Post # 1
Darling Husband and I are going for eight days and I’m so excited! We are looking at TripAdvisor and regular travel planning sites, but if you’ve been or live there, what can’t we miss? Restaurants, outdoor stuff, whatever!
Post # 2
You have to go on the gondola up the mountain. That’s so much fun. I think you can get a package deal with the gondola ride, a boat ride, and some kind of mountain ride. For the life of me, I can’t think of an awesome restaurant right now. If you’re willing to drive an hour, you can also go to Calgary and check out the Calgary zoo. It’s pretty awesome. I think the Calgary Stampede (exhibition) starts right away as well.
Post # 3
When are you going? I have to second coming here to Calgary and visiting the zoo. Especially the Penguins!
The sulphur mountain gondola is a must see. If you have a rental car Moraine Lake! COWS Banff is kind of a silly stop, really good ice cream.
And don’t forget the hot springs! But go early in the AM when it’s still cool outside.
Post # 4
If you like wildlife – do the 1A from Banff to Lake Louise. I second Lake Moraine. Its past Lake Louise but way better in my opinion!
Lake Minnewanka is also pretty nice! http://www.brewster.ca/activities-in-the-rockies/brewster-attractions/banff-lake-cruise/#/0
My fav place to eat is the Grizzly House – you stink because of the grease but its sooo good!http://banffgrizzlyhouse.com/
The Maple Leaf is also good.
The drive from Banff to Jasper is awesome and there are great spots along the way!
Post # 5
We will have a car and we are renting a GPS tour guide thing! We are willing to do a day in Calgary.
Okay so we have:
– Lake Louise
– Lake Moraine
– Calgary Zoo
– Lake Minnewanka
– Drive partway to Jasper up to Saskatchewan River
– Hot springs and Sulphur Mountain gondola and maybe the grizzly tour?
All the lake days will be hiking, scenic driving, a lunch picnic and such.
Should we shop in Banff or Calgary?
Post # 6
Oh I love Banff. I agree the gondola is a must-do. Definitely go to Lake Louise and/or Moraine Lake. Last time we went we ate and drank at St. James’ Gate Irish Pub and really liked the atmosphere. Also if you can make it to the Columbia Icefields, they’re pretty amazing to check out. It’s a few hours from Banff but a really beautiful drive and a cool place to visit.
Post # 7
I’d shop in Calgary. There are some great places to shop in Banff but I’d say it’s more expensive and boutiquey, whereas Calgary is just good city shopping. If I were you I’d do both if I could 😉
Post # 8
208bride: not much for shopping in banff, a lot of tourist shops and trinket stores. I still like to do a half day though browsing the main street.
Post # 9
208bride: I’ve been a few times, so beautiful. Make the trip to Lake Louise, it’s sooooo pretty and worth the drive.
Go to the fudge store with the giant bear (Fudgery)! So good! My husband thought he was sooooooooo funny high-fiving the bear. bahahaha.
He surprised me with a spa day at Banff springs spa! It was sooooo unbelievably beautiful!
We only went for 2 days the last time and had an absolute blast! So I’m sure being there for over a week will be amazing. Have fun!
Post # 10
208bride: If you want some drinks for your hotel room (wine, beer, etc), stop at a liquor store in Calgary since you’ll have a car. Prices are more inflated in Banff because of the tourists.
You’ll have to buy a national parks pass heading into Banff, but you can use it at all the national parks (including Jasper, if you end up going that far).
What hotel are you staying at in Banff?
Go and wander around the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel one day, it’s breathtakingly gorgeous.
I second eating at the Grizzly House – their fondue options are unreal.
Rent a canoe at the Chateau Lake Louise in Lake Louise and paddle out on the lake! There is also an amazing hike there.
And do the Tunnel Mountain Hike, it’s easy and has great views – http://www.banff.com/banff-hiking/tunnel-mountain/
Post # 11
I love Banff!! I’ve been a couple of times… there is this amazing (pricey) restaurant in the downtown shops area called the Maple Leaf. It’s a bit pricey but nothing too crazy(I went with work), but such nice atmosphere.
There is another restaurant that I went to and loved – great drink menu… called the Balkan. It’s a Greek restaurant. If you love mojitos… get the Raspberry Mojito!!
Shopping in Banff is definitely more expensive, but really fun to walk around the little shops.
Post # 12
Also agree with others – Do the gondola! And Tunnel Mountain Hike.