There are 4 Hostel style accommodations in Banff:
YWCA cheapest weekly rate, can include breakfasts, just over the bridge 1 block from downtown
Banff Locals (the brown building on Marten street, 313 i think, across from the Job Resource Center) 2nd cheapest weekly rate in town, downtown, pretty basic and strict
Samesun Hostel marten street & banff avenue corner, 4 blocks from downtown, standard hostel style and services (pool table, hot tub, etc)... LOTS of australians
The HI (hosteling international) is up on tunnel mountain, still within the townsite but pretty far from downtown, 20+ minute walk, bus service, great services, bar etc, tones of cool events going on
Otherwise you can check bulletin boards for postings. The best ones are: 1. downstairs Below the Lux Cinema (corner of Wolf&Bear) 2. Internet Cafes (there are only two) 3. Coffee Shops. By far #1 is the best one though.
Word of mouth goes a long way. You'll have better success after arriving instead of trying to line something up in advance. Tell everyone you meet your situation and you'd be surprised how many know of places needs roomates (even temporarily) or will even offer you a couch to crash on for a week (don't abuse this!!!)
Remember, summer is Banff's busy season. (Summer = 3 million tourists / Winter = 1 million tourists)
October and November are the DEAD months, very quiet in town, nothing happening, not many jobs besides ski hills hiring. However, hotels and restaurant often have specials (50% off) during this time. So if you are looking for accomodation for 2-5 people, it may be cheaper to get a hotel room for a week rather than a hostel room. The hotels with the cheapest prices are:
- The Arrow Motel
- The Voyager
- Bumpers Inn
- Best Western Siding 29 (you can bargain with them to make a deal, trust me)
Hope that helps. If you need more info just ask I lived in Banff the past 7 years.
Last edited by chupacabraman; 08-22-2009 at 12:07 PM.