When I’m in Banff, I like to split my time between exploring the mountains and discovering new dining opportunities—there’s nothing like fresh air and long hikes to build up an appetite, and Banff offers both in abundance. Thankfully, Canada’s largest National Park is also filled with cozy restaurants, turn-of-the-century hotels, and dining experiences that showcase Canada’s unique culinary scene.
Originally built as a resort town at the end of the 19th century, Banff’s historic glamour can be found at restaurants including the Vermillion Room at the Fairmont Banff Springs hotel, while fine-dining innovation is showcased at Eden restaurant in Rimrock Resort.
Banff is a mountain town, so pack your layers and be prepared to bundle up.
If you only have time for one thing, make it a ride on the Banff Gondola for views and dinner at Sky Bistro.
Get ready for adventure with breakfast in quaint downtown Banff—Tooloulous offers Cajun comfort food while the nearby Evelyn’s Coffee Bar is known for its baked goods. After breakfast, travel back to a time of adventurous cowboys with a horseback ride along the Bow River as you keep an eye out for wildlife. A hearty cookout, surrounded by nature, is the perfect lunch break.
No trip to Banff is complete without visiting the 19th-century Fairmont Banff Springs, a throwback to when the hotel was a stop on the luxurious Canadian Pacific Railway. A 5-minute drive from downtown, the historic hotel offers views of the forests and mountains. Linger over a traditional afternoon tea, or opt for a tasting tour that explores the hotel's many restaurants.
When night falls, gaze up at a wide, star-filled sky on an evening hike through Johnston Canyon. Frozen waterfalls and snowy trees pair perfectly with hot chocolate and maple cookies, to keep you warm as you wander.
Make the most of your last day in Banff with a hike to sights such as the Consolation Lakes, Larch Valley, Stanley Glacier, or the Plain of Six Glaciers. You’re sure to work up an appetite as you explore the Rocky Mountains, so relax over an open-air lunch—opt for a tour, or build your own picnic with a visit to Evoolution, a specialty grocery shop in downtown Banff.
Celebrate the end of your adventure with dinner at Eden—a AAA Five Diamond-winning restaurant. Its menu is built around local ingredients, and the airy dining room boasts panoramic mountain views.