Best Retail Stores in Banff National Park

The winner and runners-up of Avenue’s Best of the Mountains 2023 ballot, where readers voted for their favourite places to eat, stay and play in the mountains near Calgary.


Monod Sports

Monod Sports. Photo courtesy of Monod Sports.

Monod Sports is a third-generation-owned ski and outdoors shop in the Banff region. More than seven decades ago, Swissman John Monod landed in Banff and set to work opening a small ski shop at what would become Sunshine Village. From there, the business expanded from connecting enthusiastic skiers to high quality gear (often imported from Europe) to include ski instruction. Since those early days, Monod Sports has expanded and changed locations a few times. Today at Monod’s storefront on Banff Avenue, the owners (grandsons of Monod) still pride themselves in offering knowledgeable service and gearing people up for outdoor pursuits like skiing, hiking, climbing and camping.

129 Banff Ave., Banff, 403-762-4571,, @monodsports



The Spirit of Christmas

133 Banff Ave., Banff, 403-762-2501,


UNLTD Skate and Snow

319 Banff Ave., Banff, 403-762-3725,, @unltdboardshop


Last Temptation Vintage

229 Beat St., Banff, 403-985-7747,, @last_temptation_vintage_banff


Rude Boys/Rude Girls

205 Caribou St., Banff, 403-762-8211; 215 Banff Ave., Banff, 403-762-8480;, @rudegirlsshop;, @​rudeboysshop

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