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134 Banff Avenue, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta AB T1L, Canada (Formerly Cows Ice Cream)
403 760 3493
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Dining options: Dinner, Drinks, Lunch, Takeout

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  • 31
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
A must do when in Banff

We had to queue for about 20 minutes but that's fine because you need that long to choose from all the lovely & quirkily named ice creams on offer. We all loved our choices. Perfect on a hot day in Banff

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 27, 2015
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Cheshire UK
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  • Families with children
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Cheshire UK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW via mobile

We had to queue for about 20 minutes but that's fine because you need that long to choose from all the lovely & quirkily named ice creams on offer. We all loved our choices. Perfect on a hot day in Banff

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Wichita, Kansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015 NEW

Long lines but well worth the wait for very good ice cream. Make their own cones. Neat to watch them doing it.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015 NEW

OK, so this is rated the jnumber one ice cream in Canada! Please tell me who did the ratings? The ice cream was watery and not creamy the all. I had the mint chip and was expecting big chocolate chunks... No not really. It was just ok.

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Palo Alto, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015 NEW

We skipped this place the first day here because the line was simply too long (out the door). Today, we only had to wait about 5 min. The ice cream is very good but not the best in the world or even near it. I had the moo something with toffee pieces in it. My husband had the fluff chocolate... More 

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Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

Thick and creamy ice cream reasonably priced for a tourist destination - $5 for a single dip in a chocolate-coated waffle cone. Usually a long line but moves pretty quickly and worth the wait. Many creative flavors with fun names but you can't read the descriptions until you get up to the counter--it would be nice if they had the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

Fell in love with their ice cream years ago in Vancouver. Since then have been on the lookout wherever I visit Canada for a COWS franchise. Found them in Whistler, PEI and now Banff. Put the diet on hold and enjoy some of this high-butterfat decadence! You're on vacation, after all. And don't forget to browse the punny t-shirts, hoodies... More 

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New Brunswick, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

I love this brand of ice cream in PEI, so I was thrilled to see it here in Banff! I had the peanut butter cup and it was so delicious!! The server was very friendly.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

We loved the flavors and there were so many good ones to choose from. There was quite a line in the evening and even a longer line in the morning! This place is popular and a must when visiting Banff!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

Just had to try the ice cream that we had heard so much about .Reasonable price and very tasty.Not as amazing as I had expected but still a treat.You will be spoilt for choice .

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

I guess I was expecting more because of all the hype. It was good. I had the mint chocolate. The line was reasonable and it took about 10 minutes. I ordered it in a cup instead of a cone and the size was skimpy, especially considering the price.

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Address: 134 Banff Avenue, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta AB T1L, Canada (Formerly Cows Ice Cream)
Phone Number: 403 760 3493
Location: Canada  >  Alberta  >  Canadian Rockies  >  Banff National Park  >  Banff

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  • Address: 134 Banff Avenue, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta AB T1L, Canada (Formerly Cows Ice Cream)
  • Location: Canada  >  Alberta  >  Canadian Rockies  >  Banff National Park  >  Banff
  • Phone Number: 403 760 3493

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children

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