If you've ever seen a beautiful, picturesque photo of Alberta and its snowy rocky mountains, there's a 99% chance it was a shot of Banff. While Banff is super popular with both tourists and locals, it's been hiding a hot, creamy and chocolatey secret from the rest of us. This hot chocolate trail in Alberta is a dream-come-true for those of us with a sweet tooth and you have to try it if you're in the province this month.\nIf you're hard-pressed to find places off the beaten path in Banff, then this trail is an easy way to explore some of the city's sweetest treats.\nThis is the ultimate date experience in Alberta if your s/o loves chocolate and a fun way to see the city in a new way.\nThe Hot Chocolate Trail is like a self-guided crawl around nine of the best cafes and restaurants in Banff.\nEach place will have its own unique twist on the hot drink, but our favourites are the boozy ones.\nThe Balkan Restaurant will be doing an adults-only drink called the Hot Chocolate Rasta with Kahlua and Malibu coconut rum.\nAlso, the Park Distillery will be serving up the Park Double Dutch that's made with espresso, with either vanilla or chilli vodka in a plant-based dark concoction.\nOf course, if you love the classic version of a boozed-up hot chocolate, then you have to try the one they're serving at Baker Creek Mountain Resort that has a ton of refreshing peppermint schnapps.\nBanff is always a Christmas-lover's paradise, but this hot chocolate trail is making it OTT this year.\nView this post on Instagram "Baby it's cold outside". ☃️ #deanmartin #hotchocolate #banffstock #coffeegram #fairmonthotels #accorhotels #leclubaccorhotels #banff #banffnationalpark #banffsprings #eatlocal #drinklocal #supportlocal #mybanffchristmas #hotchocolatetrail A post shared by Phillip (@gentlemanexpat) on Dec 5, 2019 at 2:00pm PST\nWhether you love your yours with a mountain of whipped cream or you like it more straight-up classic chocolate, expect to find some adorable and Instagrammable surprises as you drink your way along the trail.\nView this post on Instagram Oh Christmas Tree 🎄 #coffeeart A post shared by Loren Heider (@lrheider) on Dec 3, 2019 at 6:39pm PST\nHere's a list of participating locations:\nPark Distillery\n\n\nLittle Wild\n\n\nWild Flour\n\n\nSTOCK\n\n\nThe Juniper Bistro\n\n\nNourish Bistro\n\n\nGood Earth Coffeehouse \n\n\nBaker Creek Mountain Resort\n\n\nBanff Gondola\n\n\nThe Balkan\nView this post on Instagram ☕Warm up on the Banff Hot Chocolate Trail☕ 🌶Come in and try our Chilli Chai Hot Chocolate! 🍫It is made with chocolate almond milk to keep it vegan, of course! 📆1st-31st December 🎁Once a week a surprise gift will be given to one of you lucky souls who come in to try the hot choccie! Share your moment #mybanffchristmas . 💞Each venue on the trail offer a unique hot chocolate so make sure you check out the other participants: @wildflourbanff @littlewildcoffeebanff @parkdistillery @banffbalkan @goodearthcoffee @fairmontbanff @juniperbanff @banffgondola @bakercreekmountainresort . . . #nourish #nourishyourself #nourishbistrobanff #veganbanff #veganfood #bestofbanff #banffrestaurants #banffcafes #localbanff #banffchristmas #christmasinbanff #hotchocolatetrail #veganhotchocolate u A post shared by Nourish Bistro & Bar (@nourishbistro) on Dec 1, 2019 at 1:06pm PST\nTo find out more about the Banff Hot Chocolate Trail and plan your romantic date night, check out their website.\nWhile you're in Banff, check out this magical Christmas castle that's straight out of a Netflix holiday movie.\nBanff & Lake Louise Tourism\nBanff Hot Chocolate Trail\nPrice: Varies\nWhen: Until December 31\nAddress: Various locations in Banff\nWhy You Need To Go: Sip your way along the romantic trail that's been kept a secret for too long.\nWebsite\nThere are stories everywhere. If you spot a newsworthy event in your city, send us a message, photo, or video @NarcityCanada on Twitter and Instagram.