Banff National Park National Parks

The elements that make the Canadian Rockies a year-round dream destination converge in perfect harmony in Banff National Park. Established after railway workers stumbled onto a thermal hot spring, Banff became Canada’s first national park in 1885 and today is part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Explore more than 1,000 mi (1,600 km) of maintained trails on foot, by bicycle or on horseback. Come back in winter and ski some of the finest powder anywhere. The alpine towns of Banff and Lake Louise have all the amenities and everything you need to stay and explore this magical place.
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The Banff Canoe Club

Banff, Alberta
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Canoeing on the Bow River is the quintessential Canadian activity; a peaceful way to explore Banff National Park. Rent a canoe, kayak or SUP from the Banff Canoe Club, or join one of our Interpretive Guided Big Canoe Tours where you will be entertained with stories of the past, the history of canoeing and interesting local facts. No paddling experience is necessary. The canoe docks can be found just a short walk from downtown Banff.

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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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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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Banff Winter Adventure

Travel by coach through dynamic winter landscapes in the Canadian Rockies on this 3 night adventure. Explore the resort town of Banff and enjoy unique winter activities like snow shoeing in Banff National Park.

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Christmas at the Castle

Come celebrate the joy of the festive holiday season Dec. 16 - Jan. 3, 2020 at Fairmont Banff Springs, your Christmas Castle in the Rockies. Experience plenty of exciting activities, including dining experiences and time-honoured traditions to share with your loved ones. Rates vary. Subject to availability.

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Banff and Lake Louise Tours Winter Package

See the best of Banff and Lake Louise with this combo package with Discover Banff Tours. Keep your eyes peeled for wildlife on a morning tour of Banff's highlights, and take a full-day tour to frozen Lake Louise with four hours to snowshoe, ice skate or enjoy a sleigh ride.

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GyPSy Guide GPS Audio Driving Tour Apps - Banff National Park

Banff, Alberta

Narrated driving tour apps that play professional tour guide commentary based on your location. Listen to entertaining stories, local tips and driving directions along scenic driving routes throughout Alberta including Banff, Lake Louise, Yoho, Icefields Parkway, Drumheller, Waterton and Alberta's SW. The apps use free GPS signal, so no data roaming, wifi or cellular network required while touring. Canadian Rockies - 520 Audio Points. - 5 Star Reviews. Travel Alberta ALTO Award winner.

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CMH Summer Adventures

Banff, Alberta

CMH Summer Adventures are experiences unlike any other, set against a backdrop that's unlike anywhere else. Whether you're a hiker, adrenaline junkie, artist, or family of explorers, they've got a range of trips that are equal parts inspiration, relaxation and exhilaration. Vacation where there are no crowds, and explore mountain terrain few others have visited. Oh, and did they mention travel by helicopter?

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Highlight Adventures

Banff, Alberta
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Take an adventure tour that highlights the unique cultural and natural charm of Alberta’s best kept secrets. Handcrafted tours are a selection of hard-to-find things in the spectacular backcountry foothills of Alberta. Tours are run in small, personal groups, so no need to fight crowds for great photos. Oh, and all the little things like tax, meals, snacks and admission are included to make it nice and easy. Walk in a wolf dog sanctuary, lunch in an early 20th century saloon set within a living historic village, taste a selection of honey mead, take a wagon ride through the woods in search of wild horses while visiting a wild horse sanctuary, and roam the backroads in search of wildlife.

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Pharis & Jason Romero

Banff, Alberta
2020-04-05 to 2020-04-05 MST

Singing vibrant duets, writing deadly songs, playing handmade banjos and loving old acoustic guitars, Pharis & Jason Romero have a classic story. When some scratchy old records and a custom banjo led to their meeting in 2007, they quickly knew they were in for the long haul. They've since released six records and toured across North America and the UK. They are passionate teachers and believers in many things folk, and their heartbreakingly harmonic live show is an ever-evolving and never-ending quest for good songs and beautiful sounds. Pharis is Artistic Director for Voice Works, a workshop for singers, as part of her work as a diverse singing teacher; Jason instructs all styles of banjo playing, especially old-time three-finger playing.

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Liz & Lars Cello Guitar Duo

Banff, Alberta
2020-03-21 to 2020-03-21 MST

As part of the Banff Gallery Hop enjoy the music of Liz & Lars. They are a multi-instrumental musical duo performing live around the Bow Valley at festivals, coffee houses, pubs and special events. Elizabeth Sorochan plays the cello and bass and Lars Backman is on guitar and vocals. Playing in a range of styles, including folk, roots, blues and beyond, their song selection for each performance is chosen to suit the mood. Liz & Lars have a vast repertoire of songs, including traditional instrumentals, popular classics, lesser know gems as well as original compositions. Every show is a unique experience! Regular Museum Admission Applies.

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Bow Valley Chorus presents A New and Improved Scrooge!

Banff, Alberta
2019-12-13 to 2019-12-13 MST

Indulge in the Christmas festivities at Fairmont Banff Springs this holiday season with a special performance by the Bow Valley Chorus. Bow Valley Chorus has become a vital and integral part of the Banff-Canmore cultural community. They are now proudly in their fifteenth year of wonderful choral existence! Since its genesis, Bow Valley Chorus, under the talented direction of founder John Goulart, has performed a wide variety of classical compositions with orchestral accompaniment and professional soloists. Fairmont Banff Springs is delighted to host them for their holiday performance this year; A New and Improved Scrooge! Featuring music from Rutter, Charpentier, Forrest, Berlioz, Whittacre, Handel and Lauridsen, this performance is not to be missed!

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