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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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The Lake Louise Ski Resort and Gondola

Lake Louise, Alberta
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Located in the heart of the magnificent Canadian Rockies, the Lake Louise Ski Resort has a legendary 4,200 skiable acres of world-class terrain, and famous friendly hospitality, that speaks for itself. The unique layout with beginner, intermediate and expert runs from every chair allows families and groups of varying abilities to share the experience together. There are endless chutes, glades and gullies, gentle slopes, cruising runs, remote bowls and some of the most challenging terrain in the Rockies. Renowned dining options included a sushi restaurant a gourmet meals. Non-ski activities include the Winter Sightseeing Gondola, snowshoeing, snow tubing, and events.

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The Banff Canoe Club

Banff, Alberta
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Canoeing on the Bow River is the quintessential Canadian activity; a peaceful way to explore Banff National Park. Rent a canoe or kayak from the Banff Canoe Club, or join one of our Interpretive Guided Voyageur Tours where you will be entertained with stories of the past, the history of canoeing and interesting local facts. No paddling experience is necessary. The canoe docks can be found just a short walk from downtown Banff.

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The Historic Luxton Home Museum, Banff

Banff, Alberta
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Open May 19 to October 1, 2017; 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., Friday, Saturday, Sunday and holiday Monday's. Admission by donation. The Luxton Home tells the story of a Banff pioneer family - Norman, Georgina and their daughter Eleanor. The Home Museum features a glimpse of Banff over many decades and showcases collections of First Nations artifacts, paintings, china, furniture and more. The Luxton Garden is part of our heritage footprint with 120 year old lilac trees and a garden designed in the Arts and Craft Style ca. 1910. On weekends in July and August bring a coffee or picnic with the family and try a game of croquet on the lawn.

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Storm Mountain Lodge

Banff, Alberta
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Experience unparalleled beauty in one of the most spectacular National Parks in Canada, Banff National Park. The cabins and lodge offer guests exceptional accommodations and amazing cuisine amidst the majestic Canadian Rockies. Whether its a romantic getaway, weekend retreat, family vacation or a Canadian Rockies wedding, Storm Mountain Lodge provides an ideal setting. Stay at the lodge and make the most of your Canadian Rockies vacation.

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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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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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Iconic Rockies Photo Tour Package

Catered towards intermediate and advanced photographers, here’s your chance to explore the Canadian Rockies with award-winning landscape photographers Paul Zizka and Wayne Simpson. This package includes 4 luxurious nights accommodation at the iconic Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise and most meals. Price varies based on number of participants.

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Canadian Rockies Explorer Passes

Bundle your Canadian Rockies experiences to save and and maximize your time. Combo passes start from $89 and include your choice of 2-4 iconic Canadian Rockies experiences in Banff and Jasper. See website for details.

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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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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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Highlight Adventures

Banff, Alberta
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Take an adventure tour that highlights the unique cultural and natural charm of Alberta’s best kept secrets. Handcrafted tours are a selection of hard-to-find things in the spectacular backcountry foothills of Alberta. Tours are run in small, personal groups, so no need to fight crowds for great photos. Oh, and all the little things like tax, meals, snacks and admission are included to make it nice and easy. Walk in a wolf dog sanctuary, lunch in an early 20th century saloon set within a living historic village, taste a selection of honey mead, take a wagon ride through the woods in search of wild horses while visiting a wild horse sanctuary, and roam the backroads in search of wildlife.

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Hydra River Guides

Banff, Alberta
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Hydra River Guides has been introducing guests to the thrills of whitewater rafting for over 30 years. The Kicking Horse River boasts big waves, continuous rapids and a guaranteed good time. With four rafting trips on offer, ranging from our mild, family-friendly trip to our popular Kicking Horse Classic and the Ultimate, which includes the upper and lower canyons, Hydra River Guides has a trip to suit all abilities and budgets. 150,000 rafters can't be wrong. Are you ready to join us?

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Summer Music Series: World Premiere by Sofia Jernberg and Imani Uzuri

Banff, Alberta
2018-08-03 To 2018-08-03 MST

For the 2018 Summer Music Program, Banff Center has commissioned an extraordinary 12 new works! This new music will make an indelible impact on the contemporary music scene and will involve the Banff Center participants and Faculty in the most important process of the musical world: the creation of new art. Join them for Sofia Jernberg, is a Swedish singer and composer, and Imani Uzuri a vocalist, composer, librettist, and conceptual artist for a live concert! Please also attend the pre-Concert talk at 6:45 p.m. in the Bentley Chamber Music Studio. A performance you wouldn't want to miss!

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The Sheepdogs

Banff, Alberta
2018-08-04 To 2018-08-04 MST

Trends come and go, styles fall in and out of fashion, but The Sheepdogs remain steadfast in their commitment to rock n’ roll excellence. Join them at the Banff Center for some “Pure, simple, good-time music,”. The triple Juno Award-winning Saskatoon-based quintet has expanded its sound on Changing Colours to encompass more styles and hues to enhance The Sheepdogs’ trademark beef-and-boogie twin-axe riffs, hooks, shuffles and long-haired aesthetic. An event you cannot afford to miss!

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Susie Cipolla - painting demonstrations

Banff, Alberta
2018-06-29 To 2018-07-05 MST

SUSIE CIPOLLA - painting demonstrations at Canada House Gallery. Friday, June 29 - Thursday, July 5, 2 - 5 pm. Susie first broke into the art world at the age of seven, winning a bicycle in a Dairyland colouring contest. After that, art languished on life’s back burner while she finished school and pursued a career in physiotherapy. In 2009 she discovered a new passion in painting.Over the last eight years Susie has committed herself to improving her skills as a professional artist. She spends her days with her family on their rural property. Her art studio sits next to the horse coral and overlooks their ninety-year-old farmhouse. The local scenery is stunning, with towering mountains, flat farmland, old buildings, wildlife and farm animals in abundance. In 2015, Susie won the Grand Prize, at the Federation of Canadian Artists Signature Medal Show, for her rendering of a West Coast fishing vessel.Susie is a Senior Signature Member (SFCA) and a past Board member of the Federation of Canadian Artists.

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