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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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Snowshoeing Banff Alberta

Banff National Park | Mike Seehagel

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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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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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. The attraction has completely rebuilt, redesigned and re-imagined the 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 multi-sensory theatre and a breathtaking 360-degree rooftop observation deck, the all-new Banff Gondola experience heightens every sense.

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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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Douglas Fir Resort & Chalets

Banff, Alberta
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Douglas Fir Resort and Chalets is Banff's finest family friendly accommodation. Ideally located on peaceful Tunnel Mountain just four minutes from downtown Banff, the resort boasts scenic views of the Canadian Rockies, right from the private balcony or patio of your hotel room.

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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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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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Banff and Lake Louise Fall Colours

See some of Banff's highlights such as Bow Falls and the Surprise Corner viewpoint before heading to world-famous Lake Louise for an hour on this afternoon sightseeing tour with Discover Banff Tours. Save 20% by using coupon code ONLINE2SAVE and booking online seven days or more in advance.

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Luxury Ski the Canadian Rockies

Skiers in the Canadian Rockies marvel at the snow-covered peaks of Banff National Park and the natural beauty of the unspoiled wilderness. Heaps of champagne powder suitable for all levels, short lift lines and incredible hospitality. This package includes: overnight stay for 2, daily lift tickets, daily breakfast and parking.

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Ski & Save in Lake Louise

The Chateau offers the option of skiing at all three of Banff National Park’s renowned mountain resorts or, if you prefer, a $100 daily activity credit per room. Use this credit towards dining, mountain adventure activities or a relaxing spa treatment. Package is for 2 adults and includes overnight accommodation.

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Tours

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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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Brewster Sightseeing Tours

Banff, Alberta
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Since 1892, Brewster Sightseeing has been sharing the best of the Canadian Rockies. With an entirely new fleet of motorcoaches featuring large viewing windows and luxury seating, Brewster Sightseeing has excelled for over 125 years in offering tours for everyone. Professional and knowledgeable driver guides, exclusive on-board tour hosts, convenient pick up and drop off locations in Banff, sightseeing with Brewster an experience that is simply natural.

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Great Divide Nature Interpretation

Lake Louise, Alberta
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Join a guided hike or snowshoe in Lake Louise! Walking against the dramatic backdrop of the Canadian Rockies and breathing in clean air, you notice how the forest and mountains surround and uplift you. Meanwhile, the guide reveals the stories behind the scenery in a fun and entertaining way. You’ve laughed and you’ve learned.

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Events

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Xavier Rudd

Banff, Alberta
2018-06-16 To 2018-06-16 MST

Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity presents XAVIER RUDD. Xavier is already one of Australian music's all-time greats, he has touched people's lives worldwide. He is undoubtedly a true virtuoso of his craft. Led by the radiating single Walk Away, Storm Boy his ninth studio album is both classic Xavier and something a little new. Enthralling audiences with his ability to wield so many instruments at once, Xavier Rudd is sure to impress the audience in the first outdoor concert of the year at Banff Centre's Shaw Amphitheatre.

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Saturday Night Jazz

Banff, Alberta
2018-08-11 To 2018-08-11 MST | Show All Dates

Join the Banff Center in their Margaret Greenham Theatre, to hear emerging musicians from the International Workshop in Jazz & Creative Music program perform with their internationally acclaimed mentors in evenings of experimentation!

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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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