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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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Hot Springs Spas Buffalo Lodge

Banff Upper Hot Springs | Roth & Ramberg

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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Monod Sports Ltd.

Banff, Alberta

Although Monod Sports has become a diversified outdoor sporting goods store based in Banff National Park (with a retail store in Banff and online store), every major theme can be traced back to the family’s history of skiing, mountaineering and love of the outdoors. John Monod, founder of Monod Sports, never came to Canada from Switzerland with the intention of being a retailer. He was an adventurer, a mountaineer and a young man looking for a new start in a new country. Above all else, Johnny Monod was a skier.

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Meadow Spa & Pools

Banff, Alberta

Located in the Moose Hotel & Suites, Meadow Spa is available for all of your relaxation needs.

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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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Sundance Lodge

Banff, Alberta

For those seeking a remote getaway from the norm, Sundance Lodge is the perfect retreat. Powered by solar power and kept warm by wood heat, this cozy lodge adds a touch of home to the backcountry. The lodge has 10 sleeping rooms, a large country kitchen, and a cozy living room area where you can curl up by the wood burning fireplace. And after a day spent hiking or skiing in the fresh mountain air, you’ll appreciate the hot showers!Mealtime is always an event. You’ll delight in hearty, home-cooked meals and fresh-from-the-oven baked goods.

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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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Castle Mountain Chalets

Lake Louise, Alberta
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Reminiscent of expeditions of the past, today's Castle Mountain Chalets guests will hear the sound of steel wheels running across the rails and train whistles in the distance. It will remind them of a simpler time, inspiring them to choose their own pace and their own Banff National Park adventure in this nature lover's paradise.

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Alberta Landscape and Cultural Discovery

Rolling foothills, intimidating mountains, pre-historic hoodoos, emerald lakes and fascinating arts, Alberta is home to a changing landscape and an array of activities. We explore diverse scenery on this 11-night tour, from the majestic mountains of the Canadian Rockies to the prairie lands and coulee landscapes of the Badlands.

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Ski & Save in Lake Louise

The Chateau offers the option of skiing at all three of Banff National Park’s renowned mountain resorts or, if you prefer, a $100 daily activity credit per room. Use this credit towards dining, mountain adventure activities or a relaxing spa treatment. Package is for 2 adults and includes overnight accommodation.

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Lake Louise Couples Getaway Package

Bring the one you love out to Lake Louise to enjoy the stunning winter surroundings. The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise Couples Getaway package unites a breathtaking setting with indulgences made for two. This package includes overnight accommodation valet parking, sparkling wine and truffles, breakfast and more.

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White Mountain Adventures

Banff, Alberta
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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.

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Banff Adventures

Banff, Alberta
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Banff's activity booking centre. For almost 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 specialize 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 and cross-country ski rentals in winter. Open seven days a week. Your adventure starts here.

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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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Events

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Ballet BC: Romeo and Juliet

Banff, Alberta
2018-02-10 To 2018-02-10 MST

Ballet BC is thrilled to have this iconic story expertly crafted by French choreographer Medhi Walerski, one of the most original contemporary voices in international dance today. Set to Sergei Prokofiev’s original score, this full-length commission showcases Walerski's signature style that brings together dazzling landscapes woven with poetic, unpredictable, and complex imagery. A collaboration between Dutch set and lighting designer Theun Mosk, an international team of collaborators, and the Arts Umbrella Graduate Dance Program, Ballet BC’s Romeo and Juliet will be a fresh and thought-provoking retelling of this timeless classic.

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Josh Ritter with Special Guest Leeroy Stagger

Banff, Alberta
2018-02-22 To 2018-02-22 MST

An American singer-songwriter with a strong voice, a keen wit, and an evocative way with words, Josh Ritter has built a loyal following as one of the leading lights on the contemporary folk scene. Over the course of his acclaimed career, he has released seven full-length albums. Josh Ritter is joined by special guest Leeroy Stagger.

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Truth and Reconciliation Speaker Series: Reconciliation and Indigenous Worldview

Banff, Alberta
2018-02-15 To 2018-02-15 MST

Leroy Little Bear is a member of the Blood Tribe of the Blackfoot Confederacy. Leroy is the former Director of the American Indian Program at Harvard University and professor emeritus of Native Studies at the University of Lethbridge where he was department chair for 25 years. He has served as a legal and constitutional advisor to the Assembly of First Nations and has served on many influential committees, commissions, and boards dealing with First Nations issues.

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