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Things to do in Banff

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
“This is a lovely place to visit where you see the beauty of the mountains and at the same time spend quality time with loved ones. Its only an hour drive from Calgary”
  • 148 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
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.”
  • 2 locals recommend
National Park
“Parks Canada will point you in the right direction. Maps, brochures, books, gifts, and help with small walks and multi day treks alike. Book here for hotels, camping, and attractions. ”
  • 10 locals recommend
Entertainment
“Please check their website (www.banffcentre.ca) to see what art offerings are happening during your visit. It’s an amazing place to go for ballet, opera and live concerts. The Banff Centre hosts more than 400 shows, an outdoor amphitheater, an art gallery and 3 restaurants. The 45th annual Mountain Film and Book Festival kicks off from October 31st - November 8th, 2020. ”
  • 16 locals recommend
Bowling Alley
“6 bowling lanes, 3 pool tables, New-York style pizza and 48 craft beers on tap.”
  • 11 locals recommend
Hotel
“A CP hotel that will take your breath away with views from its wall of windows. A grand tribute to the past and a stunning reminder of everything that makes Alberta one of the most beautiful provinces in Canada (I'm biased).”
  • 13 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
Rental Car Location
“Need to move around faster? Easy! Just rent a reliable car from Enterprise. ”
  • 1 local recommends
Art Gallery
“There is always an eclectic mix of art, sculpture and jewellery in this gallery that keeps me coming back to visit on a regular basis. Well worth a look when you are in Banff.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Museum
“The Cave and Basin is a historical site in Banff, featuring a natural themal mineral spring which Canada's first national park, Banff National Park.”
  • 4 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
Restaurant
“Campfire-inspired cooking & small-batch spirits distilled in-house with free daily distillery tours.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Steakhouse
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“A seasonal and local farm-to-table menu featuring both plant-based and big game meals. Go for the patio or live music Thursday Evenings 6-9pm + Sunday Brunch 10am-2pm.”
  • 3 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Bowling Alley
“6 bowling lanes, 3 pool tables, New-York style pizza and 48 craft beers on tap.”
  • 11 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
Restaurant
“Campfire-inspired cooking & small-batch spirits distilled in-house with free daily distillery tours.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Steakhouse
“A seasonal and local farm-to-table menu featuring both plant-based and big game meals. Go for the patio or live music Thursday Evenings 6-9pm + Sunday Brunch 10am-2pm.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Hotel
“Serving consciously sourced, handcrafted Canadian cuisine and cocktails in one of Banff's most stunning settings, the Juniper Bistro is a wonderful spot to feast and relax after a day's adventure. Visit for their famous daily brunch, voted Best in Banff by Bow Valley locals!”
  • 4 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Excellent upscale Alberta steakhouse with a great view overlooking central park in Banff.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Bar
  • 1 local recommends

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