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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Banff Gondola

Banff, Alberta
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Journey to the top of the Banff Gondola to see a whole new side of Sulphur Mountain and the Canadian Rockies. The attraction has completely rebuilt, redesigned and re-imagined the mountaintop experience, creating a world-class indoor experience that equals the awe-inspiring ridge-top boardwalk 2900 ft. above Banff. From new restaurants and interactive exhibits to a multi-sensory theatre and a breathtaking 360-degree rooftop observation deck, the all-new Banff Gondola experience heightens every sense. Be prepared! Parking can be very tight at the Gondola during the summer, especially during the daytime before 5 PM. Skip the hassle, leave your car behind and take the free shuttle from downtown Banff.

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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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Sunshine Summer Sightseeing Gondola and Lift

Banff, Alberta
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Ride the Sunshine Summer Gondola – with its spacious 8 passenger cabins – to the Sunshine Village area. At the Village, stop at our interpretive centre before embarking into an exploration of the more than 12km of marked trails that wind their way through waterfalls, lakes, and flower-filled meadows. You can also take part in one of our hosted trail tours. Sunshine Summer Gondola and Sightseeing Chairlift will take the whole family to the “Top of the World" for an unobstructed 360 degrees view of one of the most outstanding areas in Banff National Park and the Canadian Rockies.

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Barre at Sunshine Meadows

Take your workout to new heights! We’ve teamed up with Barre Belle Inc., to bring “Canada’s Best Barre Class” to Banff Sunshine Meadows. Join us for a barre-based workout 8,000 ft, (2,400 m) above the everyday. Sweat in peace as you breathe in the pristine beauty of Sunshine Meadows.

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Wapta Icefields Hike

In Banff National Park, a series of gentle icefields stretch across the Great Divide. Known as the Wapta Icefields, they provide a unique opportunity for hikers to enjoy amazing scenery normally reserved for mountaineers. During this 3-day traverse, guests hike over the Bow and Peyto Glaciers staying in alpine huts.

Expires: 2019-09-20
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Raft, Ride and Relax

Make the most out of your adventure! Whitewater raft on the Kicking Horse River with a BBQ lunch then saddle up on a Cowboy Cookout with dinner. Transfers not included.

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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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Backroads

Banff, Alberta

Backroads leads a number of biking, hiking and multi-adventure tours based around Banff and surrounding areas. We've been in business since 1979 and guest satisfaction is our #1 priority.

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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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Events

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Book Talk—Paul Preuss: Lord of the Abyss

Banff, Alberta
2019-11-02 to 2019-11-02 MST

Join David Smart for a look at his intriguing new biography of the renowned Austrian alpinist Paul Preuss. Preuss achieved international recognition both for his remarkable solo ascents and for his advocacy of an ethically “pure” alpinism. David Smart is the editorial director of Gripped, Canada’s Climbing Magazine. He is the author of five climbing guidebooks and numerous articles in both the Canadian Alpine Journal and Climbing magazine, as well as two novels and the memoir, A Youth Wasted Climbing. Book signing to follow. This is a free event. ​This event is presented in partnership with the Banff Centre Mountain Film and Book Festival.

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Unbridled Featured Artist — Pascale Ouellet

Banff, Alberta
2020-01-18 to 2020-01-18 MST

Artist Pascale Ouellet will be in attendance and can speak to her featured work in Unbridled. Pascale’s 'nom de plume' is Bigoudi and although her native province of Quebec has shaped the person she is, her adoptive Alberta has shaped the artist she became. Her work focuses on our largely unintentional relationships with livestock.

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Hans Gmoser Film Presentation: Deep Powder Steep Rock

Banff, Alberta
2019-11-01 to 2019-11-01 MST

Follow the adventures of Hans Gmoser and contemporaries in this 1961/62 film as they ski the backcountry of Banff, Yoho, Rogers Pass and climb Mount Louis, a famous rock spire near the town of Banff. Part of the Banff Mountain Film + Book Festival. Chic Scott will introducing the film. Run time: 55 minutes. Tickets $5.

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