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Breakfast

  • Our Buffet breakfast is available from 7:30 am until 11:00 am and includes:
    • Home made loafs, freshly baked croissants, a good variety of hot and cold cereals, fruit juices, whole wheat bread, hard boiled eggs, a basket of fruit, yogurt, and bread.
  • In addition, coffee, tea and hot chocolate are always out and available to guests in the lounge / guest kitchen.
  • As a special treat, we serve cookies in the afternoon.

Guest Kitchen/Lounge

  • Our fully equipped guest kitchen/lounge is available daily from 8:00 am to 9:00 pm for the preparation of light meals and snacks.
  • You are welcome to come and enjoy coffee and cookies in the afternoon. It’s fun to socialize with other guests from around the world. We also have a small library with pocket novels, a selection of books on Canada, and a few games.

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Justin and Terrell’s top tips to do within 2 kms of the Inn

We are biased of course but we like to think we have the best location in all of Banff. Here’s why:

Nearby activities all within walking distance:
  • Walk to Bow Falls- walk down Muskrat and take the pedestrian bridge across the Bow river. Take a left and follow the path, which takes you up and down a few stairs to the breath taking view. (1.3 kms)
  • Tunnel Mountain Trail head (1.1 kms). If you want to do a quick and yet rewarding hike with spectacular views of the town of Banff and the river valley, we recommend Tunnel Mountain. Want to know why it’s called Tunnel Mountain…ask our friendly staff!
  • Banff Canoe Club (750 m). As the famous Canadian Author Pierre Berton once said “A true Canadian is one who can make love in a canoe without tipping it”. Joke’s aside, rent a paddle board or canoe and paddle along Vermillon Lakes, you will not be disappointed.
  • During the winter: Don’t drive to the ski hills, take the buses to Norqway, Sunshine or Lake Louise. The bus pick up is 150 m away (1.5 blocks to the west of the Inn) in the public parking lot on Caribou Street between Beaver St and Banff Ave.
Restaurants and nearby amenities:
  • Walk to Banff Ave’s restaurant and shopping area-  The Starbucks on the corner of Banff Ave and Caribou is at the heart of the action. We are a short two block walk west along Caribou (250 m)
  • Banff Brewing Co for local beer (400 m)
  • Numerous steakhouses within 500 m to try Alberta’s famous beef
  • If steak isn’t your thing, there many other options for local dinning. Talk to our staff for their local favourites.
  • If you’d like to cook your own meals (we have a guest kitchen and fridge for your convenience), Nester’s Market (Grocery Store) is only 400 m away.

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Summers in Banff are amazing. Banff offers stunning panoramas in a rough but easily accessible mountain scenery. “Being here feels like living in a postcard”. The intensive emerald to dark blue colours of our lakes make Banff one of the premier National Parks worldwide, a Unesco Heritage site as well as a world-reknown mountaineering centre … or simply a great place for lovers of the outdoors.

You can rush and see the “Must Sees” in two days but there is so much more to discover ….

In terms of day planning our area can roughly be divided into three day-long visits: Kananaskis Country Provincial Park, Banff plus Kootenay National Parks and Lake Louise plus Yoho National Park.

Don’t skip Banff as this is a real town with lots of sightseeing to do and an amazing Town Centre with museums, shops, excellent restaurants, cozy places to relax and have a drink or spend an evening in our cinema. Banff is right in the National Park, the logical place to stay for all excursions.

Most of our guests are here to visit our impressive sites in the 3 National Parks. Many of the areas of interest are in easy reach from parking spaces and there is a well maintained trail system as well as washrooms. They can be explored on horseback, canoe, mountain bike or even raft. Wildlife can be seen just outside of Banff (and sometimes in Banff when predators are closing in). A great place to see wildlife is the famous Stanley Thompson golf course, one of the premier golf courses in the world. The scenery is just gorgeous and animals love the minerals they add to the greens. For golf lovers, there are 4 golf courses around Banff.

Not all panoramas are close to the road and some involve a short hike.

A scramble or scrambling means that you need your hands and feet to hold on to the rock or mountain (to avoid a fall). A scramble is a light exciting form of climbing a mountain done without any roping up, a step down from high mountain climbing. The scales of scrambles go from “easy to moderate to difficult”, difficult means that you need some climbing experience to feel safe as it can be “really” airy. Most mountain summits around Banff involve some easy to moderate scrambling.

This is a real mountaineering and climbing community and you might be able to meet some of Canada’s most re-known mountaineers anywhere in town or attend one of the presentations of their latest exciting trips. Don’t forget to attend the Banff International Mountain Film and Book Festival in November to get some insider stories from the world highest peaks or amazing adventure trips from all around the world.

A neat way to discover Banff is by mountain bike as most of the sites to visit in and around Banff are in easy reach.

Banff is also known for conferences and meetings in a fabulous environment. We are located centrally, walking distance from the most popular conference places and City Centre. Our lodge is a century old Banff landmark and all other important historic places are located in our area, as well as our 3 Banff museums and the reknown Banff Centre for the Arts.


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The best places to snowshoe

  • Cascade Mountain: Starting from Mt Norquay ski area from the last ski lift the trail goes to the river and to Cascade Amphitheatre. Here we usually keep our right and make our way to the ridge of Cascade Mountain following it to the highest point which is the third summit.
  • Paradise Valley: After following the cross country trail to Moraine Lake for 3 km the trail enters the forest at the first parking lot. Just keep in mind there is hardly any sun in this valley and can get really cold. Remember this is prime bear country if you shnowshoe end of Season.
  • Paint Pots: a classic in Kootenay National Park, flat and easy but beautiful.
  • Chester Lake: Kananaskis. A great trail leads to this fantastic valley and if you snowshoe out of the tree line the amazing panorama of Burstall Pass will be “stone through away”.
  • Along Bow River: From the golf course the trail goes into the forest and follows Bow river to Canmore, nice, easy, flat.
  • Sulphur Mountain back side: A great one specially on a cold day as there will be sunshine to the top of Sulphur Mountain. The most daring snowshoeers will try to walk down underneath the gondola. Enjoy.
  • Aylmer Lookout: Great views on beautiful Lake Minnewanka. First you walk along the shoreline before the trail heads up to this view point.
  • Healy Pass: This is the trail with the most beautiful panorama as a reward. Takes a full day and 20 km, but it is really popular and there is no need for trailbreaking. Start at the parking lot and walk to the other side of the Gondola to find the trailhead. After one km the trail leaves the ski area and enters the forest.
  • Red Earth Creek: A long trail through the forest on a fire road but rewarding. The lake and Mt Ball rising out of the lake are fantastic.
  • Chickadee Valley: A beautiful valley in Kootenay National Park, reknown for its great backcountry ski slopes (avalanche corridors).
  • Sunshine Village: Take the gondola to Sunshine Village and walk to the plateau for amazing views.
  • Burstall Pass: Kananaskis. Walk into a “postcard”. A great trail but be aware of avalanches.

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The best locations to cross country ski.

  • Spray river loop – Starting behind the Banff Springs Hotel it leads through a beautiful valley on both sides of a stream. 5-11 km
  • Lake Minnewanka road trail – Half of the Minnewanka Loop is closed in Winter and becomes a groomed cross country trail 5-10 km
  • Cascade fire road – Leads on an old fire road into the backcountry behind Cascade Mountain 10-20 km
  • Mt Rundle east side trail – From the trailhead you will traverse the famous Banff golf course before following Bow River through a great forest trail to the Canmore Nordic Centre. 10-20km
  • Mt Norquay loop – This is a more adventurous trail starting at Mt Norquay at the last ski lift you will ski down to the river before taking a sharp turn left on the forty mile creek trail and left again to complete the loop. This trail is not groomed. 10-15km
  • Red Earth Creek  – A fire road leads through a great area to Shadow Lake Lodge and back or ski to Egypt Lake Shelter 28-35km
  • Johnston Canyon – Start from Moose Meadows and make your way to the Inkpots and Mystic Lake 10-30km
  • Sundance Canyon or Healy Creek – From the Cave and Basin this beautiful trail follows Bow River to Sundance Canyon or even further through the woods to Brewster Creek 10-24km
  • Bow River – In the middle of Winter the Bow River is frozen and skiable.
  • Johnson Lake – A small beautiful lake in the Lake Minnewanka area.
  • Lake Minnewanka – A great lake to ski on 5 to 30 km
  • Moraine Lake road – One of the many roads which are groomed and skiable 14 to 28km.
  • 13. Lake O’Hara
  • One of the most rewarding ski trails to a great panorama. 11 to 30 km depending if you continue to ski on Lake O’Hara as well.
  • 14. Lake Louise loop and Paradise Valley
  • A great ski out beautiful views on high mountains which create this valley. 18 to 30 km. The valley can be accessed as well from Moraine Lake road. Look for the trailhead into the woods at km 3
  • 15. Takkakaw Falls and Little Yoho Valley
  • A long day out if you ski to the many frozen waterfalls at the end of this valley. 20 to 38 km. The tracks are groomed to the switchbacks but normally there are tracks to the end of the valley as this is a popular ski out via Stanley Mitchell Hut from the Wapta icefields.
  • 16. Emerald Lake
  • A short and easy ski on and around the lake 4 to 9 km
  • 17. Skoki Lodge
  • A very rewarding but difficult ski out because of the steepness of certain slopes. 2 mountain passes will have to be crossed on the way.

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Cold weather and lots of snow makes ski touring and ski-mountaineering an unforgettable experience. In comparisons to other destinations there is less humidity and water in the snow making it light and fluffy. Ice does not form until very late in the season end of May making it an absolute pleasure looking for deep powder snow descents. Early in the season the snow pack shows lots of “facets” below wind slaps adding their share of avalanche danger. Skiing beginning of season is tricky as these facets will hardly support your skis and you will sink deep into the snow pack risking to hit rocks or other obstacles. Beginning of season, you will have to choose your ski trip carefully.

Your best bet for great descents in awesome snow will be January to June.

  • Burstall Pass offers a great destination with a beautiful panorama and exciting jojo skiing. The approach is slightly longer 8km and on the trail back there is a 4 km flat bit before reaching the final ski run to the car. Burstall Pass is great for skiers where the beauty of the trail is important as well as jojo skiing on some great slopes.
  • Black Prince is a very popular jojo ski destination with lots of exciting tree skiing on a short approach. This is a slope where avalanche risk is really low and safe skiing even on high avalanche risk days is possible as most of the skiing is done at or below tree line off avalanche paths.
  • Tent ridge is an exciting short approach ski slope with a nice ski down.
  • Birdwood-Smuts traverse is a longer traverse offering more beauty than downhill skiing.
  • Chickadee valley is a short approach from the car. Avalanche risk is high as you will be skiing west facing avalanche slide paths on Boom Mountain. Park your car at the Fireweed parking lot and cross the street. There are two amazing slide paths and a big bowl at the end of the valley. The second slide path is steeper offering an exciting ski down. We skied it on a “moderate” avi day and it was one of the best skiing experiences.
  • Healy Pass is my favourite destination for a long ski out 10 km with a great panoramic view. The slopes are lower and there are two exciting and fast bits on this 1 metre wide trail back to the car where you will have to take every precaution not to crash into any trees. Avalanche risk is low and this one can be done even early or late in the season.
  • Taylor lake is a medium long approach with an exciting fast and painless descent to the car. The lake is nice and there is the option to ski into Moraine lake area making it a bit day out.
  • Mt Hector is an exciting mountain with a glacier and great skiing. Because of avalanche risk and one avalanche path on the South side of Mt Andromache which is unavoidable Mt Hector should be attempted early in the morning. Avalanche risk should be moderate to considerable maximum. Just a few minutes from the car is the crux with high avalanche danger where you should decide to return if necessary. To access the ridge just underneath the glacier there is a possibility to ski up a potential avalanche slope or avoid it by walking up a neighbouring windblown moraine. This slope later on will be one big highlight. After this slope is a 300 metre wide avalanche path from Little Hector with cornices. The glacier is really easy with low crevasse risk. Some people might need the security of a rope and crampons or ice axe to go to the very top. Skiing is fabulous and the views are stupendous.
  • Dolomite Circuit goes around the Dolomite Peaks with an exciting little hill to jojo. There is a parking lot to the right of the street. The views on these peaks are great and the valley is beautiful. Follow the creek on the right creek bed and when the hill is getting steeper cross and head to this wall to the front. The other side of this mountain is more of a mixed up and down terrain until you head to the woods. Try to ski as much to the right as possible as once on the street unless there are two cars you will have to walk at least 3 km back to the parking lot.
  • Observation Sub-Peak is a nice perfect area for jojoing you can do the summit but don’t need to go all the way up. Park your car at the Bow Summit parking lot, cross the street and ski through the big meadows to your right.
  • Bow summit is a really popular jojo hill where avalanches can be easily avoided. It is one of the bigger hills with at least 6 exciting downhill areas. The ski slopes are short but exciting specially on the left side. Stay below tree line until you reach the humps to the South on this hill as the right side is avalanche prone. If the conditions are right you can without any worries check out the right side as well but keep in mind that it might be quite cross loaded.
  • The Wapta Icefield’s Peyto hut area is a really big playground for ski mountaineerers. First you cross Peyto lake, keep right and walk up the big moraine by diverging slowly to the South. There is some ski hurling involved. Another possibility which is not recommended is going through the canyon in the South. Finally the glacier will be in front of you . On its South side is the hut, in the North West is Mt Baker a great skiable mountain. Climbing up Mt Baker from the car parking is feasible but a very long day. South of Baker are the two Rhondas (S and N), to climb Rhonda N, go over the pass and approach from the Western slopes. Rhonda S can easily approached from the South.
  • The Wapta Icefield’s Bow hut area has the easiest approach from Bow lake, keep slightly North to go around a bit of moraine, climb up through the forest and enter the canyon. Now follow the drainage to the big bowl in front of you. Avalanche risk exists in the canyon from both walls and later on after exciting there is a big avalanche slope to cross. Once in the bowl, you will be exposed to cornice falls and avalanches from Mt St Nick and Mt Olive. As the hut is so central Mt Rhonda S, Mt St Nick, Mt Olive and Mt Gordon can easily be climbed.

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The best of Banff

We suggest planning enough time in the area to visit Lake Louise, Johnston Canyon including PaintPots, Marble Canyon, the Hoodoos, Lake Minnewanka and to take the Gondola up to Sulphur Mountain. And if you think taking the Gondola is too easy you could try snowshoeing up the west side of Sulphur Mountain along Cosmic Ray Road, and coming back down underneath the Gondola line itself. You can also visit the Cave and Basin or visit Banff’s landmarks and view wildlife in their natural winter habitat on a trademark sightseeing tour. Take time to discover Lake Louise, the Icefields Parkway and of course Kananaskis Country with the most amazing views of this area. At the end of your day, don’t forget to visit the Mineral Hot Springs for a nice, hot soak in the outside 37 degree hot mineral pool.We have hiking and street maps at the lodge and we can give you many recommendations about the different activities available to fully enjoy the National Park. The various Icewalks (Johnston Canyon and Grotto Canyon) are a great way to travel through wildlife habitat, ancient rock art, unusual rock formations, and icefalls. Or how about a leisurely sleigh ride or dog sledding tour through the Bow Valley and Spray Lakes? What about a once-in-a-lifetime ice fishing adventure? Just imagine walking to your heated hut across a solid base of ice covered crystal snow to start off a fishing frenzy to last a lifetime. And for those who prefer to defy the conventional tours, you may always experience the grandeur of the Canadian Rockies in style with a range of Heli-Tours to have you soaring to new heights above the mountain tops of the Goat and Sundance ranges or even to Mt. Assiniboine Glacier known as “The Matterhorn of the Canadian Rockies.” Or, if you time it right you may be able to experience a “truly” Canadian adventure by joining a bus bound for a fast paced, action-packed NHL Hockey Game to cheer on the Calgary Flames at the famed Calgary Saddledome.

For those who prefer their adventure a little more hands-on, why not descend into Rat’s Nest Cave on Grotto Mountain with a highly trained, internationally experienced guide who will lead you through twisting passageways on a natural history tour to large chambers, mineral formations, animal bones and fossils. Experience the thrill of snowmobiling through the mountains and forests of the Kicking Horse. Snowshoe to Paradise Valley, Healy Pass or to the Paint Pots to see firsthand some of the clothes, tools and techniques used by Banff’s indigenous people. Join us for some crazy snowshoeing on Cascade Mountain or around Sulphur Mountain or some Ice Climbing on Cascade Mountain, Bourgeau, the Professor Falls, Tokumm Pole, Grotto Falls, Johnston Canyon or the Weeping Wall or simply test your skills at staying alive in the wilderness with an afternoon Winter Survival mini-course at the tranquil Vista Lake.

Yet let’s not forget the three ski areas, tons of snow (average 8 meters) and a November through May ski season. Norquay, Banff’s original ski area, is where locals go when they should be working and is located just north of downtown Banff (33 runs). Sunshine Village, just 15 minutes west of Banff, is straddling the Continental Divide (107 runs). Lake Louise, located 45 minutes west of Banff town site, is Canada’s largest single ski area and has been awarded “best scenery, steeps, terrain park and new off-piste tour” (139 runs). All three areas are easily accessible with shuttle service to and from downtown Banff (1.5 minute walk). For those who prefer to take it to the next level, don’t forget that we can help arrange a once-in-a-lifetime Heli-ski/boarding tour which allows the intermediate and advanced skier/boarder to access wide open alpine slopes, scenic glaciers and gladed forests dusted with annual snowfalls or a ski mountaineering tour on the Wapta Icefields or other exciting ski mountaineering tours.There are more than 60 km of cross country trails around Banff and Canmore, these are some ideas for cross country skiing in this area: The road to Moraine Lake, to Lake O’Hara, The Redearth Trail to Shadow Lake, the road going into Yoho Valley, the Cascade Valley trail in Lake Minnewanka area, the loop around Rundle to Canmore and back. If you want to experience winter on backcountry skies: the Sundance Pass Trail in combination with the Spray River Trail or simply the Spray River Loop, the Elk Summit Lake Trail, the trail from Jonston Canyon back to Banff – Norquay, Paradise Valley or to Skoki Lodge and back.

If you need equipment, we can always get you set-up with a 15% discount on equipment rentals. And for those who leave their snowsuits behind to make room for more souvenirs, don’t worry, we can get you a discount on those as well!

While we know that many of you are coming to Banff to experience a truly “Canadian” winter, we recognize that some of you may be here for more than just the thrill of playing outside in the snow. For those guests, as well as for those days when the weather may not be “cooperating,” one can find an array of activities off the slopes to keep you busy for days on end. Shop at the Cascade Plaza or the historic shops lining the halls of The Fairmont Banff Springs. While you are there you could always try your hand at Canadian 5-pin bowling or perhaps you’d prefer to try a neon blacklight game. Maybe you’d like to take in a movie downtown at the Lux Cinema or visit one of Banff’s many museums and art galleries such as the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies, the Buffalo Nations Luxton Museum, or the Banff Park Museum. Or for the more active, how about a visit to the Banff Centre where you can try out the indoor climbing wall, take an aerobics class, hit the gym, swim laps or go for a soak in the hot tub. If yoga and a massage is more to your liking you can easily find a spot to balance the spirit and indulge in a little rest and relaxation.

In the evenings, you can enjoy the many restaurants, pubs and entertainment venues. At Wild Bill’s Saloon you can even try your hand at calf roping, line dancing or simply enjoy live country music. One of our favorite restaurants is the “Saltlik”, for the best steak in Banff. We and many of our guests agree it is one of the best steakhouses we have ever tried. There are many restaurants offering all kinds of worldly cuisine: we recommend “Giorgio’s” for Italian, the “Balkan” for Greek, or “Coyotes” for healthy southern cuisine. There are many Chinese and Japanese restaurants as well, and even a Sushi Train. And for truly Canadian fare, we recommend the “Maple Leaf” with its beautiful lodge style surrounding and exquisite dining experience or “The Elk and Oarsman” for a lively yet cozy atmosphere.


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Where to go, what to do?

Banff is the jewel of the Canadian Rockies. We suggest planning enough time in the area to visit Lake Louise and the Teahouses, Moraine Lake and Larch Valley (in September this valley is covered in yellow larches surrounded by ten snow-covered mountain peaks), Johnston Canyon (but don’t miss out the magic of the Inkpots as many people do), and the Minnewanka Loop (3 lakes, each more beautiful than the other. If you are lucky Mt Rundle is mirrored in Two Jack Lake).

One of Banff’s main tourist attractions, the Gondola, takes you to the top of Sulphur Mountain, or, for the more adventurous, you can hike up one side of Sulphur Mountain and down the other. An amazing but less well known Canyon is Marble Canyon. Here you can learn the history of the Ocre Beds and Paint Pots and, at the Fireweeds, why fire is so important for the Park. You can also visit the Cave and Basin (the site of the founding of the National Park) and walk around the Marshlands and Fenlands to observe wildlife, or visit the Upper Hot Springs for a dip in the mineral pool. The impressive Bow Falls are just behind the Banff Springs Hotel, a National Historic Site you can visit for free . . . unless you decide to treat yourself to a cocktail at the fabulous Rundle Lounge with its million dollar view.

We have hiking and street maps at the lodge and we can give you many recommendations about the different trails and activities to fully enjoy the National Park. The Glacier Trail will take you to impressive lakes, canyons, mountains, waterfalls and the famous Columbia Icefields. Should you be “into” glacier hikes you can visit Stanley Glacier (5km) and why not hike up to Bow Glacier (7km) or Peyto Glacier (10km). One of the very best hikes to see glaciers is going on the “Iceline” in Yoho. If you are a hiker looking for an adventurous, lasting and significant experience in the wild Rocky Mountains, we recommend the guided hikes in the Yoho Valley (Takakkaw Falls) or to Stanley Glacier or the Plain of 6 Glaciers with views of Lake Louise and Victoria Glacier and the infamous Death Trap. Amazing, but longer hikes into the backcountry take you to Healy Pass and the Monarch Remparts, Harvey Pass and, if you continue to the top, Mount Bourgeau. We also like to hike up Cascade Mountain via its grand natural Amphitheatre. For great views and steep slopes we particularly recommend the roundtrip via Cory Pass and Edith Pass. Paradise Valley via Lake Annette is exciting as well (the name tells it all) or ghost hunting via Halfway Hut to Skoki Lodge.

If you rent a car, I would definitely visit Kananaskis Country (where they filmed Brokeback Mountain, and Grizzly Falls and Inception)

via the dirt road please, as this is not your car and this is the second most beautiful road after the Icefields Parkway. Stop at Chester Lake or hike closer to Mt Assiniboine (the Matterhorn of the Rockies) for a great picture opportunity.

If you are lucky you might even be able to visit Lake O’Hara, a valley more beautiful that Lake Louise and Moraine Lake taken together. Unfortunately, you cannot go by car and admittance is limited. You will need a bus ticket. Good luck; they sell like The Rolling Stones concert tickets!

One of the most awesome panoramas with glaciers, meadows, lakes and mountains is from Helen Lake. Speaking of meadows, the Sunshine Meadows are world renown with over 250 different flowers or hike to Helen Lake or Niles Meadows.

Experience a high of adrenaline bagging some of the Park’s famous “scrambles” to exciting Mountain Peaks. We recommend Mt Norquay, Mt Cory, Pilot Mountain, Storm Mountain, Mt Whymper, Mt Niles, Cascade Mountain, Castle Mountain, Mt Temple, Cirque Peak.

There are also canoe trips, horseback riding, quads or white water rafting. What about a morning or evening wildlife safari? Whether you prefer hiking, climbing or mountain biking, in and around Banff there are trails to suit every level of experience.

Banff also has a very active cultural scene, with museums, art galleries, and many cultural events. The “Banff Centre” is world renowned for its exhibitions and performing arts. In the evenings, you can enjoy many restaurants, pubs and entertainment venues. At Wild Bill’s Saloon you can enjoy live country music. There are also many shopping opportunities with quaint shops and cafes. One of our favorite restaurants is the “Saltlik.” We and many of our guests agree it is one of the best steakhouses we have ever tried. There are many restaurants offering all kinds of worldly cuisine: we recommend “Giorgio’s” for Italian, the “Balkan” for Greek, or “Coyotes” for healthy southern cuisine. There are many Chinese and Japanese restaurants as well, and even a Sushi Train. And for truly Canadian fare, we recommend the “Maple Leaf”.

We are booking agents for “Discover Banff Tours”, “Holidays on Horseback”, “Rockies Rafting. We can arrange to book tours with them or other adventure companies.

Check out the “Blue Mountain Lodge Facebook” page for more stories and suggestions, also accessible from our Home Page. Just make your choices and we will take care of the details.


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Mountain biking is a great way to discover Banff’s sites and the scenic trails of the backcountry.

  • The Legacy trail is connecting Banff to Canmore and is one of the most accessible bike routes in this area.
  • Minnewanka loop is a scenic on paved road trail travelling at the foot of Cascade Mountain, passing by Johnson lake and the old mining town of Bankhead.
  • The Spray river trail is an easy backcountry fire road trail which goes as far as Kananaskis Country. Drive downhill to Canmore and either come back along the Bow River or bike back on the Legacy Trail
  • Sundance Canyon is a great place to bike to through beautiful sceneries and a visit to the Canyon.
  • Red Earth Creek fire road is leading to scenic Shadow Lake. If you have some time, leave the bike and do the loop to Egypt lake and back to the bike “parking”.
  • Bike the 1A to hike to Cory Pass or Johnston Canyon or even reach Lake Louise by bike through this wonderful scenery.
  • Bike the Fenland trail and visit the Vermillion Lakes.
  • Visit Bow Falls, the golf course, the Banff Springs Hotel by bike
  • Bike to the Hoodoos around Tunnel Mountain and find your way through the maze of biking trails east of the Hoodoos to return to Banff.
  • Bike the artificial and technical trails of the Nordic Center
  • Bike the best of the best the trail on Lake Minnewanka shoreline.

Ask our staff for more details!


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  • Cascade Mountain is a great scramble. Drive up to Mt Norquay ski hill and hike to the last ski lift. Find the trail which goes to the river, go over the bridge and hike up to the natural amphitheatre. From here go to the end of the wood to your right and start climbing on the ridge. Follow the ridge and go around the 3rd summit and the false summit to the real summit from which you will have a fantastic view into the valley and lake Minnewanka.
  • Mt Cory is a steep beautiful scramble where some route finding is involved as you will have to take the correct “rib” on this mountain, easy on the way up but difficult to find on your way down. Selecting the wrong one may be fatal. As I got lost 3 times the first time I climbed up I built a couple of cairns at strategic places. The trailhead is on the 1A in a small parking area to the right side of the road coming from the Fireside area.
  • Mt Edith trailhead is at the Fireside parking, from here walk South for a couple of hundred metres until you hit the trail to the Cory and Edith Pass to your left. Mt Edith are 3 summits which offer great scrambles in chimneys and one tunnel.
  • Mt Rundle trailhead is at the golf course after crossing the Spray river. Once in the woods look for a trail to your left going straight up. The second summit is the highest one and as the slope gets steeper look for a drainage to your right which can be followed to the top.
  • Eiffel Peak is an easy scramble from Larch Valley. While hiking in Larch Valley look for the easiest way to go up the ridge on your left. At the most logical place there is a trail crossing a small stream before ascending the ridge. The trail is straightforward and easy to follow. There has been a fist canine ascent a couple of years ago but the view from the top is worthwhile the visit.
  • Mt St Piran From Lake Agnes Teahouse go towards the Little Beehive, just before the last ascent is a trail going North. Follow this trail.
  • Mt Chester is one of the most exciting scrambles in Kananaskis. The views from the top are just stunning. At Chester lake look back for the big avalanche corridor between the summit and a small hump. On top of this pass follow the ridge by avoiding steeper terrain by circumventing to your right.
  • Nigel Peak From Sherbrook lake the trail leads to the meadows and up a small hill North of this bowl. Follow the ridge looking for the pinnacle West of the mountain, from there it is just an easy walk to the summit. Exciting views on the Wapta and Waputik icefield.
  • Helena Ridge is an easy scramble on the inside of Castle Mountain. As the second highest peak it offers great views and easy way finding.
  • Cirque Peak is a great easy scramble with a fantastic view on Bow Lake and the Wapta Icefield. There is a popular parking lot before arriving to Bow Lake, follow the trail into extensive meadows. Walk from Helen Lake to the ridge and from there it is just an easy hike stepping on the face going straight up Cirque Peak. The last 15 metres are a scramble.
  • Observation Peak trailhead is just opposite Peyto lake parking lot, walk the small street until it turns and there will be a logical trail going into the forest, this trail follows the drainage for a while before leading to a rock band with a little bit of exposure. The rest of the trail is logical and the real summit is just behind the sub-summit.
  • Mt Carnarvon is one of the best scrambles in the Park. Walk to Hamilton lake an climb up the logical ridge to your left after crossing the drainage. From here the most exciting scramble is following the ridge line until around 100 metres from the summit cairns indicate a traverse to the left and straight up the mountain again.
  • Pilot Mountain is a nice exciting scramble. Follow the trail to Shadow lake until you reach a bridge after roughly 50 minutes. Follow the drainage to the rock band and traverse to the right on this ridge. Look for a big part of the mountain which separated from the main rock, the scramble is in between and once you run out of handholds look left for a small passage. Don’t forget this area as it is essential for your way back. The trail goes east and after traversing a potentially frozen snowfield (ice axe) and a couple of cliff bands summit.
  • Storm Mountain would be an exciting scramble if it were not for the long howl over burned logs and stumps. Park your car at the fireweeds parking lot an walk east for 700 metres, find a way through the adjacent forest until you can follow a drainage. The left side of the drainage is the better choice until you enter a valley and have to find your way through a big bolder field. Approach the summit from the left side.
  • Mt Whymper is a nice scramble starting at a big avalanche corridor North-East of the fireweeds parking lot. The scramble is straight forward and exciting.
  • Mt Norquay is a great scramble with an easy approach from Mt Norquay parking lot. Walk to the highest point and to the drainage. Locate the blue ribbon just underneath the top of the waterfall for later on. Head left and start scrambling. Continue on the ridge to the first summit and to the second summit. Circumvent to the right in case of dangerous spots. A fall from the way to the third summit might be fatal and should only be attempted in very good snow free conditions.
  • Grassi Mountain Park at the goat creek big parking lot to your right after the smaller lakes, cross the street and follow the reservoir for a while until a trail leads into the woods following a drainage. After going around the corner look for a cairn and a steep trail to your left. The rest of the trail is straightforward and easy.
  • Ha Ling Peak Park at the goat creek big parking lot to your right after the smaller lakes, cross the street and start going up this easy peak.
  • Squaw’s Tit Park at Harvie Heights and look for the drainage to the left of the mountain. Follow the ridge. The last bit is an exposed scramble the easiest approach is from the East.
  • Mt Temple, starting from Larch Valley and Sentinel Pass Mt Temple is an easy but long one. The crux is well marked and if there is snow and you have one or two ice axes and crampons you can go through the chimney or alternatively climb up the 4 metres of exciting rock with good hand and footholds. The rest of the trail is easy and as long as you stay close to the ridge where there is less scree really enjoyable.
  • Mt Niblock starts at the popular Lake Agnes Tea House. Walk around the house and go deep into the valley to climbers right. Climbing up along the waterfalls is really nice and the shoulder between Mt Whyte and Mt Niblock is easy reachable. The beautiful ridge to the real summit is very enjoyable. If the Weather is fine you can also access Mt Whyte from this saddle depending on your experience.
  • Mt Wilcox is a great summit just above the Information Centre on the Columbia Icefields with beautiful views on Mt Andromeda and the big glacier. We started at the nearby campground and reached Wilcox pass in no time at all.