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Top Choice Steak in Banff Town

Saltlik

With rib eye in citrus-rosemary butter and peppercorn New York strip loin on the menu, Saltlik is clearly no plain-Jane steakhouse knocking out flavorless T-bones. No, this polished dining room abounds with rustic e…
Top Choice National Park in Banff Town

Banff National Park

Towering like giant castles in the sky, the mountains and valleys of Banff provide endless opportunities for wildlife-watching, hiking, boating, climbing, mountain biking, skiing or simply convening with nature. Lus…
Top Choice Museum in Banff Town

Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies

Founded by local artists Catharine and Peter Whyte, the century-old Whyte Museum is more than just a rainy-day option. It boasts a beautiful, ever-changing gallery displaying art from 1800 to present, by both region…
Top Choice Bar in Banff Town

Wild Bill's Legendary Saloon

Forget swanky wine bars and cafes – you haven't really been to Banff if you miss Wild Bill's. Hang out with real live cowboys and get an eyeful of two-stepping, bull riding, karaoke and live music of the twangy Will…
Top Choice Pub Food in Banff Town

Bear St Tavern

This gastro-pub 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 pit…
Hot Springs in Banff Town

Upper Hot Springs Pool

Banff quite literally wouldn’t be Banff if it weren’t for its hot springs, which gush out from 2.5km beneath Sulphur Mountain at a constant temperature of between 32°C (90°F) and 46°C (116°F) – it was the springs th…
Landmark in Banff Town

Fairmont Banff Springs

Looming up beside the Bow River, the Banff Springs is a local landmark in more ways than one. Originally built in 1888, and remodeled in 1928 to resemble a cross between a Scottish baronial castle and a European cha…
Cable Car in Banff Town

Banff Gondola

In summer or winter, you can summit a peak near Banff thanks to the Banff Gondola, with four-person enclosed cars that glide up to the top of Sulphur Mountain in less than 10 minutes. Named for the thermal springs t…
Modern American in Banff Town

Park

Banff gets hip with a microdistillery to complement its microbrewery, plying spirits (gin, vodka and whiskey) and beer made from Alberta's foothills' grain. It all goes down perfectly with a mesquite beef hoagie, fi…
Concert Venue in Banff Town

Banff Centre

Perched on the side of Tunnel Mountain, Banff’s flagship arts venue hosts a varied program of concerts, lectures, exhibitions and events throughout the year. It’s also the main focus for big cultural events, includi…