Fall Travel Tips

Travel Tips

We are excited to share some of our favourite spots, activities, patios and other fun things to do and see in Banff. Make the most of your upcoming stay by booking a spa visit or sightseeing trip in advance and receive great discounts!

Feature Restaurants

Travel Tip Keg Happy Hour

Feature Happy Hour: Keg Steakhouse & Bar located at the Caribou Lodge & Spa

It’s the happiest hour of the day. Or the happiest couple of hours. Maybe even a little bit longer. Raise a glass -or two!- at the Keg Steakhouse & Bar located in the Banff Caribou Lodge & Spa. You bring the company, we will provide daily cocktail specials and a great experience. Pop by, or click here to book a table.

Pacini Restaurant

Feature Patio: Pacini Restaurant at The Moose Hotel & Suites

Love, authenticity, creativity, family, generosity, humor. Traditional or Italian, gourmet or balanced, for business, with friends, as a couple or the whole family, at Pacini your are welcomed and served with a friendly smile.

Pacini Restaurant offers an exclusive all-you-can-eat Bread Bar®. Choose from our variety of breads and Pacini margarines, and enjoy the tantalizing aroma and taste of toasted bread on the grill! Love the food, love the people.

This location is open for indoor and outdoor dining, as well as take-out. To make a reservation, please book your table online or call the location directly. Walk-ins accepted when available. For more dining options, please click here. Buon Appetito!

The Meatball Pizza & Pasta

Feature Patio: The Meatball Pizza & Pasta at The Banff Ptarmigan Inn

Want to make that vacation feel linger just a little longer? Dine with friends and feel at home at the Meatball Pizza & Pasta!

Their open kitchen prepares flavourful pasta dishes, stone-hearth oven thin crust pizzas, tantalizing meat and vegetarian entrees and a variety of house made appetizers and delicious desserts! The menu even offers a variety of glutenfree Italian favorites!

This location is open for indoor and outdoor dining, as well as take-out. To make a reservation, please call the location directly. Walk-ins accepted when available. For more dining options, please click here.

The Keg Steakhouse + Bar Downtown Banff Patio

Feature Patio: The Keg Steakhouse + Bar Downtown Banff

On the main street of Banff, you will find first-class restaurants, bars, and shops, as well as a vibrant range of art galleries, museums and even a bike valet. Whether you are looking for a short break with a cup of coffee and a big slice of Billy Miner Pie, or if you simply want to take a chance to treat yourself to a steak dinner while in Banff, no celebration is too small for the Keg Steakhouse & Bar in Downtown Banff! Say Cheers on their Banff Avenue outdoor patio, enjoy your Keg favourites and take in the breathtaking views of the Rockies. Well done.

This location is open for indoor and outdoor dining (patio seating until Sunday, September 19, 2021 – weather permitting). To make a reservation, please book your table online or call the location directly. Walk-ins accepted when available. For more dining options, please click here. See you soon!

Things To Do

Travel Tips Lux Cinema

Lux Cinema

Grab a fresh bag of popcorn, your favorite box of candies, and a tall cup of soda! Lux Cinema is the perfect way to keep yourself entertained in the town of Banff. With four screens always showing the newest features, you won’t have to dodge spoilers from your friends.

This September check Marvel’s latest block buster Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings. For our current show times check out the Lux Cinema website.

Meadow Spa + Pools

Spas of Banff

Treat yourself to a little refresh. Indulge in a massage, relax with a facial, and enjoy a blissful afternoon in the hot pools. Visit the Red Earth Spa located in the Banff Caribou Lodge, or the Meadow Spa + Pools in the in the Moose Hotel & Suites.

Services include massages, body treatments, facials, nail services, waxing and couples packages. Their peaceful relaxation lounges and hot pools complete your spa escape, allowing time and space to relax and rejuvenate.

Visit their website for more information.

Eureka Escape Room Adventures

Eureka Banff

I give you riddles; I give you clues. I am an activity people love; an intellectual adventure. I am suitable for both friends as well as families. What am I?

Eureka Escape Room Adventures is a fully immersive interactive puzzle room where you will need to work with your team to complete an objective in under 1 hour to win. You will need to figure out the puzzles in order to complete your task. Communication within your team will be critical and a variety of different skills will be needed.

Time is ticking! Book your Escape Room Adventure online.

Into the Outdoors

Travel Tip Larch Valley

Feature Hike: Larch Valley and Sentinel Pass

Banff in September is a magical time. Climb above Moraine Lake into an extraordinary larch forest with breathtaking views of the Valley of the Ten Peaks. This unparalleled trail amongst the larch trees allows you to soak up snow-capped mountains and rainbows of gold. Experienced hikers can carry on, up steep switchbacks to Sentinel Pass.

Hike the popular Larch Valley or Sentinel Pass and see the fleeting fall foliage for yourself! Make sure to check the Banff National Park Trail Report prior to departure for current trail conditions.

Cascade Ponds Picnic

Feature Picnic: Cascade Ponds

It’s like being in a Bob Ross painting… Surrounded by “happy trees,” “almighty mountains” and “fluffy clouds”, Cascade Ponds is a popular day use area, and with plenty of picnic benches and firepits it’s a great place to enjoy a picnic. Let the kids play around, paddle the pond, or wander the trail around the area.

Cascade Ponds is located just off the Lake Minnewanka Scenic Road. Be sure to pre-order a gourmet picnic box from Alpha Bistro, you will pass this on your way from Downtown Banff to Cascade Ponds.

Parkway to Pint

Parkway to Pint

It’s the ultimate outdoor summer activity to do with your family or friends. Grab your bike, or rent one from Ultimate Sports, and begin this biking challenge along the Bow Valley Parkway (Highway 1A.) This road has been partially closed to vehicles from Banff to Castle Junction, making it one of Canada’s most memorable & scenic bike routes.

A 58 km ride takes you right to the quieter side of Lake Louise, at the Summer Gondola. Show the servers your activity and receive a free swag bag including a can of beer and a Parkway to Pint t-shirt!

Until September 19, 2021. Find more information on the event on the Lake Louise Summer Gondola website.

Travel Tip Banff Marathon

Banff Marathon

The most beautiful run on the planet! The Banff Marathon, Half Marathon and 10K offers one of the most incredible and beautiful running experiences. This is Canada’s only full marathon in a National Park, Canada’s first National Park.

Starting in the picturesque mountain town of Banff, participants will pass by amazing National Park sights including the serene Vermilion Lakes and stunning Bow Valley Parkway. The trek will also travel alongside the Bow River and over Banff’s famous bridges finishing to cheering crowds in Banff’s downtown Central Park.

September 12, 2021. For more information check out the Banff Marathon Website

Travel Tips Melissa's Road Race

Melissa’s Road Race

The Tradition Continues. Melissa’s Road Race is one of Canada’s most historic and popular running events. Melissa’s Road Race features a 5k, 10k and Half Marathon on sensationally scenic routes in and around Banff National Park and routinely sells out. Since 1979, Melissa’s has been described as a colourful display of sport and fun in Banff National Park – famous for its entertainment along the course, contagious spirit, post-run party and long-sleeved commemorative running shirt featuring local art.

September 25, 2021. For more information check out the Melissa’s Road Race Website

Tunnel Mountain Reservoir Picnic

Feature Picnic: Tunnel Mountain Reservoir

You are coming to Banff. Maybe you are out on a scenic drive, or you rented bikes from Ultimate Sports… Then you come along a perfect picnic spot with the most scenic mountain vistas. Luckily you were prepared and you have a picnic lunch with you! The stunning view of Mount Rundle is the backdrop to this popular spot on Tunnel Mountain. Spread a blanket out on the field while the kids play, and unwind with snacks and nibbles!

For more picnic spots and directions, please see your Front Desk, we are always happy to help you plan your adventure.

Getting Around

Plan Ahead

Explore like a Local

As Banff becomes a more pedestrian and cycle friendly destination, and Lake Louise implements a parking management plan, the best way to experience Banff National Park will be to plan ahead!

Visit explorethepark.ca for up to date information on parking, transit, access and shuttles to Lake Louise and Moraine Lake, and the best ways to explore without your vehicle.

Our Reservations Department is always available to help with your plans this summer season, contact us at 1 (800) 563-8764