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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Central Park

Banff, Alberta
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Located along the Bow River, Central Park offers a serene place to enjoy nature within the Town of Banff. Take a walk, run, or bike ride on the paved pathway and stop for lunch at one of the picnic tables or in the gazebo. A rock playground offers a place for kids to burn off some energy while parents take a breather. For the convenience of visitors, the park has washrooms, water-bottle fillers, and a bike repair station.

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The Banff Centre

Banff, Alberta
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Canada's creative leader in arts and culture, The Banff Centre is a globally recognized educational institution and conference facility.

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Parks Administration Building

Banff, Alberta
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Completed in 1936, the Administrative Building is one of the oldest government-built structures in Banff and a recognized Federal Heritage Building. Wander the grounds and admire this rustic building, built in the Tudor-Revival architectural style with rubble limestone and cedar-shingled, pitched roofs. Inside the building, exhibits tell of the building’s history.

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The Treasures of Banff Adventure

A full Mystery Towns clue-solving adventure, where you and your teammates take to the side-walks and trails, making your way around Banff. Experience the sites of Banff in a unique way - the fun of a scavenger hunt, the puzzle-solving of an escape room and challenge of an Amazing Race.

Expires: 2020-05-29
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Mountain Lakes & Waterfalls Sightseeing Tour

Delve deeper into the natural history of the Canadian Rockies. This tour takes you to the most treasured spots in Banff and Yoho national parks to explore the land and the stories it holds.

Expires: 2019-10-17
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Wild Water Adventures

Lake Louise, Alberta
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Welcome to Wild Water! For 28 years, guests just like you have been enjoying fun, exciting and enriching Canadian Rockies rafting trips. Wild Water Adventures prides itself in having earned the reputation of offering the finest and extremely well organized white water rafting trips near Banff, Alberta, in the Canadian Rockies, on one of the most exciting and history rich rivers in Canada. Wild Water Adventures rafting trips are perfect for singles, couples, families and groups, and all abilities and ages, from 8 to 88, making for the ideal rafting trips in Canada. The most popular daily Alberta rafting trips are available from mid-May to mid-September and trips are available and designed for first-timers, experienced rafters and nature-loving families. Their white water rafting trips are touted by rafters like yourself on TripAdvisor as the best white water rafting Canada has to offer. Choose from a variety of exciting white water rafting trips and milder river journeys. Their rafting trips range from popular daily half-day rafting trips, full day rafting trips, and multi-day rafting trips for those looking for more time on the river.

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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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Mystery Towns Clue Solving Adventures - Banff

Banff, Alberta
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Experience Banff on a virtual tour adventure with all the fun of a scavenger hunt, the puzzle-solving of an escape room and the challenge of an Amazing Race. Explore must-see points of interest from a unique and fun perspective on a Mystery Towns clue-solving walking adventure. Clues are delivered via the app on your phone. Enter your answers to receive the next clues and as you solve your way around Canmore you will discover local favorites and hidden gems. Take your time or opt to beat the leader-board.

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Sunrise at the Summit

Banff, Alberta
2019-09-28 to 2019-09-29 MST

Rise and shine! Join us for this unique opportunity to welcome the day and celebrate sunrise from the summit of Sulphur Mountain. With spectacular morning light, a mimosa and a delicious breakfast at Northern Lights included with admission, the Banff Gondola is where wonder-fall memories are made.

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Banff Santa Claus Parade

Banff, Alberta
2019-11-16 to 2019-11-16 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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Tribute to Craft Spirits Festival

Banff, Alberta
2020-01-15 to 2020-01-26 MST

Tribute To Craft Beer Festival brings together Alberta and British Columbia’s best craft spirits with local Banff and Lake Louise bars and restaurants. Celebrate the craft cocktail culture in Banff and Lake Louise with 12 days of special cocktail menus in local restaurants, culminating in a two-day discovery event on Bear Street. Come and enjoy this event, part of the annual SnowDays festivities.

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