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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Cascade Gardens

Banff, Alberta
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Just minutes from downtown Banff, tucked behind the understated Administration Building, lies Cascade of Time Gardens. This 4-acre park was built in the 1930s and features gardens terraced into the hillside. Visitors looking to escape the hustle and bustle of town can wander along the garden’s many pathways and discover numerous water features, and timber and stone pavilions. Gazebos and other shelters offer a break from rain or sun, and a place to stop for a picnic. The garden is free to the public and flowers from late June until early September.

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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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Willow Stream Spa, Fairmont Banff Springs

Banff, Alberta
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Reminiscent of the hot springs that beckoned travelers over 100 years ago the pulsating waterfalls and the mineral pool in the heart of the spa rejuvenate tired muscles and soothe troubled spirits. The intensity of oxygen inspires clarity of thought and renews the strength of purpose. Willow Stream brings to life the unique healing powers of the alpine air the sacred waters and mountain magic.

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SnowDays Offer

Celebrate SnowDays in Banff with a special offer and save up to 45% per night on accommodation for stays between Jan. 5 and Feb. 4. This package also includes additional discounts at Willow Stream Spa, dining, bowling and winter equipment rentals. Come and play in a winter wonderland.

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Western Canadian Open Rail Tour

Golf a selection of Canada’s best courses for a true mountain golf experience, connected by a spectacular two day journey through Alberta and British Columbia. Silverleaf and Goldleaf service levels. Book early for spring 2020 dates.

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Romance on the Ridge

Mountain views, private hot tub, wine and s'mores. The perfect combination for the Romance on the Ridge package. Includes 2 nights in a King Suite with private hot tub, s'mores, bottle of wine and breakfast in your fridge. Price is per person based on double occupancy.

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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 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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Wild Water Adventures

Lake Louise, Alberta
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Feel the exhilaration of the Kicking Horse River while being surrounded by the majestic Rocky Mountains. Kids, both young and old, love the fun waves and exciting rapids, dad's enjoy the paddling and mum's appreciate our great facilities and gear. Everyone loves the area's best river. An all-round great family or group adventure. With four distinctly different trips daily, from mid-May to mid-September, we have the perfect trip to suit your adventure level and recreation schedule. Door to door shuttle available from Lake Louise.Great package option: Combine rafting with the Lake Louise Sightseeing lift.

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Ice Magic One Hour, One Block, One Carver Speed Competition

Lake Louise, Alberta
2020-01-17 to 2020-01-17 MST

Ten carvers go head to head in a speed competition of ice frenzy! They have just one block each and only one hour to show off their chainsaw skills and convince the judges they are worthy of the top prize. It's high energy, fast paced and thrilling to watch. Spectators get a chance to vote for their favourite too!

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Fireside Chat Series — Sponsored by The Wim and Nancy Pauw Foundation

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

Chic Scott interviews elusive Rocky Mountain legend, Charlie Locke. Charlie will share his stories of pioneering climbs on the North Face of Mount Temple and the Ten Peaks at Moraine lake and his epic ski traverse along the Continental Divide from Jasper to Lake Louise in 1967. Well-known in the Bow Valley as the owner of the Lake Louise Ski Resort, Charlie will also relate some of his adventures as a risk-taking businessman.

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Reuben And The Dark

Banff, Alberta
2019-10-19 to 2019-10-19 MST

Reuben and the Dark’s sophomore album, Arms of a Dream, is a monumental artistic statement from the spirited folk outfit led by Canadian songwriter and vocalist Reuben Bullock. Over eleven songs, Reuben maps the rugged terrain of dreams, exploring the inversion of imagination & reality in his most vivid music to date.Reuben and the Dark shines a light on the fine detail of this darkness, with powerful imagery and lush sonic detail at the forefront. Whereas the debut album Funeral Sky lavished in low fidelity, the new album is a high-definition dream.

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