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Best Hidden Gems in Banff

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Botega Art Gallery

Located in a trendy hair salon, Botega Art Gallery is a true hidden gem and a must-visit for aficionados of photography. The hairstylists here treat your hair like a canvas and their styling is nothing less than art; the gallery was born out of this passion. Botega Art Gallery occupies a small section of the salon and features wonderfully done pictures of hairstyles. Local artists are welcomed with open arms to showcase their works here thus encouraging budding talents.

Banff, AB, Canada
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Ammolite in the Rockies

Ammolite in the Rockies boasts an exquisite collection of fine jewelry featuring the vibrant and rare gemstone, ammolite. Silver, gold and platinum studded with these colorful gemstones are just a few of the treasures you will find at this store; dinosaur skulls, ammolite fossils and loose ammolite stones are available as well. The store is akin to a mining museum, with exhibits that enumerate on the origins, mining and processing of ammolite that is found along the Eastern slopes of the Rockies. Guided tours of the exhibits can be arranged.

Banff, AB, Canada
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Rundle United Thrift

Rundle United Thrift is a popular consignment store which runs for four days a week at the Rundle Memorial United Church. The store sells a wide range of pre-owned products, which have been donated by the community. From clothes, footwear, electronic and household items to unique collectibles, everything is found here.The mission of the shop is to make all the items affordable to the members of the community. Volunteers are more then welcome for any kind of help in the thrift shop.

Banff, AB, Canada
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Sulphur Mountain Cosmic Ray Station

The Sulphur Mountain Cosmic Ray Station was built in the year 1956 to facilitate the participation of Canada in the International Geophysical Year of 1957-1958. Although the laboratory ceased operations in 1972 and was dismantled not long after, the site was officially designated a National Historic Site in recognition of it's scientific contributions. Although little remains of the historic laboratory, the site is well-marked and offers breathtaking views over the Canadian Rockies. The Sulphur Mountain Cosmic Ray Station is easily accessible via the Sulfur Mountain Trail and is a popular choice amongst hiking enthusiasts. The trail head can be found just off Mountain Avenue.

Banff, AB, Canada
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