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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St Mary's Parish

Banff, Alberta
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Two decades before confederation, The Hudson’s Bay Company asked two Quebec priests to travel west to minister to the company’s employees on the West Coast. During the journey, they travelled through the Rockies, where they stumbled upon Banff and established St. Mary’s of the Assumption. In 1888, the community built a log-cabin church for a Catholic parish, but in 1950, St. Mary’s upgraded to a grander building, designed by the resident priest (a former architectural engineer with the Banff Springs Hotel). The church is still in active and provides regular services.

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Rocks and Gems

Banff, Alberta

Walkthrough our doors and you will find the largest selection of semi-precious stone and fossil jewelry that we can fit in our combined 7,000 sq feet of display space in three retail locations. Add to those semi-precious stone carvings, mineral specimens, and fossils, and you get a “rock shop” like no other. With a huge selection of products and price points that are accessible to all, there is something for everyone.

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The Banff Centre

Banff, Alberta
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Canada's creative leader in arts and culture, The Banff Centre is a globally recognized educational institution and conference facility.

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Rocky Mountain Escape

Enjoy a 2-night escape in the beautiful Rocky Mountains. Stay in a One Bedroom Condo at the Rocky Mountain Resort and enjoy a $50 food and beverage credit for the Alpha Bistro. Price is per person for a 2-night stay. Based on double occupancy.

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Sundance Loop - 2 Hour Horseback Ride

This two-hour horseback wilderness adventure offers riders the perfect opportunity to relax and reconnect to nature with Banff Trail Riders. Trek along the tranquil Bow River before climbing Sulphur Mountain up to Windy Knoll. Save 10% by using coupon code ONLINE2SAVE and booking online seven days or more in advance.

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Snow & Ice Package

This package combines the not-to-be-missed frozen falls of Johnston Canyon and a guided snowshoe tour to the Paint Pots once used by First Nations. You’ll enjoy a sweet treat of maple taffy made right on the snow - a favourite with all the family.

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Banff Jasper Collection by Pursuit

Banff, Alberta

Explore iconic destinations and discover unforgettable travel experiences with Pursuit; a collection of inspiring adventures in Banff, Jasper and Waterton National Parks, as well as other North American destinations. Banff Jasper Collection by Pursuit provides immersive sightseeing tours (Brewster Sightseeing), deluxe transportation (Brewster Express), remarkable attractions (Banff Gondola, Lake Minnewanka Cruise, Columbia Icefield Adventure, Maligne Lake Cruise and Maligne Canyon Wildnerness Kitchen) and signature lodging properties and experiences (Elk + Avenue Hotel, Glacier View Lodge, Mount Royal Hotel) that delivers memories for a lifetime. Create your journey. Discover the unforgettable

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Alpine Air Adventures

Banff, Alberta
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Alpine Air Adventures specializes in rock climbing, ice climbing, alpine climbing, backcountry skiing and snowboarding, avalanche courses, and improvised rope rescue courses. Fully certified IFMGA Mountain Guide and ACMG Guides. AAA offers a variety of private and course-based adventures to suit all levels of an adventurer.

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Banff Trail Riders

Banff, Alberta
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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.

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Alpenglow Festival at the Banff Gondola

Banff, Alberta
2020-01-24 to 2020-01-25 MST | Show All Dates

The Banff Gondola summit is home to a thousand magic moments. This winter, you can add many more as you revel in the illuminated mountains during their Alpenglow Festival (Fridays and Saturdays, from Jan 24 – April 4). Whether it's cozying up around their rooftop fire pits with special Alpenglow cocktails, snacking on a delicious s'more or enjoying live entertainment with family and friends, celebrate the moment and enjoy the wonder of nature's light show. As the sun descends beyond the horizon, radiating the surrounding snow-capped peaks, the Banff Gondola summit becomes your stargazing platform to marvel at the dark skies and luminous stars.

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Starlight Dinner

Banff, Alberta
2020-02-22 to 2020-02-22 MST

Join us for an evening of enchanting views and decadent Chef creations at 7,000 ft. Your starlit experience begins with a ride on the North American chairlift to our iconic 1950s teahouse, the Cliffhouse Bistro. An alpine-inspired, five-course meal with carefully selected wine pairings by Chef Morne awaits all set to the soothing sounds of singer-songwriter Alana J. Brown. Warm-up by the fire, socialize with fellow guests and indulge in a menu that is sure to impress. When the evening comes to a close, the North American chair will take you back towards the soft glow of town below, leaving you with memories you won’t soon forget.

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Crafting Illusions: Make Your Own Lantern Slides!

Banff, Alberta
2020-02-15 to 2020-02-15 MST

Projecting Illusions, a part of Exposure 2020, reinterprets the spectacle of the magic lantern show offering stunning visuals from the archives. Projecting Illusions highlights the social history of lantern slides, underlining the practice of collecting and displaying slides in the Canadian Rockies.Every hour on the hour from 12 to 4 p.m., Young Canada Works Archival Assistant Intern Kate Riordon will offer a 5 - 10 minute talk on lantern slides, and the opportunity to make your own! Supplies will be provided. This event is a part of the Banff Gallery Hop. Regular Museum Admission Applies

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