BANFF & YOHO NATIONAL PARK, Canada | TRAVEL GUIDE
The guide below features spots in Canmore, Banff and Yoho – these are all within about a 60 mile radius of each other, and you will likely find yourself driving through all of it.
things to know
- We flew direct from SFO >> Calgary on United.
- This area is huge, and you will cover a lot of ground – a rental car is pretty much crucial.
- The weather here is random – we went from being very cold to very hot multiple times. I would suggest packing layers and a rain jacket.
Post Hotel (Banff) If you don’t stay here, it's at least a cool hotel to grab a drink at || apres hike or ski.
Storm Mountain Lodge Historic log cabins that are also pet friendly!
Airbnb/Homeaway/VRBO Great house rentals options for big groups or families.
Emerald Lake Lodge offers all meals and has a great restaurant, so if your'e staying there you will likely have a few meals .
Summit Cafe Great cafe for breakfast with a nice patio looking over the Rockies. (Canmore)
Cilantro on the Lake @ ELL, really delicious food and wine menu for lunch and the views are unbeatable. Only open during the ‘summer’ season.
The Range Amazing sandwiches. (Canmore)
The Station Restaurant Family owned place serving up good food in an old railway station. Also has great views and a big stone fireplace (Canmore)
Truffle Pigs Bistro Farm/garden to table style, everything is locally sourced. Really top notch local beer and wine list. Great after a long day of hiking & exploring. 10 minutes from ELL and a great spot for lunch too. (Yoho)
The Trough Cozy upscale spot with good food and drinks plus an awesome fireplace.
Whitebark Cafe Great new coffee shop in town. (Banff)
Grizzly Paw Local brewery for beers. (Canmore)
Elk and Oarsman Fun/young vibe rooftop patio for beers/cocktails when it’s nice out. (Banff)
Banff Ave Brewing Co An offshoot of the excellent Jasper Brewing Co, beer is brewed on site and infused with local Saskatoon berries. (Banff)
Canoeing @ Emerald Lake (must do!) Can rent by the hour.
Fly fishing @ Kicking Horse River $10 for daily fishing permit, loads of fish and a beautiful place to spend the day. Brook Char and Rainbow Trout are a frequent catch. (Yoho)
Drive the Icefields Parkway which in a couple of hours will get you to Jasper, but is one of the most scenic drives in the world.
Lake Agnes Tea Hut Hike Highly recommend doing the full hike to the Big Beehive past the Tea Hut. You leave most tourists behind and the views over Lake Louise are out of this world. All in with a stop for lunch (yummy sandwiches, soup, banana bread & of course tea!) it probably takes 5–6 hours and is a 10 miles round trip hike. (Banff)
Peyto Lake Short hike with a lot of tourists, but worth it for the views and photos. Bluest lake I’ve ever seen. (Banff)
Hamilton Falls 7.6 mile loop with strong elevation gain, trailhead leaves by foot from ELL. (Yoho)
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