutely no talent required. In fact, the less talent the better. Drink specials all night!
Join this easy to moderate group hike of 2.5 hours return to either Tunnel Mountain or Surprise Corner. Check front desk for details.
Join us for Banff's locals' night and tour the best bars in town! The tour departs from the Storm Cellar.
Work for Stay
Earn your stay, make some friends, and extend your adventure with our volunteering program.
Related Offers & Discounts
Tap into HI's huge network of discounts the moment you get your membership card. You can keep saving while you travel and long after you get back.