Heritage Programs

Experience the cultural and natural heritage of Banff National Park through a variety of free programs led by Banff Heritage Tourism this summer. 


Old Crag Cabin:

Step back in time and explore one of Banff's most significant historic buildings at the Old Crag Cabin. Built in 1890, the log-frame building has been home to a bakery, butcher, newspaper, funeral parlor and more. Get a taste of other heritage sites and experiences in the park through exhibits, displays and online stations, enjoy a selection of books in the reading nook, or just immerse yourself in Banff's past. 

Tuesday-Sunday, 9am-11am & 4:45pm-6:45pm.

In partnership with Arctos & Bird, Parks Canada, Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies, Buffalo Nations Luxton Museum, Town of Banff, and Banff Lake Louise Tourism.


Read more about the Old Crag Cabin at http://therealbanff.com/bhtcabin/ and https://www.banff.ca/index.aspx?NID=494 


Alpine Discovery Hub:

Get a taste of classic alpine experiences in Banff National Park! Try your hand at setting up a tent, put your artistry skills to the test, enjoy an outdoor board game, get a sneak peek of local art, and much more. 

Tuesday-Sunday, June 30 - August 30, Banff Avenue Square, weather permitting. 12pm-4pm.

In partnership with Banff Trail Riders, Atmosphere, the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies, Perfect Turf, and Bison Belong.



Off the Beaten Path Walking Tour:

Looking to get a local's taste on Banff? Keen to learn some of the favourite sights, stories and experiences within walking distance of downtown? Join a free walking tour and venture off the beaten path, and uncover little known public art, unique buildings, favourite trails, and some of the characters and stories that have defined Banff. Each tour is approximately 1 hour and 2km long.

Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, July 7 - August 30, Banff Avenue Square, weather permitting. Tours at 12pm & 3pm.



First Nations Traditional Drumming & Dancing Performances:

Feel the beat of the drum as you watch a group of First Nations perform traditional dances in full regalia. This is a great opportunity to learn about and experience First Nations culture firsthand!

Every Thursday, July 9 - August 27, Banff Avenue Square. Performances at 12pm & 2pm.

Provided by Banff Heritage Tourism with the support of the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, Improvement District 9, Perfect Turf, Wild Flour, and Brewster Travel Canada.




Historical Walking Tours:

Learn about the natural and human history of Lake Louise - part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site! The tour also visits the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise and Deer Lodge for an inside look at the architectural history of these incredible buildings. Meet near the canoe docks on the shores of Lake Louise. Free, maximum of 15 participants per tour. Each tour is approximately 1 hour and 1.5km long. 

Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays, June 29 - August 29, weather permitting. Tours at 10:00am, 11:30pm, 2:00pm and 3:30pm.

Supported by Brewster Travel Canada.