Banff

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Banff is a treasure trove of Native American crafts (including fine pottery and jewelry), Canadian landscape art, hardy adventure gear and skiwear, western duds, gourmet goodies, and kitschy schlock. Boutiques, galleries, and malls line the main drag, Banff Avenue. Sightseeing attractions such as the Gondola and Whyte Museum also offer fine shops, as does the Fairmont Banff Springs.

Shopping in Banff

About Canada Gallery and Gift Store of Banff

In the market for a fearsome Inuit mask or whalebone carving? Soapstone grizzly sculptures, aurora borealis photos, Albertan mammoth ivory tusk jewelry or even Native American-inspired clothing? Start here.

105 Banff Ave., AB, 403-760-2996, www.aboutcanada.ca
Tags: shopping | crafts | gallery | home | clothing

Canada House

For over 33 years, Canada House Gallery has proudly showcased regional artists from various cultures. You’ll find top-quality Inuit pieces, landscape and nature paintings, animal sculptures, duck decoys, multi-hued glass art, and ceramics.

201 Bear St., AB, 800-419-1298, www.canadahouse.com
Tags: shopping | expensive | smart splurge | jewelry | crafts | gallery

Fairmont Banff Springs

Called "The Castle in the Rockies," this 120-year-old, 778-unit property lives up to its nickname with splendid restaurants (buffet breakfasts are legendary at Bow Valley Grill), a sybaritic 38,000-square-foot spa, championship-quality golf course, and lavish rooms, most with jaw-dropping views.

405 Spray Ave., AB, 403-762-2211, www.fairmont.com/banffsprings
Tags: luxury | romance | family | golf | business | shopping | expensive | historic | smart splurge | swimming pool | resort | bowling

Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise

This eco-conscious grande dame, with its arched picture windows and hand-painted ceilings, reigns over the lake. Mount Temple Wing’s rooms are bigger, but Painter Wing’s rooms have the best lake views.

111 Lake Louise Dr., AB, 403-522-3511, www.fairmont.com/lakelouise
Tags: luxury | romance | family | business | shopping | expensive | historic | smart splurge | swimming pool | resort

Jacques Cartier Clothier

Head here for high-quality sportswear made from the finest alpaca, cashmere, muskox qiviuk and vicuña.

131A Banff Ave., AB, 403-762-5445, www.qiviuk.com
Tags: luxury | shopping | expensive | smart splurge | clothing

Philippe of Banff

Jewelry mavens love Philippe’s one-of-a-kind pieces in ammolite, a semi-precious stone whose hues range from crimson to chartreuse (some works resemble frosted abstract stained glass). Exclusive Polar Ice diamonds are sold here too.

111 Banff Ave., AB, 403-760-8744, www.philippeofbanff.com
Tags: luxury | shopping | expensive | boutique | jewelry | designer

Pika Village

Another Canadian-themed store, Pika Village offers a little bit of everything including native carvings, fleece jackets, Ice Glacier bath items, and delicacies like smoked salmon and icewine chocolates.

221 Banff Ave, AB, 403-760-2622
Tags: family | shopping | moderate | souvenirs | crafts | culinary | gallery | home | clothing

Three Wild Women

This fun stylish boutique lives up to its name, with wildly colored “bodacious” blouses, whimsical purses, and one-of-a-kind accessories.

211 Bear St., AB, 403-762-3222, www.bisoncourtyard.ca/wild_women.htm
Tags: shopping | boutique | jewelry | souvenirs | crafts | designer | clothing | vintage

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