Exploring the Mountains of Banff in Canada
My husband and I began our year-long traveling adventure in Banff. The mountain hikes had the most incredible views and the town of Banff captured our hearts. It was one of the highlights of our trip around the world!
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Where to stay in Banff, Canada
Fairmont Banff Springs
A four-seasons destination for golf in the mountains in the summer and pure ski time through the winter.
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The Rimrock Resort Hotel
Nestled in the heart of the Canadian Rockies, just minutes from Banff National Park, The Rimrock Resort Hotel takes an upscale approach to mountain exploration.
Moose Hotel & Suites
A stylish mountain escape located just steps from downtown Banff.
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Things to do in Banff, Canada
Exploring the Mountains near Banff
Hike up to Bourgeau Lake, Lake O'Hara to Prospect Point and to East End of the Rundle for amazing views of crystal clear lakes surrounded by green forests and mountains.
Visit the Johnston Canyon Trail (easy hike) for beautiful waterfall and canyon views.
Walk to the famous Lake Louise and Moraine Lake for views of some of the bluest water in the world.
Ride the Gondola from downtown Banff to overlook the beautiful town and surrounding mountains. Go up to the mountaintop for sunset views to make the memory even more spectacular!
Relax at the spa at Fairmont Banff Springs or Rimrock Resort Hotel.
Places to eat & drink in Banff, Canada
Where to Eat Dinner in Banff
Maple Leaf Restaurant for New Canadian food.
Park Distillery restaurant and bar has some traditional "bar food" dishes while allowing guests to taste liquor made in house.
Try 1888 Chophouse for an upscale dining experience in the Fairmont hotel.
SALTLIK Banff offers an incredible menu for steak and wine in a lodge setting in downtown Banff.
Block Kitchen + Bar offers an Asian twist to Canadian food.
Have dinner at the Grizzly House for a unique fondue of exotic meats.
Waldhaus Restaurant offers a German inspired meal, especially delicious for brunch.
Check out Farm & Fire for unique happy hour cocktails.
Grab some fudge at the Fudgery.
Get some ice cream at COWS Banff.
Try iced wine at Sky Bistro or grab a table by the window for dinner with a view.
Need to Know
Looking for more outdoor adventures? Check out my other guides: Adventure Travel in El Calafate, Argentina and What to do Outdoors in Christchurch, New Zealand: 4-Day Itinerary.
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