Banff is a bustling tourist location all year round, though the fall and spring are a little slower than usual. If you're looking for some hidden places in Banff to whisk you away from the noise, we've got you covered.Less
Why You Need To Go: If you're not a fan of crowds but you love nothing more than skiing or snowboarding, hitting up some slopes at Norquay after nightfall might be your new favourite activity. For far cheaper than day rates, you can ski down illuminated runs or hit the park in the calm of nighttime.
Why You Need To Go: Masala is a hidden gem in Banff that you won't soon forget about once you've tried it. The delicious Indian cuisine, welcoming atmosphere and unbelievably friendly staff will have you going back for more sooner than you think.
Why You Need To Go: Countless people take the gondola up to the top of Sulphur Mountain to check out the beautiful view from the top and grab a drink or a bite to eat at the restaurant. If you're looking to do something a little different and dodge the crowds, why not do the 13-kilometre trek up the backside of the mountain?
Why You Need To Go: Wild Flour is a bakery and café that's a daily staple for locals. Though there may be a lineup from time to time, it's just because locals are devoted to that fresh bread, those delicious baked goods and the unreal coffee.
Why You Need To Go: What many people don't realize is that The Rose & Crown has a beautiful rooftop patio that overlooks Banff Avenue and the stunning Rocky Mountains. We know, it's not always patio season in Alberta, but it's worth knowing about on those surprise sunny days.
Why You Need To Go: Every Thursday night locals flock to the Royal Canadian Legion in Banff to play bingo, drink beer, and maybe walk away with a little extra cash in their pocket. Don't knock it 'til you try it — it's a ton of fun.