Sights and Events Around Banff, Alberta
The eight-minute ascent of Sulphur Mountain on the Banff Gondola carries you 2,900 feet above the town. At the summit terminal, soak up 360-degree views of Banff National Park and six snow-clad ranges. You can also grab a bite at one of two restaurants or join a stargazing party.
Mounted elk and trout, jelly bean–size speckled bird eggs, petrified wood, and 5,000 other Victorian-era botanical and zoological curiosities fill the Banff Park Museum. The 1903 multilevel masterpiece—a wonder of log construction, with a honey-toned Douglas fir interior—is the oldest surviving federal building in a Canadian national park.
Hand-thrown ceramic vases, intricate sterling silver rings, linocut prints of birch trees in winter: Virtually all the unique household decor and gift items at Branches Marketplace were designed or crafted in Canada.
Looking to cozy up when the thermometer dips? A jacket lined with faux Sherpa fur or a set of plaid sheets should do the trick. At the Rocky Mountain Flannel Company, the cotton apparel and bedding is all designed in-house.