Two decades before confederation, The Hudson’s Bay Company asked two Quebec priests to travel west to minister to the company’s employees on the West Coast. During the journey, they travelled through the Rockies, where they stumbled upon Banff and established St. Mary’s of the Assumption. In 1888, the community built a log-cabin church for a Catholic parish, but in 1950, St. Mary’s upgraded to a grander building, designed by the resident priest (a former architectural engineer with the Banff Springs Hotel). The church is still in active and provides regular services.
The Cosmic Ray Station on Sulphur Mountain in Banff National Park was built by the National Research Council in the winter of 1956-57. Take a short walk along the interpretive boardwalk to Sanson’s Peak and peer into the structure where Norman Sanson recorded his observations for 30 years.
This art gallery on Banff Avenue offers visitors a close-up view of nature without venturing beyond the Banff townsite. All in The Wild Gallery features the work of Jason Leo Bantle, a prolific wildlife photographer who combines scientific knowledge of the natural world (he has a master’s degree in ecology) with an artistic eye to create stunning images of the region’s flora and fauna. The Banff gallery is one of six galleries Bantle operates in Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Ontario, all of which raise funds for conservation efforts.
Dogsled Tours operate at 9 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. and include hotel pick up and drop off. Banff Gondola tickets must be booked for a certain day and time. Hot Springs passes are open tickets and can be used at anytime.
Explore the city of Edmonton, discover the amazing spectacle of Maligne Canyon, take a sleigh ride by the picturesque Lake Louise and hear stories of Banff's indigenous people on this independent journey.
Enjoy 7 nights twin share in a Fairmont Room at the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel and a 5 day Tri-Area lift pass valid at Mt Norquay, Sunshine and Lake Louise ski areas.
Rocky Mountain Photo Adventures is a Banff based, locally operated business offering custom designed tours, workshops and seminars in Banff National Park and the Canadian Rocky Mountains. They are knowledgeable and super enthusiastic about developing your photography skills and enjoyment of our amazing scenery in this world-class travel photography destination. They are passionate about the wider photography community and actively engage in educational, environmental and wildlife events and projects, both independently and through partnerships. Rocky Mountain Photo Adventures is a proud sponsor of the iconic Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival.
Since the early 1900s the Brewster family has shared their love of the breathtaking Canadian Rockies with visitors from around the world. As the oldest outfitting company in Alberta, Brewster Adventures offers a unique and knowledgeable perspective on Banff National Park. Embark on a backcountry adventure and ride the historic Horse Drive trail to the Brewster Company Ranch. Attend a famous Western BBQ and Barn Dance. Or, admire the spectacular scenery on a trail ride or winter sleigh ride in Lake Louise.
You’ll find some of the best year-round adventures in the world right here in the Canadian Rockies. Incredible summer hiking and walking, amazing winter ice walks, wildlife watching, and snowshoeing adventures. Take the time to experience them with your own exclusive guide. You choose the date, time, trip length and go at your own pace. Our expert guides and naturalists will make your outing the unique adventure you are looking for.
The annual SnowDays Festival is the highlight of the winter season in Banff and Lake Louise. A month-long celebration held during January and February, the festival features a variety of events, shows, and activities that combine history, culture and winter adventure.
Banff Park Museum National Historic Site is offering free admission Friday November 23, 2018. Visit for a glimpse of more than 5,000 botanical and zoological specimens. Enjoy the temporary exhibit 'Banff Bison Return', and stroll through exhibit cases filled with a collection of stuffed wildlife over one hundred years old. Don't forget to appreciate the building's architecture - this is oldest surviving federal building in any Canadian national park. In 2017, to celebrate Canada 150, Parks Canada offered free admission and welcomed over 27 million visitors. What better way to say “thank you” than to offer a free admission day? Admission is already free on Canada Day, but Parks Canada has added another day for you to enjoy your favourite activities without paying any admission fees.
The Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival takes place each fall in Banff, Alberta. It is nine epic days of mountain stories that includes profound journeys, unexpected adventures, and ground-breaking expeditions told by authors, photographers, and filmmakers from around the globe.