By Where Staff
Spirit of Banff
Park Distillery is arguably the most original new Banff restaurant to open, ever! Joining the exclusive ranks of few such establishments in Canada, vodka and gin (and soon whiskey) are produced in-house. After a free tour of the distillery, sample their spirits straight, in an exotic cocktail or incorporated into the wood-fired cuisine of chef Liz Gagnon’s food menu. While at it, drink in the backcountry alpine hut décor.
Elevated Downtown Dining
Before summer disappears for the next eight months, marvel at Tunnel, Rundle and Sulphur mountain views from the tallest rooftop patio in downtown Banff at the Elk & Oarsman Pub & Restaurant. Pair your peaks with a juicy hand-cut steak, house-ground burger or award-winning baby back ribs. Trivia: Aboriginal peoples called Tunnel Mountain (directly across the street) Sleeping Buffalo for its distinctive shape.
Choose from 32 decadent ice cream flavours at Cows, “Canada’s best ice cream” according to Reader’s Digest. PEI Apple Crunch and Wowie Cowie are top sellers. Or, head to Skoki’s Waffle & Frozen Yogurt (109 Banff Ave, Map 3, 16G) for a self serve fro-yo with your choice of flavours and toppings from fresh fruit to cookie dough. Everyone leaves with a smile.
Charity Brew Takes to the Trails
One of Banff Ave. Brewing Co.’s recent community taps is the Soul Ski & Bike Pedal Wrench Lager. At 3.9% alcohol, the Brew Pub calls this light, refreshing brew their patio cerveza. Proceeds from each pint sold support the Bow Valley Mountain Bike Alliance, which maintains the local trails we all love to ride!
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