The Bow Valley is one of Alberta’s culinary hot spots. Here’s why.
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.
Explore the snowy trails of NorquayThere’s more to Norquay than skiing, riding, and tubing. They also have great snowshoeing trails that offer amazing views and a relaxing change of pace. Don’t have snowshoes? Rent them on the hill!With five trails to discover at Norquay, including gentler options for beginners and steeper options for the more experienced, a snowshoeing adventure can be as easy or as challenging as you make it. All trails are marked, but are not patrolled. Just rent some snowshoes from the North American Lodge, attach them to your boots and you’re ready to step into a whole new winter adventure!
Established in 1974, Canada House Gallery is dedicated to showcasing the best of contemporary Canadian art. Situated in downtown Banff, the heart of the Canadian Rockies, you are welcome to visit in your ski gear, cycling wear, hiking or cowboy boots. You’ll find an array of original paintings, stone and bronze sculpture plus a selection of one-of-a-kind jewellery. Open 363 days a year (closed on Christmas and Boxing Day). Canada House Gallery proudly showcases 55 painters, 20 sculptors, 3 jewellers plus a comprehensive collection of Inuit art from Canada’s Arctic. Five of the artists are local, reflecting their passion for their beautiful surroundings.
In Banff National Park, a unique climbing experience awaits on Mount Norquay’s Via Ferrata. Italian for Iron Road, it takes hiking to a new level – and if you can climb a ladder you can climb the Via Ferrata. Ride up to the site on an open chairlift and watch for wildlife. Experienced guides at the top will provide an in-depth safety orientation and all the gear you need. Using a an anchoring system of cables and ladders you’ll conquer the pitches and cross a suspension bridge to be literally on top of the world.
This Ice Review introduces/reviews skills for people who want to climb ice at the crags and begin multi pitch climbing. Topics include leading techniques, belaying techniques, setting up and cleaning top rope anchors, rappelling, proper communication and of course some climbing. Let's climb!
Trek through Johnston Canyon to a world of frozen waterfalls and pillars of blue ice. Learn about the formation of the canyon, and photograph the incredible formations of ice as you walk to explore the canyon over suspended catwalks. Trips run daily from December 14, 2019 to April 12, 2020.
Save on two popular winter activities with this package deal from Discover Banff Tours. Hike on a frozen creek bed on the Grotto Canyon Icewalk to frozen falls including a professional guide, transport, ice cleats and hot chocolate, then take a 40 minute sleigh ride through Banff's snowy mountain meadows.
Rocky Mountain Photo Adventures is a Banff based, locally operated business offering custom designed tours, workshops and seminars in Banff National Park and the Canadian Rocky Mountains. They are knowledgeable and super enthusiastic about developing your photography skills and enjoyment of their amazing scenery in this world-class travel photography destination. They are passionate about the wider photography community and actively engage in educational, environmental and wildlife events and projects, both independently and through partnerships. Rocky Mountain Photo Adventures is a proud sponsor of the iconic Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival.
Discover Banff Tours specializes in personalized, small-group tours and activities in winter and summer in Banff National Park and the surrounding Canadian Rocky Mountains. Operating since 1998, they have grown over the years but their goal remains the same: helping travelers get a memorable, one-of-a-kind experience while visiting Banff. Daily tours include sightseeing trips, wildlife tours, glacier adventures, icewalks and snowshoe adventures which can be experienced on a group tour, or personalized on a private sightseeing experience. Discover Banff Tours use only 24-seater mini-buses and comfortable sprinter vans for their tours, ensuring that they stick to small group sizes to give guests a far more personal experience and better opportunity to chat with their friendly, local and professionally trained guides. Their luxurious in-house fleet of vehicles ensures that you travel in comfort and style - with large viewing windows to enjoy the amazing mountain scenery.
Experience the thrill of wild west in the Canadian Rockies. Banff Trail Riders offers a host of exciting horseback excursions for all ages and abilities. Saddle up for a scenic trail ride along the Bow River. Dig in to a delicious barbeque lunch at an authentic cowboy cookout. Hit the trails for an overnight horseback adventure and sleep in a backcountry lodge. Or, take a horse drawn sleigh ride through a magical winter wonderland.
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.
Get your fill of nighttime skiing action with a race series that puts an emphasis on fun! No racing experience needed, you just have to be willing to have a good time! Kick-off the evening by racing under the stars, then enjoy great food and drinks with old (and new) friends up in the Lone Pine Pub.
Need some time to unwind after a day on the mountain with the kiddos? They’ve gotten pretty crafty and devised the perfect way for you to enjoy an uninterrupted hour of après ski. All you have to do is drop the little ones off with them at the Cascade Lodge. The kids will create a fun craft project while you enjoy a tasty craft brew – it’s a win-win all around! Free with a valid lift ticket or Seasons Pass.