Banff National Park National Parks

The elements that make the Canadian Rockies a year round dream destination converge in perfect harmony in Banff National Park. Established after railway workers stumbled onto a thermal hot spring, Banff became Canada’s first national park in 1885 and today is part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Explore more than 1,600 km (1,000 mi) of maintained trails on foot, by bicycle or on horseback. Come back in winter and ski some of the finest powder anywhere. The alpine towns of Banff and Lake Louise have all the amenities and everything you need to stay and explore this magical place.
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It’s a brisk, cloudy morning in February in a remote valley on the eastern edge of Banff National Park. Five modified shipping containers sit on the ground, vibrating. Inside are groups of plains bison—three or four to a container, not quite shoulder to shoulder, 16 animals in all. The bison each have a numbered tag attached to one ear, a special collar around their necks, and lengths of rubber hose duct-taped to their horns to protect one another from accidental gougings.

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All in the Wild Gallery

Banff, Alberta
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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 seven galleries Bantle operates in Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Ontario, all of which raise funds for conservation efforts.

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Crock A Doodle Paint Your Own Pottery

Banff, Alberta
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There's hands-on fun for everyone at Crock A Doodle. Paint your own pottery and enjoy some relaxed creative time transforming ready to paint pottery into your own amazing works of art. Pieces are glazed and kiln-fired overnight, ready the following day.

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Sulphur Mountain Cosmic Ray Station National Historic Site

Banff, Alberta
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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.

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A Banff Boutique Inn

Banff, Alberta
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Banff Boutique Inn is designed especially for longer stays with full kitchen access, living room, dining area, and free wi-fi. Each room features a bar fridge, a private ensuite and ample storage for your extended stay. 10 rooms with nice decor, comfortable beds, an excellent continental breakfast, free WIFI, and private parking. Located in Banff National Park and surrounded by the Rocky Mountains, our Inn is a 5-minute walk from downtown Banff.

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The Rimrock Resort Hotel

Banff, Alberta
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The Rimrock Resort Hotel is a Four Diamond property located in the heart of Banff National Park. Just a short drive from downtown Banff, and within walking distance of the Banff Upper Hot Springs. The Rimrock offers elegant guestrooms, fine dining restaurants, a luxury spa, and spectacular views of the Canadian Rocky Mountains.

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Johnston Canyon Resort

Banff, Alberta
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Johnston Canyon Resort offers classic cabin accommodation located next to a trail of seven spectacular waterfalls, in between Banff and Lake Louise on the Bow Valley Parkway. Onsite amenities include a coffee shop, dining room and gift shop.

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Glaciers, Lakes and Peaks of Lake Louise

Discover the majestic mountain views and turquoise lakes of Lake Louise and Moraine Lake with an active discovery tour of Banff National Park. Enjoy short guided hikes showcasing the best of the Canadian Rockies, a gondola ride to access breathtaking views, and a hot lunch.

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Deluxe Lake Louise and Moraine Lake Tour

Avoid the crowds and enjoy more time to soak up the beauty of these two iconic lakes on this evening guided tour with Discover Banff Tours. Includes an early dinner at Baker Creek Bistro. Save 20% by using coupon code ONLINE2SAVE and booking online seven days or more in advance.

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Raft and Horseback Ride Package

Experience two popular summer activities on this package deal with Banff Trail Riders. Take a one-hour ride horseback ride along the tranquil Bow River in Banff, followed by an afternoon riding the family-friendly class 2-3 whitewater rapids on the Kananaskis River just 45 minutes from Banff.

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Brewster Sleigh Rides

Lake Louise, 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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Banff Jasper Collection by Pursuit

Banff, Alberta

Explore iconic destinations and discover unforgettable travel experiences with Pursuit; a collection of inspiring adventures in Banff, Jasper and Waterton National Parks, as well as other North American destinations. Banff Jasper Collection by Pursuit provides immersive sightseeing tours (Brewster Sightseeing), deluxe transportation (Brewster Express), remarkable attractions (Banff Gondola, Banff Lake Cruise, Glacier Adventure including Glacier Skywalk, Maligne Lake Cruise) and signature lodging properties (Elk + Avenue Hotel, Glacier View Inn, Mount Royal Hotel - opening July 2018) that delivers memories for a lifetime. Create your journey. Discover the unforgettable.

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Banff Adventures

Banff, Alberta
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Banff's activity booking centre. For over two decades, Banff Adventures has helped visitors experience the best of Banff and the Canadian Rockies. Offering every Summer or Winter activity and tour available, we specialise in providing convenient service, allowing you to spend more time playing in the mountains and less time planning for them. We have a variety of packages that bundle activities together, saving you time and money. We offer bike rentals from our store in the Summer and ice cleats, skates, snowshoes and cross-country ski rentals in Winter. Open seven days a week. Your adventure starts here.

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Events

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Book Talk —Vistas of the West Poems and Visuals of Nature

Banff, Alberta
2019-10-17 To 2019-10-17 MST

Select poets and artists will present highlights from this book which is a collection of poetry and visual art that celebrates the beauty and spirit of the Rocky Mountains, Western foothills, prairie landscapes and the natural inhabitants of these beautiful environments. The foreword is written by Western poet Doris Daley and throughout the book, the poems are exquisitely matched with full-colour artworks. Tickets $5.

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Truth and Beauty in the Canadian Rockies

Banff, Alberta
2019-09-28 To 2019-09-28 MST

As part of the Banff Gallery Hop join author Lisa Christensen for the Banff Launch of her latest book, Truth and Beauty in the Canadian Rockies: An Explorers Guide to the Art of Walter J. Phillips. This is the fourth volume in her highly acclaimed Hiker's Guide to Art of the Canadian Rockies series. Walter Philips is considered one of the most accomplished watercolour artists ever produced in Canada. Regular Museum Admission Applies.

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Rocky Mountain New Years Eve

Lake Louise, Alberta
2019-12-31 To 2020-01-01 MST

Enjoy a spectacular buffet supper with a cash bar, followed by a dance party right until midnight with of course, a champagne toast! Bring the whole family to ring in 2020 at the Lake Louise Ski Resort!

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