Let's not sleep on Canada (translation: not overlook Canada). It is a beautiful country and one of it's most spectacular features is Banff National Park. Banff National Park – Canada’s first national park – 1 1/2 hrs drive west of Calgary, Alberta, Canada. From Banff’s humble beginnings as a 26 square kilometer hot springs reserve, Banff National Park now consists of 6,641 square kilometers of unparalleled mountain scenery nestled in the heart of the magnificent Canadian Rockies.
Here in Banff, fine dining and sky-high views go hand-in-hand with the Canadian Rockies. Banff National Park's exceptional elevated dining and culinary scene is no exception and both Banff and Lake Louise boast restaurants that overlook glaciers, lakes, mountain peaks and the valley bottoms below. The views are jaw-dropping and unique in their own right, and in this post, we'll give you the insiders tips on the best restaurants with a view in Banff National Park.
If you get the privilege to go to Banff, make sure you check out the food and the view at these restaurants.
1. SKY BISTRO
Opened in2016, Sky Bistro is a unique dining experience to Banff National Park that incorporates an adventure at the Banff Gondola. Starting at the bottom of Sulphur Mountain, you ride the gondola up to the peak where you are greeted with a multi-level interpretive experience that features a theatre, Parks Canada ecology exhibit, gift shops, a rooftop viewing platform, and the boardwalk experience to Sanson Peak.
2. THREE RAVENS RESTAURANT AND WINE BAR
Three Ravens Restaurant and Wine Bar is elegant fine dining with exceptional service in a small setting provide an experience that one would expect in a downtown high-end restaurant except in the heart of the Canadian Rockies. Another restaurant with floor to ceiling windows, Three Ravens overlooks the western Bow Valley from its location up on Tunnel Mountain.
3. JUNIPER BISTRO
The Juniper Bistro is located in the Juniper Hotel. Perched at the beginning of Mount Norquay Road and overlooking Banff town, Mount Rundle, Vermilion Lakes, and the Bow Valley, the Juniper Bistro does a unique après menu in the winter to compliment a day of skiing and it features indoor and outdoor wood-burning fireplaces.
4. LAKEVIEW LOUNGE
Located at the famous Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, the Lakeview Lounge gives you a million-dollar view of none other than Lake Louise itself. Perfect for winter dining before or after a skate or sleigh ride on Lake Louise, the Lakeview Lounge is where you can capture the perfect dining experience at one of the world’s most famous lakes.
5. WHITEHORN BISTRO
Located at Lake Louise Ski Resort and Summer Gondola, Whitehorn Bistro is open from spring to fall, and again when the ski season starts in November at Lake Louise Ski Resort. Enjoy elevated views of Victoria Glacier, Lake Louise, and the valley bottom below across into British Columbia. Whitehorn Bistro also features a number of local beers and a menu to suit any adventurer.