by Agatha Gilmore | October 01, 2012
The city recently was cited as one of Canada's top 10 food and wine destinations by TripAdvisor's Traveler's Choice Awards. The communities of Banff and Lake Louise offer about 130 bars and restaurants -- many of which cater to the aprés-ski crowd, since the area is home to nearly 8,000 acres of slopes.

Meeting Hotels
Properties include the 768-room Fairmont Banff Springs, 414-room Banff Centre, 244-room Inns of Banff, 211-room Banff Park Lodge, 171-room Banff Rocky Mountain Resort and 108-room Buffalo Mountain Lodge.

Convention Center
The Banff Centre; exhibit space, 5,920 square feet; total meeting space, 72,000 square feet; number of meeting rooms, 60; (403) 762-6435

Airport Transit
Calgary International Airport, a 90-minute drive to Banff. Transfer cost by Banff Airporter bus, about US$119 roundtrip; by limousine, about US$300

Hotel room tax, 4%; sales tax, 5%; tourism improvement fee, 2%; total tax on hotel rooms, 11%

Group Venues
 Treat attendees to dazzling views of the Canadian Rockies at the Panorama Restaurant, in the Summit Complex at the top of Sulphur Mountain. The 200-seat eatery is accessible by an eight-minute, jaw-droppingly gorgeous gondola ride. (403) 762-2523

Embrace the spirit of the Canadian Old West at Wild Bill's Legendary Saloon,  Banff's largest restaurant, bar and entertainment venue. The kind of joint where you won't feel out of place wearing spurs, W.B.'s features smokehouse dining, live music and dancing (including line dancing). The venue can accommodate up to 600 people for a reception or 220 for dinner. (403) 760-7581

Banff-Lake Louise Tourism Bureau, (403) 762-8421