At Norquay, the Cascade Lodge is at the foot of the mountain with fine views and hearty food. At Sunshine, we would recommend The Sunshine Village Inn at mid-mountain for the best shepherd's pie in Alberta, the Western-style Mad Trapper's Saloon, and the Chimney Corner Lounge. In Banff, we like Coyote's, which serves deli-style food and has a decent wine list. For fine dining, the Beaujolais and Classico restaurants in the Rimrock Hotel are hard to beat, but the opulent Banffshire Club restaurant has to take top honors, not least in terms of price, try Giorgio's (Italian) and The Maple Leaf (Canadian).
Excellent choice of over 45 varied restaurants.
There is little après-ski in Sunshine or Mount Norquay, but Banff is lively. For a little grandeur, a visit to the Banff Springs Hotel can ease aching limbs. The large bar serves an impressive whisky list, and when weddings are on in the Baronial Hall, it can turn into quite a party. The Rose 'n' Crown in town pours a decent pint of Guinness for its young party crowd, whilst other recommendations include the Barbary Coast bar and grill, the St James Gate Irish pub, Wild Bill's, and the Loose Moose Bar and Grill, at the top of the village and a third of the way up the main ski run! For those who fancy some wildlife, the "Outabounds" nightclub has plenty, but the sophisticated clubber may prefer the Aurora's cigar lounge.
A massive choice includes arranged canyon walks, snowmobiling, ice-skating and tobogganing. There are many shops and stores selling everything from trappers' furs and local Indian crafts to state-of-the-art ski clothing and equipment.
Last Updated: Mar 2012