The best places, we think, for breakfast are Touloulou`s and Coyote`s on Caribou Street and Melissa`s on the corner of Caribou and Lynx Streets.
The best deck, and views, is probably the Elk and Oarsman, on the 100 block.
Next best is the Rose and Crown, on the 300 block
If you can get a seat, you can watch the world go by on the deck at the Brew Pub, 100 block.
Also the Waldhaus Restaurant has a lovely deck looking out at Mnt Rundle and the golf course. The walk to it takes 20 minutes but takes you along the river and past the Bow Falls (you get there from the falls by following the Banff Springs Access road out of the other end of the car park).
Another hidden gem, at the bottom of Mnt Norquay is the Juniper Hotel - http://thejuniper.com/dining/ - which has great views down the valley.
Fun nights can be had at High Rollers bowling alley, on the 100 block.
Thursday night at the Legion is bingo night (it is a young night despite bingo’s pensioner reputation), get there early as it fills up quickly.
On a cold day, or evening, it’s great to lounge around in the hot springs, opening hours and prices can be found at - https://www.hotsprings.ca/
The Lux cinema is on Bear Street - https://luxbanff.com/
For those in need of their yoga fix the Banff Center has drop in classes - https://www.banffcentre.ca/group-fitness-classes
We don’t allow barbeques on the deck but if you want so sit around a firepit, and toast marshmallows, Parks Canada provide firepits and wood at the Cascade Pits.
There is a guided driving tour of the area. You can buy and download the app to your phone, to avoid data usage - http://gypsyguide.com/
Banff is, generally, very dry, and is at at a high altitude, which causes people to get dehydrated quickly. Drink plenty of fluids. Try easier hikes first. If you think you are fairly fit and want to hike the mountains then try Tunnel Mountain first (behind the house 1.5 - 2hrs round trip).
Carry bear spray (available from the sports equipment stores, the Town Hall and Home Hardware on Bear Street, funnily enough). Hopefully you won’t need it but, like insurance, it is sensible to have it.
Plan to arrive by 10am - or after 3pm. It is a very popular destination and after 10am there is a high chance that there will be nowhere to park. We strongly advise that you follow our advice to be found at http://banffbear.ca/banffbearbedandbreakfast.html?usefulinfo=1#moreusefullinks – its so much less stressful.
Otherwise if you book lunch, or dinner, at a Chateau restaurant you can usually park for free in the hotel parking.
When it is hot here it is very hot, but in the evenings it can cool right off and the temperature, even in the summer, is often around zero first thing in the morning. When it rains, which is mostly June, it is usually a downpour. So the best advice for clothing is to bring mostly summer clothing but definitely also something to layer with as the cold snaps are cold.
Being at a high altitude you can burn quickly if you don’t wear sun cream.
Bring mosquito repellant and after bite cream if you don’t!.
Banff National Park encompasses over 2,500 square miles in the Canadian Rockies, and includes dozens of lakes, streams and rivers formed by its large glaciers. The waters are well-stocked with fish and fly fishing takes place year-round, though summer constitutes the height of the fly fishing season. For information on permits, tours and rules of the park go to our fishing in Banff National Park page
The below information is correct at the time of writing, in April 2021, Due to Covid-19, the situation is fluid and we will give current information upon request.
Each year Lake Louise and Moraine Lake become more popular. As a consequence when the car park becomes full (sometimes at dawn) the access road is closed by Parks Canada. This means that there are limited options to see some of the most iconic views of the Rockies.
This year Parks Canada are introducing paid parking at Lake Louise.
There are several options open to visitors.