- By kevin
- On Apr 19, 2018
- North America
- Travel Tips
How to save money in Banff? If you're looking to spend your Banff vacation in style (and convenience), find the right Banff tours on the Globerouter.com website with discount, or book your hotel in Banff Town, which is filled with restaurants, shops and other attractions. If you're looking to save a few bucks, you might want to drop your bags in nearby Canmore, known for its affordability.
How to Save Money in Banff?
Sleep outside During the summer, camping in the national park is a cost-efficient alternative to overpriced hotels and a means to immediately access the wilderness that you came to explore.
Book in advance In addition to selecting your accommodations, purchase your lift tickets and festival passes as early as possible.
Consider the Big3 Season Pass If you know you're going to ski at all three of the area's resorts (Sunshine Village, Lake Louise and Mount Norquay), you may want to purchase this pass, which grants you access to all three, plus discounts on rentals, dining and lessons, among other perks.
Culture & Customs:
Banff residents are generally friendly to tourists. Feel free to ask for help or directions.
During the day, dress is casual, especially if you're planning to spend most of your time skiing or exploring the park. It is common to see hiking attire in restaurants during lunch. However, if you are planning to go to dinner, it's best to bring slightly dressier attire. Make sure you bring warm clothing, particularly during the winter. Consider packing layers for summer trips as the temperature tends to fluctuate.
The Canadian dollar to U.S. dollar exchange rate fluctuates; plan to check it before your trip. Most hotels and restaurants accept major credit cards. Similar to the U.S., an average tip is 15 percent. Taxicab drivers, tour guides and hotel bellmen are accustomed to being tipped about 10 percent, too. However, depending on the quality and nature of the service, tips can range from 10 to 20 percent.