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COWS Banff

#2 of 11 Dessert in Banff
Certificate of Excellence
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134 Banff Avenue, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta AB T1L, Canada (Formerly Cows Ice Cream)
+1 403-760-3493
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Yarmouth, Canada
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161 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 December 2016

They are right on Banff Ave, so easy to find. Ice cream is delicious, with about 20 different flavours. Staff are friendly and helpful and the shirts are always timely and entertaining. Reasonable prices for great ice cream.

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1 Thank RSoxFamily2011
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 December 2016 via mobile

Every Mother's Day weekend, for the past 10 years, my daughter and I travel 5 hours, to our favorite place. Banff is the heart of the Alberta Rockies, and any time of year, is the best time to visit! Every evening, following our day of exploring the town, we enjoy the best ice cream in Canada, at Cows. This quaint... More 

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1 Thank Sherri F
Dunblane, Scotland, United Kingdom
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24 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 December 2016

Long queues out the door, but well worth it! Amazing range of flavours - glad to have the queue as you needed the time to decide what to choose! Really fun, and very memorable.

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1 Thank Lorrie F
Mumbai
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48 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 December 2016

The line was worth it...and was a meal by itself. The board which claimed to be the BEST ice cream in the world lives up to its name. Did not know about this place, just discovered it while walking from the old banff bridge to our Hotel. The best part was that the staff was patient to let us try... More 

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1 Thank Viraf H
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17 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2016 via mobile

Amazing ice cream! They have a great selection of ice cream flavours! They accommodated my peanut allergy just fine. They also let me know that they do use almond extract in their cones. I'm fine with that, but if you have a nut allergy I would avoid.

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1 Thank Marcel J
Auckland, New Zealand
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107 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2016 via mobile

I read about this place in the local directory and on trip advisor and was not disappointed. Be an autumn evening (and quite a cool one) there was no line when I went in so I was lucky to be served right away. I'm a chocolate addict so have the chocolate cheesecake and loved every mouthful. The cone was nice... More 

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1 Thank Brooke-KiwiTraveller
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25 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 November 2016

The line up is crazy. It goes out the door and down the street! If you are feeling fine to lineup the ice-cream is good, but it wouldn't be a bad idea to just go to McDonalds either...

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1 Thank Marilyn R
Calgary, Canada
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94 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016

They offer various flavours and choices of cones. I had the chocolate brownie cone--very delicious. There are also chocolate cones or sprinkled cones.

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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494 reviews
214 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 148 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016

We have had COWS ice cream before and enjoyed it. However, at this location we could not get anyone to help us. There was one lady working, and she was too busy to get us some ice cream. We were the only customers so it shouldn't have been a problem. We finally just walked out.

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2 Thank CKT808
toronto
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228 reviews
136 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 213 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016

When we tried this place many years ago, it was the BOMB. Now, there are these ridiculous line ups for mediocre ice cream. The portions were very small. We are spoiled by Kawarthas ice cream. I do enjoy checking out the "cow" paraphernalia.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Canadian
Meals
Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 134 Banff Avenue, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta AB T1L, Canada (Formerly Cows Ice Cream)
  • Location: Canada  >  Alberta  >  Canadian Rockies  >  Banff National Park  >  Banff
  • Phone Number: +1 403-760-3493

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?