To get the most out of Banff in a day, you’ll want to start bright and early. Lucky for you, Wild Flour Bakery, in the heart of Banff, is open as early as 7am, 7 days a week. This local delight of a bakery has a variety of breakfast foods, perfect to supply you with the energy you’ll need to conquer your adventure-filled day in the mountains. Perhaps you’ll enjoy your morning coffee with a buttery almond croissant, or maybe you’d rather indulge in a savory breakfast panini. Regardless of what you choose, I recommend not sleeping on their maple walnut twist.
Johnston Canyon & Lake Louise
Now that your stomach is full, head over to Johnston Canyon, located just a shy 30min drive away from downtown Banff. Here you’ll be able to enjoy one of the most famous and breathtaking hikes that takes less than 2 hours to complete. (If you’re willing to spend a bit more time on this hike and want some Instagram worthy pictures, I recommend finding the “secret cave” which is located between the Lower and Upper Falls along the trail).
If the pictures in Johnston Canyon weren’t enough to drop jaws, then get ready for the views of Lake Louise! After another half-hour drive, you’ll find yourself in one of the most gorgeous places that this world has to offer. If you’re feeling adventurous and have some extra cash to spend, go ahead and rent a canoe for a once in a lifetime experience and take in the views of this beautiful lake by literally paddling through it. Once you’re hungry, head on over to Lakeview Lounge where you can continue to take in the stunning scenery as you dive into some bison ravioli.
End you day off with a bang – Gondola & Hot Springs
After a 40-minute drive back into Banff, enjoy a ride in the famous Banff Gondola while you travel up Sulphur Mountain. Pop a few more pictures before you head on over to the Upper Hot Springs.
Take some time to enjoy a well-deserved rest in the comforts of the hot springs. For dinner, I’ll let you choose between a dinner with another gorgeous view at the Sky Bistro (don’t forget to make reservations!), or head back into the heart of Banff and try out some exotic meats and unique dishes at the Grizzly House. If you’re like me and have a sweet tooth, don’t forget to grab yourself a famous BeaverTail in downtown Banff. The end of a perfect day in Banff, with the perfect Canadian dessert.
Author: Tasnim Hannah