I am feeling so refreshed and recharged after spending a week in Alberta. What a beautiful place! Our 8 days definitely weren't enough, but long enough to find some killer views and probably the best butter chicken I've ever had. So without further ado, here's my Banff/Calgary area travel guide. Enjoy and leave any questions in the comments below!
WHERE TO STAY - CANMORE
For this trip, we actually stayed in a friend's family condo in Canmore (which is unfortunately not available to rent to the public) and it's the perfect place to stay. Just 20 minutes from Banff, but way less touristy, Canmore is an adorable city with a bunch of restaurants and a super cute ski village vibe, just like Banff but less expensive.
WHERE TO HIKE
Here is a list of hikes to choose from on your trip:
Big Beehive (at Lake Louise)
ACTIVITIES - THINGS TO SEE
Lake Louise (especially at sunrise)
Vermilion Lakes at sunset
Takakkaw Falls (BC)
Emerald Lake (BC)
Natural Bridge (BC)
Dinner/drinks at the Fairmont Banff
Shopping in Banff
WHERE TO EAT
Although our plan was to save money by buying our own groceries and making lunches, some days we just felt like eating out. Here are my suggestions of places to eat:
The Grizzly Paw Brewing Company - Canmore - they have a great selection of beers and great food. I recommend trying the fried cauliflower as an appetizer (it's seriously good) and
Red Rock Pizza - Canmore - omg the True North pizza (double pepperoni and maple bacon) is to die for. I think the maple bacon speaks for itself.
Spice Hut - Canmore- an Indian restaurant that serves the best butter chicken I've ever had. You can select your spice level: no spice, mild, medium, medium-hot, hot. The portions are actually super generous so you can easily get 1 butter chicken, 1 rice and 1 naan to share between 2 people for only
Fairmont Banff - Banff - we loved the food. definitely on the pricier side, but come on, it's the Fairmont what do you expect ;) The highlight for me what the Wagyu beef carpaccio and the dumplings. And the place is absolutely beautiful, kind of like a real life Hogwarts.
Alforno Bakery and Café- Calgary - very cute spot to grab a drink to go and walk around town, the decor is cute and the drinks are delicious!
PD3 BY BLAKE - Canmore - A pop up food truck area in Canmore that serves fusion food. The prices were super reasonable and the food was amazing. Think fusion tacos and some of the best fries I've ever had.
All in all, it was an amazing trip and I highly recommend. And if any of you have questions or extra recommendations, leave them in the comments below!! :)