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Must see places Calgary drive to Banff-2d to Revelstoke-2d

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Must see places Calgary drive to Banff-2d to Revelstoke-2d

Lodgings all set. Now I just need input on "Must See" places for my limited time. I am an avid hiker but to get as much sightseeing in as possible, I will limit to short walks to beautiful places. Also any great eateries. I love local, out of the tourist area, restaurants. Any Bakeries! places for local cheese/meat for picinics.

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1. Re: Must see places Calgary drive to Banff-2d to Revelstoke-2d

Hello!

If you're spending some time around the Banff town area there are some really nice short walks to viewpoints like Surprise Corner, Bow Falls, the Hoodoos, the Marsh Loop, Johnson Lake, and Upper/Lower Bankhead. The first 4 are very close to the town centre and are quite popular with visitors. The latter 3 are reachable either by personal vehicle, bike, or the free shuttle buses and are located on the Minnewanka Loop.

In Banff as well we have lots of options for lifts up the mountains, boating, horseback riding, and biking to get you to scenic points. If you want to wander further afield - perhaps up towards Lake Louise - there are lots more options for walks and short hikes along the 1A Highway (Bow Valley Parkway), with plenty more in Lake Louise itself. All Parks Canada offices in Banff and Lake Louise have really great hiking maps that show you the trails around the National Park.

Most of our restaurants are located right in the downtown core of Banff (or in the village of Lake Louise), with most of them being local - although we do have a number of chains as well. Wild Flour and JK Bakeries are great options in Banff, and our grocery store Nesters has a fantastic selection of local cheeses and meats. That being said, all of our eateries have their menus posted on the sidewalks if you are just wandering around and want to take a read through.

Enjoy your time in Banff National Park!

Kate

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2. Re: Must see places Calgary drive to Banff-2d to Revelstoke-2d

There is no "out of the tourist area". Local residents and tourists alike patronize the same restaurants and businesses. Banff is a town of only about 8000 people ... towns that size would not normally have the dozens of restaurant choices that you will find in Banff. Without the tourists, there would not be all those options and with the very high commercial rents in the national park resort towns, it would be very difficult for a service business to thrive if they only catered to locals.

Grocery stores carry the usual selection of cold cuts, sandwich meats, cheeses etc. Am not aware of any that are produced locally (or regionally might be a more accurate description, since Banff is in a national park and there are no farms there). Alberta is a beef production province and you'll find a lot of restaurants with Alberta beef on their menus (along with wild BC salmon).

On your way to Revelstoke, as you pass through Glacier and Mt. Revelstoke National Parks, there are a number of short boardwalk hikes... these take you through small areas of a particular habitat (giant cedars, hemlock forest, marsh) on elevated boardwalks to protect the ecosystem and keep your feet dry. (It also makes the walks more accessible - strollers, seniors with walkers, possibly even wheelchairs although I am not 100% sure about those).

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3. Re: Must see places Calgary drive to Banff-2d to Revelstoke-2d

Here's the TA page on "must-sees" in the Canadian Rockies: https:/…Most.Popular.Sights.Must.Sees.html The top two sections (Banff National Park and Yoho National Park) apply to your route. But with only two days in Banff, you will need to be selective, so do read the descriptions and find what appeals to you.

The "traveler articles" for Banff: https:/…Inside.html contain a lot of information on dining options, local walks, etc etc.

This page: https://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurants-g154… is your best source for TA members' dining recommendations.

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4. Re: Must see places Calgary drive to Banff-2d to Revelstoke-2d

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5. Re: Must see places Calgary drive to Banff-2d to Revelstoke-2d

If you're in Banff on a Wednesday, you should be able to find regionally produced items at the farmer's market.

You can also keep an eye out for meats from Valbella's, which is in Canmore.

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6. Re: Must see places Calgary drive to Banff-2d to Revelstoke-2d

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