Things To Do In Banff
Although there is a small list at the end of this post of things to do in Banff, I wanted to share my adventures from my last trip with you in the hope it still may inspire you in the same way!
I ended up in Banff over the Canada day long weekend for a wedding so it was a pretty whirlwind trip!
We stayed at the Fairmont which kind of reminded me of a Scottish castle, but HUGE.
It actually really surprised me as to how big the grounds actually were.
There is a lovely terrace where we would have lunch and Caesars (Canada’s version of a Bloody Mary but so much better!! Made with clamato juice instead of tomato juice) with the most exquisite view of the mountains!
I am such a sucker for alfresco dining!
The first morning we were there, we woke up at 5am to drive over to Lake Louise for sunrise canoeing. It took us about 40 mins to drive there, and then on arrival we headed over to the boathouse to get kitted up.
They provided coffee and some light snacks which we were able to take out with us on the water.
As the sun rose, the glacier on the mountain shone a brilliant orange, which was exquisite against the ice blue water of the lake.
Definitely not an experience to miss!
Be sure to layer up, as the temperature can fluctuate and you don’t want to be distracted by being too cold.
You are free to explore as much of the lake as you like in your time frame. We then headed to the Fairmont at Lake Louise for a really delicious breakfast, and perhaps a cheeky caesar!
The next day was filled with wedding festivities, which were gorgeous!
The backdrop of the mountains was second to none! Such beautiful venue for a wedding.
Then of course we partied into the night with the happy couple.
After a full night of dancing, we decided it would be a good idea to do a hike the next day.
Fresh air and exercise are definitely the cure to a hangover, and the stunning scenery put us all back in good spirits.
Heading back, we wandered around town and found a rooftop patio for lunch and drinks, while the name escapes me, it was a nice vibe and again, alfresco dining, but the food was average.
One place I WOULD recommend for food however is The Grizzly House!
Recommend to me by the lovely lady who sat next to me on the plane, it was a really fun experience!
The restaurant itself used to be a swingers bar so each table comes fully equipped with a phone! (it didn’t work… I tried!) Their speciality is fondue.
We started with an amazing hot garlic oil and cheese, with all sorts of vegetables and bread to dip in.
Then for main course, you choose your meat selection, or fish, (all kinds of weird and wonderful meats that you maybe question whether its okay to eat) and you are provided with a hot stone and herb butter and you cook your food on the hot stone!
Then of course to finish we had a chocolate fondue, because frankly, it would have been rude not to!
The dirty martinis are great!!
And ended up leading us to a country music bar with a bucking bronco! SO. MUCH. FUN!!!
Another note on hikes, Johnston Canyon is a beautiful hike to do, not so far from Banff town. I would highly recommend getting into the hikes (typical things to do in Banff, must still an absolute must) while you are in Banff as the scenery there is breathtaking and enchanting!
A worthwhile whirlwind trip for sure!!
Top Things to Do in Banff:
- Lake Louise
- Fairmont Banff
- Johnston Canyon
- Grizzly House
- Hikes (ANY, they are all beautiful)
Until next time!