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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 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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Banff Indian Trading Post

Banff, Alberta

Located in World Famous Banff National Park, for over 100 years The Banff Indian Trading Post has been providing an outlet for First Nations crafts. Today they continue that tradition with a wide selection of Genuine Native Canadian Handicrafts, Sterling Silver Jewellery, Pottery, Moccasins, Mukluks, Hats, Blankets, T-Shirts, Leather Coats, Furs, Souvenirs and much more. From the local Stoney Nakoda to across Canada and North America, they have the best selection you will find.

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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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Travel Offers

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Play for Five Nights Pay for Four in Lake Louise

This season enjoy your fifth night free and a $200 resort credit during your next Lake Louise vacation! This package invites adventurers of all ages and abilities to explore Banff National Park from its base camp, Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise. Price reflects min. 5-nt. stay for 2 guests.

Expires: 2017-11-29
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Snowshoeing in Lake Louise

The quiet beauty of winter is a delight to explore on snowshoes! Your 3-4 hour wilderness outing includes snowshoes & poles, delicious dark cocoa hot chocolate and homemade power bars.

Expires: 2018-02-27
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Heritage Classic

The Heritage Classic is one of our most popular vacation itineraries – combining the best golf locales in the Canadian Rockies – Banff, Canmore and Kananaskis.

Expires: 2017-10-31
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Tours

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Kingmik Dog Sled Tours

Lake Louise, Alberta
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Experience the trill of a dog sledding tour in Lake Louise, Banff National Park. This small, personable company offers guided trips in the heart of the Canadian Rockies. Tours range from one and a half hours in length to short 30-minute introductory trips.

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Great Divide Nature Interpretation

Lake Louise, Alberta
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Hiking is awesome in the Lake Louise area! Breathing in clean mountain air, you notice how the forest and mountains surround and uplift you. Meanwhile, the guide reveals the stories behind the scenery in a fun and entertaining way: history, wildlife, wildflowers, glaciers, and the big picture processes that explain the “why” of it all. You’ve laughed and you’ve learned.

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Banff Trail Riders

Banff, Alberta
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Experience the thrill of wild west in the Canadian Rockies. Banff Trail Riders offers a host of exciting horseback excursions for all ages and abilities. Saddle up for a scenic trail ride along the Bow River. Dig in to a delicious barbeque lunch at an authentic cowboy cookout. Hit the trails for an overnight horseback adventure and sleep in a backcountry lodge. Or, take a horse drawn sleigh ride through a magical winter wonderland.

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Events

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Lantern Tour

Banff, Alberta
2017-09-02 to 2017-09-02 MST | Show All Dates

It’s after hours at the Cave and Basin, but we’re letting you in. Your senses awaken as lanterns cast shadows on ancient grotto walls. Mysterious sounds and voices are a reminder that others, like you, have journeyed to these thermal waters for centuries. We’ll supply the lanterns; you supply the imagination. A family-friendly 40-minute program. Two tours every Saturday in September, 7:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. Space is limited, so register by phone or email.

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The Barra MacNeils: An East Coast Christmas

Banff, Alberta
2017-11-25 to 2017-11-25 MST

One of the most beloved concerts on the seasonal circuit, the Barra MacNeils Christmas shows always feature a highly entertaining brand of traditional seasonal fare mixed with entertaining stories and new musical twists; stamped with their lush harmonies and intricate instrumental stylings. Fans can look forward to classic favourites including: “Oh Holy Night”, “Ave Maria”,” A Christmas in Killarney” and “Auld Lang Syne” as well as some comedy, seasonal stories, music, singing, dance and memories that will extend beyond the season and last a lifetime.

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Banff Craft Beer Festival

Banff, Alberta
2017-11-23 to 2017-11-25 MST

The Banff Craft Beer Festival takes place at the home of Canada's first national park and is held each year in late November. The Cave and Basin National Historic Site is beautifully set at the base of the Canadian Rockies, and is now home to the world's most beautiful beer festival. Throughout the night, sample amazing food from some of Banff's best pubs and restaurants, try an offering of beers from Alberta's own breweries and share stories with local brew masters.

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