This is the sports equipment and ski rental shop at the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel in Banff (underneath the Conference Centre). I went in to buy some swimming shorts, and realised I'd hit on a great source of local information on all sorts of outdoor activities. It looks just like an outdoor clothing shop, but is clearly a lot more.
I got talking about good cycle rides and the really friendly staff (especially the owner Bec) was very forthcoming with recommendations for bike rides in the area, as well as information about the hotel spa and the local hot springs.
As well as the ski and snowboard rental, the shop does bike (and bear spray!) rental, and sells all the maps you'll need for walking and cycling in the Banff area. They also run a hiking register for those going out alone or in small groups, which is a nice touch. Highly recommended.
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