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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Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel

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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Dining Norquay Banff National Park

Drinking hot chocolate with Mount Rundle in the background

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Rocks and Gems

Banff, Alberta

Walk through our doors and you will find the largest selection of semi-precious stone and fossil jewellery that we can fit in our combined 7,000 sq feet of display space in three retail locations. Add to that semi-precious stone carvings, mineral specimens, and fossils, and you get a “rock shop” like no other. With a huge selection of products and price points that are accessible to all, there is something for everyone.

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Buffalo Nations Museum

Banff, Alberta
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In a distinct log fortress on the banks of the Bow River, wonder at the animation and pageantry of the traditional and contemporary lives of the Indigenous Peoples of Canada. Enhance your experience through innovative technology and share your own cultural identity with our interpreter. Browse the gift shop, or pause for a complimentary hot beverage in the reading area. Buffalo Nations Museum serves as a hub for Indigenous Canadians using traditional knowledge to conserve and restore language, culture, and ecology.

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Banff Upper Hot Springs

Banff, Alberta
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Visit Banff Upper Hot Springs on your trip to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Banff National Park. The natural hot mineral springs are among the top attractions in the Canadian Rockies. Banff Upper Hot Springs offers a splendid historic bathhouse in Banff National Park.

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Baker Creek Mountain Resort

Lake Louise, Alberta
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Ideally located beside Baker Creek in Banff National Park, between the town of Banff and Lake Louise, the Baker Creek Mountain Resort features log chalets, Jacuzzi suites and the renowned Bistro restaurant. Experience the world's finest at your door step. Ski, hike, bike, fish or just take in the magical beauty of the majestic Canadian Rockies.

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Blue Mountain Lodge

Banff, Alberta
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Built in 1908, the Blue Mountain Lodge is a bed and breakfast inn in the heart of Banff. Each of the lodge’s 10 guest rooms have their own bathroom and shower, as well as flat-screen televisions with cable. The rooms are uniquely decorated to reflect the wilderness of the Rockies and Canadian history, and most offer stunning mountain views. Step outside and you’ll find restaurants, coffee shops, and other entertainment just paces away. There are also plenty of outdoor destinations nearby, like the majestic Bow Falls and the Tunnel Mountain trail head. If you’re new to mountain adventuring, take advantage of the ski, hiking, and scrambling trips organized by the B&B’s owners.

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Moraine Lake Lodge

Lake Louise, Alberta
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Set on the shores of one of the most beautiful lakes in the Canadian Rockies, this Banff lodge is a luxurious escape that offers easy access to hiking trails and canoeing.

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Jasper to Banff Sightseeing Tour

Join SunDog Tours on this incredible full-day journey along the spine of the Canadian Rockies. With an emphasis on small personalized group sizes, this one-way sightseeing excursion includes all the famous stops between Jasper, Lake Louise and Banff. Picnic lunch, admission to the Glacier Adventure and Glacier Skywalk are included.

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Northern Lights Lunch Package

Enjoy this market-style buffet lunch at Northern Lights Cafe, a comfortable break from sightseeing to fuel your next adventure. Package includes Banff Gondola admission and choice from a full buffet. Available daily from 11 AM - 3:30 PM

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River Deep, Mountain High

Enjoy the thrill of rafting the rapids on the Kicking Horse River before heading to the Lake Louise Sightseeing Gondola for an opportunity to view wildlife! Transport not included in price.

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White Mountain Adventures - Winter Adventures

Banff, Alberta
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Get the most out of your Canadian Rockies experience by accompanying our professional interpretive guides as they lead you through marvelous backdrops of snow covered mountain peaks and waterfalls frozen in mid stream. Or opt to explore snow-covered forests and along the shorelines of frozen lakes surrounded by picturesque mountain ranges by snowshoe, the easiest way to experience the magic of winter.

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Sunshine Village Historical Snowshoe and Fondue Tour

Banff, Alberta

Sunshine's historical snowshoe tour provides a unique Canadian Rockies experience through untouched powder deep into Sunshine Meadows. Let local guides at Sunshine Village take you off the beaten track into the heart of Banff National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, surrounded by panoramic alpine views. Walk along paths taken by Canada's First Nations and listen to stories of first discovery by European explorers. Put yourself in their (snow)shoes. The experience culminates indoors at the Sunshine Mountain Lodge with a traditional Swiss-style cheese fondue. Immerse yourself in an authentic winter alpine experience in a location rich in Canadian history.

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Brewster Adventures

Banff, Alberta
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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 featuring rustic log cabin accommodaitons . Attend a famous Western BBQ and Barn Dance. Marvel at the spectacular scenery on a trail ride to a famed mountain tea house, or winter sleigh ride along the shores of Lake Louise.

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Cousin Harley

Banff, Alberta
2019-06-20 To 2019-06-21 MST

Wild Bill's Legendary Saloon presents Cousin Harley. This band has a hard-earned reputation for delivering everything from hot-rod rockabilly to foot stomping vintage country & western swing.

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The Banff Christmas Market

Banff, Alberta
2019-11-15 To 2019-11-17 MST

The Banff Christmas Market is a traditional European style Christmas Market. Boasting unique products, family friendly entertainment and an exotic menu of beers, BBQ, mulled wine, and sweets. The Banff Christmas Market creates a warm and inviting environment for families of all ages during the day and an adult atmosphere in the evening. Come have a warm drink by the fire at thier Outdoor Lounge Bar by Park Distillery.

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John Prine

Banff, Alberta
2019-08-08 To 2019-08-08 MST

Two time Grammy-award winner, John Prine, is a singer songwriter who, from his eponymously titled first LP release in 1971, has continued to write and perform songs that have become central to our North-American musical heritage. With his career spanning more than 40 years, Prine continues to perform at sold out shows all over the US, Canada, and Europe. Among the many awards and accolades John has received in recent times include is his 2003 induction into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, an Americana Lifetime Achievement Award for songwriting, and being honored at the Library of Congress by US Poet Laureate Ted Kooser. Prine has become for many, not just a well loved and appreciated songwriter, but a bonafide North-American treasure.

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