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Banff activity "check list"

Posted by Angela Widmer on Wed, Aug 08, 2012

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

Tuesday:  Greek night at the Balkan restaurant

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

Thursday: Live music at Melissa’s bar upstairs

Friday: Fish bowl Friday’s at Hoodoo Lounge, with featured dj

Saturday: Dancing Sasquatch

Sunday: Considered Banff’s “locals” night check out Aurora nightclub

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!

Tags: Adventure Travel, For Fun, Banff