Banff + Banff National Park, Canada
Welcome to the ultimate 5 day itinerary for Banff and Banff National Park, where breathtaking natural beauty meets unparalleled outdoor adventures. 🏔️ Over the course of five unforgettable days, prepare to hike pristine trails, soak in soothing hot springs, savor the delectable culinary offerings that await you, and capture postcard-perfect moments at every turn. Whether you're a nature enthusiast, an adventure seeker, or simply in search of tranquility, this 5 day exploration promises to be a transformative experience in one of the world's most stunning destinations. 🧳 This itinerary includes: 🎒a detailed 5 day outline from sunrise to sundown 📸 25+ different things to do 🍽️ 15+ places to eat and drink 🗺️ interactive map Please feel free to pick and choose the activities, sights, and restaurants that intrigue you the most. Whether you prefer to embark on all the suggested adventures or customize your journey to suit your preferences, the goal is for you to create a memorable and personalized exploration of the Canadian Rockies!! 🌲 Don’t hesitate to send me an email with any questions, recommendations, and/or feedback. Enjoy your trip, safe travels!! ✈️
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Day One: Ink Pots via Johnston Canyon

Breakfast - Tooloulous

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Tooloulous breakfast restaurant in Banff is a charming culinary gem that promises to start your day on a delicious note. Nestled in the heart of Banff Avenue, this cozy and inviting eatery offers a delightful breakfast experience, with big portions and an extensive menu, leaving you with no troubles on finding something everyone will enjoy. With a menu that caters to both classic breakfast lovers and those seeking unique cajun flavors, Tooloulous ensures that every palate is satisfied. 🌶️

Johnston Canyon Trail - Multiple Levels for ALL Skill Types

Level 1 - Lower Falls (Easy)

Johnston Canyon, Lower Falls
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This easy-level trail takes you through a picturesque canyon carved by the Johnston Creek, leading you to the mesmerizing Lower Falls. The trail features well-maintained pathways and catwalks that wind along the canyon walls, offering breathtaking views of the rushing turquoise waters below!

Level 2 - Upper Falls (Easy/Moderate)

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This easy to moderately challenging trail continues to follow the Johnston Creek and leads adventurers deeper into the enchanting canyon. The trail gradually ascends, offering glimpses of smaller waterfalls and serene pools along the way until you make your way to the plunging Upper Falls!

Level 3 - Ink Pots (Moderate)

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One of my personal favorites, this is a unique and rewarding adventure for outdoor enthusiasts seeking an off-the-beaten-path experience. This moderately challenging trail takes you through lush forests, across meandering streams, and into a serene valley that reveals the hidden gem known as the Ink Pots. The trail offers a gradual to steep ascent, allowing hikers to soak in the picturesque surroundings and encounter diverse flora and fauna along the way. 🌾

As you approach the Ink Pots, you'll be greeted by a series of vibrant mineral springs that bubble up from the earth, creating small pools of mesmerizing colors. The contrast between the emerald green pools and the surrounding mountainous landscape is truly awe-inspiring. Take a moment to sit and admire the tranquility of this natural wonder, enjoying a peaceful picnic amidst the beauty of Banff National Park. The Ink Pots hike is an unforgettable journey that offers a glimpse into the unique geological features of the area, providing a true sense of wonder and appreciation for nature's wonders. 🫧

Lunch - The Balkan Greek Restaurant

The Balkan Greek Restaurant
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For a delightful lunch experience, look no further than the Balkan Greek restaurant. This charming eatery offers a delectable array of Balkan and Greek dishes that will transport you to the Mediterranean. From savory souvlaki and moussaka to crispy calamari and spanakopita, the menu is a tantalizing fusion of flavors. 🏛️

Downtown Banff

Take a leisurely stroll through the streets, meandering past delightful shops, boutiques, and galleries. Immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere as you discover unique treasures and souvenirs. Whether you fancy grabbing a cup of coffee at a cozy café, browsing through local artwork, or simply enjoying the picturesque surroundings, downtown Banff offers a serene and enjoyable retreat to cap off your day. 🛍️

Jolene's Tea House
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Clock Tower Village Mall
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The Spirit Of Christmas
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Banff Sweet Shoppe
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Canada House Gallery
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Rocky Mountain Flannel Company
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Dinner - The Maple Leaf

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This renowned establishment offers an exquisite dining atmosphere with a focus on Canadian cuisine. The menu showcases an array of mouthwatering dishes, ranging from succulent steaks and fresh seafood to delectable vegetarian options. Each plate is meticulously prepared with locally sourced ingredients, ensuring a delightful blend of flavors and a celebration of Canada's culinary heritage. 🍁

Drinks - Tommy’s Neighborhood Pub

Tommy's Neighbourhood Pub
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Tommy's Neighborhood Pub in Banff is a beloved local hotspot that captures the essence of community and camaraderie. With its warm and inviting atmosphere, this lively establishment offers a casual setting where friends and neighbors gather to unwind and enjoy good times. The bar boasts an impressive selection of craft beers, signature cocktails, and a variety of spirits perfect for all preferences. 🍻

Day Two: Canmore

Breakfast - Georgetown Pub

Georgetown Inn & Pub
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Step into the charming ambiance of their dining area, where rustic elegance and warm hospitality blend seamlessly. As you peruse the menu, you'll be enticed by a selection of mouthwatering breakfast options that cater to both hearty appetites and lighter preferences. From classic favorites like fluffy pancakes and eggs benedict to unique creations like smoked salmon bagels and avocado toast, the Georgetown Inn offers a culinary journey that celebrates local flavors and culinary craftsmanship. 🍳

Explore Downtown Canmore

Exploring downtown Canmore is an absolute delight, as this vibrant mountain town offers a charming blend of natural beauty, boutique shops, and cozy cafes. Discover unique artisanal shops showcasing local crafts, art galleries displaying captivating works, and outdoor gear stores ready to equip you for your next adventure. With its friendly locals, stunning mountain views, and a wide range of shopping and dining options, exploring downtown Canmore promises to be an enchanting and memorable experience that captures the essence of this charming mountain town. 🛍️

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Canmore Museum
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Hello Vintage
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Cafe Books Ltd
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Lunch - The Wood Restaurant & Lounge

The Wood Restaurant & Lounge
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Immerse yourself in a delightful lunch experience at The Wood in Canmore, where culinary excellence meets a vibrant and inviting atmosphere. This trendy and contemporary eatery showcases a menu that is sure to satisfy your cravings. As you step inside, you'll be greeted by the welcoming ambiance and the enticing aromas of freshly prepared dishes, not to mention the best view of impressive mountain peaks that seem to touch the sky right from the outdoor patio. The menu at The Wood boasts a fusion of international flavors, expertly crafted to tantalize your taste buds. 🍔

Explore Canmore’s Nature

Explore the trails that wind through pristine forests, offering glimpses of cascading waterfalls and panoramic vistas at every turn. Take a leisurely walk along the banks of the Bow River, where the soothing sound of rushing water and the majestic backdrop of mountains create a serene escape. As you explore downtown Canmore, let the surrounding nature beckon you to venture further, to immerse yourself in the hiking trails, biking routes, and scenic viewpoints that await just beyond the town's borders. 🌿

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Policeman Creek Trail
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Grassi Lakes Trail Head
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Riverside Trail
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Dinner (& Drinks)- The Grizzly Paw/Tank 310

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Indulge in a remarkable dinner experience at Tank310, within The Grizzly Paw Brewing Company, where mouthwatering cuisine, breathtaking views, and handcrafted beverages seamlessly come together. Situated in the heart of Canmore, this unique establishment offers an extraordinary dining experience for both locals and visitors alike. As you step into Tank310, be prepared to be captivated by the panoramic vistas of the surrounding mountains, creating a stunning backdrop for your meal. 🏔️

Ice Cream - Old School Bus Ice Cream

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Discover the nostalgic charm of indulging in local ice cream delights at the Old School Bus Ice Cream in Canmore. This beloved local spot offers a truly unique and delightful experience that will transport you back to simpler times. Step aboard the converted vintage school bus, lovingly transformed into an ice cream parlor, and embark on a journey of sweet flavors. 🍦

Day 3: Lake Agnes Teahouse

Coffee - Whitebark Cafe

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Savor the artistry of coffee and tea at Whitebark Cafe, a beloved local establishment in Banff. From rich and robust espresso-based drinks to delicate and aromatic loose-leaf teas, each cup is prepared with meticulous attention to detail. The menu features a variety of single-origin coffees and a curated selection of high-quality teas, sourced right from Banff. Sit back, relax, and indulge in the cozy ambiance as you sip your chosen brew. ☕️

Lake Agnes Trail

To make the most of this experience, it is highly recommended to arrive early, allowing you to enjoy the beauty of Lake Louise before the crowds arrive. As the morning sun paints the turquoise waters of the lake, take a peaceful stroll along its shores and bask in the tranquility of the surroundings. Capture the postcard-worthy views and savor the serene atmosphere before beginning your ascent to the Lake Agnes Tea House. ⛵️

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Embark on (my personal favorite) memorable adventure through Banff National Park with the Lake Agnes Teahouse hike. This iconic trail takes you on a picturesque journey through towering forests and alpine meadows, leading you to the serene shores of Lake Agnes. As you ascend, the trail rewards you with breathtaking vistas of the surrounding mountains, glimpses of Lake Louise, and a much needed a stop at Mirror Lake. Arriving at Lake Agnes, you'll discover a charming teahouse nestled on its shores, offering a delightful respite for weary hikers. Indulge in freshly brewed tea and delectable homemade treats while soaking in the tranquil ambiance and stunning views. 🫖

When planning your visit to the Lake Agnes Teahouse, it is advisable to bring cash with you, as it is worth noting that their card reader experiences occasional difficulties. 💶

While coffee isn't on the menu, the teahouse serves an exquisite selection of teas that are sure to please any tea enthusiast. Pair your cup of tea with their delectable sweet snacks and homemade sandwiches, creating a perfect combination for a well-deserved break. As you take in the breathtaking views surrounding Lake Agnes, the teahouse becomes an idyllic spot to catch your breath and indulge in a delicious lunch. 🥪

Please note that the Lake Agnes Teahouse tends to attract a significant number of visitors, with lines forming shortly after its opening at 8 am. To make the most of your experience, it is highly recommended to start your hike early in the morning. ⛅️

For the experienced hiker…

I recommend you continue your trek onward to the Little or Big Beehive. 🐝

You can also take the Plain of 6 Glaciers Trail Loop for another challenging route down, away from the crowds. 🧊

For those seeking a thrilling and challenging adventure in Banff National Park, venturing along the Big Beehive and the Plain of Six Glaciers Loop is a must. This exhilarating route takes you through rugged terrain, testing your endurance and rewarding you with awe-inspiring sights. As you conquer the steep inclines and navigate rocky trails, the Big Beehive unveils panoramic vistas that will leave you breathless. Continuing on to the Plain of Six Glaciers, you'll be treated to close-up views of icy giants, hearing the crackling sounds as they slowly shift and change. This challenging route is not for the faint of heart, but for those who dare to embark on this journey, the sense of accomplishment and the incredible beauty that unfolds along the way make it an experience you'll treasure forever. 🥾

Dinner - The Bison

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Reward yourself with a well-deserved dinner at The Bison Restaurant after a long and fulfilling hike. Their farm to table approach means you’ll be eating the very best the region has to offer. The menu changes with the seasons, so each time you dine with them you can try something fresh and exciting. You’re going to love the taste of Alberta! Whether you choose a bison specialty or opt for another culinary delight, you can do it on a patio built to soak in mountains views. 🦬

Drinks and Bowling - High Rollers

High Rollers Bowling & Beer Hall
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Experience a thrilling night of fun and camaraderie at High Rollers in Banff. This lively entertainment venue combines the excitement of bowling with a vibrant bar atmosphere. Lace up your bowling shoes, grab a ball, and unleash your competitive spirit as you engage in friendly matches with friends or family. Between strikes and spares, take a break and head over to the bar, where an impressive selection of craft beers, signature cocktails, and delicious snacks await. 🎳

Day Four: Moraine Lake and Lake Louise

Coffee - Trailhead Cafe

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Before exploring Moraine Lake and Lake Louise, make sure to fuel up with a warm drink and a quick bite at Trailhead Cafe. Located conveniently in the heart of the village, this charming eatery offers a perfect spot to fuel up and recharge before your outdoor adventures. ☕️

Moraine Lake via Parks Canada Shuttle

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Please note that access to Moraine Lake has changed, and personal vehicles are no longer permitted. However, there are convenient alternatives to reach this stunning destination. Parks Canada operates a shuttle service to Moraine Lake for a fee of $8 per person. I highly recommend using this shuttle service as it ensures a smooth and hassle-free experience. 🚌

It's important to be aware that tickets for the shuttle can sell out quickly, so it's advisable to book in advance as far as possible. This way, you can secure your spot and avoid disappointment. If you weren't able to secure a ticket in advance, don't be discouraged. There is a walk-up counter where you can try your luck and purchase a ticket on the day of your visit. 🎟️

The best time to visit Moraine Lake is bright and early in the morning, as it tends to be less crowded. When I went at 7:30 am, the shuttle was not yet full, and we had the privilege of experiencing the serenity of Moraine Lake with minimal crowds. ⏰

Moraine Lake Rockpile Trail
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This short but spectacular trail is the key to witnessing the iconic panorama that graces countless postcards and photographs of Moraine Lake. As you embark on the Rockpile Trail, prepare to be captivated by the crystal-clear turquoise waters framed by the towering peaks of the Valley of the Ten Peaks. The trail itself is relatively easy, making it accessible for all skill levels. Ascend the gently inclined path to reach the top of the rockpile, where a breathtaking vista awaits. From this vantage point, you'll witness the unparalleled beauty of Moraine Lake in all its glory. 📸

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To enhance your experience at Moraine Lake, consider renting a canoe from Moraine Lake Lodge. Canoeing on the crystal-clear turquoise waters of Moraine Lake is a popular activity that allows you to immerse yourself in the serenity and beauty of this iconic location. To rent a canoe, head to the Moraine Lake Lodge, conveniently located near the lake's shores. The lodge staff will provide you with all the necessary equipment, including life jackets and paddles, ensuring your safety during your canoeing adventure. 🛶

Please note that canoe rentals are subject to availability, first come first serve, and may be impacted by weather conditions. It is advisable to arrive early to secure your rental, as demand can be high, especially during peak visiting times. I recommend getting on the water as soon as they open so you can experience the tranquility of this stunning destination briefly to yourself. 🏔️

After exploring the beauty of Moraine Lake by canoe, take a moment to relax and treat yourself at Moraine Lake Lodge. This charming lodge not only offers canoe rentals but also provides a delightful spot to grab a refreshing drink and a satisfying snack. 🥨

Embark on a delightful stroll along the Moraine Lake Shoreline Trail, a scenic pathway that leads you to the mesmerizing waterfall rapids. This easy and family-friendly trail offers an accessible way to immerse yourself in the natural beauty of Moraine Lake. Reach the cascading waters and take a moment to marvel at the raw power and beauty of nature. The sight and sound of the rapids create a captivating and immersive experience that will leave you in awe. 🌊

Lake Louise via Parks Canada Connector Shuttle

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Once you are at Moraine Lake, stay as long as you choose and then take the Parks Canada Connector Shuttle to Lake Louise. Your ticket includes free trips between the two lakes, as well as a return shuttle service from either lake back to the Park and Ride when you are ready. No need to purchase any additional tickets, just hold on to the one you were given for your initial shuttle ride. 🚍

The Lake Louise Shoreline Trail is a leisurely and picturesque walk that hugs the pristine shores of one of Canada's most iconic lakes, perfect for all ages. This easy trail allows you to immerse yourself in the tranquil beauty of Lake Louise as you follow its shoreline. With its well-maintained pathway, the trail offers stunning vistas of the turquoise waters, the towering peaks, and the majestic Victoria Glacier. As you stroll along the lakeshore, take in the peaceful ambiance, and let the natural splendor of Lake Louise captivate your senses. 🍂

Dinner - The Station Restaurant

Lake Louise Railway Station & Restaurant
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Dining at Lake Louise Station offers a truly unique experience that combines history, ambiance, and exceptional cuisine. Housed in a beautifully restored train station, this charming restaurant takes you back in time to the golden age of rail travel. Dining at Lake Louise Station is more than just a meal; it's an enchanting journey through time that guarantees an unforgettable dining experience in the heart of the Canadian Rockies. 🚞

Drinks - Alpine Social (or dinner)

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Indulge in a delightful evening of drinks (and delectable cuisine) at Alpine Social, located within the iconic Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise. This sophisticated yet relaxed venue offers a captivating setting to unwind and enjoy a refreshing beverage. Whether you're in the mood for craft cocktails, fine wines, or local beers, the extensive drink menu at Alpine Social has something for every taste. Sip on your favorite libation while taking in the breathtaking views of Lake Louise and the surrounding mountains through the expansive windows. 🍷

Day Five: Goodbye to Banff

Breakfast - Juniper Bistro

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Start your day on a high note at The Juniper Bistro, where you can savor a delightful brunch accompanied by morning sun and magnificent mountain views. While perusing the menu, consider enhancing your brunch experience with a refreshing mimosa, adding a touch of sparkle to your morning. Whether you choose sweet or savory, each dish is thoughtfully prepared to tantalize your taste buds and satisfy your cravings. 🥂

Banff Upper Hot Springs

Banff Upper Hot Springs
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Located just a short drive from the town of Banff, these natural hot springs are a popular attraction for visitors seeking relaxation and stunning mountain views. Immerse yourself in the warm mineral-rich waters, which are heated naturally by the geothermal activity beneath the surface. The soothing hot springs provide a therapeutic experience, perfect for soothing tired muscles after a week of hiking. 🥾

Please be aware that the Banff Upper Hot Springs can get quite crowded, especially during peak tourist seasons. Take in the incredible views, soak in the warm waters, and let the natural beauty of the Rockies surround you, all for a reasonable price of $16. 🛁

Lunch - Magpie and Stump

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Experience a unique blend of flavors at Magpie and Stump, the ultimate destination for Mexican in the mountains. This vibrant restaurant captures the spirit of Mexican cuisine while embracing the breathtaking mountain surroundings. The menu at Magpie and Stump features a delightful fusion of traditional Mexican dishes and local ingredients, creating a culinary experience that is both familiar and exciting. 🌮

Cave and Basin National Historic Site

Cave and Basin National Historic Site
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Discover the hidden wonders of Cave and Basin National Historic Site, a captivating destination that invites you to explore the birthplace of Canada's national parks. Located in Banff, this site takes you on a journey back in time to the early days of conservation and the formation of Banff National Park. Step into the historic cave, where the warm mineral springs were first discovered, and learn about the significance of this natural wonder. Take a leisurely stroll along the scenic boardwalk, immersing yourself in the lush surroundings and tranquil atmosphere. 🅿️

Banff Trail Riders

Banff Trail Riders - Corrals
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This renowned equestrian company offers an exceptional opportunity to explore the pristine wilderness from the saddle of a gentle and well-trained horse. Whether you're a seasoned rider or a first-timer, their experienced guides will ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for all. As you meander along scenic trails, you'll be immersed in the natural beauty of Banff, surrounded by towering mountains, lush forests, and meandering rivers. 🐎

For an hour-long horseback ride that offers a delightful blend of natural beauty and captivating sights, I highly recommend the Spray River ride. This scenic adventure takes you on a journey where you can witness the majestic Bow River waterfall, crossing two different rivers along the way. As you ride, you'll be treated to uninterrupted mountain views thanks to your trusty steed. 🐴

Dinner - The Grizzly House

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Indulge in a unique dining experience at the Banff Grizzly House, where you'll find old phones adorning every table. This iconic restaurant combines delectable cuisine with a touch of whimsy, creating an atmosphere that is truly one-of-a-kind. As you peruse the dinner menu, featuring an array of mouthwatering options, pick up the phone and place your order directly with the kitchen. From sizzling hot stone cooking to savory fondue and hearty meats, the menu is sure to satisfy even the most discerning palate. 📞

Drinks - Rose and Crown

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Quench your thirst and immerse yourself in the rich history of Banff at the Rose & Crown, the oldest pub in town. As you sip on your drink, take a moment to appreciate the pub's historic charm, with its rustic decor and vintage accents. 🍺

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Banff + Banff National Park, Canada
Welcome to the ultimate 5 day itinerary for Banff and Banff National Park, where breathtaking natural beauty meets unparalleled outdoor adventures. 🏔️ Over the course of five unforgettable days, prepare to hike pristine trails, soak in soothing hot springs, savor the delectable culinary offerings that await you, and capture postcard-perfect moments at every turn. Whether you're a nature enthusiast, an adventure seeker, or simply in search of tranquility, this 5 day exploration promises to be a transformative experience in one of the world's most stunning destinations. 🧳 This itinerary includes: 🎒a detailed 5 day outline from sunrise to sundown 📸 25+ different things to do 🍽️ 15+ places to eat and drink 🗺️ interactive map Please feel free to pick and choose the activities, sights, and restaurants that intrigue you the most. Whether you prefer to embark on all the suggested adventures or customize your journey to suit your preferences, the goal is for you to create a memorable and personalized exploration of the Canadian Rockies!! 🌲 Don’t hesitate to send me an email with any questions, recommendations, and/or feedback. Enjoy your trip, safe travels!! ✈️
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Day One: Ink Pots via Johnston Canyon

Breakfast - Tooloulous

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Tooloulous breakfast restaurant in Banff is a charming culinary gem that promises to start your day on a delicious note. Nestled in the heart of Banff Avenue, this cozy and inviting eatery offers a delightful breakfast experience, with big portions and an extensive menu, leaving you with no troubles on finding something everyone will enjoy. With a menu that caters to both classic breakfast lovers and those seeking unique cajun flavors, Tooloulous ensures that every palate is satisfied. 🌶️

Johnston Canyon Trail - Multiple Levels for ALL Skill Types

Level 1 - Lower Falls (Easy)

Johnston Canyon, Lower Falls
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This easy-level trail takes you through a picturesque canyon carved by the Johnston Creek, leading you to the mesmerizing Lower Falls. The trail features well-maintained pathways and catwalks that wind along the canyon walls, offering breathtaking views of the rushing turquoise waters below!

Level 2 - Upper Falls (Easy/Moderate)

Johnston Canyon, Upper Falls
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This easy to moderately challenging trail continues to follow the Johnston Creek and leads adventurers deeper into the enchanting canyon. The trail gradually ascends, offering glimpses of smaller waterfalls and serene pools along the way until you make your way to the plunging Upper Falls!

Level 3 - Ink Pots (Moderate)

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One of my personal favorites, this is a unique and rewarding adventure for outdoor enthusiasts seeking an off-the-beaten-path experience. This moderately challenging trail takes you through lush forests, across meandering streams, and into a serene valley that reveals the hidden gem known as the Ink Pots. The trail offers a gradual to steep ascent, allowing hikers to soak in the picturesque surroundings and encounter diverse flora and fauna along the way. 🌾

As you approach the Ink Pots, you'll be greeted by a series of vibrant mineral springs that bubble up from the earth, creating small pools of mesmerizing colors. The contrast between the emerald green pools and the surrounding mountainous landscape is truly awe-inspiring. Take a moment to sit and admire the tranquility of this natural wonder, enjoying a peaceful picnic amidst the beauty of Banff National Park. The Ink Pots hike is an unforgettable journey that offers a glimpse into the unique geological features of the area, providing a true sense of wonder and appreciation for nature's wonders. 🫧

Lunch - The Balkan Greek Restaurant

The Balkan Greek Restaurant
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For a delightful lunch experience, look no further than the Balkan Greek restaurant. This charming eatery offers a delectable array of Balkan and Greek dishes that will transport you to the Mediterranean. From savory souvlaki and moussaka to crispy calamari and spanakopita, the menu is a tantalizing fusion of flavors. 🏛️

Downtown Banff

Take a leisurely stroll through the streets, meandering past delightful shops, boutiques, and galleries. Immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere as you discover unique treasures and souvenirs. Whether you fancy grabbing a cup of coffee at a cozy café, browsing through local artwork, or simply enjoying the picturesque surroundings, downtown Banff offers a serene and enjoyable retreat to cap off your day. 🛍️

Jolene's Tea House
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Clock Tower Village Mall
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The Spirit Of Christmas
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Banff Sweet Shoppe
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Dinner - The Maple Leaf

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This renowned establishment offers an exquisite dining atmosphere with a focus on Canadian cuisine. The menu showcases an array of mouthwatering dishes, ranging from succulent steaks and fresh seafood to delectable vegetarian options. Each plate is meticulously prepared with locally sourced ingredients, ensuring a delightful blend of flavors and a celebration of Canada's culinary heritage. 🍁

Drinks - Tommy’s Neighborhood Pub

Tommy's Neighbourhood Pub
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Tommy's Neighborhood Pub in Banff is a beloved local hotspot that captures the essence of community and camaraderie. With its warm and inviting atmosphere, this lively establishment offers a casual setting where friends and neighbors gather to unwind and enjoy good times. The bar boasts an impressive selection of craft beers, signature cocktails, and a variety of spirits perfect for all preferences. 🍻

Day Two: Canmore

Breakfast - Georgetown Pub

Georgetown Inn & Pub
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Step into the charming ambiance of their dining area, where rustic elegance and warm hospitality blend seamlessly. As you peruse the menu, you'll be enticed by a selection of mouthwatering breakfast options that cater to both hearty appetites and lighter preferences. From classic favorites like fluffy pancakes and eggs benedict to unique creations like smoked salmon bagels and avocado toast, the Georgetown Inn offers a culinary journey that celebrates local flavors and culinary craftsmanship. 🍳

Explore Downtown Canmore

Exploring downtown Canmore is an absolute delight, as this vibrant mountain town offers a charming blend of natural beauty, boutique shops, and cozy cafes. Discover unique artisanal shops showcasing local crafts, art galleries displaying captivating works, and outdoor gear stores ready to equip you for your next adventure. With its friendly locals, stunning mountain views, and a wide range of shopping and dining options, exploring downtown Canmore promises to be an enchanting and memorable experience that captures the essence of this charming mountain town. 🛍️

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Lunch - The Wood Restaurant & Lounge

The Wood Restaurant & Lounge
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Immerse yourself in a delightful lunch experience at The Wood in Canmore, where culinary excellence meets a vibrant and inviting atmosphere. This trendy and contemporary eatery showcases a menu that is sure to satisfy your cravings. As you step inside, you'll be greeted by the welcoming ambiance and the enticing aromas of freshly prepared dishes, not to mention the best view of impressive mountain peaks that seem to touch the sky right from the outdoor patio. The menu at The Wood boasts a fusion of international flavors, expertly crafted to tantalize your taste buds. 🍔

Explore Canmore’s Nature

Explore the trails that wind through pristine forests, offering glimpses of cascading waterfalls and panoramic vistas at every turn. Take a leisurely walk along the banks of the Bow River, where the soothing sound of rushing water and the majestic backdrop of mountains create a serene escape. As you explore downtown Canmore, let the surrounding nature beckon you to venture further, to immerse yourself in the hiking trails, biking routes, and scenic viewpoints that await just beyond the town's borders. 🌿

Canmore Engine Bridge
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Policeman Creek Trail
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Grassi Lakes Trail Head
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Rundle Mountain Bike Rental
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Riverside Trail
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Dinner (& Drinks)- The Grizzly Paw/Tank 310

Tank310 - by The Grizzly Paw Brewing Co.
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Indulge in a remarkable dinner experience at Tank310, within The Grizzly Paw Brewing Company, where mouthwatering cuisine, breathtaking views, and handcrafted beverages seamlessly come together. Situated in the heart of Canmore, this unique establishment offers an extraordinary dining experience for both locals and visitors alike. As you step into Tank310, be prepared to be captivated by the panoramic vistas of the surrounding mountains, creating a stunning backdrop for your meal. 🏔️

Ice Cream - Old School Bus Ice Cream

Old School Bus Ice Cream
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Discover the nostalgic charm of indulging in local ice cream delights at the Old School Bus Ice Cream in Canmore. This beloved local spot offers a truly unique and delightful experience that will transport you back to simpler times. Step aboard the converted vintage school bus, lovingly transformed into an ice cream parlor, and embark on a journey of sweet flavors. 🍦

Day 3: Lake Agnes Teahouse

Coffee - Whitebark Cafe

Whitebark Cafe
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Savor the artistry of coffee and tea at Whitebark Cafe, a beloved local establishment in Banff. From rich and robust espresso-based drinks to delicate and aromatic loose-leaf teas, each cup is prepared with meticulous attention to detail. The menu features a variety of single-origin coffees and a curated selection of high-quality teas, sourced right from Banff. Sit back, relax, and indulge in the cozy ambiance as you sip your chosen brew. ☕️

Lake Agnes Trail

To make the most of this experience, it is highly recommended to arrive early, allowing you to enjoy the beauty of Lake Louise before the crowds arrive. As the morning sun paints the turquoise waters of the lake, take a peaceful stroll along its shores and bask in the tranquility of the surroundings. Capture the postcard-worthy views and savor the serene atmosphere before beginning your ascent to the Lake Agnes Tea House. ⛵️

Lake Agnes Tea House
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Embark on (my personal favorite) memorable adventure through Banff National Park with the Lake Agnes Teahouse hike. This iconic trail takes you on a picturesque journey through towering forests and alpine meadows, leading you to the serene shores of Lake Agnes. As you ascend, the trail rewards you with breathtaking vistas of the surrounding mountains, glimpses of Lake Louise, and a much needed a stop at Mirror Lake. Arriving at Lake Agnes, you'll discover a charming teahouse nestled on its shores, offering a delightful respite for weary hikers. Indulge in freshly brewed tea and delectable homemade treats while soaking in the tranquil ambiance and stunning views. 🫖

When planning your visit to the Lake Agnes Teahouse, it is advisable to bring cash with you, as it is worth noting that their card reader experiences occasional difficulties. 💶

While coffee isn't on the menu, the teahouse serves an exquisite selection of teas that are sure to please any tea enthusiast. Pair your cup of tea with their delectable sweet snacks and homemade sandwiches, creating a perfect combination for a well-deserved break. As you take in the breathtaking views surrounding Lake Agnes, the teahouse becomes an idyllic spot to catch your breath and indulge in a delicious lunch. 🥪

Please note that the Lake Agnes Teahouse tends to attract a significant number of visitors, with lines forming shortly after its opening at 8 am. To make the most of your experience, it is highly recommended to start your hike early in the morning. ⛅️

For the experienced hiker…

I recommend you continue your trek onward to the Little or Big Beehive. 🐝

You can also take the Plain of 6 Glaciers Trail Loop for another challenging route down, away from the crowds. 🧊

For those seeking a thrilling and challenging adventure in Banff National Park, venturing along the Big Beehive and the Plain of Six Glaciers Loop is a must. This exhilarating route takes you through rugged terrain, testing your endurance and rewarding you with awe-inspiring sights. As you conquer the steep inclines and navigate rocky trails, the Big Beehive unveils panoramic vistas that will leave you breathless. Continuing on to the Plain of Six Glaciers, you'll be treated to close-up views of icy giants, hearing the crackling sounds as they slowly shift and change. This challenging route is not for the faint of heart, but for those who dare to embark on this journey, the sense of accomplishment and the incredible beauty that unfolds along the way make it an experience you'll treasure forever. 🥾

Dinner - The Bison

The Bison Restaurant
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Reward yourself with a well-deserved dinner at The Bison Restaurant after a long and fulfilling hike. Their farm to table approach means you’ll be eating the very best the region has to offer. The menu changes with the seasons, so each time you dine with them you can try something fresh and exciting. You’re going to love the taste of Alberta! Whether you choose a bison specialty or opt for another culinary delight, you can do it on a patio built to soak in mountains views. 🦬

Drinks and Bowling - High Rollers

High Rollers Bowling & Beer Hall
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Experience a thrilling night of fun and camaraderie at High Rollers in Banff. This lively entertainment venue combines the excitement of bowling with a vibrant bar atmosphere. Lace up your bowling shoes, grab a ball, and unleash your competitive spirit as you engage in friendly matches with friends or family. Between strikes and spares, take a break and head over to the bar, where an impressive selection of craft beers, signature cocktails, and delicious snacks await. 🎳

Day Four: Moraine Lake and Lake Louise

Coffee - Trailhead Cafe

Trailhead Cafe
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Before exploring Moraine Lake and Lake Louise, make sure to fuel up with a warm drink and a quick bite at Trailhead Cafe. Located conveniently in the heart of the village, this charming eatery offers a perfect spot to fuel up and recharge before your outdoor adventures. ☕️

Moraine Lake via Parks Canada Shuttle

Moraine Lake
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Please note that access to Moraine Lake has changed, and personal vehicles are no longer permitted. However, there are convenient alternatives to reach this stunning destination. Parks Canada operates a shuttle service to Moraine Lake for a fee of $8 per person. I highly recommend using this shuttle service as it ensures a smooth and hassle-free experience. 🚌

It's important to be aware that tickets for the shuttle can sell out quickly, so it's advisable to book in advance as far as possible. This way, you can secure your spot and avoid disappointment. If you weren't able to secure a ticket in advance, don't be discouraged. There is a walk-up counter where you can try your luck and purchase a ticket on the day of your visit. 🎟️

The best time to visit Moraine Lake is bright and early in the morning, as it tends to be less crowded. When I went at 7:30 am, the shuttle was not yet full, and we had the privilege of experiencing the serenity of Moraine Lake with minimal crowds. ⏰

Moraine Lake Rockpile Trail
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This short but spectacular trail is the key to witnessing the iconic panorama that graces countless postcards and photographs of Moraine Lake. As you embark on the Rockpile Trail, prepare to be captivated by the crystal-clear turquoise waters framed by the towering peaks of the Valley of the Ten Peaks. The trail itself is relatively easy, making it accessible for all skill levels. Ascend the gently inclined path to reach the top of the rockpile, where a breathtaking vista awaits. From this vantage point, you'll witness the unparalleled beauty of Moraine Lake in all its glory. 📸

Moraine Lake Lodge
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To enhance your experience at Moraine Lake, consider renting a canoe from Moraine Lake Lodge. Canoeing on the crystal-clear turquoise waters of Moraine Lake is a popular activity that allows you to immerse yourself in the serenity and beauty of this iconic location. To rent a canoe, head to the Moraine Lake Lodge, conveniently located near the lake's shores. The lodge staff will provide you with all the necessary equipment, including life jackets and paddles, ensuring your safety during your canoeing adventure. 🛶

Please note that canoe rentals are subject to availability, first come first serve, and may be impacted by weather conditions. It is advisable to arrive early to secure your rental, as demand can be high, especially during peak visiting times. I recommend getting on the water as soon as they open so you can experience the tranquility of this stunning destination briefly to yourself. 🏔️

After exploring the beauty of Moraine Lake by canoe, take a moment to relax and treat yourself at Moraine Lake Lodge. This charming lodge not only offers canoe rentals but also provides a delightful spot to grab a refreshing drink and a satisfying snack. 🥨

Embark on a delightful stroll along the Moraine Lake Shoreline Trail, a scenic pathway that leads you to the mesmerizing waterfall rapids. This easy and family-friendly trail offers an accessible way to immerse yourself in the natural beauty of Moraine Lake. Reach the cascading waters and take a moment to marvel at the raw power and beauty of nature. The sight and sound of the rapids create a captivating and immersive experience that will leave you in awe. 🌊

Lake Louise via Parks Canada Connector Shuttle

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Once you are at Moraine Lake, stay as long as you choose and then take the Parks Canada Connector Shuttle to Lake Louise. Your ticket includes free trips between the two lakes, as well as a return shuttle service from either lake back to the Park and Ride when you are ready. No need to purchase any additional tickets, just hold on to the one you were given for your initial shuttle ride. 🚍

The Lake Louise Shoreline Trail is a leisurely and picturesque walk that hugs the pristine shores of one of Canada's most iconic lakes, perfect for all ages. This easy trail allows you to immerse yourself in the tranquil beauty of Lake Louise as you follow its shoreline. With its well-maintained pathway, the trail offers stunning vistas of the turquoise waters, the towering peaks, and the majestic Victoria Glacier. As you stroll along the lakeshore, take in the peaceful ambiance, and let the natural splendor of Lake Louise captivate your senses. 🍂

Dinner - The Station Restaurant

Lake Louise Railway Station & Restaurant
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Dining at Lake Louise Station offers a truly unique experience that combines history, ambiance, and exceptional cuisine. Housed in a beautifully restored train station, this charming restaurant takes you back in time to the golden age of rail travel. Dining at Lake Louise Station is more than just a meal; it's an enchanting journey through time that guarantees an unforgettable dining experience in the heart of the Canadian Rockies. 🚞

Drinks - Alpine Social (or dinner)

ALPINE SOCIAL
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Indulge in a delightful evening of drinks (and delectable cuisine) at Alpine Social, located within the iconic Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise. This sophisticated yet relaxed venue offers a captivating setting to unwind and enjoy a refreshing beverage. Whether you're in the mood for craft cocktails, fine wines, or local beers, the extensive drink menu at Alpine Social has something for every taste. Sip on your favorite libation while taking in the breathtaking views of Lake Louise and the surrounding mountains through the expansive windows. 🍷

Day Five: Goodbye to Banff

Breakfast - Juniper Bistro

The Juniper Bistro
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Start your day on a high note at The Juniper Bistro, where you can savor a delightful brunch accompanied by morning sun and magnificent mountain views. While perusing the menu, consider enhancing your brunch experience with a refreshing mimosa, adding a touch of sparkle to your morning. Whether you choose sweet or savory, each dish is thoughtfully prepared to tantalize your taste buds and satisfy your cravings. 🥂

Banff Upper Hot Springs

Banff Upper Hot Springs
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Located just a short drive from the town of Banff, these natural hot springs are a popular attraction for visitors seeking relaxation and stunning mountain views. Immerse yourself in the warm mineral-rich waters, which are heated naturally by the geothermal activity beneath the surface. The soothing hot springs provide a therapeutic experience, perfect for soothing tired muscles after a week of hiking. 🥾

Please be aware that the Banff Upper Hot Springs can get quite crowded, especially during peak tourist seasons. Take in the incredible views, soak in the warm waters, and let the natural beauty of the Rockies surround you, all for a reasonable price of $16. 🛁

Lunch - Magpie and Stump

Magpie & Stump Restaurant
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Experience a unique blend of flavors at Magpie and Stump, the ultimate destination for Mexican in the mountains. This vibrant restaurant captures the spirit of Mexican cuisine while embracing the breathtaking mountain surroundings. The menu at Magpie and Stump features a delightful fusion of traditional Mexican dishes and local ingredients, creating a culinary experience that is both familiar and exciting. 🌮

Cave and Basin National Historic Site

Cave and Basin National Historic Site
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Discover the hidden wonders of Cave and Basin National Historic Site, a captivating destination that invites you to explore the birthplace of Canada's national parks. Located in Banff, this site takes you on a journey back in time to the early days of conservation and the formation of Banff National Park. Step into the historic cave, where the warm mineral springs were first discovered, and learn about the significance of this natural wonder. Take a leisurely stroll along the scenic boardwalk, immersing yourself in the lush surroundings and tranquil atmosphere. 🅿️

Banff Trail Riders

Banff Trail Riders - Corrals
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This renowned equestrian company offers an exceptional opportunity to explore the pristine wilderness from the saddle of a gentle and well-trained horse. Whether you're a seasoned rider or a first-timer, their experienced guides will ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for all. As you meander along scenic trails, you'll be immersed in the natural beauty of Banff, surrounded by towering mountains, lush forests, and meandering rivers. 🐎

For an hour-long horseback ride that offers a delightful blend of natural beauty and captivating sights, I highly recommend the Spray River ride. This scenic adventure takes you on a journey where you can witness the majestic Bow River waterfall, crossing two different rivers along the way. As you ride, you'll be treated to uninterrupted mountain views thanks to your trusty steed. 🐴

Dinner - The Grizzly House

The Grizzly House
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Indulge in a unique dining experience at the Banff Grizzly House, where you'll find old phones adorning every table. This iconic restaurant combines delectable cuisine with a touch of whimsy, creating an atmosphere that is truly one-of-a-kind. As you peruse the dinner menu, featuring an array of mouthwatering options, pick up the phone and place your order directly with the kitchen. From sizzling hot stone cooking to savory fondue and hearty meats, the menu is sure to satisfy even the most discerning palate. 📞

Drinks - Rose and Crown

Rose & Crown
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Quench your thirst and immerse yourself in the rich history of Banff at the Rose & Crown, the oldest pub in town. As you sip on your drink, take a moment to appreciate the pub's historic charm, with its rustic decor and vintage accents. 🍺

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