Today we’re exploring Banff National Park, the oldest and most well-known national park in Canada. There’s so much to see and to here and this article, we’re highlighting things to do when you’re on a trip for two. Whether you’re looking for a romantic weekend getaway or planning a simple date night, Banff has a ton to offer. These are 10 Date Spots to Check out in Banff National Park.
The Town of Banff has everything you’d need in a resort town: boutiques, souvenir shops, and restaurants. If you’re driving, make sure to use their parking app for real-time updates. You’ll also find various accommodations in town and for this visit, we’re staying at Moose Hotel and Suites – a new upscale 4-star property that provides a warm & relaxing getaway just a few blocks away from Downtown Banff.
The hotel features traditional rooms and suites that have kitchenettes and everything you’d need for a comfortable stay. There’s also an indoor poor, two roof-top outdoor pools and, for further pampering, there’s Meadow Spa
Meadow Spa + Pools offers a full range of services and access to a private outdoor hot pool.
If you’re interested in learning more about how Canada’s national parks came to be, Cave and Basin National Historic Site is the place to start. Various trails and boardwalks guide you through the hot springs and mountains that form the birthplace of Canada’s first national park. And, you can also visit Canada’s first hotel.
There are too many spots in Banff to take in views and enjoy a picnic lunch but our favourite is Two Jack Lake. You’ve got water, a perfect view of the mountains, and of course, some friendly wildlife. Depending on the season, you can also hike, fish, dive, and camp on one of the secluded camp sites.
For a casual dining experience, check out Coyote’s – serving healthy creative cuisine with a southwestern flair. We tried the Mediterranean and Smoked Salmon pastas, they were made fresh and delicious.
For something more upscale and decadent, visit the Juniper Bistro, tucked away a few minutes from Downtown. The view and the menu here are sure to impress – from from squid to duck to Alberta beef, its high-quality handcrafted cuisine, made from scratch with a menu that changes seasonally. The restaurant also offers an incredible view with outdoor seating available seasonally.
With boardwalks and observation decks at an elevation of over 2,000 m, Sulphur Mountain is the perfect spot to take in the incredible beauty of the Rocky Mountains. You can also learn more about the history of Banff and Sulphur Mountain at the Above Banff interpretive centre, which also houses two spots to eat: Northern Lights Cafe for more casual fare, and Sky Bistro – a sanctuary in the sky.
The menu at Sky Bistro features the unique flavours of Canada with regionally-sourced local meats, produce & ingredients – and some of the highest panoramic views in town.
After an afternoon of exploration, wind down at Cedar & Sage, a massage therapy and relaxation spa hidden away in Downtown Banff. It’s actually Banff’s only holistic lounge and in addition to a wide range of treatments, they offer nutrition consultations, yoga classes, and a juice bar. It’s a great spot to recover after a long day of exploration.
You can’t visit Banff without making a stop into Lake Louise – one of the most iconic spots in Canada. Canoe rentals are available during the summer months and during the winter, the iconic turquoise lake freezes over but the mountains are just as breath-taking.
Block Kitchen + Bar serves up a tapas menu inspired by Asian and Mediterranean flavours, as well as some pretty cool cocktails. It’s a very intimate space with limited seating, so you’ll want to make sure that you book a table in advance. Make sure to try the bison, and bring your appetite because the portions are pretty big, even to share.
Those are just some of the date spots to check out in Banff National Park but there are obviously a ton more. Check out the following posts for even more recommendations if you find yourself in Alberta: