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Banff Money-Saving Tips

Layer Up

Layering is essential. Gloves, hats, a heavy coat or parka and warm, waterproof footwear are mandatory in winter. Come summer, wear a jacket that repels rain and wind and a light sweater or fleece top.

Wear Sunscreen

Sunglasses and sunscreen are necessary year-round due to higher UV exposure at alpine altitudes.

Altitude Aware

Banff and Lake Louise sit nearly a mile above sea level. The effects of alcohol (and caffeine) are exacerbated in the thinner air, so take it easy your first couple of days and stay hydrated.

Grin and Bear it

Hikers should obey the official recommendation for minimum groups of six hikers, especially during spring and fall when black, brown and grizzly bears are especially hungry. (Bears never attack groups of six or more.)

Info Stop

Be sure to stop by the Banff-Lake Louise Tourist Office for brochures, pamphlets (including terrific self-guided historic walking tours) and free magazines.

Shuttle Around

Unless you’re planning to tour the area extensively, you can get around easily on Banff public transit—it’s affordable ($2 a ride with discounted ticket-packs), reliable and all four routes run from 6am to 11pm.

Seasonal Value

Mid-March through April brings spring skiing after Easter and from mid-September through mid-October autumn leaf-peeping is delightful, as are the sparse crowds. Hotels offer discounts as well.

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