Banff Places

TripWhat's travel guide to Banff; our list of the best things to see, including Banff Gondola, Columbia Icefield Glacier Experience and The Banff Centre.
  • The Banff Sightseeing Gondola provides visitors with the most spectacular views of the Canadian Rockies and the town of Banff. The views become more and more grand in the gondola ride as you climb 698m (2,292 ft) to an elevation of 2,281m (7,486 ft). Alternatively, you can take the 2 hour trail up Sulphur Mountain and catch the gondola down (highly recommended). The trail is steep but manage-able for those with a reasonable level of fitness. Guests will find a restaurant, gift shop, boardwalk, observation deck and unsurpassed photo opportunities at the summit of Sulphur Mountain.
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  • Columbia Icefield Glacier Experience

    Columbia Icefield Glacier Experience

    Climb aboard a massive Ice Explorer and journey across a glacier over 350 metres thick. The Columbia Icefield is the largest sub-polar body of ice in North America.
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  • The Banff Centre

    The Banff Centre

    Canada's creative leader in arts and culture. In our powerful mountain setting, artists and leaders from around the world create, perform, and explore ideas.
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  • Recreation Centre

    Recreation Centre

    Canada's creative leader in arts and culture. In our powerful mountain setting, artists and leaders from around the world create, perform, and explore ideas.
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  • Six kilometers north of Banff on the Mount Norquay access road. 190 acres of lift-accessed terrain. Norquay is famous for its super-steeps serviced by the original double chair. Adult $52/d, student $40/d.
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  • Red Earth Spa

    Red Earth Spa

    The Spa also features an aesthetics room with a manicure station and two pedicure chairs (great for those mother and daughter spa days). Spa clients also have full access to the hot pool, steam room and exercise room at the Banff Caribou Lodge. The spa has a number of areas for clients to relax before, in-between or after a treatment. Come join us at Banff's only full service Spa on Banff Avenue.
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  • The Maple Leaf

    The Maple Leaf

    137 Banff Ave
    A four-diamond restaurant, caters to an elite crowd with impressive wine selections and pricey entrees.
  • Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies

    Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies

    art, culture and the human and natural history of the Canadian Rockies. Visit the heritage homes or take a guided walk.
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  • 3 minutes walk from the centre of Banff you can find the Blue Canoe docks, where you can take a tranquil canoe journey on the Bow river. There is also canoeing available of Lake Louise and Moraine Lake.
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  • The Keg Steakhouse & Bar - Banff Caribou Lodge

    The Keg Steakhouse & Bar - Banff Caribou Lodge

    521 Banff Avenue
    at the Banff Caribou Lodge and 117 Banff Av, tel+1 403 762-4442, or +1 403 760-3030. Great steaks, a casual ambiance and friendly, very knowledgeable staff are the proud and reliable trademarks of the Keg Steakhouse and Lounge.
  • The Meatball Pizza & Pasta

    The Meatball Pizza & Pasta

    337 Banff Avenue
    Located at the Banff Ptarmigan Inn, The Meatball offers a menu featuring delicious Italian influences.
  • Club Snowboard/Ski

    119 Banff Av
    An top notch Snowboard/Ski school with small groups of 4-6. Snowboard methods do vary from European, they tend to teach you to "surf" on snow rather than carve as you would on ski's. Craig Gaunce has the patience of a saint and will get you smoothly linking turns on blacks - concentration is adaptability to terrain rather than speed - if you can adapt then nothing's going to faze you!
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  • Hiking

    Banff has the most beautiful trails surrounding it
    Another option is to go with a hiking guide and group, different locations are available.
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  • Wildlife Viewing

    While in the area always keep your eyes peeled as there are so many animals to spot in the summer in Banff
  • Dancing Sasquatch

    Dancing Sasquatch

    120 Banff Avenue
    Banff's newest nightclub.
  • Balkan Restaurant

    Balkan Restaurant

    120 Banff Avenue, tel: +1403 762-3454. The Balkan restaurant first fired up its grill on Banff Avenue in 1982. The restaurant was the creation of Greek families out of their element in the cold Canadian Rockies who wished to bring the authentic flavors and warm festive atmosphere of the Mediterranean to this high mountain town. 25 years later they're still at it with authentic Greek cuisine. Be sure to check out their Tuesday and Thursday night "Greek Night" with live belly dancing, Greek dancing and plate smashing.
  • Wildfire Grill

    Wildfire Grill

    600 Banff Ave
    Great food, reasonable prices, attentive staff, and fantastic mountain views.
  • Balkan The Greek Restaurant

    Balkan The Greek Restaurant

    120 Banff Avenue
    To serve great Greek cuisine in a fun atmosphere with excellent service.
  • Elk and Oarsman

    1119 Banff Av
    2nd floor, tel: +1 403 762-4616, [42]. Canadian style pubs.
  • St. James Gate

    207 Wolf Street
    James Gate, 207 Wolf Street, tel: +1 403 762-9355, [39]. Irish pub.
  • Rose and Crown

    202 Banff Av
    upstairs, tel: +1 403 762-2121, [41]. English pub.
  • Pump and Tap Tavern

    215 Banff Av
    Looking to watch the footie game or cricket match?
  • Wild Bill's Legendary Saloon

    201 Banff Ave
    Wild Bill's offers bands, a dance hall, line dancing & two stepping. Can accommodate groups of all sizes.
  • Barpa Bill's Souvlaki

    223 Bear St.
    The best Greek food this side of Greece. If you can find this legendary hole-in-the-wall, you can enjoy one of the best and cheapest meals in Banff.
  • The Old Spaghetti Factory

    The Old Spaghetti Factory

    317 Banff Ave., 2nd Floor - Cascade Plaza
    People have returned to the Old Spaghetti Factory time and time again to enjoy our great food in unique surroundings since 1970. All our meals are carefully prepared, and made fresh daily on the premises using only quality ingredients.
  • Lookout Lounge @ Sunshine Vlg

    Lookout Lounge @ Sunshine Vlg

    119 Banff Ave
    Eight kilometers west of Banff on highway 1. 3358 acres of lift-accessed terrain on three mountains. With a peak elevation of 2730m, you can see well into British Columbia from the top. Adult $64/d, student $49/d.
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EDIT THIS ITINERARY Our list of places in Banff uses some content from Wikipedia and Wikivoyage.