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banff upper hot springs

Banff’s Best After Hours Fun

St James's Gate has live music Fri-Sat

St James's Gate has live music Fri-Sat

Why limit evening activities to dinner and conversation? Kate Hutchison, front desk supervisor at Banff Caribou Lodge, recommends these activities for a fun night out:

  • Gather your friends at Cascade Ponds picnic site for a moonlit fire in the designated fire boxes. Bring marshmallows and roasting sticks!
  • Go for an evening dip at the Banff Upper Hot Springs. Open until 11 pm (last admission at 10:30 pm), the springs are more mystic and serene at night.
  • Live band aficionados appreciate Wild Bill’s and Rose & Crown where local and touring groups play. Sing your heart out Tuesdays from 10 pm during karaoke night at Wild Bill’s.
  • Catch a show at The Banff Centre, a globally respected venue for the performing arts. Enjoy dance, classical and popular music, theatre, opera, film, new media, literary readings and more.
  • Dance the night away at Aurora or Hoodoo. DJs mix everything from top 40 to old school and hip hop. Hoodoo’s hosts ladies night Tuesdays. —RM

Top 10 Cultural Activities in Banff

Cascades of Time Gardens courtesy Parks Canada

Cascades of Time Gardens courtesy Parks Canada

1 “Take the waters,” soak in the history and admire the Mt Rundle view at Banff Upper Hot Springs.

2 Grab a brochure/map and take a self-guided Banff Culture Walk, Cultural Heritage Tour of Lake Louise or Walking through Banff’s History tour. A Canmore Historic Walking Tour pamphlet is also available.

3 Join an interpretive event at the Cave & Basin, birthplace of Canada’s National Park system.

4 Pose for a photo with the bronze likeness of William Cornelius van Horne, CP Railway and hotel builder, outside The Fairmont Banff Springs.

5 Ask to hear a grizzly bear story above the stairs at the Banff Park Museum National Historic Site.

6 Wander through Cascades of Time Garden’s blooms, gazebos, bridges and stone paths.

7 Drive the Bow Valley Parkway. Look for wildlife, and discover award-winning interpretive displays.

8 Attend Banff Culture Weekend Aug 8 and 9 and see the 1953 film A River of No Return with Marilyn Monroe.

9 Discover the history of Banff pioneer families at the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies.

10 Stroll 1.1 km (.7 mi) Lower Bankhead mining ghost town interpretive trail. — Grant Canning