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Our History

Banff National Park history begins in the fall of 1883 when work gangs of the Canadian Pacific Railway quickly pushed the rail line westward through the valley of the Bow River, establishing a small work camp, "Siding 29". In time, the Best Western Plus Siding 29 Lodge unfolded into the town of Banff, in Canada's first National Park.

When it comes to historic hotels, the Best Western Siding 29 Lodge cherishes its Banff National Park history. Located just off Banff Avenue and walking distance from downtown, our hotel is a modern counterpart to the "siding" that existed here decades ago. From its origin as a place for trains to stop while others passed through - our hotel story is a story worth telling.