The Canada House Gallery is home to a stunning collection of artwork produced by over 70 Canadian artists. Masterful paintings and evocative sculptures are showcased alongside Inuit art and exquisite jewelry. Unlike most art galleries of this caliber, the Canada House Gallery is a welcoming place, devoid of any pretension. Step inside and witness the world through the eyes of the artist and allow yourself to be taken on a journey through the rich cultural landscape of Canada. Exhibitions and other special events are often organized at the gallery, attracting an audience that is as eclectic as the art on display.
With a passion for nature that is backed by the skill of a true artist, nature photographer Jason Leo Bantle brings you face to face with some of Canada's most awe-inspiring landscapes and intriguing wildlife at the All In The Wild Gallery. Each photograph captures the untouched beauty of the Canadian wilderness and its inhabitants, bringing to life a world that for most of us exists only in our dreams. Through the lens of his camera Bantle transports the casual observer through time and space to some of the country's most remote regions for a close encounter with the wild. Visit the gallery for a look at some of Bantle's most inspiring work. The gallery offers photographic prints, coffee table books and children's books for sale.
If you head down Banff Avenue between the Bow River Bridge and the Cascade Plaza, you'll be surprised with the amount of stores, restaurants and nightclubs packed into the small area. You can walk down either side of the street and find unique boutiques and countless souvenir shops. Find the perfect gift at Lush or if you have a sweet tooth don't miss The Fudgery. Time will fly by as you window shop the day away.
Located just 1.2 miles (1.9 kilometers) from the city center, the Bow Falls are one of Banff's top attractions. Though not particularly high, these falls are wide and create a mesmerizing picture against the forest-covered landscape. Outdoor enthusiasts can take the Bow Falls Trail and hike to the falls. The scenery is picturesque and the trail is easy for all ages. Keep an eye out for local wildlife like elk, mousse, and bears on your visit. Don't miss this easy-to-reach photo op while visiting the city; you're sure to create memories you'll cherish for years to come.
Just a short drive away from Banff lie the pristine Vermilion Lakes. The three lakes lie sprawled at the foot of Mount Norquay, surrounded by the peaks of the Canadian Rockies and sheltered by the blue canopy of an open sky. The lakes and their surroundings offer visitors a chance to indulge in a variety of outdoor activities such as hiking, canoeing and wildlife watching. The site is especially popular amongst amateur and professional photographers who cannot resist the lure of the lakes' untouched beauty. The lakes are clearly visible from the highway and make a remarkably breathtaking sight indeed, especially at sunset when the scene is awash in the red, gold and crimson hues of the setting sun. The scene inspires romance and is a great choice for a leisurely drive on date night.
Ride this safe, glass-enclosed gondola system to the top of Sulphur Mountain for unparalleled views of Banff and the Rocky Mountains. The eight-minute journey is a year-round attraction, and during the summer you can hike around the summit area. Marvel at the breathtaking and photo-worthy vistas from the observation deck, have a snack and visit the gift shop. Check the website as the hours of operation are subject to change without notice.
The Beaver Bar at Samesun Backpackers is where you can chill out with friends and meet new people. It has earned a reputation for being one of the best pubs in Banff and still holds on to it. Beers and food come very cheap here, and to add to it, they have live music, karaoke nights, theme nights and happy hours. Home of the Agwa Bomb, Beaver is a must visit while in Banff.
The history and lore of Banff's favorite outdoor sport is celebrated in this one of a kind complex, housed in the Cascade Plaza shopping center. The museum follows the sport of skiing from its century-old origins to the present day and introduces visitors to some of the sport's most exciting personalities. Special exhibits are devoted to the development of popular Rocky Mountain ski resorts Sunshine Valley Ski Resort and Lake Louise Ski Area, while Canada's most successful ski-athletes are immortalized with individual exhibits - a little inspiration for amateur skiers. Call ahead for opening hours.
When incorporated in 1990, the Town of Banff was the only municipality within a Canadian National Park. Surrounded by the Rockies and hot springs of the Banff National Park, this resort town began as a service station for visitors to the park with very little identity of its own. Today, Banff boasts all the trimmings of a resort, with a main street that's packed with fabulous restaurants, nightlife and boutiques, its spectacular surrounds a hotbed for outdoor activities. While the park itself is its main attraction, Banff harbors a vibrant arts and cultural scene that is all its own. From the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies and the Banff Park Museum to the Canada House Art Gallery and Buffalo Nations Luxton Museum, the city celebrates its unique heritage with fervor. Yet, wander too far and you'll be in the midst of wilderness once more.
Sometimes, even when surrounded by alpine majesty, you just have to see what going on in Hollywood. Lux Cinema consists of four medium-size screens and all the popcorn and giant soft drink amenities expected at a modern movie theater. Since Lux represents the only movie screens in the Banff area, don't expect to see anything other than the latest Hollywood blockbuster. Still, this is the ideal venue for the occasional guilty pleasure or mindless diversion.
Set against the backdrop of the Rockies, the Park Distillery is an homage to the camping lifestyle. The restaurant has distilled the rustic charm of a campfire into a refined dining experience in a setting that rife with bonhomie and an air of relaxed revelry. On the menu, spit-roasted, wood-fired and rotisserie grilled dishes are offered up alongside craft beer and the distillery's very own hand-crafted spirits, prepared using the finest ingredients. Succulent, savory and infused with the smokey goodness of a crackling fire, every dish is a revelation of flavor and culinary finesse. The offer is made complete by a selection of cocktails, spirits and craft beer, perfect to satiate your thirst after a scrumptious meal. Stop by the Park for a true taste of the wilderness.
Saint Mary's Parish Church has served the Roman Catholic communities of Lake Louise and Banff, for over a century. The quaint church is beautifully adorned with stained glass windows and detailed mosaics that depict biblical scenes and saints, adding to the innate charm of the historic church. With its understated beauty and austere charm, the church remains a much loved place of worship and is an especially popular choice for weddings.