Feb. 16, 2016
By Ashley Materi & Olivia Grecu
Banff’s shopping scene goes beyond generic gift shop finds. Pick up something unique this season!
Love for Local
Owner Gary Schultz stocks Banff Provisions with local and regional goods. Shop for coffee beans from Banff Roasting Co. and Canmore’s Rave Coffee. From BC’s Okanagan Valley, find fruit snacks and preserves, and Taste of Okanagan bacon ketchup. Try Kootenay Bayou hot sauce if you want a kick!
Lots of Liquor
Banff’s 10 liquor stores offer tons of variety. At Liquor Depot, fill reusable glass howlers (32-oz) and growlers (64-oz) with draft from local breweries like Canmore’s Grizzly Paw and Calgary’s Wild Rose. At Town House Liquor, find 400 craft beer choices; a best seller is organic Hopworks Urban Brewery IPA from Portland. Marc and Doug of the Banff Wine Store have helped clients navigate the shop’s 850 labels for 28 and 22 years respectively. They’ll help you choose the perfect wine.
In Lake Louise, find stunning art at Samson Native Gallery, a First Nations owned-and-operated gallery. We love the soapstone bear carvings and painted buffalo skulls that reflect Alberta’s wildlife.
Editor’s note: Newly renovated indoor shopping destination Cascade Shops offers cozy seating areas, Banff’s only food court and a contemporary mountain feel. The ski-inspired sculpture suspended in the domed atrium is a tribute to Canadian ski champions Thomas Grandi, Nancy Greene, Karen Percy and Ken Read.
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