CANADIAN ROCKY MOUNTAIN CUISINE
Banff and Lake Louise features Rocky Mountain-inspired cuisine with après lifestyle and regionally sourced ingredients from Alberta and British Columbia. Fast becoming a where-to-eat destination, the very Canadian food scene features menus inspired by the landscape, regional produce such as berries, root vegetables, game meats and world renowned Alberta beef, and food and drink made with clean, fresh, glacier water.
Experience a selection of Banff and Lake Louise's restaurants or food experiences, either on one of the area's breathtaking patios with 360-degree views of mountaintops, or inside in one of the cozy dining rooms around a fireplace.
REGIONALLY SOURCED INGREDIENTS CREATE MENUS
THAT ARE THE BEST OF ALBERTA AND BC
Though there are no farms in Banff National Park, farm-to-table dining thrives in Banff in Lake Louise. Since the 1990s, Canadian Rocky Mountain Resorts has specialized in an artful assemblage of fresh Canadian ingredients. Buffalo, elk, and beef are raised humanely and without any hormones or antibiotics at the Canadian Rocky Mountain Ranch (just 15 minutes east of Calgary), and the feed is grown on the ranch’s very own land.
Not only does farm-to-table exist in Banff National Park, but it is further elevated with Sky Bistro’s “From Farm-to-Summit” dining experience at 7,486 ft. atop Sulphur Mountain and overlooking the Town of Banff (and beyond).
Fairmont Banff Springs strives to produce as much as possible in house. Herbs, greens, and small vegetables are grown in a roof-top greenhouse and Urban Cultivator, an in-house bakery supplies fresh bread, baguettes and pastries to all restaurants and kitchens, and whole animals are sourced from local farms throughout Alberta to butcher on site. By doing so, guests are connected to the destination and the legacy of 130 years of culinary heritage through their tastebuds.
THE SECRET INGREDIENT TO THE FRESHEST TASTING FOOD AND BEVERAGE: GLACIER WATER
Glacier water and grains sourced from high-altitude family farms in the Alberta foothills go into making an award-winning distillery – Park Distillery Restaurant + Bar.
Banff Ave Brewing Company, the only craft beer brewery in Banff National Park relies heavily on their main ingredient - pure, natural mountain water sourced from the great Canadian Rockies. Unlike most commercial breweries, nothing is done to the water but remove the chlorine added to it. What’s better than fresh beer made with real glacial water and all the minerals that come with it?
SAVOUR THE MOMENT: CULINARY EVENTS AND EXPERIENCES IN BANFF AND LAKE LOUISE
- "Eat The Castle" at the Fairmont Banff Springs
Indulge in luxurious food and beverage pairings at four uniquely impressive restaurants as a local guide brings the stories of the Castle to life. In partnership with Alberta Food Tours, eat like royalty and enjoy special access to four onsite venues for this small group tour. Allow top chefs to personally present their dishes for this intimate, authentic and hands-on dining experience.
- Banff Whisky Experience
With over 300 delicious whiskies from some of the finest distilleries in the world, the Banff Whisky Experience is a two-day event that celebrates whisky craftsmanship in one of world’s most awe-inspiring mountain destinations. Enjoy a variety of masterclasses taught by industry insiders, meet master distillers, and enjoy mountaintop tastings among the beauty of Banff National Park. Set in a province that currently holds claim to fame as the largest rye whisky producer in the world, explore the emerging craft spirit scene in Banff and Lake Louise, with a feature whisky-based cocktail tasting from Banff’s very own Park Distillery Restaurant + Bar.
- Banff Craft Beer Festival
The Banff Craft Beer Festival takes place at the home of Canada's first national park and is held each year in late November. The Cave and Basin National Historic Site is beautifully set at the base of the Canadian Rockies, and is now home to the world's most beautiful beer festival. Throughout the night, sample amazing food from some of Banff's best pubs and restaurants, try an offering of beers from Alberta's own breweries and share stories with local brewmasters all while feeling good about supporting the Alberta Cancer Foundation.
- Tribute Craft Spirits Celebration
Tribute Craft Spirits Celebration is an event that brings together the best craft distilleries from Alberta and British Columbia and showcases the vibrant local food scene in Banff and Lake Louise. Enjoy 12 days of special cocktail menus in local bars and restaurants, culminating in a two-day outdoor event on Bear Street with a wide range of food and drink stations.