New Things to Do in the Mountains Near Calgary This Summer

Experience a host of exciting new restaurants, hotels and excursions in the mountains, from Canmore all the way to Golden, B.C.

Moraine Lake Tour with Wow Banff. Courtesy of Wow Banff/Katie Goldie Photography.

Banff

Eat corn dogs at Hankki

Hankki (Korean for “one meal”) is a Calgary-based chain, but it just opened its newest location in Banff. Drop by to fill up on Korean street food, including Korean-style corn dogs and “cupbops,” which consist of flavourful meats and veggies served over steamed rice in a cup.

206 Buffalo St., Banff, 403-762-0332, hankkica.com

 

Sip craft cocktails at Brazen

This sophisticated restaurant combines Old-World luxury (think leather chairs and vintage decor) with a dash of Rocky Mountain history — the restaurant pays homage to many of the area’s early mountain adventurers, including writer/explorer Mary Schäffer and trail guide Bill Peyto. Brazen also happens to be located inside the bustling, iconic Mount Royal Hotel, meaning you’re in for a true Banff experience.

Read more on Brazen: Brazen is a Bold New Restaurant in Banff

138 Banff Ave., Banff, banffjaspercollection.com

 

Have an Italian meal at Lupo

 

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Banff Hospitality Collective’s new Italian restaurant is a slice of Italy in heart of the Rockies. Lupo Italian Ristorante is open daily starting at 5 p.m. and serves a variety of hot and cold appetizers, as well as pizza, pasta, traditional mains like veal or chicken parmigiana, and a wide selection of vino (with more than 150 bottles to select from).

201, 208 Wolf St., Banff, 403-985-9180, lupobanff.com

 

Enjoy Royal Tea at the Banff Springs

Held in the Fairmount Banff Springs’ recently renovated Rundle Bar, this grand experience takes the 133-year-old tradition of afternoon tea to luxurious new heights. Throughout the Royal Tea service, you’ll enjoy a curated selection of sweet and savoury treats (such as house-made Victorian scones, foie gras torchon, deviled quail’s eggs and caramelized chocolate choux), paired with Champagne and a variety of teas. The experience costs $400 per person and runs daily from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Reservations can be made online or over the phone.

405 Spray Avenue, 403-762-6860, banff-springs-hotel.com

 

Canmore

Time travel to a retro cidery 

Calling all fans of the 1980s! Core Values Cider Company’s new Canmore store features retro-style, brightly coloured walls and peak cultural nostalgia for the music and films of that decade. The craft cidery specializes in wild, small-batch fermented beverages like Return of the Mac, made with 100 per cent B.C. McIntosh apples.

1402 Railway Ave., Canmore, 403-493-5441, corevaluescider.ca

 

Stay at the Northwinds Hotel by Basecamp

This newly renovated hotel by Basecamp Resorts is just a short walk from downtown Canmore. Enjoy the comfort of modern guest rooms after a day of biking or hiking, or stop in at the on-site restaurant, The Bankhead Restaurant and Lounge, for locally sourced food.

1602 2 Ave., Canmore, 1-855-219-4707, basecampresorts.com

 

Snack on hot chicken at Flirty Bird

 

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Sink your teeth into some seriously spicy chicken sandwiches or tenders at the new Flirty Bird location in Canmore. Flirty Bird’s first mountain outpost is open Sunday to Thursday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

102, 837 Main Street, Canmore, flirtybirdchicken.com

 

 

Lake Louise

Stay in a log cabin at Baker Creek

Opening in July 2022, this newly renovated hotel by Basecamp is the site of the former Baker Creek Mountain Resort. Guests can choose from 16 cozy suites or 19 stand-alone log cabins that can accommodate up to eight people. Relax in one of the steam rooms or saunas, get your pre-adventure workout in at the fitness centre or lounge at the outdoor entertainment space around the fire pit.

basecampresorts.com

 

Tour Moraine Lake with an Indigenous guide

Wow Banff’s open-top tour bus has now come to Moraine Lake. During this guided tour, you’ll learn about Moraine Lake from an Indigenous guide from Buffalo Lake Métis Settlement and Aseniwuche Winewak Nation while breathing in fresh, mountain air. Tours run every Wednesday through to Sunday, with departure times between 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets can be reserved online.

wowbanff.com

 

Jasper

Dine on regional dishes at Terra

Located inside the Crimson Hotel, Terra serves farm-to-table, regional dishes that rely on local ingredients. The space is beautifully decorated to replicate nature, with decor like a live-edge harvest table in the centre of the restaurant and a stone-finished countertop at the feature bar.

Read more on Terra: New Restaurant Terra Opens in Jasper

200 Connaught Dr., Jasper, banffjaspercollection.com

 

See a live show by Jasper Theater Productions

Jasper Theater Productions launched its very first show this summer. Featuring a compelling mix of humour, local history and theatrical surprises, From Jasper with Love is being staged in the Skyline Lounge at Lobstick Lodge. The hour-long performance runs from Tuesdays to Saturdays at 8 p.m. until October.

jaspertheater.ca

 

Ride in style on a vintage bus

Enjoy a classic ride aboard a 1930s-inspired bus during the Legends of Jasper tour. Throughout the 90-minute tour you’ll visit a variety of Jasper attractions as a guide in period costume tells engaging tales from the area’s past. The Legends of Jasper tour departs from the Crimson Hotel daily from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and tickets can be reserved online or over the phone.

1-877-258-6877, banffjaspercollection.com

 

Stay at the new Forest Park Hotel

The newest hotel in Jasper in the last 40 years is connected to (and combined with) the former Sawridge Inn & Conference Centre. On-site event spaces, a spa and dining options like the Hearthstone Lodge or Walter’s Dining Room make this forest-inspired hotel a perfect mountain getaway. Plus, it has a selection of dog-friendly rooms.

76 Connaught Drive, Jasper, 1-888-852-7737, banffjaspercollection.com

 

Golden

Try the bungee swing at the Golden Skybridge

The latest experience at Golden’s 426-foot-high skybridge is a daringly awesome bungee swing designed for two. Free-fall over the Columbia Valley canyon edge before the swing kicks in. The Golden Skybridge is open daily from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., and tickets or passes can be purchased online.

503 Golden Donald Upper Rd., Golden, BC, 1-800-270-1238, banffjaspercollection.com

 

Stay at the Basecamp Lodge

 

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Enjoy fabulous views of the Purcell Mountains from the window of your cozy, well-appointed room at Basecamp’s new Golden resort. Lodge amenities include patios, a fireplace lounge, a reading and entertainment area, a large backyard with a fire pit and spaces to play bocce ball, croquet and badminton.

801 9th St. N. Golden, B.C., 1-855-219-4707, basecampresorts.com

 

Go for a stroll on the Downtown River Walk

 

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The newly opened River Walk protects Golden from flooding and provides a beautiful walkway in the heart of downtown along the Kicking Horse River. In addition to bricks-and-mortar shops and restaurants, the area is also often home to bustling farmers’ markets and street sales in the summertime.

9th Ave. N., Golden, B.C.

 

Stay at the Rooms at Riveredge

Post-bike, hike, canyon swing or downtown walk, spend an evening at this new, downtown hotel. Every room features a king-sized bed and double pull-out sofa, and the Golden Bakery & Deli is right next door if you’re in the mood for speciality coffee and pastries.

413 D 9 Ave. N., Golden, B.C., 250-272-1212, rargolden.ca

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