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The Real Banff / Published: Sun, 08/19/2018 - 11:56

5 Must-try Food Experiences in Banff & Lake Louise

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Say the words Banff and Lake Louise and the reaction you’ll most likely get is “Those mountains are beyond epic.” And rightfully so. They really are something else. But dig a little deeper and you’ll soon see that Banff and Lake Louise is about more than what you can see here. 

We’ve put together a list of five amazing food experiences that let you work your way through the incredible scenery and some of the best dining you’ll find anywhere on the planet. 

1. Eat The Castle Food Tours

Why try one amazing restaurant at the world-famous Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel when you can try four?  Experience an exclusive (and guided!) two-hour culinary tour featuring the best in food and wine, all while learning about the rich history of this iconic landmark hotel. It’s a one of a kind gourmet experience in a one of a kind setting. 

2. CMH Heli-tours

Whether you’ve been tearing up the slopes heli-skiing or tearing up the trails heli-hiking, one thing is certain: When you’re done for the day, you’re going to be heli-hungry. Well, you’re in luck. Just make your way back to the stunning CMH lodge for a next-level gourmet experience featuring dishes made from the finest local ingredients, prepared just for you. 

3. Mount Norquay & Cliffhouse Bistro

Whether you’re taking on the above-the-clouds adventure of Via Ferrata, skiing the snow-covered slopes, or taking in the view from the top of the sightseeing chairlift, there’s only one way to end any trip to Mount Norquay. That’s with a meal at the historic Cliffhouse Bistro. Sitting at an elevation of 6900 ft, it’s been the place to meet and eat since it opened its doors in the 1950’s. Relax, order one of the many locally crafted beers, and make easy work of a variety of freshly-prepared meals, inspired by the Rocky Mountains that surround you. 

4. Fondue With A View

The only thing better than taking in the view from the top of the Rocky Mountains is taking in that same view with while eating chocolate fondue. Put on by Great Divide Nature Interpretations, Fondue With A View is a specially guided tour that takes you to a historic fire lookout site overlooking the surrounding mountains. There, you’ll enjoy delicious fondue while listening to stories about the wildlife, vegetation and views that surround you. How sweet is that? 

5. Cowboy BBQ Cookout

There’s nothing quite like taking in the majesty of the Rocky Mountains from horseback. Especially when you know you’re headed towards a delicious and authentic catered Cowboy BBQ Cookout. Banff Trail Riders have been offering riders and newbies alike a uniquely Albertan way to experience both since 1962.

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