Whether you’re hiking, skiing, snowboarding or just taking in the sights, the fresh mountain air is sure to help you work up an appetite. Satisfy your post outing hunger pains and grab a tasty drink at one of these Banff, Canmore or Lake Louise restaurants before heading back to the city.
Eddie Burger Bar
Make a pit stop at the always busy Eddie Burger Bar if you’re in the mood for a deliciously big gourmet burger. With beef, lamb, elk and veggie patties, your taste buds will be drooling over the numerous topping options. Go ahead and choose the cone of fries as your side — you deserve it. Wash it all down with a pint or try one of their boozy milkshakes to complete the après ski experience.
Rundle and Ramsay Lounges
These two classic lounges at the Fairmont Banff Springs are the perfect places to enjoy the grandeur of the hotel without spending the night. At the Rundle Lounge, enjoy breathtaking views while sipping on a specialty cocktail like the Canadian Maple. Up at the Ramsay Lounge’s mahogany bar, try one of the cocktails from the new mixology program like the Midnight Passion. Both lounges offer food menus too.
The Grizzly Paw Brewing Company
With something to satisfy everyone, The Grizzly Paw Brewing Company makes both beer and its own sodas. Its extensive menu features Canadian classics like poutine and fish and chips along with fun versions of favourite foods like candied bacon. Schedule a tour of the brewery to sample all the beers and sodas. What’s better than enjoying a cold Canadian beer while staring at the gorgeous mountains?
Pizza Construction Co.
A Canmore staple for 30 years, Pizza Construction Co. serves up pies to die for. Its in-house made dough and tomato sauce is the base for the locally sourced toppings. If you’re in a rush, order your pizza from the ski hill and pick it up on your way home. These pizzas are so good, you might be making a trip out to the mountains more often.
1 Silvertip Trail, 403-678-6666, pizzaconstruction.com
Ice Lounge at Deer Lodge
Warm up from the inside out at the Deer Lodge’s new ice lounge. Located on the hotel’s front patio, the ice lounge features two ice benches covered in sheepskin throws. Sip on one of the lounge’s specialty cocktails like the Maple Manhattan and Grizzly Nail. If you’re in need of something instantly warming, cup your hands around a mug of hot sweet cider before hitting the lodge’s rooftop hot tub.
Post Hotel & Spa
The highly regarded Lake Louise Dining Room at the Post Hotel & Spa serves some of the best food in the mountains and is the epitome of après ski. Along with its fine food, the Post Hotel is known for its wine cellar with over 25,000 bottles. This winter, the hotel also opened a new Fondue Stubli restaurant. Cap off your day in the mountains with a Swiss chocolate fondue in a classic rustic setting for a truly decadent experience.
Photo courtesy Fairmont Banff Springs