For over a century, visitors with a taste for adventure have been coming to Banff National Park to take in its stunning rivers, forests, lakes and rugged mountain vistas—and to experience its unique brand of Canadian hospitality. Whether you’re staying in a cozy mountain lodge or a luxury resort, hitting the slopes or hopping into a sightseeing gondola for a new perspective, Rocky Mountain experiences are fuelled by farm to table (and glacier to glass) cuisine you’ll only find in this vibrant mountain town.
Anyone who visits Banff works up an appetite; breakfasts are hearty, dining rooms comfortable, often with wood-burning fireplaces, windows overlooking mountain ranges, and an intimacy you can only find nestled in such an exceptional place. There are trendy patios and a bustling nightlife, with pubs, bars, even a saloon—all within walking distance.
With so many ingredients sourced from around the province, Banff chefs, brewers, bakers, distillers and chocolatiers take inspiration from their surroundings, bringing the outdoors in. Some grow and forage, others build lasting relationships with local farms, ranchers, cooperatives, and producers to present western Canadian cuisine to the world stage. All build on the history of Banff National Park to define their sense of place, creating accessible dining experiences that may be world-class, but are never pretentious.
- Julie Van Rosendaal, "Dinner With Julie"
Looking to try authentic Canadian cuisine for yourself?
If you love a good cause and want to attend one of North America's most talked about culinary events, then clear your weekend calendar when Cochon555 heads to Banff, Alberta on April 28, 2018 at the incredible Fairmont Banff Springs hotel. Imagine an elaborate 30-course, stand-up, sustainable dinner featuring wine, craft beer and spirits and where you get to help pick the best bite from some of the best local chefs. To learn more, visit Cochon555 Banff.