June is the perfect time to experience everything Banff National Park has to offer. Spring is just about to give way to the glory that is summer, when the mountains seem to stand just a little bit taller, inviting you to bask in their majesty.
With so much to do, it’s hard not to think of it as a sprint to take it all in. But we prefer to think of it as a marathon. Here’s a quick rundown of some of the amazing activities you can get up to while you’re here for the big race.
WHAT TO DO
We may be a little bit biased, but there’s more beauty per square foot here than anywhere else on the planet. Take some of it in after the race with a family-friendly hike in Johnston Canyon or watch for birds on the Marsh Loop. Or, if you’ve got a little more in your legs you can look to bag one of the many hikeable peaks in the park.
If you’re looking to save your energy, why not let someone else do the walking? Embrace your inner cowboy and saddle up for a once-in-a-lifetime horse ride through the Rockies. There are a number of tour operators around Banff and Lake Louise that cater to riders of all abilities so you can ride the trails at a pace that works for you.
WHERE TO EAT
From healthy pre-race meals to post-race celebrations, Banff and Lake Louise have you covered, with dozens of unique eateries on the menu. Here’s a couple to get you started with links to even more.
1. WILD FLOUR BAKERY
It doesn’t get more local than the Wild Flour Bakery. Organic, healthy and delicious, you’ll find plenty of gluten-free, vegan and special-diet options on the menu. You may also find yourself coming back for more.
The name says it all. If it’s healthy and vegetarian you’re after, you can’t do any better than Nourish, Banff’s premier vegetarian restaurant. From their famous Bear St Burger to their Socca Tacos, vegetarian never tasted so good.
3. CHUCK’S STEAKHOUSE
You can’t leave without sinking your teeth into a little world-class Alberta beef. Chuck’s Steakhouse proudly serves dry-aged beef that’s been raised with pride on some of the finest ranches in the province. Trust us. Your taste buds will thank you.
But that’s not all. Check out the links below for even more ways to satisfy your appetite.
Looking to celebrate crossing that finish line? What better way to do it than on a sun-drenched patio with a finely crafted cocktail (or two) in hand. Check out the links below for a little inspiration on the best places to quench your thirst.
WHERE TO UNWIND
You’ve trained hard for the race. Make sure you find time to relax even harder. From the historic Hot Pools at Banff Upper Hot Springs to the spa at the Fairmont Lake Louise, to a little yoga, there’s no shortage of places to lower your heart rate and increase your sense of wellbeing. For more inspiration, check out Your Guide To Spas and Hot Springs in Banff and Lake Louise.
WHERE TO STAY
The Official Host Hotels of the Banff Marathon are The Fox Hotel & Suites and Rocky Mountain Resort in Banff, as well as Baker Creek Mountain Resort and Castle Mountain Chalets on the Bow Valley Parkway (Highway 1A).
SECURE YOUR SPOT
Registration is now open for the 2019 Banff Marathon, half marathon, and 10K.