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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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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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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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Banff Upper Hot Springs

Banff, Alberta
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Visit Miette and Banff Upper Hot Springs on your trip to the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Banff and Jasper national parks. These natural hot mineral springs are among the top attractions in the Canadian Rockies. Banff Upper Hot Springs offers a splendid historic bathhouse in Banff National Park. In Jasper National Park you'll find the Miette Hot Springs, which have the hottest mineral water in the Rockies.

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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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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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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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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.

Expires: 2018-03-11
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Play for Five Nights Pay for Four in Lake Louise

This season, enjoy your fifth night free and a $200 resort credit during your next Lake Louise vacation! This package invites adventurers of all ages and abilities to explore Banff National Park from its base camp, Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise. Price reflects min. 5-nt. stay for 2 guests.

Expires: 2018-04-15
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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.

Expires: 2018-02-28
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Banff Alpine Guides

Banff, Alberta

Guided rock climbing, mountaineering, ice climbing, ski touring in Banff and the surrounding areas. Banff Alpine Guides also offers avalanche courses and climbing instruction. All of the guides and instructors are certified under the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides and/or the International Federation of Mountain Guides.

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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 secret.Our handcrafted tour is a selection of our favourite hard-to-find things in the spectacular backcountry foothills of Alberta. We run the tour 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 a wolf dog sanctuary, lunch in a saloon from 1913 in a living historic village, taste a selection of honey mead, visit a wild horse sanctuary and roam the backroads in search of wild horses and other wildlife.

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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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Banff Christmas Market

Banff, Alberta
2017-11-24 To 2017-11-26 MST

Look for a special gift for someone or find a keepsake for yourself at the Banff Christmas Market. Featuring goods inspired by the Rocky Mountain culture, you’re bound to find something unique. Festive entertainment and culinary delights complement the event. The Banff Christmas Market is held at the Warner Stables, which are transformed into a charming market venue. Admission is $2.

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JOY

Banff, Alberta
2017-11-25 To 2017-11-25 MST

Join over 20 artists for the annual holiday celebration! Saturday, Nov. 25, 2-5 p.m.

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