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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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Canmore | Darren Roberts

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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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. Hungry, no problem. There are five unique restaurants located on-site that are sure to please. Dine on one of the famous patios or indoors. The choice is yours. Free parking is never an issue; there is plenty of free parking for your car or RV conveniently located just outside of the main day lodge. From here you can also take our free shuttle service to and from the Village of Lake Louise.

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Banff Live Theatre

Banff, Alberta

Join Banff Live Theatre at the Lux this summer for an inaugural repertory theatre season of 3 shows and improv sessions. Tickets are $25 per adult.

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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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Skoki Lodge

Lake Louise, Alberta
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Skoki Lodge is a National Historic Site situated in a beautiful high alpine region in Banff National Park. The 11 km (6.8 mi) trek from Lake Louise to the Skoki Valley makes Skoki Lodge an ideal destination for hikers and skiers of all levels.

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Paradise Lodge & Bungalows

Lake Louise, Alberta
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Paradise Lodge and Bungalows offers luxurious cabins and spacious suites with mountain views. The only cabin property located only 1km from Lake Louise and a 28-time Alberta Housekeeping award winner. Rustic luxury in the heart of the Canadian Rockies. Experience the authenticity of a mountain cabin resort.

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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. Visitors will 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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Western Canada Luxury Resorts and Rail

Treat yourself and experience the world renowned Fairmont properties, rich in history, resplendent in natural beauty and nestled in awe inspiring locations. Your journey through the spectacular Canadian Rockies will be complimented by these grandeur hotels.

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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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Tours

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Kingmik Dog Sled Tours

Lake Louise, Alberta
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Experience the silent grace and beauty of travel by dog team in the jewel of the Canadian Rockies. Kingmik Dog Sled Tours is the only company offering tours in Banff National Park, in Lake Louise. If you are staying in Banff, transportation from your hotel in Banff is provided. You'll be back to Banff in time for dinner. A variety of tours are offered, ranging from 16 km in distance (1.5 hours) to 4 km (1/2 hour). On average, 5 sleds are run per tour. All sleds are guided by experienced dog mushers and guides who can share with you their adventure stories. All dogs are cherished family members. Their care is the top priority.

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Hawgwild FlyFishing Guides

Banff, Alberta

Join Big Jim for an ice fishing expedition on the Spray Lake Reservoir in winter or a fly fishing trip on the Bow River in summer. All gear is provided.

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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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Summer Music Series: Resonant Bodies Faculty Concert

Banff, Alberta
2018-07-31 To 2018-07-31 MST

(R)evolution: Resonant Bodies, the world’s foremost gathering of adventurous vocalists, offers participants the opportunity to perform, create, collaborate, and experiment with their voices in an environment that encourages creativity and exploration.Experience a concert featuring the diverse faculty of this gathering. Hear Lucy Dhegra, Nathalie Joachim, Vicky Chow, Sofia Jernberg, Pamela Z, Anthony Roth Costanzo, Peter Tantsits, and Toyn Arnold perform works from all over the map of vocal styles and genres.Join us for a pre-Concert talk at 6:45 p.m. in the Bentley Chamber Music Studio.

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Canadian Roots Celebration featuring Barney Bentall, Deep Dark Wood & More!

Banff, Alberta
2018-06-30 To 2018-06-30 MST

Join The Deep Dark Woods, Barney Bentall, Good For Grapes, Elk Run & Riot, and more for an afternoon of Canadian Roots Music in the Banff Centers outdoor Shaw Amphitheatre .Bring the whole family and celebrate our incredible Canadian Roots Music Scene on the Canada Day Long Weekend!

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Orphee+

Banff, Alberta
2018-07-14 To 2018-07-14 MST

Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, Opera Columbus and Toronto’s Against the Grain Theatre collaborate on a new co-production of Gluck/Berlioz’s groundbreaking opera Orphée. This re-imagined production looks to explore the gripping and timeless love story of Orpheus and Eurydice through the lens of today’s technology. While staying true to the original score of and honouring the traditions of Baroque opera, this production pushes the boundaries of operatic presentation through digital sound augmentation, captivating choreography, video projections, and aerial artistry. Countertenor Siman Chung performs the title role, Topher Mokrzewski conducts and Joel Ivany acts as Stage Director. These performances are sung in French with English surtitles. Mature Subject Matter.

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