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Banff activity "check list"

  
  
  

Summertime has finally arrived in the Rockies. The season is short so we must cease the blue sky days and enjoy the sunshine. Banff is a unique place as a small town surrounded by a gigantic playground with endless outdoor escapes. Stumped on what activities you’d like to tackle this summer? Here’s a bucket list of ideas for around Banff to accompany the adrenaline seeker to the bird-watcher.

Fun things to do in Banff National Park

- Rent a canoe and paddle the Bow River.

- Bike the Banff/Canmore legacy trail.

- Hike Sulphur Mountain, and experience the same views without the gondola cost.

- Explore the “Gateway to the Rockies” exhibition and others at the Whyte Museum.

- Play a round of golf at the Banff Springs golf course.

- View western Canada’s oldest natural history museum at the Banff Park Museum.

- Take a picnic out and start a fire at the Cascade Ponds or Johnson’s Lake.

If you’ve been busy sweating through the up- and down-hills, experiencing spectacular mountain views and encountering wildlife, it's time to rest and put your feet up. Here's a list of patios where you can relax in sunshine, unwind over a pint of beer or refresh with a glass of white wine:

  1. Timber’s patio
  2. Banff Brewing Company
  3. The Juniper bistro & lounge
  4. The Saltlik
  5. Elk and Oarsman patio

Having fun in Banff National Park

If you’re feeling good and energy levels are high, Banff also has a great night life scene - any day of the week.

Monday: Chuck Rose at the Rose and Crown www.roseandcrown.ca

Tuesday:  Greek night at the Balkan restaurant www.banffbalkan.ca/greek-night

Wednesday: Open mic night at Bruno’s; country line dancing lessons at Wild Bills www.wbsaloon.com

Thursday: Live music at Melissa’s bar upstairs www.melssteak.com

Friday: Fish bowl Friday’s at Hoodoo Lounge, with featured dj www.hoodoolounge.com

Saturday: Dancing Sasquatch www.banffsasquatch.com

Sunday: Considered Banff’s “locals” night check out Aurora nightclub www.aurorabanff.com/

From the outdoors to the night life, Banff hosts something for everyone. Time to get out there and enjoy friends, family and whichever activity you decide to do. Cheers to a memorable summer 2012!

Comments

Awesome info Angela! Makes me want to come to Banff for a week and do everything you suggest. I will definitley keep this list in my back pocket for when friends come to visit and want to know what to do in beautiful Banff. THANKS!
Posted @ Wednesday, August 08, 2012 4:48 PM by Ellen Slaughter
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