Three days in Banff is enough to experience everything it has to offer - beautiful mountain hikes, hot springs, high-quality dining and small-town atmosphere.
Day 1 - Banff
Begin your first day with one of the most popular hikes in the area - Johnston Canyon. This hike begins just outside of Banff and is suitable for almost everyone, as it's not too strenuous, but the scenery is still amazing. Get a map from the visitor's centre before you go and check on hiking conditions - the trail gets slippery in the winter.
After your hike, head back into Banff and have dinner at the Rose and Crown pub on Banff Ave. This pub is popular amongst locals and tourists and is always lively, no matter what time of year you go.
Johnston Canyon Lodge
Day 2 - Banff
The Upper Hot Springs are especially enjoyable in the middle of the cold winter. Not too far away, this is an excellent activity to do in the morning to get your blood flowing.
After your dip, head back to Banff Ave. to eat at one of the unique, healthy cafes. One I would recommend is Sunfood Cafe, where you'll find an excellent selection of vegetarian dishes.
Take the time to do a thorough walk up and down, in and around Banff Ave., and be sure to visit the Fudgery, which you'll probably smell before you see. Watch the chocolatier make fudge through the windows and then go in and browse through all the different kinds of fudge.
The Banff Centre is also nearby if you want to check out unique arts and information on the local mountain culture.
Finally, end your day with an amazing fondue meal at the Grizzly House. Order the three-course fondue meal and save room for the chocolate fondue dessert.
215 Banff Ave
T0L 0C0 Banff, Canada
tel: 403 760 3933
107 Tunnel Mountain Drive
T1L 1H5 Banff, Canada
tel: 403 762 6100
fax: +1 403 762 6444
215 Banff Avenue
T0L 0C0 Banff, Canada
tel: 403 762 3003
Day 3 - Banff
Finish up your tour through Banff with one more popular hike - Tunnell Mountain. This trail begins within Banff so you can walk there from your hotel, or drive and park your car at the bottom. Again, make sure to check hiking conditions before you go.
Once you're finished the day's activity, head to the Sushi House Banff for a unique and interactive sushi experience.
North side, St. Julien St.
TOL OCO Banff, Canada