7 Things to Do in Banff Springs

1. Bow Falls

Bow Falls is located in the backyard of the Fairmont Banff Springs. If you're in Downtown Banff and want to go for a light hike, Bow Falls is just a short 5-minute walk away. 

Bow Falls
Banff National Park
Alberta, Canada

 bow falls

bow falls

2. Downtown Banff

Downtown Banff is lined with tons of restaurants, bars, and shops. Take a stroll and enjoy some Canadian cuisine. 

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3. Park Distillery

Park Distillery is a distillery, restaurant, and bar located in Banff National Park. They offer a free distillery tour daily at 3:30 pm. 

Park is also great lunch spot; try the rotisserie chicken. 

Park Distillery Restaurant and Bar
219 Banff Ave
Banff, AB T1L 1A7, Canada

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4. Vermilion Lakes

The Vermilion Lakes are a series of lakes located a short 5-minute drive from Downtown Banff. Vermilion Lakes consists of three lakes formed in the Bow River valley. 

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5. BeaverTails

BeaverTails is a chain store, but it's a novelty. Think Nutella covered pastry topped with fruit or candy. Stop by for a quick snack or dessert. 

BeaverTails
120 Banff Ave
Banff, AB T1L 1E7, Canada

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6. Banff Upper Hot Springs

After a long day of hiking, take a soak in Banff Upper Hot Springs. The water flow consists of 100% natural mineral water. Banff Upper Hot Springs is commercialized, but it's the closest one in vicinity to Downtown Banff. 

Feeling adventurous? You can rent a historic swim suit for $1.90. 

Soak Fees:

  • Adult (18-64): $7.30 CAD
  • Youth (3-17): $6.30 CAD
  • Child (Under 3): Free
  • Senior (65+): $6.30 CAD
  • Swimsuit: $1.90 CAD
  • Towel: $1.90 CAD
  • Locker: $1.00 CAD

Banff Upper Hot Springs
1 Mountain Ave
Banff, AB T1L 1K2, Canada

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soak fees

 historic swim suit

historic swim suit

 banff upper hot springs

banff upper hot springs

7. Cave and Basin National Historic Site

Cave and Basin National Historic site is the birthplace of Canada's national parks. Start your visit with a Discovery Tour, and then explore the historic architecture, bubbling mineral waters, and underground cave.

Cave and Basin National Historic Site
311 Cave Ave
Banff, AB T0L 0C0, Canada

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cave

 cave and basin national historic site

cave and basin national historic site