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42 Things I Love About Banff, Canada (in the winter)

Posted: 11/01/2012 7:00 am

Banff Revisited

1. Curling up next to a roaring fire with a good book, watching the snow fall outside

2. Great skiing, if that's your thing

3. Surprisingly excellent food at Masala Authentic Indian Cuisine

4. The gorgeous drive from Calgary into the mountains

5. Relaxing in a thermal spa after a long day

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6. Flying down an icy slope in a snow tube

7. Step back in time at the Banff Park Museum

8. Long day exploring the park and the slopes followed by a cozy night in

9. Furry squirrels

33 MORE reasons to love Banff in winter after the slideshow...

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  • #42

    Apres Ski

  • #41

    I love being in a place where winter actually feels like winter

  • #40

    Walk, hike or dogsled to the Continental Divide

  • #39

    Take a day off from adventure sports and pamper yourself with a massage

  • #38

    Walking past sparkly and frozen waterfalls in Johnston Canyon

  • #37

    For whatever reason Banff has a preponderance of fudge and candy shops. Visit them. Eat the candy. Be happy.

  • #36

    Gourmet burgers at <a href="http://www.eddieburgerbar.ca/">Eddie Burger Bar</a>

  • #35

    Driving through the park, hoping to catch sight of elk, bear or who knows what?

  • #34

    Not a skier, maybe take a snowboarding lesson

  • #33

    More relaxing at the thermal spa

  • #32

    Get into the Western theme by spending your evening at a saloon

  • #31

    Escaping the harsh winter chill inside a coffee shop, enjoying organic pastries and fair trade coffee

  • #30

    Canadian beer. Poutine. Repeat.

  • #29

    Test your strength and endurance while ice climbing

  • #28

    Head down to the <a href="http://www.pc.gc.ca/eng/lhn-nhs/ab/caveandbasin/index.aspx">Cave and Basin</a> to learn more about the railway and check out the natural spa

  • #27

    Tasty fondue at the <a href="http://www.banffgrizzlyhouse.com/">Grizzly House</a>

  • #26

    Remembering to stay hydrated, Banff is at elevation and it’s bizarrely dry

  • #25

    Enjoying old world style at the iconic Banff Springs Hotel

  • #24

    Be sure to watch a televised curling match with some locals. Let me know if you understand it.

  • #23

    A friendly bear or two. Or three.

  • #22

    Stop by an artist’s gallery for stunning photography and one of a kind arts and crafts

  • #21

    Mushing through virgin snow on a dogsled

  • #20

    Chatting with locals who are some of the nicest, most welcoming people anywhere

  • #19

    I love scenic drives, especially along the Icefields Parkway

  • #18

    Shopping at one of the many stores on Banff Avenue

  • #16

    Mastering the art of après-ski, aka poutine and beer

  • #17

    Depending on the time of year, take advantage of one of the many hiking trails near town

  • #15

    Buffalo Nations Luxton Museum

  • #14

    Just two minutes from downtown Banff is Surprise Corner where, well I’ll just let you be surprised

  • #13

    Journey to the top of the world on the Banff gondola

  • #12

    Cross country skiing around Lake Louise

  • #11

    How can you not love the word Banff?! Banff, Banff, Banff...

  • #10

    Spend an afternoon just driving around and be stunned by the beauty

  • #9

    Furry squirrels

  • #8

    Long day exploring the park and the slopes followed by a cozy night in

  • #7

    Step back in time at the <a href="http://www.pc.gc.ca/eng/lhn-nhs/ab/banff/index.aspx">Banff Park Museum</a>

  • #6

    Flying down an icy slope in a snow tube

  • #5

    Relaxing in a thermal spa after a long day

  • #4

    The gorgeous drive from Calgary into the mountains

  • #3

    Surprisingly excellent food at <a href="http://www.masalabanff.com/">Masala Authentic Indian Cuisine</a>

  • #2

    Great skiing, if that's your thing

  • #1

    Curling up next to a roaring fire with a good book, watching the snow fall outside

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10. Spend an afternoon just driving around and be stunned by the beauty

11. How can you not love the word Banff?! Banff, Banff, Banff...

12. Cross country skiing around Lake Louise

13. Journey to the top of the world on the Banff gondola

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14. Just two minutes from downtown Banff is Surprise Corner where, well I'll just let you be surprised

15. Learn about the original inhabitants of the area at the Buffalo Nations Luxton Museum

16. Mastering the art of après-ski, aka poutine and beer

17. Depending on the time of year, take advantage of one of the many hiking trails near town

18. Shopping at one of the many stores on Banff Avenue

2012-10-30-Image5.jpg

19. I love scenic drives, especially along the Icefields Parkway

20. Chatting with locals who are some of the nicest, most welcoming people anywhere

21. Mushing through virgin snow on a dogsled

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22. Stop by an artist's gallery for stunning photography and one of a kind arts and crafts

23. A friendly bear or two. Or three.

24. Be sure to watch a televised curling match with some locals. Let me know if you understand it.

25. Enjoying old world style at the iconic Banff Springs Hotel

2012-10-30-IMG_5402.JPG

26. Remembering to stay hydrated, Banff is at elevation and it's bizarrely dry

27. Tasty fondue at the Grizzly House

28. Head down to the cave and basin to learn more about the railway and check out the natural spa

29. Test your strength and endurance while ice climbing

30. Canadian beer. Poutine. Repeat.

31. Escaping the harsh winter chill inside a coffee shop, enjoying organic pastries and fair trade coffee

32. Get into the Western theme by spending your evening at a saloon

33. More relaxing at the thermal spa

34. Not a skier, maybe take a snowboarding lesson

35. Driving through the park, hoping to catch sight of elk, bear or who knows what?

36. Gourmet burgers at Eddie Burger Bar

37. For whatever reason Banff has a preponderance of fudge and candy shops. Visit them. Eat the candy. Be happy.

38. Walking past sparkly and frozen waterfalls in Johnston Canyon

39. Take a day off from adventure sports and pamper yourself with a massage

40. Walk, hike or dogsled to the Continental Divide

41. I love being in a place where winter actually feels like winter

42. More après-ski

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