Our Top Five Picnic Spots in Banff
When you’re in Canada’s First National Park and arguably one of the most beautiful spots in the world, a picnic is a natural fit. Sit, eat, relax and enjoy nature! Some of our favourite spots to grab a picnic lunch from are: Wild Flour Bakery and JK Bakery or if you’d rather stop by the grocery store and build your own, Nester’s has an awesome selection.
Banff Recreation Grounds
A perfect picnic spot (especially for travellers with kids). There are picnic shelters available with fire pits, so you can cook your hot dogs and corn on the cob over an open fire.
Playgrounds with slides and swings for the littles to burn off some pent up energy. A skateboard park, basketball and tennis court for older “kids” all situated along the picturesque
shores of the bow river with stunning mountain views in all directions.
Pretty much smack dab in the middle of town and only 5 min walk from the hotel, Central Park is one of my favorite picnic spots. If you don’t picnic right in central park, there are also tons of great spots along the bow river pathway from here with park benches or flat sitting boulders where you could lay out a picnic blanket. If you happen to be in Banff on a Wednesday in the summer time during the Banff Farmers Market, there will be live music played from the Central Park Gazebo. Adding a little extra atmosphere to your picnic lunch!
Cascade Ponds is a beautiful little body of blue green water with a gentle walking trail surrounding it. There are picnic shelters on the Western side of the lake complete with fire pits and picnic tables. Beautiful views of Cascade Mountain tower above you. Bring a blanket or your own picnic chairs to get a prime sunning spot along the water.
In the Stoney Indian Language, Lake Minnewanka means “Water of the Spirits”. This beautiful mountain lake is about a 20 minute scenic drive from downtown Banff. There are picnic tables and a shelter along the lake and for those of you who would rather buy your lunch, there is a café up there too. The hiking trails along Lake Minnewanka are beautiful and perfect for a novice mountain biker too.
For the more adventurous at heart, we recommend Tunnel Mountain as our final picnic spot. Be ready to lace up your hikers and walk for about 30-45 minutes uphill (depending on how many breaks you take for pictures on the way up). At the summit, there is an angling piece of rock that is perfect for sitting and munching on your packed lunch. You can’t beat the views from the summit and food always tastes a little better after you’ve worked for it.