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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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Banff National Park | Stephen Underhay

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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Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies

Banff, Alberta
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The Whyte Museum 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 and museum shop.

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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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Banff Gondola

Banff, Alberta
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Journey to the top of the Banff Gondola to see a whole new side of Sulphur Mountain and the Canadian Rockies. We’ve completely rebuilt, redesigned and re-imagined our mountaintop experience, creating a world-class indoor experience that equals the awe-inspiring ridge top boardwalk 2900 ft. above Banff. From new restaurants and interactive exhibits to a multisensory theatre and a breathtaking 360-degree rooftop observation deck, the all-new Banff Gondola experience heightens every sense.

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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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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 16-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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Shadow Lake Lodge

Banff, Alberta
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Unplug and unwind at this luxurious backcountry retreat, nestled amidst glaciated peaks and high alpine meadows along the Continental Divide in Banff National Park. Choose to hike/bike in for a summer getaway, or cross-country ski/snowshoe in for a winter escape. Gather in the historic CPR cabin and relate your trail adventures with other guests, or relax with a glass of wine on the porch of your private log cabin, while taking in the sunset. Savour the hearty, mountain gourmet meals and delicious afternoon tea. Owned and operated by the fifth and sixth generation of the Brewster family, who have been providing visitors with memorable mountain experiences and accommodations for over a century.

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DIscover Lake Louise

A vast frozen lake surrounded by an amphitheater of snow-dusted craggy peaks — Lake Louise is postcard-perfect.

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Ski Big 3 Package for Two

Enjoy Banff's world class ski hills! The SkiBig-3 resorts boast nearly 8,000 acres of skiing, 2 gondolas, 26 chairlifts and 30 feet of feather-light powder annually. Package includes accommodation for 2 at Blackstone Mountain Lodge and two lift tickets redeemable at Mt. Norquay, Sunshine Village or Lake Louise Ski Resort.

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Great Divide Tour

The Great Divide tour takes you dog sledding along the base of giant peaks in Lake Louise 8km to a pass at the Continental Divide, which is the high point
 separating the east and west of the continent. Tour is approximately 1.5-2 hours. From $195. Valid only on select dates.

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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 Lake Louise.Great package option: Combine rafting with the Lake Louise Sightseeing lift.

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Discover Banff Tours

Banff, Alberta
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Discover Banff Tours provides small sightseeing tours and activities in both summer and winter for individuals and groups. Using mini-buses and vans personalizes our tours of Banff National Park and the surrounding Canadian Rocky Mountains. Our small group sizes give you plenty of time to chat with our friendly, local and professionally trained guides.

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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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Events

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Ice Magic

Lake Louise, Alberta
2018-01-18 To 2018-01-28 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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Opening Reception: Like ships in the night

Banff, Alberta
2018-01-26 To 2018-01-26 MST

Walter Phillips Gallery is pleased to present Like ships in the night, a solo exhibition by Montreal-based, Algonquin artist Caroline Monnet. The title emerges from the idiom 'ships in the night' that describes how signals in the dark are often the sole way of communicating across large divides—both geographically, culturally and interpersonally. The saying, ‘like ships in the night’ also speaks to transient relationships, missed connections, and attempts to draw lines between conversations and objects that might be obscured from one another. Bringing into play sculpture and video, Monnet creates an abstracted apparatus that aims to demonstrate dichotomies in social, cultural and political identities, resulting in a critique of the colonial, industrial and economic interchange between Canada and Europe. Like ships in the night speaks to the interconnectedness and the diversity of views that shapes our place within the world while shedding light upon the given historical and cultural complexities of the contemporary colonial context.Caroline Monnet is the recipient of the 2017 Walter Phillips Gallery Indigenous Commission Award, created to support the commission of new work.

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Laugh out Loud LIVE!

Banff, Alberta
2018-03-31 To 2018-03-31 MST

Laugh Out Loud is CBC Radio's hit stand-up comedy show. Each week, host Ali Hassan presents a mix of established and emerging Canadian comedians recorded at various festivals and clubs across the country. The goal is to make more Canadians laugh out loud whenever they want — on radio, on-line and via our free podcast.

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