Aurora Night Club
Large, modern nightclub.
Apres Ski Banff Lake Louise
Restaurants For Apres Ski Banff Lake Louise
Where to eat
Banff has a remarkably diverse choice of restaurants – you can eat everything from moussaka to chow mein or pizza. There are about 20 restaurants in Lake Louise, most of which are of a very high quality.
The Post Hotel & Spa, Lake Louise
The restaurant in the Post Hotel serves some of the best food in the Banff area. The chef, Hans Sauter, has worked in Japan and Hungary and brings these influences to his cooking, using fresh, locally-sourced produce where possible. One of Canada’s best wine cellars is here, with over 30,000 bottles of Old and New World wines.
200 Pipestone Road
Tel: 001 403 522 3989
Le Beaujolais, Banff
Although it is housed in slightly unprepossessing premises above shops in the centre of town, Le Beaujolais is a charming and popular restaurant that serves sophisticated French cuisine. The à la carte menu features dishes such as braised elk with wild boar bacon and roast quail with Swiss chard dumplings – or there’s a six-course surprise menu.
The corner of Banff Avenue and Buffalo Street
001 403 762 2712
The Maple Leaf, Banff
This is another classic Banff restaurant that specialises in Rocky Mountain game such as elk, bison and duck as well as lobster, scallops, oysters and mussels that are flown in fresh four times a week. The intimate restaurant is rustic-chic with an impressive wine cellar and impeccable service.
137 Banff Avenue
001 403 760 7680
Temple Lodge, Lake Louise
Generally speaking, the mountain restaurants in Banff (called day lodges) are fairly utilitarian. However, Temple Lodge, located on the Larch area of Lake is a rustic log building with a large sun terrace. There’s a café and the Sawyer’s Nook restaurant, which serves colossal salads, good pizzas and other basics.
Larch Area, Lake Louise Mountain
001 403 522 3555
Sunshine Chimney Corner Lounge, Sunshine Village
This sit-down restaurant in the Sunshine Village Lodge has a bright sunroom with great views over Lookout Mountain. Friendly staff serve excellent barbecued beef and a good selection of locally-brewed beers. For more basic food and a boisterous atmosphere, try the Mad Trapper’s Saloon next door in Old Sunshine Lodge.
001 403 277 7669
Best Après Ski Bars And Clubs
Given that skiers either have to drive or take a bus back to their hotel, après-ski doesn’t really kick off on the slopes or base villages in the same way as it does in Europe. In Banff the Rose and Crown, St James’s Gate and Tommy’s Neighbourhood Pub are popular with youngsters. Locals tend to prefer the slightly quieter Magpie & Stump and Wild Bill’s. Later on, there’s dancing in the Hoodoo Lounge and Aurora nightclubs.
Après-ski in Lake Louise tend to be limited to the hotel bars and special venues that combine dinner with entertainment – try Brewster’s Cowboy’s Barbecue & Dance Barn on Saturdays. For $CAD50 (£25) per person, you’ll be transported by sleigh to a barn by the lake and fed a cowboy dinner (hip of beef served on a pitchfork), followed by dancing to live, thigh-slapping cowboy tunes. Visit www.brewsteradventures.com for details.