BANFF Travel Guide: Budget Tips | Little Grey Box

Hey you guys, Phoebe here from Little Grey Box.
Now Matt and I are in beautiful Banff as you can see, as part of our amazing
Canadian road trip and over the next few days we are unearthing the very best
things to see, do and eat on a budget One of my favourite ways to experience a
new destination is to check out the local farmers markets like these ones.
The Banff Farmers Markets From the fresh local produce to locally made goods
by local artisans there’s live music great coffee, lots of food to try and
plenty of cute dogs too Take a visit here to the beautiful Cascade Gardens
where you can explore the winding trails and paths of stunning wildflowers, waterfalls
and there are plenty of places to sit enjoy a picnic and look at the gorgeous
views including beautiful Mount Rundle which is Matt’s absolute favorite
mountain. Now the gardens are built around the Parks Administrative Building
It’s all located a short walk or drive from the heart of Banff Town and there’s
plenty of on-site parking too of course it’s totally
free to come and explore You can’t come to Banff without checking out
the incredible Banff Fairmont Springs Hotel now if you’re like us and you’re on a
real budget and you’re camping you’re just gonna have to look at it and
the best place to do that is right here at surprise corner The Vermilion Lakes are absolutely
beautiful as you can see they are a short five to six minute drive outside
the center of Banff if you didn’t have a car you could probably walk here though
it would take you a little bit longer when you arrive there are some great
pontoons that you can sit on and dip your feet in the Vermilion Lakes or you can
follow these little goat trails along the water’s edge and just soak in those
million-dollar views of gorgeous Mount Rundle If you’re the kind of person who likes
to seek out those off-the-beaten-track experiences you really want to come here
the Bankhead Ghost Town To get here it’s around a ten minute drive from the
heart of Banff all you have to do is pull up in the lower Bankhead parking lot and set
off on the trail. Now Bankhead was first established as a company town way back
in 1903 and at its peak there were three hundred men working beneath the surface
to excavate up to two hundred thousand tons of coal per year what’s left behind
is a fascinating part of Banff’s history and somewhere most people don’t even
think to visit so if you are looking for something a little different to do this
is a great way to spend an hour or two exploring the paths wandering the ruins
and literally looking into Banff’s unique history For delicious food you might come
here to The Eddie Burger Bar, no we were recommended by a local as they serve a mean
vegetarian poutine and amazing veggie burger too That was delightful. We weren’t even gonna go
in there, we were like, no we on this budget Oh my goodness it was so good
that gravy is on point that is the best poutine I have had
in Canada so far Iconic Canadian foods don’t come
much better than the Beaver Tail I know, that’s not a Beaver Tail So instead i’ve gone the BeaverTail sundae, what it is is it’s still the BeaverTail dough
but it’s like little balls of it This is my first time trying it ummmm I’ve been given the world’s flimsiest spoon ok, here goes nothing alright right off the bat I made the
right decision going with this that is…. heavy! Johnston Canyon is one of the most
popular day hikes in Banff National Park Now there are two trails, the lower falls trail will
take you around 30 minutes to get right here and the views are incredible the catwalks are fixed against the limestone cliffs
and you can get right in there right up against the spray
it’s absolutely beautiful If you do want to make your way to the upper falls
that’s going to take you about an hour and to do both about two to two
and a half hours should do it Behind me is beautiful Lake Louise which
most people recognize if you’re coming to Banff it is must do for many visitors
now it’ll take you around 36 minutes or so to drive here from Banff town and it’s
absolutely worth it one thing I will say is it is packed
with visitors because it is so popular so if you do want to avoid them you want
to get here really early but a visit to Lake Louise is a must do and the great
thing about it is it’s totally free perfect for anyone on a budget Now accomodation prices in Banff are crazy
Matt went out looking last night and it was around $300
$260 at the cheapest per night and if you are on a budget that is
just not… it’s just not achievable To keep things on a budget we would go
with the camping option so when we arrived we got to Walmart and we picked
up everything we needed to go camping so we’ve got our beautiful tent over here
that was $98 we splashed out on an air mattress I think that was seventeen
dollars and the pump was ten dollars we got all of our cooking and food gear
which you can see in the back of the car here so we’ve bought a cooler
we bought a single burner with some propane cans we went to a thrift store
and got all of our cooking implements I made sure to choose really good quality
heavy-based saucepans and really good quality kettle, we have our food supplies
and of course our hire car which I think was around six or seven hundred dollars
for a full two and a half weeks we went with an SUV and it has just been great
and we are staying at camp sites like this one Tunnel Mountain and I would
guess it was around twenty to thirty dollars per night Thank you so much for watching
you guys we hope you found this video useful if you don’t already be
sure to subscribe and say hello in the comments below. We would love to have you
join our travel fun family Have a great weekend and we will
see you next week Love ya! Welcome to Dairy Queen
what can I get for you? Hi, can I grab a small S’more? ah Blizzard? a small S’more Blizzard S’mores S’mores, S’mores and I’ll have a …. small S’mores, anything else? small peanut butter cookie dough a small peanut butter cookie dough Blizzard a poutine one poutine 3 piece? 3 pie… 3 piece? no no poutine, one poutine poutine? yeah oh ok thank you and a medium… Orange Julius a large Orange Julius and a large Orange Julius Ok so that was two small Blizzard’s One S’mores and one
peanut butter cookie dough and then I have one regular poutine
with a large Orange Julius yeah that’s perfect That’s everything? yeah, thanks twenty thirty three at the window thank you


  1. I just missed the premiere! But great video!!! I was there almost exactly a year ago… itโ€™s one of the most beautiful places Iโ€™ve ever seen


  3. Hi guys, another great ๐Ÿ‘ vlog and that editing so awesome I always luv all your vlogs and I always repeat watching your videos because to me itโ€™s so good as if Iโ€™m there..luv luv luvvvvv…it..

  4. Hi Phoebe hi Matt… Wow… nice view @ Mt Rundle๐Ÿ˜ bankhead ghost town… interesting… ๐Ÿ‘ป๐Ÿ‘ป๐Ÿ‘ป. Thats Sundaez OMG it does looks HEAVY๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ. You guys always make an awesome vid๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’• Count me in for your next camping ๐ŸคŸ๐Ÿ˜Ž. Have a great wkend โคโคโค

  5. Wow another epic video, I cannot believe we passed you going the other way on escalators in Singapore we were on our way to Marina Bay and you and Matt were going down as we were going up, we didnโ€™t like to shout. This would have been around 20th November. ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

  6. You know Canada is so lovely and beautiful country but now its looking more beautiful bec you are there, nothing in this world is more beautiful then you….

  7. Can someone help me? Iโ€™m planning on going to Banff and of course I wanna stay under budget, some of the tips that I have gathered are;

    Stay on Canmore insted of Banff and rent a car
    There are hotels that include the breakfast, meals can be pricy
    Im not quite sure what is the best and least expensive way to get from Calgary to Banff or Canmore
    The skiing classes (planning on going early December)
    And every other advice that someone can tell me so I can enjoy this amazing place.

    Thank you so much

  8. hello, loved all the tips! wanted to know which month did you go to Banff? Can i camp in October in the Tunnel Mountain Campground or will it be closed?

  9. Hi! I am planning to visit Banff on the first week of August and planning to do tent camping. Is the night temperature tolerable?

  10. Hi, Banff is indeed beautiful but the drive on Icefield Parkway to Jasper and Jasper are drop dead gorgeous. Now for poutine, if you haven't been to Quebec you don't know what real poutine is, it tastes so different.

  11. Heading to Banff and Jasper for our Honeymoon mid September and looking to campervan it. This was perfect. Thank you!

  12. This was great, thank you for all the tips! We just came back from Banff and visited some of the places. We found the hikes to be amazing!

  13. Thanks for exploring and featuring our backyard! ๐Ÿฅฐ We โค๏ธ living in Calgary so much because we can basically be in Banff every weekend. ๐Ÿ˜Š

  14. Hey you got one detail wrong, you can check out banff hotel without staying there so technically its still in budget. do bears show up at camping sites and where do u shower?

  15. Thank you for being so informative. Definitely taking all of this into consideration for my trip in November ๐Ÿฅฐโค๏ธ

  16. Great video, I originally saw this in the beginning of the year but as I went in June I just wanted to say thank you for the heads up on a lot of these points as I managed to include them on my trip. Though we did go with the expensive option and stay in Banff! I've made a short video of our trip on my channel and would be awesome if you could leave some feedback. Really enjoy your content, keep up the good work ๐Ÿ™‚

  17. Camping is good and slightly cheaper but what would you do with all those pots, pans, camping gear once your vacation is over ?! Are you going to lug all that stuff back on your flight โœˆ๏ธ back home if youโ€™re flying ?!

  18. Great video! Just wondering what the trail is called to the hidden lake? And how long was the hike? Thanks!

  19. This video is everything! Great Info and editing is top shelf! Definitely saving up for this trip. Hi from South Africa ๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿพโ€โ™€๏ธ

  20. Tip for anyone who might be thinking of going but isn't really into camping: If you book a full year in advance, as my sister and i did, you can actually get accomodations in the $100 range, it cost us about $1300 for about 12 nights. I do mean a full year, though, because six months out, prices have already gone upwards of $300 a night. Plan early!

  21. It's like a director gave notes for this video by saying, "we want you to talk exactly the same way every other travel presenter talks and we are going to fill the background with this same upbeat music you've heard on every travel video ever made. Pretty original huh?"

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