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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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Lake Louise Gondola

Lake Louise, Alberta
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Ascend to one of Banff National Park’s most incredible views where grizzly bears and other local wildlife are seen almost daily. From the top, at 2,088m (6,850ft) the gondola ride is only the start of your adventure. Make your way to the viewing platform for a panoramic view that will take your breath away. Afterward visit the free Wildlife Interpretive Centre where Interpretive Programs are offered daily, including indoor presentations. A variety of guided interpretive walks are available daily for all fitness levels. There are five unique restaurants located on-site that are sure to please.

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Mt Norquay, Banff Sightseeing Chairlift

Banff, Alberta
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Welcome to the best seat in Banff National Park – and possibly the whole of Canada! More than just a chairlift ride, Norquay's famous Sightseeing Chairlift is a gateway to an unforgettable, 10 minute open-air journey into the sky. Soar to nearly 7,000ft elevation, accessing the historic Cliffhouse Bistro and get ready to be “wowed”. Zip up your coziest layers and visit Norquay for a memorable day of sightseeing, dining and exploring. Here you’ll discover cozy mountain meals, endless photo opportunities, and top-of-the-world views that need to be seen to be believed.

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Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies

Banff, Alberta
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The Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies inspires discovery and wonder when people and the Rocky Mountains meet. We share stories and explore the culture shaped by this mountain landscape. Our founders, Peter and Catharine Whyte, were local artists and philanthropists who wished to offer a place where people could gather and appreciate the culture and beauty of the area. We welcome visitors to our mountain home, sharing with them our sense of awe and belonging, through our exhibitions, events, heritage homes, archives, library, tours and museum shop.

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Num-Ti-Jah Lodge

Lake Louise, Alberta
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Num-Ti-Jah Lodge is an intimate 16 room lodge located on the shores of Bow Lake. The simple but comfortable rooms overlook one of the most beautiful settings in the Canadian Rockies. The Elkhorn dining room serves hearty and fresh Canadian fare.

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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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Simpson's Num-Ti-Jah Lodge

Lake Louise, Alberta
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Num-Ti-Jah Lodge overlooks one of the most dramatic scenes in the Canadian Rockies. Out of Bow Lake the mountains rise steep and rugged. The blue ice of Crowfoot Glacier hangs suspended over the turquoise water. To the west, the craggy peaks of the Great Divide tower over Bow Glacier. These short films offer a glimpse of the beauty found here at Num-Ti-Jah Lodge and Bow Lake.

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Best of the Canadian Rockies

Travel through some of the most spectacular scenery in Canada on this fully escorted, 9-day journey from the stunning Pacific Coast through to the majestic Canadian Rockies. Price is per person, based on double occupancy.

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Ski & Stay - Save over 30%

Save over 30% on your Canadian Rockies ski adventure when you book for a minimum of 5 nights and 4 days of skiing at SkiBig3 resorts. Includes free Banff Upper Hot Springs admission. Price: Inns of Banff, 7 nights and 4 days skiing, two adults Jan 28, 2019.

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Lake Louise & Moraine Lake Tour

See two of the world’s most beautiful lakes on this afternoon guided tour with Discover Banff Tours including iconic Lake Louise - famous for its jewel-like water nestled between rugged peaks. Save 20% by using coupon code ONLINE2SAVE and booking online seven days or more in advance. Seasonal variations apply.

Expires: 2019-10-08
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Tours

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Columbia Icefield Glacier Adventure

Lake Louise, Alberta
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The Columbia Icefield Glacier Adventure reveals the most unique attraction in the Canadian Rockies. Massive Brewster Ice Explorers, specially designed for glacial travel, take passengers on a remarkable excursion onto the surface of the Athabasca Glacier.

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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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Fall in the Canadian Rockies Photo Tour

Banff, Alberta

The Canadian Rockies is one of the most beautiful photography destinations and the late summer/early autumn is a precious time of year. This 8 day (7 night) tour focuses on the Canadian Rockies incredible landscapes, stunning waterfalls, marvellous canyons and colossal glaciers. Join award winning blogger Marta Kulesza and award winning photographer Jack Bolshaw on their 8 day photography tour around the Canadian Rockies. The 8 day (7 night) photography tour will be focused on 3 major destinations. Canmore, Banff National Park and Jasper National Park. The 10 available spots are open to all levels of photographers.

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Events

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Brewski Festival

Lake Louise, Alberta
2019-03-16 To 2019-03-16 MST

What goes together better than a day of skiing & riding followed by beer sampling? Join the BeerSki Festival in the Lodge of Ten Peaks. Live music by Freak Motif, tasty snacks & amazing craft beer from Canadian breweries. Tickets are $25 + GST. Includes entry, a plastic Beerski cup, free shuttles to & from Banff & Lake Louise plus live entertainment. Beer sampling tokens can be purchased for $1 each.

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Ice Magic Festival

Lake Louise, Alberta
2019-01-17 To 2019-01-27 MST

Set in the spectacular surroundings of Lake Louise, the Ice Magic Festival is a world class event with over 20 years of history. Watch as talented ice artists from around the world skillfully combine gruelling physicality with precision artistry in an ice carving competition.

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Lake Louise Audi FIS Ski World Cup Men's super-G

Lake Louise, Alberta
2018-11-25 To 2018-11-25 MST

Watch the fastest skiers in the world begin the World Cup speed circuit at the Lake Louise Ski Resort. November 25th brings the best men's super-G skiers, where you can see them cross the finish line for free at the base of the Lake Louise Ski Resort in the Fan Cheering Zone.

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