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 summer weekend, be sure to check out Peak Patio (on the top level of the Gondola's Upper Terminal) for a drink before or after your dinner at Sky Bistro. The views here truly can't be matched!
Breakfast—Fuel up for a day of adventure at Farm + Fire (located inside the Elk + Avenue). Try the Chia Seed Granola Parfait or the Canadian eggs benny!. 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.
Stretch your legs with a walk along the Bow River Trail to Bow Falls. Our itinerary ends after lunch at Banff Ave Brewing Company (try to get a spot on the patio for prime people and peaks watching!). You're now loaded up on mountain memories that'll last for months to come!