Banff Canadian Rockies

There’s a reason everybody’s heard of Banff. The mountain town's got a lot to love: historic charm, super beautiful natural surroundings, and all the amenities you could ask for. Hit the shops and restaurants on Banff Avenue and try gravy-smothered poutine while wearing your new favourite moose T-shirt. Then, after a day of ice-walking, skiing or sightseeing in the Rockies, visit a brewpub or distillery for a drink and a bison burger. You've earned it.

  • Must-See: That castle across the river? That’s the historic Fairmont Banff Springs. Explore the hotel's history and hauntings before treating yourself at the amazing thermal spa.
  • Rise Up: Ride the Banff Gondola for an unbeatable mountaintop view. 
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Canadian Bowling and Entertainment Centre

Banff, Alberta
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Whether the weather has quashed your outdoor plans or you’re looking for a fun night out, the bowling centre at the Fairmont Banff Springs can be just the ticket. The centre offers four lanes of Canadian five-pin bowling— including neon blacklight bowling — as well as ping-pong tables and a pool table. If you’re looking for a nosh, the lounge serves up world-class food and drinks for grown-ups. The centre is open all year long and reservations are recommendations.

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Mountain Galleries at the Fairmont

Banff, Alberta
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Located inside the historic Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, the gallery is part of a small chain of galleries (the other two are in Jasper and Whistler) established in 1992. Here you’ll find both original art and reproductions by established Canadian wildlife and landscape painters, as well as the works of sculptors, carvers, and other types of artists. Each location has an artist-in-residence program that provides studio space to artists represented by the galleries.

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Willock and Sax Gallery

Banff, Alberta
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Located along Bear Street, in Banff's arts community, Willock & Sax Gallery is dedicated to furthering the intellectual and visual dialogue of committed contemporary artists and upholding the aesthetic message of historical artists, representing several generations of recognized artists working in a variety of media. In addition to years of representing and cultivating important contemporary artists’ careers like Peter von Tiesenhausen, Ed Bamiling, Barb Tipton, Les Graff, Mitchell Fenton, Robert Sinclair, and Allan Harding MacKay, Willock & Sax Gallery also specializes in representing historical works, such as those of W.J. Phillips, Luke Lindoe, John Chalke, D. Helen Mackie, Douglas Haynes, George Weber, Illingworth Kerr, and Margaret Shelton. Their interesting selection of Indigenous: Inuit sculpture and drawings are from such Cape Dorset artists as Niviaqsi Pitseolak and Shuvinai Ashoona and other senior and mid-career artists.

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Horseshoe Canyon Whitewater Rafting Tour

Experience exciting whitewater thrills, big waves and spectacular scenery on a two-hour rafting ride with Chinook Rafting. Located 45 minutes from Calgary and Banff, these class 3-4 rapids are perfect for thrill-seeking adventure lovers. Save 10% by using coupon code ONLINE2SAVE and booking online seven days or more in advance.

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Kananaskis River Whitewater Rafting Tour

Wind through Rocky Mountains picturesque landscapes on a two-hour rafting ride with Chinook Rafting. Located just 45 minutes from Calgary and Banff, these class 2-3 rapids are perfect for families and novice rafters. Save 10% by using coupon code ONLINE2SAVE and booking online seven days or more in advance.

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Buy Early and Save up to 15% on Banff-Lake Louise Ski Lift Tickets

Save up to 15% on SkiBig3 lift tickets valid at Banff's Sunshine Village, Lake Louise Ski Resort and Mt. Norquay. Includes free Banff Upper Hot Springs admission. Offer valid on 3-day or longer SkiBig3 lift tickets purchased at least 21 days in advance and dependent on season dates.

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Hydra River Guides

Banff, Alberta
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Big waves, rushing rapids & wicked whitewater. This is the Kicking Horse River. Let them introduce you to the water they call home. 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 the mild, family-friendly trip to the popular Kicking Horse Classic and the Ultimate, Hydra River Guides has a trip to suit all abilities and budgets. 180,000 rafters can't be wrong. Are you ready to join?

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Sunshine Village Historical Snowshoe and Fondue Tour

Banff, Alberta

Sunshine’s historical snowshoe tour provides a unique Canadian Rockies experience through untouched powder deep into Sunshine Meadows. Let local guides at Sunshine Village take you off the beaten track into the heart of Banff National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, surrounded by panoramic alpine views. Walk along paths taken by Canada’s First Nations and listen to stories of first discovery by European explorers. Put yourself in their (snow)shoes. The experience culminates indoors at the Sunshine Mountain Lodge with a traditional Swiss-style cheese fondue. Immerse yourself in an authentic winter alpine experience in a location rich in Canadian history.

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Mt Norquay Via Ferrata

Banff, Alberta
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From Mt Norquay's Via Ferrata you will experience views of Banff rarely seen. Climb ladders, cross suspension bridges and marvel at the grandeur of the mountain vistas that surround you. Each of the tours starts at 7,000 feet above sea level at the top of Norquay's sightseeing chairlift. After your tour, unwind at the Cliff House Bistro with a beverage and appetizers. The views are wild, and tours are led by a highly experienced, ACMG-certified guide, you wear a harness that is always attached to the mountain’s steel cable pathway, securing you to the rock at all times. So leave your worries behind, live in the moment and get set to explore! Norquay’s Via Ferrata is designed to accommodate beginners seeking a taste of the alpine, as well as folks who already have alpine experience. No climbing knowledge is needed – just a basic level of physical fitness, and a big sense of adventure!

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Avalanche Awareness Days

Banff, Alberta
2020-01-18 to 2020-01-18 MST

Come celebrate winter and learn how to recreate safely in the winter backcountry! Their snow safety team will be sharing knowledge of Avalanche safety and the mitigation work they do at the resort. From 11 AM to 2 PM on both Saturday and Sunday:- Visit their information booth at the top of the Gondola- Take part in their interactive activities showcasing Avalanche Safety.

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New Year's Eve Gala at Fairmont Banff Springs

Banff, Alberta
2019-12-31 to 2020-01-01 MST

The Fairmont Banff Springs grand Van Horne Ballroom transforms into a celebration fit for Kings and Queens! Executive Chef Robert Ash's four-course meal is served while Barry Shaw and The Fairmont Banff Springs Orchestra plays in the background. Table wine and host bar service are included in the evening's events, with a premium selection to choose from. Tables are dressed with party favours to get you in the mood for a memory-filled arrival of the New Year. The band counts in the New Year while the culinary team renews your appetite with a midnight snack buffet.

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Level 1 Yin Yoga Training

Banff, Alberta
2020-03-06 to 2020-03-06 MST | Show All Dates

In weaving together insight and experience from a decade of mindfulness training, immersion in spiritual psychology, and formal education in the energetic anatomy of the subtle body, Carly offers a deeply holistic approach to teaching mindful Yin Yoga. This 15-hour training, open to teachers as well as dedicated practitioners.

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