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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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Mt Norquay, Banff

Banff, Alberta
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From the legendary ski racers that have claimed their glory on Norquay’s slopes since the 1930s, to beginners clipping on skis or a board for the very first time, Norquay is for everyone with over 60 runs to choose from. The fun does not stop when the sun goes down. Norquay offers the only night skiing in the Alberta Rockies. On Friday and Saturday nights the Cascade chair is fully lit, including the entire terrain and tube parks. Banff National Park’s deep-rooted ski culture started at Mt Norquay. Norquay is also home to Alberta’s largest tube park. Just take a seat on a purpose designed inflatable tube, hold onto the handles and get sliding! Summer months offer opportunities to climb, explore and relax. Norquay has maintained its place as the locals’ hill for over nine decades, it’s Banff’s backyard – all while hosting skiers, riders and sightseers from all corners of the globe. Norquay is a Banff classic!

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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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Sunshine Village Ski and Snowboard Resort

Banff, Alberta
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Sunshine Village Ski and Snowboard Resort boasts the longest non-glacial ski season in the Canadian Rockies, receiving up to 9 m (30 ft) of snow in its mid-November to late-May season. Located just 15 minutes from the town of Banff and spread over 3,300 acres, the resort is also home to Canada's first heated lift - the TeePee Town LX. In the centre of the village at 2,195 m (7,200 ft) you will find the Sunshine Mountain Lodge, Banff's only ski-in, ski-out hotel. Book your lift tickets, ski school and accommodation in advance.

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5-Day Deluxe Historic Resorts

Explore the most beautiful natural areas of Alberta including, the Rocky Mountains, Lake Louise, and Banff National Park. Includes 4 nights of accommodation in standard Fairmont rooms (upgrades available), a shuttle transfer from Banff to Calgary, and also a shuttle transfer Lake Louise to Calgary downtown or the airport.

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Banff Tour and Gondola Package

See the best of Banff with a summer sightseeing tour and gondola admission on this package with Discover Banff Tours. Keep your eyes peeled for wildlife on a morning tour of the Banff's highlights, followed by an ascent up Sulphur Mountain on the Banff Gondola for 360-degree views over Banff.

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Lake Minnewanka Explorer Cruise

See more on Lake Minnewanka's 1.5 hour Explorer Cruise. With more opportunities to see wildlife and learn about the region, a stop at Devil’s Gap where the mountains look out to the Prairies, and a professional photo keepsake, take in breathtaking mountain scenery at Lake Minnewanka. See website for details.

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Brewster Sleigh Rides

Banff, Alberta

Brewster Adventures brings a Christmas card image to life at Lake Louise with a sleigh ride that follows the lake-side trail beneath Victoria Glacier. Enjoy views of the Ice Falls at the end of the lake by day, or the glow of the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise on evening rides. There is no better way to spend time together than drinking in the beauty of sparkling snow and blue sky, bundled beneath a blanket together on a horse drawn sleigh! The season for sleigh rides starts mid-December and goes to early April, weather and snow cover permitting.

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Fall in the Canadian Rockies Photo Tour

Banff, Alberta

The Canadian Rockies is one of the most beautiful photography destinations and the late summer/early autumn is a precious time of year. This 8 day (7 night) tour focuses on the Canadian Rockies incredible landscapes, stunning waterfalls, marvellous canyons and colossal glaciers. Join award winning blogger Marta Kulesza and award winning photographer Jack Bolshaw on their 8 day photography tour around the Canadian Rockies. The 8 day (7 night) photography tour will be focused on 3 major destinations. Canmore, Banff National Park and Jasper National Park. The 10 available spots are open to all levels of photographers.

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Banff Adventures

Banff, Alberta
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Banff’s activity booking center. For almost two decades, Banff Adventures has helped visitors experience the best of Banff and the Canadian Rockies. Offering every summer or winter activity and tour available, we specialize in providing convenient service, allowing you to spend more time playing in the mountains and less time planning for them. We have a variety of packages that bundle activities together, saving you time and money. We offer bike rentals from our store in the summer and ice cleats, skates and cross-country ski rentals in winter. Open seven days a week. Your adventure starts here.

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Events

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Santa Claus Parade

Banff, Alberta
2018-11-17 to 2018-11-17 MST

As fall retreats and winter emerges, so does the wonder and joy of Christmas in the Canadian Rockies. At dusk, the streets come alive with the magic glow of the Santa Claus Parade of Lights as a procession of floats, performers, and Santa himself traverse Banff Avenue. The parade begins at the Banff Avenue and Elk St intersection and continues down Banff Avenue until the Buffalo Street Intersection.

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SnowDays

Banff, Alberta
2019-01-17 to 2019-01-27 MST

The annual SnowDays Festival is the highlight of the winter season in Banff and Lake Louise. A month-long celebration held during January and February, the festival features a variety of events, shows, and activities that combine history, culture and winter adventure.

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Sunset Festival at Banff Gondola

Banff, Alberta
2018-06-29 to 2018-09-03 MST

Why watch the sunset when you can be in it at 7600 ft. mountaintop. The sunset festival is a celebration of Banff’s most special time of day, and they have transformed the rooftop terrace to be your viewing haven. Sample craft beer and taste delicious bites from savoury to sweet. Add interpretive storytelling and live music by local artists, and you’ve got the perfect recipe for an evening to remember. Stop by for an hour or stay for the night. Available daily from Jun 29 to Sept 3 from 7 - 10 PM.

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