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Top 10 Things to do in Banff

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  • Banff Gondola

    Ride the Banff Gondola

    Located 5 minutes from downtown Banff, a ride aboard the glass-walled Banff Sightseeing Gondola provides panoramic views of the spectacular Canadian Rockies. Disembark at the summit of Sulphur Mountain and snap photos on the main level observation deck, browse the gift shops or explore scenic hiking trails.

  • Local Canadian cheese plate

    Discover Banff's Culinary Scene

    Banff is a small town that's big on flavour. Dive fork-first into its vibrant culinary scene, which showcases local game, produce and more. Local favourite 1888 Chop House is the perfect spot for an intimate culinary experience. To finish, satisfy your sweet tooth at BeaverTails, a Canadian bakery chain that delivers the perfect treat.

  • A Romantic Date Night

    A Romantic Date Night

    With no shortage of sweeping views and a wealth of cozy restaurants, Banff is the perfect place to spend a romantic evening. Enjoy a scenic summertime meal at Lookout Patio, or cuddle close to the wood-burning fireplace in winter months. Established in 1926 Grapes Wine Bar invites patrons to sip and swirl while sampling house-made charcuterie. After dinner, take a stroll to Bow Falls, or enjoy live music at Rundle Lounge.

  • Visit Banff's Farmer's Market

    Visit Banff's Farmer's Market

    Every Wednesday from June through October, Banff Farmer's Market brings locally grown produce, baked goods and handcrafts to downtown Banff. Established in 2011, the market features a variety of gifts including jewellery, blown glass, and organic beauty products sold alongside fresh fruits and vegetables, coffee, all-natural meats, gelato and more.

  • Explore Jasper National Park

    Explore Jasper National Park

    Visitors eager for a taste if mountain living enjoy a trip to Jasper National Park, home to the charming former railway town of Jasper and a variety of Canadian wildlife, including grizzly bears, moose and caribou. Take a guided tour or rent a car and drive along the spine of the Canadian Rockies to the northern end of the iconic Icefields Parkway the scenic and dramatic route will leave you breathless.

  • Hike the Parker Ridge Trail

    Hike the Parker Ridge Trail

    The Parker Ridge trail is one of the best short hikes in the Rockies. The walk is a moderate climb, beginning at the subalpine zone and ascending into the alpine meadows at the top of the ridge, where you'll get incredible views of the glaciers below. In summer months, the alpine flowers form a colorful carpet as far as the eye can see. Lucky hikers will be treated to glimpses of mountain goats, bighorn sheep, or grizzly bears.

  • Spa Massage

    Relax with a day at the Spa

    Banff has attracted visitors with its healing spas and alpine air for more than 100 years, and The Willow Steam Spa at Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel is a wonderful place to rejuvenate body and soul. Relax in the mineral pools, eucalyptus room and year-round outdoor hot tub boasting stunning mountain views. The spa also offers massages, facials, body scrubs and pedicures. The nearby Rundle Lounge is the perfect spot for a midday lunch break.

  • Lake Minnewanka Picnic

    Lake Minnewanka Picnic

    Lake Minnewanka (or "Water of the Spirits") is a glacial lake located in Banff National Park. Pack a picnic and enjoy the beautiful views across its turquoise waters against the stunning backdrop of the Canadian Rockies. You can also drive along the Lake Minnewanka Loop, stopping at Cascade ponds for the scenery and keeping an eye out for big horn sheep!

  • Whyte Museum for Local History

    Whyte Museum for Local History

    The Whyte Museum contains artifacts and exhibits dedicated to the culture and history of the Canadian Rockies. It also serves as an exhibition space for Banff’s local photographers and artists and contains archival photographs donated by locals. You can also take a heritage tour of the home of Peter and Catharine (Robb) Whyte, the museum’s founders, who were philanthropists, world travelers and visual artists.

  • Spot A Grizzly Bear

    Spot A Grizzly Bear

    No visit to Banff would be complete without trying to see a grizzly bear, and at Banff Tours they offer grizzly sighting guarantee. Visitors are often treated to sightings of an orphaned grizzly named Boo at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, which houses the world's largest enclosed and protected grizzly bear habitat. The tour also includes a gondola ride and stops at Emerald Lake and Takakkaw Falls.

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 Please note that schedules and prices noted are subject to change without notice. Advance reservations are recommended for all transportation bookings, dining and social activities listed. Please carefully review cost, cancellation policies and arrival times. Should you have any questions or require reservations, please do not hesitate to contact the Concierge at any time.

Contact the Fairmont Banff Springs Concierge by e-mail or by phone at 1 403 762 6895.

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