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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
National Park
“Banff National Park is only a 5 minutes drive from Canmore, and a 20 minute drive to the town of Banff itself. Mountains dominate the skyline in this beautiful town. You'll find great shopping in the boutiques and shops downtown, as well as some great food options as well. ”
  • 130 locals recommend
Cinema
“Rainy day? Tired and sore from skiing? Catch a matinee at Banff’s movie theater.”
  • 9 locals recommend
Pier
“Be dazzled by the deep glacier blue water of the Bow River in Banff, and explore up the more gentle Forty Mile Creek with a chance of spotting wildlife.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Nightclub
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“Hopping nightspot with drinks, dancing & lodge-like, rustic-themed decor with lots of exposed wood. ”
  • 3 locals recommend
Entertainment
“Banff Centre hosts more than 400 shows, performances and events each year - a lot of them are free! There are also 4 restaurants on-site, as well as a contemporary art gallery.”
  • 15 locals recommend
National Park
“A 62 minute drive to spectacular outdoor scenery. Truly amazing during the winter with frozen waterfalls and a blanket of white.”
  • 8 locals recommend
Restaurant
“A landmark eatery serving fun, interactive fondue or hot rock & exotic meat menus. The atmosphere is casual and lodge-like but gets smoky as patrons cook at their tables. Great for groups and families.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Art Gallery
“Situated in Banff, the heart of the Canadian Rockies, you are welcome to visit them in your ski gear, cycling wear, hiking or cowboy boots. You’ll find an array of original paintings, stone and bronze sculpture plus a selection of one-of-a-kind jewellery. You can see them 363 days a year (they’re closed on Christmas and Boxing Day).”
  • 3 locals recommend
Bowling Alley
“An underground bowling alley and bar. They have great food, cold beer, and friendly staff. The bowling alley creates an awesome atmosphere. Great place to hangout with the buds and watch a game.”
  • 12 locals recommend
Hotel
“Beautiful hotel to check out, one of the oldest buildings in the area. Also, have a lovely spa”
  • 10 locals recommend
Hotel
“Great outdoor porch with views of Mt Rundle and Sulphur Mtn. The food is awesome. Great date night. the drive to Banff is worth it”
  • 3 locals recommend
Rental Car Location
“Need to move around faster? Easy! Just rent a reliable car from Enterprise. ”
  • 1 local recommends
Museum
“Canada's first national park, with hot mineral springs in a cave & an outdoor, emerald-colored pool.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Tourist Information Center
“Beautiful photos of local wildlife and scenery. Well worth a visit when in Banff. Staff are knowledgeable and friendly.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Steakhouse
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“The bison is a great place for a wide selection of food and drink. Would highly recommend to anyone looking for unique and thoughtfully prepared dishes with excellent ingredients. Cozy place, good foods, nice staff and service. Reasonable price and portion. The chef's definitely put effort on the plates. ”
  • 3 locals recommend
Transportation
“the closest bus stop is on benchlands and bow valley trail besides the shops of canmore. they take bikes but if you are riding with a large group they are limited on how many they can take.”
  • 6 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Restaurant
“A landmark eatery serving fun, interactive fondue or hot rock & exotic meat menus. The atmosphere is casual and lodge-like but gets smoky as patrons cook at their tables. Great for groups and families.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Bowling Alley
“An underground bowling alley and bar. They have great food, cold beer, and friendly staff. The bowling alley creates an awesome atmosphere. Great place to hangout with the buds and watch a game.”
  • 12 locals recommend
Hotel
“Great outdoor porch with views of Mt Rundle and Sulphur Mtn. The food is awesome. Great date night. the drive to Banff is worth it”
  • 3 locals recommend
Steakhouse
“The bison is a great place for a wide selection of food and drink. Would highly recommend to anyone looking for unique and thoughtfully prepared dishes with excellent ingredients. Cozy place, good foods, nice staff and service. Reasonable price and portion. The chef's definitely put effort on the plates. ”
  • 3 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Park Distillery has incredible food and drinks, but above all their service is outstanding. Located along Banff’s main strip makes it easy to find. Great distillery tour and nice atmosphere. This quaint place is great to grab a drink at and enjoy a meal with such a cozy feel. Friendly staff and fair prices. Definitely a place to check out in Banff!”
  • 6 locals recommend
Bar
“Live music 7 nights a week! The Rose & Crown is Banff's oldest pub, established in 1985. Located in downtown Banff, The Rose & Crown Pub has truly evolved into one of Banff's premier Ski hot spots. Come in after a day on the hill and enjoy one of our daily specials at the bar or grab one of our signature special coffees and curl up in front of our newly renovated fireplace. Always a hit with visitors and locals alike.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Restaurant
“The one place that has convinced me being a vegetarian COULD be a possibility. Definitely try the mushroom ravioli and the nachos. ”
  • 1 local recommends

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