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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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Buffalo Nations Luxton Museum

Banff, Alberta
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The Buffalo Nations Luxton Museum is dedicated to the appreciation, interpretation, demonstration and display of the cultures, traditions, and values of the First Nations of North America and their trading partners. The museum seeks to show how the people of this land lived and adapted to their surroundings and each other prior to contact with European culture, and how they continued to adapt after European influences. The Buffalo Nations Luxton Museum provides a link between the past and the present...demonstrating that aboriginal arts and culture is alive and flourishing today!

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Willow Stream Spa

Banff, Alberta
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Reminiscent of the hot springs that beckoned travellers over 100 years ago the pulsating waterfalls and the mineral pool in the heart of the spa rejuvenate tired muscles and soothe troubled spirits. The intensity of oxygen inspires clarity of thought and renews strength of purpose. Willow Stream brings to life the unique healing powers of the alpine air the sacred waters and mountain magic.

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High Rollers

Banff, Alberta

These are all good things. So we put em together in a big ole beer hall. Six bowling lanes. 3 pool tables. We’ve got bowling & rolling covered. New York-style pizza slices the size of your head. 48 craft beers on tap. So hang up your skis, skates, hikin’ boots & snowshoes and come make a few new friends. Order your pizza. Drink your beer. Bowl your balls.

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Deer Lodge

Lake Louise, Alberta
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Deer Lodge - with much of its original hand-hewn log structure and decor still in place - is the classic definition of rustic mountain accommodation. Located just minutes by foot from the enchanting Lake Louise, this century old property has seen substantial restoration of its early architecture. The Canadian Rocky Mountain Resorts lodge is ideal for guests looking for a quiet retreat with dazzling views, delicious cuisine and attentive staff. Think intimate rooms with inviting feather comforters and historic furniture.

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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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Banff and Lake Louise Tours

For this combination tour, spend the morning taking in the beautiful sights around the town of Banff. In the afternoon you will visit the beautiful Lake Louise and Moraine Lake and learn about their mountaineering beginnings.

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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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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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Wild Water Adventures

Lake Louise, Alberta
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Feel the exhilaration of the Kicking Horse River while being surrounded by the majestic Rocky Mountains. Kids, both young and old, love the fun waves and exciting rapids, dad's enjoy the paddling and mum's appreciate our great facilities and gear. Everyone loves the area's best river. An all-round great family or group adventure.With four distinctly different trips daily, from mid-May to mid-September, we have the perfect trip to suit your adventure level and recreation schedule. Door to door shuttle available from Banff and Lake Louise.Great package option: Combine rafting with the Lake Louise Sighseeing lift.

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Banff Canada Day

Banff, Alberta
2017-07-01 To 2017-07-01 MST

The Town of Banff is the perfect place to celebrate Canada's birthday on July 1st. Fantastic family-friendly events run throughout the day, including our famous parade down Banff Avenue. From bands to balloon animals to birthday cake, we've got it all. The full-day celebrations are capped off with a spectacular evening fireworks display.

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National Aboriginal Day 2017

Banff, Alberta
2017-06-21 To 2017-06-21 MST

On National Aboriginal Day, please joins us for Birth of a Family, a film by Tasha Hubbard followed by a panel discussion. Three sisters and a brother, adopted as infants into separate families across North America, meet together for the first time in this deeply moving documentary by director Tasha Hubbard. Removed from their young Dene mother’s care as part of Canada’s infamous Sixties Scoop, Betty Ann, Esther, Rosalie and Ben were four of the 20,000 Indigenous children taken from their families between 1955 and 1985, to be either adopted into white families or to live in foster care. Now all in middle age, each has grown up in different circumstances, with different family cultures, different values and no shared memories. Birth of a Family follows them through the challenges, trepidations and joys of their first steps towards forming their family. Meeting all together for the first time, they spend a week in Banff, Alberta, sharing what they know about their mother and stories about their lives and the struggles they went through as foster kids and adoptees. As the four siblings piece together their shared history, their connection deepens, bringing laughter with it, and their family begins to take shape.

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Radhe Radhe: The Rites of Holi and The Rite of Spring

Banff, Alberta
2017-06-23 To 2017-06-23 MST

Faculty and participants from Ensemble Evolution join Vijay Iyer for a performance of Radhe Radhe, a live film score paired with a new arrangement of Stravinsky’s original Rite to create an unforgettable alloy of new and old. Visit the website for details and tickets.

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