Planning your Stay in Calgary & Area
If time allows for only one evening's stay with us, we are pleased that you can stop by. However, we recommend a minimum of two nights at the Riverpath because of the fine quality of the setting, the many wonderful activities available, the excellent restaurants, bars and coffee houses and the convenient centrality to the Downtown Core.
View of Stampede Fireworks from Our Deck
Calgary Skyline at Night
View from Fort Calgary to the Calgary Tower
You’ll notice that most attractions are within walking distance. You can get along without a vehicle quite easily. So if you plan on renting a vehicle at some point in your journey, wait until you spend a couple days in Calgary on foot. Walking is by far the best way to see the city.
Street Scene in Inglewood
Inglewood boasts many interesting shops, restaurants, cafes and bars.
Local Inglewood Colour
Calgary has a number of other walkable shopping districts with boutiques, quaint shops, chic fashions and numerous hidden treasures waiting to be found.
Banff & Area
- Kananaskis Village for a stay in a pretty mountain resort. Take your bicycles to pedal the extensive bicycle paths to some magical place for a picnic lunch.
- Nakoda Lodge on scenic Highway 1A for a taste of Native culture and cuisine in a lovely lodge overlooking a lake (excellent Sunday brunches) Take a canoe ride after.
- Cave and Basin Museum — site of original hot springs for a fun cave experience. Take the small hike up the hill outside the cave to see the tropical fish living in the thermal stream pools.
- Beautiful Cascade Gardens behind old Banff Administration Building (free).
- Bow Falls for a healthy “misting” from cascading waters.
- Banff Springs Hotel for an ice cream cone and a stroll through castle-like chambers.
- Upper Hot Springs for a soothing soak/swim in one of the last natural sulfur hot springs (they rent bathing suits).
- Gondola for a ride up to the top of Sulfur Mountain for a panoramic view of the valley.
- Shopping along Banff Avenue — sample candy from the many candy shops or visit Whyte Art Gallery to see work from local artists.
- Tunnel Mountain for a scenic drive which also takes you by the Banff School of Fine Arts. The drive up to Norquay ski hill offers a wonderful vista of Banff town site.
- Buffalo Paddock to see live bison safari-style from your car.
- Johnson Canyon for a pleasant hike to some pretty falls — on your way to Lake Louise.
- Lake Louise or deep turquoise-coloured Moraine Lake where the trailhead to the famous “Sentinal Pass Day Hike” begins (especially beautiful in the fall when the larch trees turn yellow) (approx. 2 hr. hike up).
- Radium Hot Springs for a swim in a lovely pool built into a picturesque gorge.
- The village of Canmore to meet the warm people. Many artists reside here. There is a pretty drive up past the Nordic Centre and on to the Spray Lakes. Take a quick hike up to the magical Grassi Lake (1 hour hike) to see historical Indian pictographs and an ancient marine wall. During the summer one can ride their mountain bicycle from the Goat Creek trailhead all the way down into Banff.