Before I had even arrived in Calgary I knew I had to pay a visit to the tiny town of Banff Springs. Surrounded by mountains on all sides and full of charm, this little spot has plenty to offer for visiting tourists! Banff Springs was one of the highlights of my trip. I had my first ever plate of Poutine and sampling of the famous Canadian dessert known as a Beaver Tail here!
The famous Grizzly House Steak & Cheese Fondue restaurant is located on Banff Ave in downtown Banff. This is one of the busiest and most popular places to grab a bite to eat here, so you’ll want to call ahead to make a reservation. Other great options include Earl’s Kitchen and the Squish Sandwich Cellar. I tried my first ever Poutine here, and topped it off with a Skor Bar Cheesecake flavored Beaver Tail.
After lunch we hopped back into the car and drove up to the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel. I was so excited to finally see this beautiful hotel in person. Call it a modern day Hogwarts, this enormous stone castle known as the “Castle in the Rockies” has been open for more than 125 years. Turns out there is no great way to take a picture of the entrance, but hopefully you can get a sense of scale from the photos.
Another great spot to visit off of the Banff Springs exit are Lake Minnewanka and Two Jack Lake, a quick and beautiful drive from downtown. We drove through the windy back roads and pulled off into the parking lots at each spot to take pictures and admire the amazing views. Some of the best spots on this trip were off the beaten path, and this was definitely one of them! I hope you enjoy the photos!