Now, the Ideal Banff Weekend Itinerary
Arrive in Banff and check into the Elk + Avenue Hotel. Once you’re ready, head up to the Banff Gondola where you’ll also have dinner and experience breathtaking mountain views at Sky Bistro. If you’re visiting on a Friday night, you'll want to check out the free stargazing program that’s offered on the observation deck of the building. It’s hosted in partnership with the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada and it’s included with your admission. Make sure to call ahead to reserve your table at Sky Bistro or book online.
Breakfast – Grab n’ go your breakfast from Good Earth (located inside the Elk + Avenue – try the raspberry + white chocolate scone). Then take a scenic drive out to Lake Minnewanka and visit the Parks Canada red chairs for a great photo opportunity! If you’re wanting to spend more time outdoors during the day, try hiking Tunnel Mountain or taking a walk at Johnston’s Canyon. For those with less time but still wanting to see the sights, visit Surprise Corner and Bow Falls. If the weather isn’t great or if you’d prefer to stay indoors, visit the Whyte Museum to learn about the history and culture of this amazing little town, or go see a matinee at Banff’s Lux Cinema.
In the afternoon, hit up Park Distillery for a great lunch. The atmosphere in Park is quintessentially Canadian and their cocktails are great too. Walk off lunch while checking out some of the cool shops located along Banff Avenue, like the Cabin 108 Boutique, and stop in at the Brew Co. for a locally-crafted beer.
Next, get ready to put your bowling shoes on and visit High Rollers (located just below the Brew Co.). Make sure to call ahead and reserve a lane for you and your group.
Pop over to Coyotes Southwestern Grill for breakfast, then take a drive past the Fairmont Banff Springs, also known as the "Castle in the Mountains". Drive down towards the golf course to look for wildlife and then take a gander through the historic hotel.
An early-afternoon departure on the Brewster Express will get you to YYC in time to catch your flight, or take you right into downtown Calgary so you can wander your own way home. Either way, you've loaded up on mountain memories that'll last for months to come.