Banff Journals

Mountain Hospitality: Dining and Lodging in Banff

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A December 2008 trip to Banff by callen60

Storm Mountain Lodge Photo, Banff, Alberta More Photos
Quote: Restaurants and more from our week-long anniversary trip in the snowy Canadian Rockies.

Storm Mountain Lodge

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Hotel | "Anniversary Retreat"

Storm Mountain Lodge Photo, Banff, Alberta
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Even though our household division of labor typically assigns 100% of the trip planning to me, my wife found this place. We were working on lodging for the week in the Rockies, having briefly considered a package tour that would have taken us to all the Canadian Pacific Hotels (now owned by Fairmont). "What about this?", she asked, looking at the web site for this historic lodge, located up Highway 93 on the way to British Columbia. It seemed rustic but comfortable, remote and still accessible, and with a good restaurant to boot. But we stuck with our first plan and booked three nights over our anniversary at the Chateau Lake Louise, figuring such a celebration only comes once. But when, despite their...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 7, 2009

Storm Mountain Lodge
PO Box 3249
Banff T1L 1C8
(403) 762-4155

Maple Leaf Grill

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Restaurant | "Best Dining in Banff"

Maple Leaf Grill Photo, Banff, Alberta
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We debated among three comparably priced and well-reviewed restaurants for dinner on the night of our anniversary. Nothing is too far apart in Banff, so we walked by each of them, examined the menus, peeked inside them all, and eventually settled on the Maple Leaf Grille. I’m glad we did. In addition to our mini-tour of restaurants, one of those mandatory hotel-room tourism books helped tip the scales towards the Maple Leaf. In between the glossy photos, mostly useless articles, and copious ads was a one-page feature with eight top chefs' opinions about the best places to go, best food, best presentation, etc. No one named their own restaurant, but most named Maple Leaf Grille....Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 18, 2009

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

Coyote's Deli and Grill

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Restaurant | "Southwestern Banff?"

Coyote's Deli and Grill Photo, Banff, Alberta
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Not surprisingly, real estate in Banff must be at a premium. Like most other places we saw in town, the tables at Coyote’s were crowded together in a density unusual in most locations. But both locals and visitors gather here amiably enough, in a long narrow space that brings a touch of the southwest to the Canadian northwest. While in Banff, we took to asking folks at museums and shops for recommendations on where to eat. Two people in a row named this place, so we tracked it down about a block west of Banff Avenue.We opted for a seat at the counter instead of a sizable wait for a table. That was a fortuitous decision, as we watched the kitchen staff work at quickly and efficiently assemb...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 1, 2009

Coyote's Deli and Grill
206 Caribou St
Banff, Alberta T0L 0C0
+1 403 762 3963

Evelyn's Coffee Bar

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Restaurant | "Cozy Local Coffee Bar"

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Towards the end of our stay, we were looking for another quick, local option for lunch. Several Banff residents recommended Evelyn’s, which comes in the original incarnation at 201 Bear Street, Evelyn’s Too a half block south at 119, and Evelyn’s Again a block west at 229 Bear Avenue. All three feature baristas ready to prepare your favorite beverage alongside a fresh baked good or one of several tasty sandwiches. The only drawback is the limited seating, which consisted of four tables or so at both Banff Ave. locations. We walked north to the original Evelyn’s hoping to find more tables, and managed to score one. Since they were at a premium, we ended up sharing it for an ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 1, 2009

Evelyn's Coffee Bar
201 Banff Ave
Banff, Alberta T0L 0C0
+1 403 762 0352

Cake Company Cafe

Restaurant | "Nice Rewards for Early Risers"

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In between nice dinners at places like Crazyweed Kitchen and Maple Leaf Grille, we needed to let our stomachs and wallets recover. The morning of our anniversary, we headed into Banff to find a quick breakfast before a ride up Sulphur Mountain on the Banff Gondola. We pulled into town around 8:45, with nothing but blue sky overhead. Things are still pretty sleepy that early, even on a perfect winter morning, but a largely local crowd was already gathering at Cake Company Cafe on Bear Avenue—about the only sign of activity we found in town.This coffee bar and bakery is just inside a small indoor mall (an arrangement that’s pretty common in Banff), with the baked ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 2, 2009

Cake Company Cafe
220 Bear Street
AB T1L
(403) 762-8642

Bill Peyto's Cafe

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Restaurant | "Good Option in Lake Louise"

Bill Peyto's Cafe Photo, Lake Louise, Alberta
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Despite its worldwide reputation, Lake Louise is a small place. It consists of, well, the lake and accompanying institutions (the Chateau, dominating the eastern shore, and Deer Lodge up the road a bit). The village is several miles away, along the railway, and largely consisting of Sansom Mall, which holds about a dozen businesses. Dining options are really, really limited, and for those not looking to drop a fortune on a meal, Bill Peyto’s Café is your best option—nearly your only option—and also a good one.Don’t let its location in the Lake Louise Youth Hostel scare you off. For starters, this is a really nice looking hostel; and secondly, the restaurant is very good. It’s located in th...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 3, 2009

Bill Peyto's Cafe
203 Village Rd.
Lake Louise
(403) 522-2200

The Castle Photo, Banff, Alberta
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This is the place that created Banff. Well, this and the railway, and the railway made this place. After the Hot Springs were discovered in 1883, the Canadian Pacific began planning to create a reason for passengers to ride its new trains. "Since we can’t bring the mountains to the people", reasoned President Cornelius Van Horne, "we’ll bring the people to the mountains."At first thought, it seems that they chose an unusual location for this huge brick castle. It’s not close to the railway, the hot springs, the Bow River, or Lake Minnewanka, or even (for the first few decades) ‘downtown’ Banff. But it is perfectly nestled in among the mountains, at the intersection of the valleys, with bea...Read More