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When you're visiting the Canadian Rockies, every single moment should be celebrated. From morning through evening, this place is spectacular, and as a visitor you'll want to soak it all up. Here are 8 unforgettable and unique meals in Banff and Jasper.

  1. Sky-High Gourmet: There's no denying that Sky Bistro has Banff's most astounding view. The setting, atop Sulphur Mountain, is enough to keep your attention but the food seamlessly matches the spectacular surroundings. The Sky Experience pairs the expansive grandeur of the Rocky Mountains with a distinctly Canadian menu that's been winning awards and rave reviews. Plus, it's great value!

Two women share a cheers at a window table looking out to tree-covered mountains.

  1. Multisport Meals: Head just above the town of Jasper to beautiful Pyramid Lake for a hike, a bike ride and/or a paddle with the triangular peak as a backdrop. Then, head to The Pines at Pyramid Lake Resort for amazing views of all that you've discovered, cozy vibes and a regionally-inspired menu.

Two women share a cheers at a window table looking out to tree-covered mountains.

  1. Picnic from Farm & Fire: Grab takeout from Banff Avenue's Farm & Fire, where everything on the menu is farm-fresh, simple and perfect for a picnic. Think a rotisserie chicken, cornbread and veggies or a wood-fired flatbread topped with porchetta, Oka cheese and pickled grapes, served on a wooden table by the Bow River. All the trimmings, including cutlery and spectacular scenery, are included.

A large crowd in an outdoor amphitheatre watches a music performance with mountains and forests all around.

  1. Teahouse at Treeline: There are many places to take an afternoon tea, but few in the world can match the setting at the Lake Agnes Teahouse, on a pristine lake shore high above Lake Louise. Since 1905, the Lake Agnes Teahouse has been welcoming summertime hikers and horseback riders with fine loose leaf teas, warm mugs of cocoa and tasty treats. It'll take you an hour or two to get there, all the more to help justify those scones with jam, a giant brownie or the locals' favourite—apple crumble.

A wooden and stone teahouse nestled between trees and a lake.

  1. Lunchtime Cookout: Hit the cowboy trail on a horseback ride into the backcountry for a Cowboy Cookout. After riding along the Bow River to 3 Mile Cabin, you'll chow on a classic cowboy meal—we're talking barbecue steaks, baked potatoes and baked beans, Caesar salad, rolls and dessert. That's some fine Rocky Mountain grub!

A coffee can and barbecuing meat sit on a grill over an open campfire.

  1. Dinner at the Ice: Evenings at the Columbia Icefield are quiet, peaceful and spectacular. Altitude Restaurant, inside the Columbia Icefield Discovery Centre, has a stellar menu to match. Opt for Canadian coldwater Arctic Char with a roasted vegetable salad, a local rack of lamb with fresh herb and panko crust or the classic—a 10 oz Alberta striploin in shallot and red wine jus. Gaze out at the ancient ice and towering peaks as you dine. You'll be drifting down the Icefields Parkway as the day comes to a close with a happy belly and happy spirit.
  1. Best View in Jasper: With its new sprawling patio overlooking spectacular Maligne Lake, The View is a really unique dining experience. With it's fresh and locally-inspired menu, it's a place to relax, soak up the beauty and slow things down for a bit. Isn't that what a holiday is supposed to be all about?

Two people dining at a lakeside patio.

  1. Canyon-side Delight: The Maligne Canyon Wilderness Kitchen's menu is inspired by both the stunning canyon at its doorstep and the culinary history of the Rockies. Come for a fun, relaxed family-style meal, or stop by for an apres adventure treat on the patio.

A platter of smokehouse brisket, sausages, ribs and barbecue side dishes.

Many of these places are very popular during the summer—book ahead of time to make sure you get the best table. And be sure to give yourself plenty of time to soak it all in—it's so much more than a meal, after all. Here's to celebrating each and every moment!

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