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The Real Banff / Published: Wed, 04/11/2018 - 16:05

Cochon555 Banff: A Destination Guide

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Spring is an idyllic time to visit Banff National Park. 

The musical sound of birds return to the valley, the Bow River begins to flow again, and longer days allow more time for adventure in the mountains. This spring will also welcome something new in Banff National Park: Cochon555 - a unique celebration of heritage pork that brings together some of the best Chefs in Alberta for a remarkable culinary evening at the Fairmont Banff Springs hotel. 

You’ve already purchased your ticket to the main event, so we put together this guide to help you build out your weekend in Banff National Park.  

Noel Hendrickson

What to do 

Feel the warmth of the sun on your face and embrace a weekend of adventure. Depending on how fast the snow begins to melt, there will be several options for great early season hikes, like Sundance Canyon, Johnston Canyon and more. Check out our blog - Ten Early Season Hikes - for more inspiration. Once you're done, take a dip in the Banff Upper Hot Springs to rest and rejuvinate. 

If you’re looking to take in the views from new heights, consider an adventure on the Banff Gondola. Bring your friends and journey 7,468 feet (2,281 m) to the top of Sulphur Mountain. There you can enjoy the panoramic views of Banff, learn about the natural history of the area, and sample extraordinary cuisine at Sky Bistro - one of our picks for the most scenic restaurant in Banff and Lake Louise. 

Spring is also a great time to explore some of the unique museums and historic sites in Banff National Park. Check out our blog - 4 Places To Connect With The Heritage of Banff National Park

Where To Eat 

If you’re coming to Cochon555, you’re going to love what the rest of the culinary scene has to offer. Sample the best of authentic Canadian cuisine, including game meats, wines from nearby British Columbia, and classic Alberta beef. For more culinary inspiration, check out some of our favourite foodie articles: 

Where To Stay  

Looking to make it a weekend in Banff National Park? There are a wide range of hotels available in Banff and Lake Louise. Unfortunately, ticket and hotel packages for Cochon555 are currently sold out, but rooms are still available directly through the Fairmont Banff Springs hotel and all other hotels in Banff National Park. Explore our accommodation page for a variety of price points and locations.  

How To Connect 

We want to hear from you during your Cochon555 weekend adventure. Be sure to share your photos with #Cochon555Banff and #MyBanff. Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.