If you are looking for the best Banff souvenirs or gifts to buy when you visit, then you are in luck! This post has plenty of unique souvenirs from Banff whether you just have one day in town or are planning a 3 day itinerary. Banff is well known to have lots of gifts to bring home to friends or family!
Banff is a resort town nestled in the Rocky Mountains in Alberta. It is located in Banff National Park and known for its stunning turquoise jewel lakes, and rugged mountains. It sees visitors who come for the winter wonderland and others who come for the summer hiking and remarkable Canadian scenery. Keep reading for all of the best Banff souvenirs!
Banff Souvenirs and Gifts
Shopping is one of those things to do in Banff that no one really plans ahead for. This list will allow you to narrow down what you are looking for and when you see it, you will not have to think twice about grabbing it! Whether you are about to embark on a multigenerational trip to Banff or are on a solo trip, you will find plenty of souvenir ideas in this post!
Probably what most people think of as one of the things that represent Canada is maple syrup. Available in gift shops all over Banff, as well as in airports and grocery stores, grab some to take home as it is one of the best Banff souvenirs to gift (or enjoy on your own breakfast after you have returned home!)
Tim Hortons Mug
Coffee and Tim Hortons are synonyms in Canada. Asking someone if they want a “Timmys” is the same as asking if they want a coffee. If you want to know what to buy in Banff and have a thing for coffee, skip the Starbucks cups and get yourself a Tim Horton’s Travel Mug from any Tim Horton’s store.
Alberta Sports Team Merchandise
Canada may be a tiny country in terms of population, but its population love of sports, especially hockey, runs deep. Canadians love to get behind their favorite sports teams and athletes and wearing a hockey jersey is a typically Canadian outfit.
It would be fitting to support the Calgary Flames or Edmonton Oilers Hockey teams. If football is your thing, consider the Calgary Stampeders or Edmonton Football Team (they recently changed their name from the Edmonton Eskimos).
Buying a Team Canada hockey jersey in Banff is a better bet if you do not have a team in mind!
Christmas Ornaments from Banff
Banff offers a winter wonderland and a summer playground, depending on when you visit. If you are lucky enough to visit in the winter, skating on Lake Louise is definitely one of the best places to go skating in the world. If you like to collect Christmas ornaments to put on your tree at home, do not miss the options in Banff souvenir shops all over town!
Aboriginal peoples have always made objects of artistic value. If you want to know what to buy in Canada to display in your home or to give as a gift, purchase some authentic Indigenous art.
When you are shopping for souvenirs in Banff, make sure you purchase Canadian made Indigenous art and not factory-made reproductions.
Looking for more information on Indigenous Experiences. I have a post all about Indigenous experiences in Alberta. If you are looking for Métis experiences as well as a gift shop, add Métis Crossing to your Alberta trip. It is not in Banff, but if you are road tripping in Alberta, it is worth a stop and overnight!
Fridge Magnets from Banff
Are you a fridge magnet collector? If so, Banff will not disappoint. Whether you want a cute animal, or perhaps a realistic photo instead, you will be able to find it at any of the souvenir shops in Banff.
Banff Souvenir Innukshuk
An Inukshuk is a figure made of mild stones or boulders used as a form of communication throughout Canada’s Arctic. They were traditionally constructed by the Inuit and have become intertwined with representations of Canada. In the Arctic, they are used for practical reasons, such as navigational aids, coordination points and message centers. They have also been known to be used for spiritual means. These are very popular Canadian souvenirs and you can find them in shops all over Canada, not just in Banff!
Hats and T-shirts and Bears Oh My!
Whether you are a hat person or a t-shirt person there is the perfect one for anyone in Banff. Whether you are looking for a cute design for kids or designer performance wear, you will find all of that in Banff’s plethora of shopping options. If you need to bring something home for a loved one, a T-shirt is a popular thing to buy in Banff for a friend or family member
Book a Photoshoot and Print your Photos
One of my favorite souvenirs has always been photos! But I always find myself behind the camera. Now when I travel, I book a local photographer! Not knowing any locals, I turn to Flytographer! It is easy! If you believe that memories make the best souvenirs, then book a photo shoot while you are in Banff! If you use the code LINDSAY you will get $25 off your booking as well!
Once you are home, upload your photos to Photowall and hang those memories on your walls at home! These are some of my favorite souvenirs and I can enjoy them every day!
Banff Souvenir Conclusions
I hope this post has given you plenty of Banff souvenir ideas for when you visit this remarkable part of Canada. Whether it is for yourself or gifts for a loved one, you will have plenty of shopping options while visiting this popular Canadian town! If you found time to explore Lake Louise (and I highly suggest you do) check out these perfect lake captions for your photos when you share them online!
Lindsay Nieminen hails from Vancouver, Canada and shares her love of travel on this website. She is passionate about showing others that they should not put off traveling the world just because they have young children or are single parents. She aims to encourage them to seek out adventure, whether it is at home or abroad by providing information on how just about everywhere can be a destination to explore as a family.