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Calgary/Banff, Canada

Things To Do In Calgary/Banff

As the premiere site of the XV Olympic Winter Games in Calgary, Canada Olympic Park is perhaps the most visible legacy of the 1988 Games to visitors and Calgary alike - truly a one-of-a-kind attraction. Situated 15 minutes from downtown Calgary, at the gateway to the magnificent Rocky Mountains, Calgary's premiere recreational and sport learning centre is unique from most Olympic venues in that it continues to function as a multi-purpose competition; training and recreation area designed for year-round use by both athletes and the general public. The Park offers programs in skiing, snowboarding, bobsleigh and mountain biking in the summer. Explore the Olympic Hall of Fame and Museum or explore the venues with the hands-free, headset-enabled Olympic Odyssey Audio Tour, a multi-language tour featuring the voicing of world-renowned athletes and thrilling sound effects.

88 Canada Olympic Road Southwest
Calgary, AB T3B5R5
Phone: 403-247-5452

Calgary is located in the Alberta Foothills in close proximity to the Rocky Mountains, giving visitors the unique opportunity to golf and vacation in the city, yet still experience the Canadian Rockies. An hour west of the city, in Banff, the mountain views are even more impressive, with many courses featuring breathtaking views in every direction.

City of Banff
Banff, AB T1L1J4

From the drama of tumultuous waterfalls and towering snow-capped peaks, to the peace of still emerald lakes and alpine meadows - this full day guided tour through Banff and Jasper National Parks is one of the world's greatest road trips. Have your camera ready to catch the wildlife - look out for elk and grizzly bears and spectacular sights like the Athabasca Glacier.

Admire lakes and glaciers on a full day tour from Banff to the Columbia Icefield. Ride the Ice Explorer and settle in as a local guide provides fascinating commentary of the starkly beautiful Alberta Rockies region. The road to the Columbia Icefields, one of the largest masses of ice south of the Arctic Circle, is universally regarded as one of the world's greatest mountain drives.

Animal lovers, don't miss your chance to discover the grizzly bear. Leaving Banff behind, you'll take a ride in a gondola for a great view of grizzly country, then visit the grizzly refuge where you can observe an orphaned grizzly bear as it romps and plays in a natural bear habitat.

Discover the Canadian Rockies' favorite resort town and its beautiful environment on a 3-hour guided tour of Banff. You'll visit the intriguing hoodoos earth pillars shaped by centuries of wind, then spot where Banff's history began, and where you can even ride the mountain gondola.

Come and discover beautiful Lake Louise and the world renowned Moraine Lake at their very best! Listed as UNESCO World Heritage sites, there will be plenty of photo opportunities on this half day, small-group tour. Learn about the mountaineering history and how a tragic accident shaped Canadian mountain culture.

Visit Canada's famous glaciers on a full-day seasonal excursion from Banff. Your personalized small group tour takes you through an awe-inspiring landscape carved by glaciers and remnants from the last ice age, as you travel along the Icefields Parkway, one of the world's most scenic highways.

Enjoy bird's-eye views of the Canadian Rockies as you soar high above and around them in a helicopter! You'll fly over a variety of incredible scenery, from waterfalls to the peaks of Mt Assinboine and Mt Sparrowhawk to the 1988 Olympic Park. The heliport is located a short distance from Banff (transfer included) and Calgary, and you can choose from a 20-, 30-, 42- or 55-minute flight. This will surely be the highlight of your Rocky Mountain experience!

Food & Drink In Calgary/Banff

Located in the middle of Prince's Island Park, on the lagoon where the Bow River passes though downtown Calgary, River Cafe features 'seasonal Canadian cuisine'. Inspired by the natural setting of the Bow River Valley, the restaurant has the feel and nostalgic appearance of an old Rocky Mountain fishing lodge with an open-hearth fieldstone fireplace and panoramic views of the park and Calgary's dramatic cityscape beyond.

25 Prince's Island Park
Calgary, AB T2P OR1
Phone: 403-261-7670

Vin Room is an upscale casual wine bar with 64 wines available. Whether you are a novice or an expert, Vin Room provides a distinctive wine experience for all. The wines are complemented by a tapas menu using ingredients made from local and regional producers.

2310-4th Street SW
Calgary, AB T2S 1X2
Phone: 403-457-5522

Located in South Calgary and surrounded by picturesque Fish Creek provincial park, The Ranche Restaurant is situated in a beautifully restored 19th century ranch house built by William Roper Hull. The wonderful location is complimented by Chef Thomas Neukom's celebrated "Alberta Rocky Mountain" cuisine. His offerings feature locally raised meats, game and vegetables from farmers and producers who share his vision for sustainable high quality and close to home cuisine.

15979 Bow Bottom Trail Southeast
Calgary, AB T2P0S5
Phone: 403-225-3939

Inspired by their backgrounds and travels, Chef/owners Uri Heilik and Rogelio Herrera invite you on an escape to a unique experience in fine dining. Bringing creativity and passion from their respective Mediterranean and Latin heritage, their influences are introduced to Asian flavors and sensibilities to create a menu and atmosphere that represents a harmonious culinary adventure that will leave a lasting impression.

220 42 Avenue SE
Calgary, AB T2G 1Y4
Phone: 403-287-9255

Catch is not your typical seafood restaurant - in fact, it's two. On the first floor, you find yourself at ease in the comfortably buoyant atmosphere of their Oyster Bar. On the second floor, enjoy the urban polish of their fine dining restaurant. Two distinct identities over three floors in the heart of downtown Calgary on Stephen Avenue.

100 8th Avenue Southeast
Calgary, AB T2G 0K7
Phone: 403-206-0000

Il Sogno is an award-winning upscale Italian restaurant located in the heart of the historic DeWaal Block in the community of Bridgeland just minutes away from downtown Calgary. Come and experience the contemporary menu influenced by the flavors of Italy while enjoying the richness of the Il Sogno dining room.

24 - 4th Street NE
Calgary, AB T2E 3R7
Phone: 403-232-8901

Rouge is one of Calgary's premier restaurant destinations. Like Napa Valley restaurants, the expansive on-site garden and locally grown products influence the mouthwatering menu. Located only five minutes from downtown, Rouge offers contemporary French cuisine and an ambiance dedicated to food and wine aficionados.

1240 - 8th Avenue Southeast
Calgary, AB T2G 0M7
Phone: 403-531-2767

Open Sesame is fresh Asian cooking with a twist - serving up everything from the traditional favorites, to the more personalized design-your-own stir-fry. In addition to a full bar and wine list, they offer an extensive Asian and import beer list.

6920 Macleod Trail S
Calgary, AB T2H 0L3
Phone: 403-259-0123

Escoba's menu is focused on Mediterranean comfort food, which includes lamb, prime grade beef, ahi tuna, pastas, and homemade flatbreads. Every dish comes with a suggested wine pairing from Escoba's extensive cellar. With 22 wines by the glass and over 2,400 bottle cellar to choose from, chances are they have your flavor.

624 - 8th Avenue SW
Calgary, AB T2P 1G4
Phone: 403-543-8911

The Bison Restaurant & Lounge was named one of the "Top 10 Restaurants Worth Travelling the World For" by the Ottawa Citizen in late 2008. The Bison is committed to utilizing the best regional and seasonal ingredients that the area has to offer. The cuisine is honest, made from scratch, comfort food.

211 Bear Street, #213
Banff, AB T1L 1B5
Phone: 403-762-5550

Offering Banff's largest selection of high quality 'AAA' and 'Canadian Angus Beef', complimented by a diverse wine selection. Enjoy a memorable evening in an elegant, yet comfortable surrounding. Take in the mountain views on the covered, heated patio.

221 Bear Street
Banff, AB T1L 1B3
Phone: 403-762-2467

Giorgio's Trattoria offers Italian cuisine in a warm Trattoria atmosphere. They feature hand made pasta, wood fired meats, fresh seafood and more. Traditional family style service is available.

219 Banff Avenue
Banff, AB T1L 1C4
Phone: 403-762-5114

The Maple Leaf Grill serves Canadian cuisine in an award-winning lodge style interior. The menu covers a wide range, from rustic game meats such as bison tenderloin and Brome Lake duck to fresh fish and seafood. Chef uses only the freshest ingredients to create each dish according to the season.

137 Banff Avenue
Banff, AB T1L 1C8
Phone: 403-760-7680

Three Ravens Restaurant & Wine Bar is an inspiring dimension in dining. Fresh. Seasonal. Creative. These are the signatures you'll find in every dish. The restaurant has one of the finest views of any dining facility in the Bow Valley. Within a few steps of all meeting spaces and accommodation at the Centre, the Three Ravens offers a convenient and creative venue for your evening dining experience.

107 Tunnel Mountain Drive
Banff, AB T1L 1H5
Phone: 403-762-6300