Banff resort information & après-ski
Banff has somewhat of a reputation as a party town with young Canadians, boasting a vibrant nightlife scene along its central streets.
The St. James Gate Irish Pub (tel: +1 403 762 9355; www.stjamesgatebanff.com) is a traditional Irish tavern that has a great selection of beers to sample. Additionally, The Rose & Crown (tel: +1 403 762 2121; www.roseandcrown.ca) serves Canadian beers and cocktails, is open until 0200, and has live nightly music.
For those looking for something a little out of the ordinary, head to Wild Bill's Legendary Saloon (tel: +1 403 762 0333; www.wildbillsbanff.com) for some late night line dancing - the extra daring can even try calf roping.
Banff caters well to skiers with a fondness for food, boasting a huge array of eateries, from traditional to international and budget to luxury.
Evelyn's Coffee Bar (tel: +1 403 762 0352; www.evelynscoffeebar.com) is a great place to grab a homemade muffin and a hot drink while waiting for the ski bus. For something more substantial, taste Albertan AAA-grade beef at Melissa's (tel: +1 403 762 5511; www.melssteak.com), which offers a good-value steak dinner.
Vegetarian skiers need not fear, Banff has a huge choice of establishments catering to herbivores including Nourish (tel: +1 403 760 3933; www.nourishbistro.com), a much-loved restaurant on Bear Street, that serves a number of inventive meals, including Mac & Squeeze, which the restaurant claims, ‘you’ll love so much you’ll want to hug your chef’.
The award-winning Maple Leaf (tel: +1 403 760 7680; www.banffmapleleaf.com) sources fresh Canadian seafood and specialities such as bison stroganoff or organic game from local farms.