In Banff I would encourage you to check out a performance or event at the Banff Centre. They have wonderful art exhibits, dance performances, speakers, etc. Their website is www.banffcentre.ca.
There are also movie theatres in both Banff and Jasper.
The Banff Centre has lots of events in the summer; check their website for details:
But aside from that, and assuming that you don't want to shop, there's no reason why you shouldn't continue sightseeing after supper and until it gets dark. When are you planning to visit?
Lk Louise is very quiet after dark but the other cities have nice restaraunts and shops that stay open late.
I second the suggestions of The Banff Centre. Also, if you like quiet places (it sounds as if you do) consider taking a picnic supper on a drive out to Vermilion Lakes or Johnston Lake. Maybe even stay until it gets dark and you can look at the stars without the interference of man-made lights.
Another consideration: if you make a conscious effort to stay in your NY time zone, and so you pack it in early each evening, and get up at dawn, you will see wildlife and sunrise views that few others will see.
Get up early to avoid crowds, hit the trails for great hikes, you'll fall asleep early.
Pack a picnic and take your wife to the Mount Norquay Viewpoint or the Vermillion Lakes Viewpoint. Rent a canoe on the river - Blue Canoe is open in the evenings! Rent a cruiser bike and cruise the Vermillion Lakes Road.
Taking a drive in the evening is always the best time to see wildlife. Drive up to Storm Mountain Lodge or Baker Creek Lodge for dinner. Make a reservation first. The roads surrounding these places are beautiful and common to see wildlife on an evening drive. These 2 places are romantic, incredible places with great food, ambience and dining.
Take a wildlife tour with Discover Banff Tours if you are interested in learning more about Canadian Wildlife.
Take an evening nature float trip with Canadian Rockies Rafting. You have a great chance of seeing wildlife on the river!
Culturally, check to see if there is anything of interest playing at the Banff Centre:
And Banff has a movie theatre if you want to catch a flick....
In Lake Louise, the evening activity of choice is relaxing and relaxing. It's a very small village. Take a stroll on the shoreline of Lake Louise - the light is different in the evening. Take an evening drive to Moraine Lake or Bow Lake.
We are going to the Rockies this Friday (and we are VERY excited!) and we have a similar question. Are there evenings park programs available as well (campfires, guided hikes, etc) in Banff or Jasper that are made available by Parks Canada?
Thank you for your assistance.
Yes indeed, andrews08 - here is a page with info about those programs:
Thanks for your help banff, I'm in the process of saving the schedules!
Not everyone's cup of tea, but you can always wonder the tourist shops of Banff Avenue, some are open as late as 11pm. I like to grab a tea or coffee and go for a walk along the river. Just head to the end of Banff Avenue (towards the bridge) and turn right at the corner where the photo shop is.
As already suggested, Vermillion Lakes is very nice in the evening. As the sun is setting the light on Mount Rundle and the reflections in the water are beautiful. Sometimes there are some colourful sunsets.