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The 10 best things to do in Banff

With snow-capped peaks and turquoise lakes shimmering like gems among the trees – the Canadian Rockies are lookers, alright. But while some other places in the area have their ski spots or their spa days, Banff National Park truly has it all. From 360-degree mountain views from the town’s main street to summiting peaks via ski-lift, gondola or sheer willpower to charming downtown restaurants, there are countless places where you can take in the atmosphere. Done something on this list and loved it? Share it with the hashtag #TimeOutDoList and tag @TimeOutEverywhere. Find out more about how Time Out selects the very best things to do all over the world.

The 11 best restaurants in Banff

One of the major plus-sides about a town like Banff – as in, a town almost purely populated by visitors – is that places offering cultural experiences magnify the Canada factor to the nth degree. And this is most apparent in the cuisine. Banff’s restaurants are much like the town itself – a touch of warmth and comfort nestled among the spectacular peaks of the Rockies, a must-visit in our list of the best things to do in Banff. Top chefs have brought their skills here, with dishes from all over the world represented, but each restaurant has a Western Canadian stamp of its own.