Sep. 19, 2016
By Where writers
Treat yourself to stylish souvenirs or get ready for a day on the trails, with these best buys in Banff National Park.
Want a practical and stylish outfit? Helly Hansen’s Latitude 92 sneakers are on-trend and durable for walking or biking. Billabong’s (at Cascade Shops) light, ruffled dresses pair with loose-fit sweaters for cool nights. Whimsical jewellery from Cabin 108 (108 Banff Ave) finishes the look.
Independent Tea Company
Celebrating 10 years in 2017, Banff Tea Co. was founded by Plain of Six Glaciers Teahouse proprietor Susanne Gilles-Smith. Longtime manager (and Susanne’s friend) Siona Gartshore now owns the shop. Find exclusive tea creations, a free daily sample, ‘sniffer tins’ for all 180 loose leaf teas, and Banff Tea Co. labeled bags that are great for gifts. Drop in for tea tastings Mondays 6 to 8 pm (except holidays).
Lorna Hiebert’s art is to both admire and wear. Her hand-beveled appliqué jackets at Canadian Naturally and A Piece of the Peak feature First Nations and Voyageur designs. Hiebert creates a 3D effect by shaving the edges of multiple layers of fabric.
Bactrax has gear for a spontaneous adventure; don’t worry if you forgot to pack your fishing pole, mountain bike, rain suit or binoculars. Want to pitch a tent? They have backpacking and car camping packages. Staff suggest scenic routes.
Hitting the trails? Don’t forget these…
Lifa Stay Dry tops from Helly Hansen move moisture from skin even during strenuous activity.
Merino hiking socks from Patagonia allow feet to be blissfully blister-free.
Maui Jim sunglasses from The North Face Store have PolarizedPlus lenses that eliminate glare and reveal vivid colours.
Bear spray from Chateau Mountain Sports can be an ally during an unexpected encounter.
Therm-a-Rest seats from Monod Sports pack small and inflate to comfort bony butts.
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