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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Old Banff Cemetary

Banff, Alberta

At the south end of Grizzly street, you’ll find the final resting place of more than 2,000 Banff residents, including historic figures like Tom Wilson (who discovered Lake Louise) and the artists Peter and Catharine Whyte. Wander through the old cemetery, which dates back to 1888, and you’ll find old tombstones made of local stone and depicting images like golfers, horses, and cross-country ski tracks. The oldest grave marker is for baby Adelia M. Woodworth, who died in 1890. The grounds are also home to the Brett Mausoleum (built in 1914) and The Rawlins Monument (also built in 1914).

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Banff Park Museum National Historic Site

Banff, Alberta
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Visiting the museum has been a traditional experience for generations of park visitors! Come see the “University of the Hills” with over 5 000 natural history specimens, from bees to bears. Discover how natural history was interpreted in Canada during the Victorian era in one small, but very special, museum.

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Mt Norquay, Snowshoeing

Banff, Alberta

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!

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Sulphur Mountain Ride - 3 Hour Horseback Ride

This three-hour horseback ride with Banff Trail Riders offers a taste of the Banff backcountry and leads you past Bow Falls, crosses through Spray River and rides two-thirds of the way up Sulphur Mountain. Save 10% by using coupon code ONLINE2SAVE and booking online seven days or more in advance.

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Majestic Rail & Drive

Drive through the unforgettable scenery in the Banff and Jasper National parks, see the crystal waters of Lake Louise, enjoy charming Jasper then take the iconic Rocky Mountaineer to for the train ride of a lifetime.

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Banff Gondola Admission

An exceptional day at the summit starts with best available ticket prices. Book 48 hours in advance to receive the lowest price for that day as the prices change based on the day of the week and the season. Includes free shuttle within Banff. See website for current pricing.

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Chinook Rafting

Banff, Alberta
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Chinook Rafting offers the closest whitewater rafting to Calgary and Banff in the Canadian Rockies, with mountain views providing a stunning backdrop. There's rapids suitable for all levels from family-friendly rivers to big waves or roaring rapids depending on your experience and confidence. With over 30 years experience in excellence, they deliver exceptional levels of guest interaction and service with a team of highly-trained professionals committed to showing you a great time on the water. Chinook Rafting uses only top quality, modern equipment and their licenced, professional guides love sharing their knowledge, local stories, skills and enthusiasm to make your whitewater adventure one of life's greatest experiences. The whitewater rafting season runs from mid May to mid-Sept., with transport available from Banff and Canmore.

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CMH Heli-Skiing and Winter Adventures

Banff, Alberta
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In 1965, founder Hans Gmoser invented heli-skiing and staked out an exclusive 3-million acre reserve of pristine wilderness. Serviced by 11 lodges in the winter, the powder-obsessed can challenge some of the best mountains in the world. Multi-day trips include powder intros, family weeks, heli-assisted ski touring and private outings. In the summer, 2 lodges allow alpine addicts to commune with the mountains. Offering everything from glacier treks to photography workshops, the majestic peaks of Western Canada are the backdrop to getaways that are equal parts inspiration, relaxation, and exhilaration. Oh, and did we mention, travel by helicopter?

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Hawgwild Fly Fishing Guides: Banff Fly Fishing: Banff Ice Fishing Trips

Banff, Alberta

Banff's Hawgwild Fly Fishing Guides welcomes you to Banff fly fishing trips and ice fishing tours near Banff Alberta Canada. Let's go fishing on the wild blue waters of the Bow River! G. Loomis fly and spin rods, all the flies, lures and tackle, breathable waders and wading boots, spare rain and bomber jackets, transportation, lunch, and Big Jim as your guide are included on the company's action packed walk and wade guided fishing adventures. They'd be angling for brown trout, cutthroat, brookies, rainbows and the odd rogue bull trout. Access is easy and the wading ankle to knee deep on a firm packed freestone bottom in calm water. Ice fishing tours on Spray Lakes Reservoir start in December and go until April. The hottest action is during the month of March and early April. Big fat Mackinaw trout (lake trout) we're jigging for with most of the fish in the 1-4 lb class. Some big 10 lb + monsters lurk in the depths. Ice fishing trips are client friendly including all the gear, lunch, transportation and two heated shelters. Let's go ice fishing.

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Unbridled Featured Artist — Maureen Enns

Banff, Alberta
2019-10-26 to 2019-10-26 MST

Part of the Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival’s Mountain Gallery Hop—be inspired by Banff’s galleries! While at the Whyte take in the exhibition Unbridled. Contemporary and historical art weave a tale of the horse through various genres and interpretations. Maureen Enns, will be in attendance and can speak to her featured work. She is an Alberta artist who has gained renown for her conservation related work in Canada and abroad. This is a free event.

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Banff Centre Mountain Film and Book Festival

Banff, Alberta
2019-10-26 to 2019-11-03 MST

Held annually every Fall in Banff, Alberta, Banff Centre Mountain Film and Book Festival is nine thrilling days full of firsthand tales of record-breaking ascents, remote journeys, and groundbreaking expeditions from filmmakers, authors, photographers, and adventurers from around the globe. The 2019 Festival includes over 75 films with North American and world premieres, presentations by award-winning authors, free mountain art and exhibitions including the Mountain Art & Craft Sale and Mountain Marketplace, and so much more.

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Truth and Beauty in the Canadian Rockies

Banff, Alberta
2019-09-28 to 2019-09-28 MST

As part of the Banff Gallery Hop join author Lisa Christensen for the Banff Launch of her latest book, Truth and Beauty in the Canadian Rockies: An Explorers Guide to the Art of Walter J. Phillips. This is the fourth volume in her highly acclaimed Hiker's Guide to Art of the Canadian Rockies series. Walter Philips is considered one of the most accomplished watercolour artists ever produced in Canada. Regular Museum Admission Applies.

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