Before I had even arrived in Calgary I knew that I had to pay a visit to the tiny town of Banff Springs. Surrounded by mountains on all sides and full of charm, this little spot has lots to offer for tourists! It was one of the highlights of my trip, as I had my first ever plate of Poutine and the famous Canadian dessert known as a Beaver Tail here!
The famous Grizzly House Steak & Cheese Fondue restaurant is located on Main Street in downtown Banff. This is one of the busiest and most popular places to grab a bite to eat here, and requires you call ahead to make a reservation if you want to get a table. You get to pick your meat and a selection of sides that you then dip into cheese fondue, and if that doesn’t sound positively magical to you than I don’t know what does! Other great options include the Squish Sandwich Cellar, which offers some more inexpensive options. I tried my first ever Poutine here, and topped it off with a Skor Bar Cheesecake Beaver Tail.
I was so excited to finally see the beautiful Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel in person, and it did not disappoint! Call it a modern day Hogwarts, this enormous stone castle known as the “Castle in the Rockies” has been open for more than 125 years. Turns out there is no great way to take a picture of the entrance, but hopefully you can get a sense of scale from the photos.
Another great spot to visit off of the Banff Springs exit are Lake Minnewanka and Two Jack Lake, a quick and beautiful drive from downtown. We drove through the windy back roads and pulled off into the parking lots at each spot to take pictures and admire the amazing views. Some of the best spots on this trip were off the beaten path, and this was definitely one of them! I hope you enjoy the photos!