7 New Things in Banff this Summer
Banff will always have classics like the hot springs and the Johnston Canyon hike, but there are new things to experience as well. Here’s a rundown of some of the latest and greatest Banff has to offer.
A collection of vintage Banff pennants, on display at the new Park Distillery, Restaurant and Bar.
Photo by Kirstie Tweed, Orange Girl Photography
The town’s seasonal market is set up this year at the Bear Street car park, a laid-back location that offers a nice respite from the bustle of Banff Avenue. The vendor list includes jewellery artisans, cold-pressed juices, pulled-pork sandwiches and fruit wines, along with the Farm Box delivery program. The market operates Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. until Sept. 23, 2015.
Corner of Bear Street and Caribou Street, 403-763-8772, thebanfffarmersmarket.com
A fresh addition to Banff’s spa and wellness scene, this “holistic health lounge” offers a range of services, from massage and reiki to acupuncture and yoga as well as an in-house juice bar to make you feel good inside and out.
Second Floor, Bear Street Mall, 220 Bear Street, 403-985-2200, banffsholisticlounge.com
The popular pottery-painting studio recently set up shop in Banff. A creative outlet for all ages, the studio is open for drop-in painting, or can be booked for kids’ parties, adult get-togethers, corporate events and other occasions.
The most noteworthy addition to Banff’s food-and-drink scene is this small-batch distillery-restaurant-bar from the group behind The Bison and the Maple Leaf Grill. You’ll find Park on Banff Avenue in the space formerly occupied by Giorgio’s Trattoria. The restaurant’s rustic-chic dcor incorporates locally sourced antiques, while the menu plays off an “elevated camping” theme – think entrees cooked in a wood-fired oven, Trail Mix as an appetizer, and presentations that incorporate those ubiquitous enamel mugs. Public tours of the distillery side of the operation will also be offered.
Via Ferrata photograph courtesy of Mt. Norquay.
Via ferrata is a fusion of mountain climbing and hiking that incorporates ladders, suspension bridges and other features. Mt. Norquay is expanding its via ferrata program this summer by adding a six-hour route to its current two- and four-hour offerings. If you’re staying in Banff, take advantage of the free shuttles from several hotels.
This low-impact, zen-like fitness activity is a great way to enjoy the scenery at nearby spots like Two Jack Lake and Vermillion Lakes (the Bow Valley Stand Up Paddleboarding site rates both as easy). Rent what you need from the Banff Canoe Club and SUP to your hearts content.
Summer Arts Festival at the Banff Centre
While the festival itself isn’t new, it’s worth mentioning on account of the variety and number of events offered throughout the summer months – a line-up far too extensive to list here. The Banff Centre is essentially an “incubator” for the arts, meaning there’s always something new being performed, read, shown, created or screened. If you’ve never taken the time to check it out, make a point this summer to head up Tunnel Mountain and immerse yourself in the unique campus atmosphere.