There’s something about the mountain air that brings out an energetic spirit, and anyone who has visited Banff National Park has likely felt it. Here’s where to experience the unique mountain culture energy that comes with Banff’s thriving arts scene.

Go to Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity 

Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity is internationally renowned for its programs and workshops for writers, artists and musicians. There are also ticketed performances and exhibitions held here throughout the year. Soak up the creative atmosphere and enjoy a meal at the Three Ravens Restaurant & Wine Bar on campus. The restaurant boasts spectacular views and elegant food and is a popular hangout with locals. Also at the centre, don’t miss the Family Winter Arts Festival (February 17 and 18, 2019) where you can enjoy live music and a magic show over the Family Day long weekend. Banff Centre also hosts outdoor concerts throughout the summer.

Eat and Drink at Park Distillery

Park Distillery on Banff Avenue serves up gin, vodka, mountain schnapps and bitters on the site of the former Giorgio’s Trattoria restaurant. Take a distillery tour for a behind-the-scenes appreciation of the distilling craft. Read more about Park Distillery here.

See Public Art 

Stroll through downtown Banff, where you can check out a variety of public art installations, from the paintings on the exterior wall of Banff Town Hall to the one that always makes the kids stop and play—a bronze sculpture depicting a historic mountain campsite at the corner of Banff Avenue and Elk Street.