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Banff Canadian Rockies

There’s a reason everybody’s heard of Banff. The mountain town's got a lot to love: historic charm, super beautiful natural surroundings, and all the amenities you could ask for. Hit the shops and restaurants on Banff Avenue and try gravy-smothered poutine while wearing your new favourite moose T-shirt. Then, after a day of ice-walking, skiing or sightseeing in the Rockies, visit a brewpub or distillery for a drink and a bison burger. You've earned it. ● Must-See: That castle across the river? That’s the historic Fairmont Banff Springs. Explore the hotel's history and hauntings before treating yourself at the amazing thermal spa. ● Rise Up: Ride the Banff Gondola for an unbeatable mountaintop view. 
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Sunshine Village Ski and Snowboard Resort

Banff, Alberta
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Sunshine Village Ski and Snowboard Resort boasts the longest non-glacial ski season in the Canadian Rockies, receiving up to 9 m (30 ft) of snow in its mid-November to late-May season. Located just 15 minutes from the town of Banff and spread over 3,300 acres, the resort is also home to Canada's first heated lift - the TeePee Town LX. In the centre of the village at 2,195 m (7,200 ft) you will find the Sunshine Mountain Lodge, Banff's only ski-in, ski-out hotel. Book your lift tickets, ski school and accommodation in advance.

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Via Ferrata

Banff, Alberta
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In Banff National Park, a unique climbing experience awaits on Mount Norquay's Via Ferrata. Italian for Iron Road, it takes hiking to a new level – and if you can climb a ladder you can climb the Via Ferrata. Ride up to the site on an open chairlift and watch for wildlife. Experienced guides at the top will provide an in-depth safety orientation and all the gear you need. Using a an anchoring system of cables and ladders you'll conquer the pitches and cross a suspension bridge to be literally on top of the world.

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Sunshine Summer Sightseeing Gondola and Lift

Banff, Alberta
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Ride the Sunshine Summer Gondola – with its spacious 8 passenger cabins – to the Sunshine Village area. At the Village, stop at our interpretive centre before embarking into an exploration of the more than 12km of marked trails that wind their way through waterfalls, lakes, and flower-filled meadows. You can also take part in one of our hosted trail tours. Sunshine Summer Gondola and Sightseeing Chairlift will take the whole family to the “Top of the World" for an unobstructed 360 degrees view of one of the most outstanding areas in Banff National Park and the Canadian Rockies.

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Banff Voyager Inn

Banff, Alberta
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The Voyager Inn in Banff, Alberta, is ready for your next visit! This local favorite stop has comfortable guest-rooms, and offers a great value option for accommodations in Banff! Amenities include an outdoor heated pool, jacuzzi, sauna, garden patio, lounge, liquor store and on-site restaurant.

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Charltons Banff

Banff, Alberta
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Charltons is considered one of the best hotels in Banff by many return guests. Our 57 room property matches an uncomplicated alpine lodge feel with excellent service and high quality accommodations. When you stay at Charltons you can feel the care and pride that comes from growing a business for 3 generations. Make Charltons your home base to explore the Rocky Mountains in summer or winter. Our unique layout offers a selection of spacious rooms, kitchenettes and loft rooms that are suited for your travel needs whether it be a family vacation or a second honeymoon.

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Buffalo Mountain Lodge

Banff, Alberta
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Distinct from the majority of Banff hotels Buffalo Mountain Lodge is situated on Tunnel Mountain – formerly called “Sleeping Buffalo” by native peoples living in the region. Our main lodge complements its natural setting with square timber post and beam construction and high open ceilings. Our decor pays tribute to old-world.

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Sulphur Mountain Ride - 3 Hour Horseback Ride

This three-hour horseback ride with Banff Trail Riders offers a taste of the Banff backcountry and leads you past Bow Falls, crosses through Spray River and rides two-thirds of the way up Sulphur Mountain. Save 10% by using coupon code ONLINE2SAVE and booking online seven days or more in advance.

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Jasper to Banff bike tour

The Icefields Parkway between Jasper and Banff has been called the most spectacular highway in the world. Experience two national parks at the right pace from the seat of a bike. This basic package involves staying in hostels. Additional package options are available which include hotel upgrade and rental bikes.

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Raft and Ride Package

Combine your Kananaskis white water rafting experience with a horseback ride on the Bow River in Banff!

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Brewster Sleigh Rides

Banff, Alberta

Brewster Adventures brings a Christmas card image to life at Lake Louise with a sleigh ride that follows the lake-side trail beneath Victoria Glacier. Enjoy views of the Ice Falls at the end of the lake by day, or the glow of the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise on evening rides. There is no better way to spend time together than drinking in the beauty of sparkling snow and blue sky, bundled beneath a blanket together on a horse drawn sleigh! The season for sleigh rides starts mid-December and goes to early April, weather and snow cover permitting.

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Alpine Adventure Guide

Banff, Alberta

Mountain guiding service. Specializing in custom ice rock alpine climbing mountaineering via ferrata ski touring and expedition style trips. Banff based and in business for 20 years.

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Banff & Bow Valley Photography Workshops

Banff, Alberta

This isn't your normal day tour of Banff National Park. Because this is a photography workshop, you will get plenty of time in each location to compose and capture images without being rushed. We will spend most of the day outside taking photos. Plus, we'll be teaching the whole group general photographic concepts, having a longer time at each location means more personalised teaching time for each attendee. Lakes, glaciers, babbling creeks, pristine woodland, snow-capped landscapes, and of course, the unmatched beauty of the mountains. Banff National Park offers more than we could ever possibly show you in a day, but we can't wait to show you some of the highlights and locations you have always dreamed of seeing. Our day trip to the National Park is led by Kristin Repsher, a professional photographer based in southern Alberta. The workshop itinerary varies by season; the main thing that doesn't change is how epic the landscapes are. We'll take you to a few of the world-famous viewpoints that you've seen on Instagram, like Two Jack Lake and Castle Mountain, but we'll also take you off the beaten path to some of the locally-known gems as well. Through all of these locations, you'll receive individual photographic tuition on the technical and artistic aspects of photography (including composition and lighting) to help you get the best possible shots of your trip to Banff. We'll get an early start so we can chase the best light through the park, and we'll finish it off around 5.30pm followed by an optional group meal where we can talk about our favourite images of the day. This workshop is organised so you get to see each location in the best possible light. Lighting makes a huge difference in photography, so if a mountain's slopes are lit by the sun in the afternoon, we'll make sure to take you there at that time. Due to the long days of summer, we won't be able to take you to locations at sunrise or sunset, but our instruction will help you judge the best light if you're planning to do other photographic excursions within the park. Hope to see you soon.

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Jesse Cook

Banff, Alberta
2018-08-18 To 2018-08-18 MST

Come to the Banff Center to witness this rapidly rising smooth jazz guitarist as he brings his signature musical flair to the sun soaked Shaw Amphitheatre. Jesse Cook - Canadian guitarist, composer, and producer - incorporates elements of flamenco rumba, jazz and many forms of world music into his work. He is a Juno Award winner, Acoustic Guitar Player's Choice Award silver winner in the Flamenco Category, and a three-time winner of the Canadian Smooth Jazz award for Guitarist of the Year. He has recorded on the EMI, E1 Music and Narada labels and has sold over 1.5 million records worldwide.

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Sunset Festival at Banff Gondola

Banff, Alberta
2018-06-29 To 2018-09-03 MST

Why watch the sunset when you can be in it at 7600 ft. mountaintop. The sunset festival is a celebration of Banff’s most special time of day, and they have transformed the rooftop terrace to be your viewing haven. Sample craft beer and taste delicious bites from savoury to sweet. Add interpretive storytelling and live music by local artists, and you’ve got the perfect recipe for an evening to remember. Stop by for an hour or stay for the night. Available daily from Jun 29 to Aug 31 from 7 PM.

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The Hamlet Complex

Banff, Alberta
2018-07-26 To 2018-07-26 MST

Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity presents The Hamlet Complex. The Hamlet Complex will focus four weeks of intensive studio and stage time to develop and create this new work. it will involve Twelve dancers and three actors who will work with internationally acclaimed choreographer Alan Lucien Øyen Program Head Stephan Laks, and a highly experienced creative team of sound, light, costume, and set designers .Øyen will continue his highly acclaimed explorations of fluid combinations of dance and text in The Hamlet Complex. Through a reworking of Shakespeare’s classic and canonical work Hamlet, Alan will explore the depth and range of our most essential and basic emotions. Our love. Our longing. Our desperation. Our search for meaningful affirmation of our existence. The Hamlet Complex is a major reworking of Shakespeare’s classic play for actors and dancers, exploring the quintessentially existential topics of the play through contemporary words and movement.

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