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Breathtaking Banff

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A May 2006 trip to Banff by jenandfrank

Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel Photo, Banff, Alberta More Photos
Quote: Words can not describe the natural beauty that awaits you in the Canadian Rockies.

Maple Leaf Grill

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Maple Leaf Grill Photo, Banff, Alberta
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Located on the corner of Banff Avenue and Caribou Street is this very ski-lodge looking restaurant. Serving pan-Canadian cuisine with floor to ceiling windows, maple colored wood and a warm feeling inside and out. We found the staff to be very friendly from the hostess to the waiter. The bar is off to the right and there are two dining areas; to the left and upstairs. The bar area is set up almost like a lounge with lots of seating, windows, and TVs behind the bar. After being seated we were served some delicious olive oil and balsamic vinegar to dip an assortment of warm bread in. The tables were fairly plain, keeping with the theme of the restaurant, resort casual. The menu was a nice s...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 2, 2006

Maple Leaf Grill
137 Banff ave
Banff, Alberta T1L
(403) 760-7680

Saltlik

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Saltlik Photo,
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Saltlik is broken into two parts; the "Lik Lounge" and the restaurant. The lounge is plain old sports bar on the main floor with lots of TVs, a few tables, large bar and scantily dressed women serving the masses. Sort of like Hooters with the wait-staff being comprised of young pretty girls dressed in belly shirts and short skirts, serving all men. Happy hour in the lounge is from 5pm-2am, which is the longest happy hour I have ever heard of. The restaurant upstairs has a hip mountain lodge atmosphere with vaulted wood ceilings and a huge wood burning stove with a copper hood in the center of the floor. There are booths on the perimeter with dark wood tables in the center of the room, all spaced v...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on July 2, 2006

Saltlik
221 Bear St
Banff, Alberta
(403) 762-2467

Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel

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Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel Photo, Banff, Alberta
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Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel - 405 Spray Avenue, Banff. Alberta, Canada (403) 762-2211Wow! Driving up to this historical landmark is nothing short of amazing. The Fairmont is located in Banff National Park, about an hour and a half (80 miles) from Calgary airport. This hotel has a Scottish-castle appearance and is certainly an incredible sight. I am not sure what kind of building constitutes a castle but the Fairmont Banff Springs sure looks like one. Every guide book refers to it as a "Castle-like" structure; as far as I’m concerned - it’s a castle! Built in 1888 by the Canadian Pacific Railway, the hotel’s construction basically marked the beginning of "tourism" in Banff. Now add to t...Read More

Casual Dining - Banff Springs, Canada

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Lynx Street Photo, Banff, Alberta
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Athena Pizza & Spaghetti House – 110 Banff Avenue, Banff – (403) 762-4022Since we spent the day sightseeing we wanted to go somewhere that was casual and had good pizza for dinner. We had heard about Giorgio's but when we asked the concierge he insisted Athena's. We asked two of the valet staff and they agreed, so Athena's it was. It's about a 2 minute drive from the Fairmont, serving deep dish, "Chicago-Style" pizza. Located right on Banff Ave, on the right side, upper level of the mall near the clock tower. With a diner-esq atmosphere; plastic table clothes, old wood chairs with plastic covered cushions, carnations on the table, etc. Low-budget, local place, some people might call...Read More

Eden Restaurant

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Eden Restaurant  Photo, Banff, Alberta
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Eden - Rimrock Resort Hotel, 100 Mountain Avenue, Banff – 403-762-1865 or www.rimrockresort.comLocated on the same street as the Banff Gondola is the Rimrock Resort, a quaint, understated hotel. The Rimrock is part of the Leading Hotels of the World and judging by Eden - deservedly so. Upon arrival, we were escorted to the restaurant by the valet and referred to by last name all evening long. Very relaxed atmosphere within a very quiet hotel - we even saw a Caribou grazing on the property. The elegant lobby has a fire place, some plush sofas, coffee tables, chairs, etc; basically a living room. The restaurant has heavy velvet draperies with la...Read More

Notes & Thoughts Part 1 - Banff Springs

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Johnston Canyon Photo, Banff, Alberta
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Banff Gondola – 403-762-2523 or http://www.banffgondola.comThe gondola is something we felt we had to do if for nothing else but to get a bird's eye view of the park. We were not disappointed. The views atop Sulfur Mountain are absolutely gorgeous. Definitely a photo op. Located 5 minutes from the center of Banff on the cusp of Sulphur Mountain. The charge is 23.50 CAD/adult and 11.75 CAD/children 6-15 and the ride takes about 10 minutes each way. Yes, I agree- very expensive for such a short ride but really a must do. Each "car" holds 4 people safely but if you go off season, like we did, they send you up in couples. It's a pretty steep ride u...Read More

Notes & Thoughts Part 2 - Banff Springs

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The Three Sisters Mountain  Photo, Banff, Alberta
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Ice Field ParkwayThis is a stretch of road between Banff and Jasper, considered one of the world's most scenic drives, located just west of Lake Louise. It is a two hour drive from Banff Springs. Once at the Columbia Ice Fields, it is another hour to Jasper. It is along this parkway that you will see all kinds of wildlife – that is if you pay attention and drive safely. We saw a grizzly bear and words can not describe how exciting it was. He was huge!!!! (See picture) The bear, it seemed, could care less about the 20 or so tourists jumping up and down, shaking their heads in disbelief and franticly snapping pictures - no more than 200 ft away. If you see a few cars pulled to the side of the ...Read More