Market day in Banff is Wednesdays (8am to about 4pm). Ginger and Nutmeg decided to ride to Banff, from Canmore, on the path that is officially called the Banff Legacy Trail. Although, his Royal Highness The Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex officially opened a completed section on July 24th, the rest of the trail is not technically opened as there are five bridge sections yet to be finished. If the current level of bike, roller-blade and foot traffic is any indication the trail will be very well utilized. The Banff Legacy Trail is a significantly safer option than riding on the shoulder of the TransCanada.
The Banff “market” is located at Bumpers as you first enter the town and that is the good news, as there is no need to drive down main street. Currently, the market is essentially one vendor, Glen and his tractor trailer from BC. Regardless of the limited choice in vendors, there is a wide variety of fresh Okanagan produce. When Ginger and Nutmeg arrived, in the mid-afternoon, there was a line up of people buying all the great offerings. So small is fine, in this town…the produce is fresh, relatively local and far better than Safeway down the street.
If you are in Banff on a Wednesday, in the Summer or early Fall, do make a trip to the market – with more support the vendor base may grow over time and if not you will certainly not go wrong with Glen’s selection. Maybe it will be a Whistler market one day.
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