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.
If 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.
This 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.
The Hot Chocolate Trail is like a self-guided crawl around nine of the best cafes and restaurants in Banff.
Each place will have its own unique twist on the hot drink, but our favourites are the boozy ones.
The Balkan Restaurant will be doing an adults-only drink called the Hot Chocolate Rasta with Kahlua and Malibu coconut rum.
Also, 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.
Of 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.
Banff is always a Christmas-lover's paradise, but this hot chocolate trail is making it OTT this year.
Whether 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.
Here's a list of participating locations:
To find out more about the Banff Hot Chocolate Trail and plan your romantic date night, check out their website.
While you're in Banff, check out this magical Christmas castle that's straight out of a Netflix holiday movie.
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Banff Hot Chocolate Trail
When: Until December 31
Address: Various locations in Banff
Why You Need To Go: Sip your way along the romantic trail that's been kept a secret for too long.