I am obsessed with spending as little cash as possible on a vacation. The more I can save, the longer I can vacation and the more I can see. For the Jasper National Park traveler, saving money may mean being able to visit Jasper’s southern neighbor, Banff National Park. The 2 parks together are considered a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Both are great places to see but the price adds up quickly without a little planning.
You’ll find tips about saving money in Jasper here on Jasper National Park Journal (for instance: how to stay in a private home instead of a hotel to save money).
But when it comes to Banff National Park on a budget, there’s another good website that can point travelers in the right direction for saving money on Banff.
Jerry Foutz put together a helpful website about visiting Banff National Park on a budget. Visit banff-on-a-budget.com for many great tips about dining, lodging and activities and how to make the most out of a trip to Banff National Park without spending a fortune.
Jerry spends a couple of weeks in Banff every year and knows the in and outs. His favorite restaurant in Banff is Rose & Crown where he gets a great meal for about $10 a person and doesn’t pay a cent for the amazing scenery.
Another way Jerry recommends to save money on food in Banff National Park is to do a picnic. I’ve done picnics too in Jasper National Park, Yellowstone National Park and many other places. Picnics are fun, easy and less money than restaurants. Just pick up some food from a grocery store or deli in the morning and enjoy the day. Instead of scheduling your day around being near a restaurant at lunch time and dinner, a picnic allows you to eat when you want and where you want – at your complete convenience.