Best Outdoor Activities in Banff

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Best Outdoor Activities in Banff

Banff National Park
Banff National Park
4.8 (27589 ratings)5 (404 ratings)
Rocky Mountain park offering year-round activities & glacial lakes such as Lake Louise, also a town.
Improvement District No. 9, AB T0L, Canada
National parkOutdoor ActivitiesNature & Wildlife AreasHiking Trails
Mentioned by Touropia
10 Top Attractions in Banff National Park
"Getting to Sunshine Meadows, high in the Canadian Rockies atop the Continental Divide and the border between Alberta and British Columbia, might be a challenge, but the spectacular scenery is worth the effort. The meadows is considered to have the best alpine hiking and scenery in the Canadian Rockies. As spring turns into summer the meadows are in full bloom and ablaze with colorful wildflowers."
Mentioned by Born to be Adventurous
10 Easy Hikes in Banff National Park
"There is a good chance that you will encounter wildlife, most often a squirrel, marmot, or mountain goat. But, like all the other hikes, make sure that you have bear spray. There is a national park fee to access these hikes and the pass can be purchased upon entering the park."
Johnston Canyon
Johnston Canyon
4.7 (3362 ratings)4.5 (104 ratings)
National park with hiking trails & bridges to waterfalls, ridges & blue 'ink pot' spring pools.
Bow Valley Pkwy, Improvement District No. 9, AB T1L 1K2, Canada
Hiking areaOutdoor ActivitiesHiking Trails
Sunshine Village
Sunshine Village
4.7 (3500 ratings)4.5 (763 ratings)
Ski resort featuring a variety of dining & shopping options as well as warm-weather activities.
1 Sunshine access Rd, Banff, AB T1L 1J5, Canada
Ski resortOutdoor ActivitiesSki & Snowboard Areas
Mentioned by Thrillist
Banff is One of North America's Best Skiing Destinations. Here's How to Find the Perfect Resort For You.
"Best for: Adrenaline junkies and those who are deficient in vitamin DAccessed by a long gondola ride, Sunshine Village has terrain for every level of skier, but is famously teeming with slopes of the extreme variety. There is one area of cliffs and chutes -- Delirium Dive -- that can only be accessed through a gate where you must first scan your avalanche beacon (so if you don’t have one or don’t know how to use one, don’t even think about going). On a clear day, you’ll understand why the place is called Sunshine Village and will have to pack and reapply an appropriate amount of SPF."
Fenland Trailhead
Fenland Trailhead
4.5 (200 ratings)4 (168 ratings)
Improvement District No. 9, AB T1L 1K2, Canada
Hiking areaOutdoor ActivitiesHiking Trails
Mentioned by
Day hikes in the Banff area
"Length: 2.1 km loopHiking time: 40 minute round tripElevation gain: MinimalTrailhead: Fenland Trail parking area, west off Mt. Norquay RoadOn foot: Trailhead is a 20 minute/1.5 km walk from downtown Banff. Learn about the local ecosystem on this self-guided interpretive trail through old-growth spruce. This short loop is a pleasant escape from the bustle of town."
Mentioned by Born to be Adventurous
10 Easy Hikes in Banff National Park
"Fenland Loop is a short, flat, 2.54 km (1.6 mi) trail located on the edge of the Town of Banff. The trail is stroller friendly and wheelchair accessible but the ground is not paved. A stunning summer and winter hike, the family friendly trail follows a Echo Creek before looping back to the parking lot."
Mentioned by Banff 3 days itinerary
3 Days in Banff: The Best 3 Day Banff Summer Itinerary
"You can also hike on the Fenland Trail, a 1.2 mile loop around the lake. If this is your last day in Banff, you will continue to drive 1.5 hours to Calgary to catch your flight back or spend the evening in the town of Banff before you leave the next morning."
Tunnel Mountain Dr
Tunnel Mountain Dr
4.5 (2 ratings)4.5 (539 ratings)
Short, scenic 3-mile loop, closed in the winter, with panoramic views & wildlife.
Banff, AB, Canada
Notable streetOutdoor ActivitiesOff-Road & ATV Trails
Mentioned by TripHobo
Things to do with Family & kids in Banff
"The east side of Banff is dominated by the Tunnel Mountains, another scenic loop drive you don’t want to miss out on. If you’ve ever wanted to scale a mountain, here’s your chance. You can drive your way up to Banff’s smallest summit and enjoy some 360 degrees of stunning vistas."
Banff Legacy Trail
Banff Legacy Trail
4.5 (146 ratings)
Hikers, cyclists & horseback riders use this 13.8-mi. trail with picnic spots & mountain vistas.
Improvement District No. 9, AB, Canada
Outdoor ActivitiesHiking Trails

Top Best Japanese Restaurants in Banff

Mii Sushi & bbq
Mii Sushi & bbq
4.1 (504 ratings)
Japanese fare & sushi rolls alongside Korean dishes in a modern setting with Asian interior details.
1306 Bow Valley Trail, Canmore, AB T1W 1N6, Canada
RestaurantJapanese restaurantSushi restaurant
Mentioned by Travel Banff Canada
Best Canmore Takeout Food
"We’ve tried several Canmore sushi restaurants, but we always come back to Mii Sushi. Whether we eat in or order takeout, we feel that Mii Sushi has the best sushi in Canmore. Everyone’s tastes are different , of course, but our favorited at This excellent Canmore sushi restaurant are the tuna sashimi, salmon sushi I, the Mii house special roll, the mango salmon roll and the Flames roll."
4 (483 ratings)
This simple, cozy eatery with a busy vibe offers a variety of ramen, plus other Japanese classics.
118 Banff Ave, Banff, AB, Canada
Ramen restaurantJapanese restaurant
Mentioned by SkiBig3
Banff's Best 'Hole-in-the-Wall' Eats
"Although it’s located right on the 100 block of Banff Ave, you might miss this little Japanese noodle house. This local favourite serves up filling and affordable rice and noodle bowls. If you’re extra hungry, order the hearty Katsu Don."
Mentioned by Banff 4 days itinerary
Things to do in Banff National Park: 4-Day Itinerary
"Chaya Ramen, Banff – This was a very small Japanese restaurant but offered a variety of ramen and other Japanese dishes. It was always crowded but we took our ramen to go. The ramen were all delicious and hit the spot during a cold day."
Shoku Izakaya
Shoku Izakaya
4.9 (62 ratings)
304 Caribou St, Banff, AB T1L 1A1, Canada
Japanese restaurant

Best Family Restaurants in Banff

Magpie & Stump Restaurant
Magpie & Stump Restaurant
4.3 (1756 ratings)
This relaxed eatery serves classic Mexican fare & cocktails in rugged, down-home decor.
203 Caribou St, Banff, AB T1L 1A8, Canada
RestaurantBarFamily restaurantMexican restaurant
Mentioned by Rad Season
The Best Bars, Cafes and Restaurants in Banff
"Tonnes of tacos, endless enchiladas, bounties of burritos, and non-stop nachos – If you’ve got a hankering for Mexican, Magpie & Stump is the place for you. Keen to get the party started?. Try one of their ‘Bulldog’ cocktails, a lime margarita with an upside down Corona."
Mentioned by The Banff Blog
The Best Restaurants in Banff That You’ll Love
"This is a local hotspot and serves up delicious Mexcian dishes. Mexican food has long been my favorite cuisines so they get the nod for my favorite restaurant in Banff. The interior is rustic and you get a Mexicana cantina vibe the moment you set foot inside."
Mentioned by Time Out Banff
The 11 best restaurants in Banff
"A casual Mexican joint offering all your favorites in a rustic wood setting dotted with antiques. The vibe is Wild-West-meets-Tijuana, and the spot has proved a favorite of people passing through and locals alike."
The Bear Street Tavern
The Bear Street Tavern
4.5 (1361 ratings)
Rustic, laid-back hangout offering thin-crust pizza, Canadian pub grub, craft beer on tap & a patio.
211 Bear St, Banff, AB T1L 1A1, Canada
RestaurantBarFamily restaurantTakeout RestaurantPizza restaurantPizza TakeoutPub
Mentioned by Lonely Planet
Best restaurants in Banff Town, Canada
"This gastropub hits a double whammy: ingeniously flavored pizzas washed down with locally brewed pints. Banffites head here in droves for a plate of pulled-pork nachos or a bison-and-onion pizza, accompanied by... Canadian in Banff Town"
Mentioned by
The 15 Best Restaurants in Banff, AB
"I highly recommend the Godfather pizza amd the pulled pork nachos!. We happened to be there with our family and two dogs and they staff... (403) 762-2021Order online"
Elk & Oarsman Restaurant & Bar
Elk & Oarsman Restaurant & Bar
4.1 (845 ratings)
This lodge-style sports bar offers familiar pub grub, drink specials, multiple TVs & live music.
119 Banff Ave, Banff, AB T1L 1B6, Canada
RestaurantFamily restaurantSports bar
Mentioned by Must Do Canada
15 of the Best Banff Restaurants for 2021
"They make a great pizza but we often go for one of their burgers, such as the Oarsmen, which comes with an Elk Patty, Pepperjack Cheese, and a Herb Mayo. Another great main is the Baby Back Ribs. One of the reasons we love eating here is that each main comes with TWO choices of sides, which makes for a very filling meal."
Mentioned by Lonely Planet
Drinking and nightlife in Banff Town, Canada
"Located upstairs with a crow's-nest view of Banff Ave, this is the town's most refined sports pub, with a decent lineup of beers on tap and live music; the kitchen will fix you up with some good food if you so..."

Best Takeout Food Restaurants in Banff

4.2 (535 ratings)
317 Banff Ave 2nd Floor, Banff, AB T1L 1C1, Canada
Breakfast restaurantBrunch restaurantCanadian restaurantFamily restaurantLunch restaurantTakeout RestaurantRestaurant
Block Kitchen + Bar
Block Kitchen + Bar
4.6 (746 ratings)
Eclectic small plates with Asian flair, wine & cocktails served in a hip, convivial atmosphere.
5 Banff Ave #201, Banff, AB T1L 1C6, Canada
RestaurantAsian fusion restaurantBarCocktail barTakeout RestaurantModern izakaya restaurantsSandwich shopWine bar
Mentioned by Western Living Magazine
Buffalo Mountain Lodge
Buffalo Mountain Lodge
4.2 (673 ratings)
Mountainside lodging offering a rustic lounge & 2 restaurants, plus a hot tub & free Wi-Fi.
700 Tunnel Mountain Rd, Banff, AB T1L 1B3, Canada
LodgeCafeCoffee storeFine dining restaurantHotelLoungeTakeout RestaurantMountain cabinPet friendly accommodationRestaurant
Mentioned by The Planet D: Adventure Travel Blog
Where to Stay in Banff in 2021 - 17 Banff Hotels We Love
"If you want to be in the heart of the action of Banff proper Buffalo Mountain Lodge is a great choice for a hotel in Banff. Situated just minutes from downtown, Buffalo Mountain Lodge offers free shuttles for guests to go out for dinner, drinks or downtown shopping. We loved building a fire in our room as we overlooked our Rocky Mountain view."
Mentioned by
The 9 best Luxury Hotels in Banff - Sara Lind's Guide 2021
"This Banff hotel is located on the slopes of Tunnel Mountain, within a 20 minute walk of downtown. Each rustic room offers a wood burning fireplace, balcony and private bathroom. A cable TV, a coffee maker and ironing facilities are also included in each room at the Buffalo Mountain."
Mentioned by AFAR Media
14 Best Things to do in Banff National Park
"Set just a 15-minute walk from the irresistibly photogenic town of Banff within the pristine surrounds of Banff National Park, Buffalo Mountain Lodge lives up to every rustic Rocky Mountain vacation fantasy. Deer can even be spotted nibbling on..."

Vacation Rentals, Airbnb, Hotels & Cabins near Banff

4.1 (1171 reviews)
Banff Rocky Mountain Resort
$99 /night
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4.7 (67 reviews)
At Wits End B&B
$30 /night
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3.9 (1128 reviews)
Bow View Lodge
$69 /night
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