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Gallery & Wine Hop

Experience Art & Culture in the park

June 17, 2017 - 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Art plays a significant role in Banff National Park. Many artists from around the world are drawn to the alluring and inspiring landscape. The rich history of arts and culture are celebrated in the many galleries, cultural centres, historic sites, and museums found throughout the Park.

The Gallery & Wine Hop is a chance to leisurely tour a handful of galleries and museums while enjoying different wine tastings from Canadian vineyards, and food pairings from local restaurants. Meet local artists, mix and mingle with friends, and learn about what inspires the artists to create. Watch the galleries and museums transform as talented performers show off their skills. Listen to a piano player a the Luxton Home, witness a stone carving at the Carter-Ryan Gallery, and enjoy a cellist at Mountain Galleries at Banff Springs.


How it works

If you are eager to start your tour early, the galleries and museums on the Gallery & Wine Hop are open by 10:00 a.m. Some venues, such as the museums, may charge a nominal entrance fee.

By 2:00 p.m., the main event starts and entrance to all participating venues is FREE, lite-bite food is complimentary, and wine tastings will be offered for a $1 per 2oz tasting until 5:00 p.m.

Guests will be given a map upon arrival from whichever location you would like to enjoy first. The tour between venues is self-guided, so stay as long as you would like and visit the venues in the order that suits your day best.

The venues are all within a short walk of each other with the exception of the Mountain Gallery at the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel. To get there, catch the ROAM bus in front of the Banff Park Museum (near the corner of Banff Avenue and Buffalo Street) for $2 a ride and you will be at the hotel in no time.

Your map will also double as a passport. Visit 5 of the 7 participating venues, get stamped at each venue, then fill out your completed Gallery Hop Passport with your information and drop it into a ballot box at the last location you visit. You will be entered into a draw to win an amazing prize package in Banff. 

This event is family-friendly, we think you're never too young to open your imagination to a world of creativity and deep history. 

Meet the Venues

We are excited to have 7 participating venues as part of the Gallery & Wine Hop. Read up about the venues below and get a sneak peak of what unique performers and artists will be on site during the event.

Buffalo Nations Luxton Museum

The Buffalo Nations Luxton Museum founded by Norman Luxton in 1953 is one of Alberta’s oldest museums, a remarkable building and environment to educate yourself about First Nations’ cultures.

During the Gallery & Wine Hop, visitors can enjoy the museum admission free! You are invited to enrich yourself in Indigenous history and culture in ancitipaction of Aboriginal Awareness Week in Canada. 

*Please note that this venue that will not have wine samplings available.

1 Birch Avenue, Banff
(403) 762-2388

Canada House Gallery

Dealing exclusively in Canadian art since 1974, this dynamic gallery features an incredibly diverse collection of paintings and sculptures by notable Canadian artists.

Stop by Canada House Gallery before the Gallery Hop from 10:00 a.m. to noon and join famed local artist, Donna Jo Massie, as she launches her new book, The Joy of Mountains. Massie illustrates and describes watercolour techniques for painting the stunning mountains from Alaska, The Canadian Rockies and New Mexico. A selection of 20 paintings will be on display to show Massie's far-reaching talents.

201 Bear Street, Banff
(403) 762-3757

Carter-Ryan Gallery

One of the newest gallery additions to Banff, the Carter-Ryan Gallery and Live Art Venue is home to the bold and brilliant works of visual artist Jason Carter. 

We are honoured to have Carter, acclaimed Aboriginal soapstone sculptor and painter on-site during the Gallery & Wine Hop to demonstrate in person how he creates his unique stone sculptures.

229 Bear Street, Banff
(403) 985-5556

Historic Luxton Home Museum

The Luxton house was built circa 1905 and was home to Banff's Luxton family for 90 years. Norman Luxton, Georgina McDougall Luxton and their daughter Eleanor all played important roles in the development and character of the Banff community.

The Luxton family collected a fine array of Canadiana artwork. Tour the home with guest curator/writer Michael Lang. Also a unique addition to the Gallery & Wine Hop will be local pianist Heather Jean Jordan, who will play music from the Luxton ladies sheet music collection on the piano that made it's way to Banff via the Chicago Worlds Fair in 1893.

206 Beaver Street, Banff
(403) 762-2105

Mountain Galleries at Banff Springs

Located in The Fairmont Banff Springs, Mountain Galleries is a favourite stop for collectors of Canadian art, featuring museum-quality paintings, sculpture and unique Inuit carvings. 

Worth a stop on the Gallery & Wine Hop just to see the famous Castle in the Rockies, this gallery will feature curated charcuterie boards and non-alcoholic beverages from award-winning Grapes. The sounds of a cellist will fill this unique gallery.

405 Spray Avenue, Banff
(403) 760-2382

Willock & Sax Gallery

Located in the hub of Banff's arts community, the Willock & Sax Gallery is dedicated to supporting emerging and established artists of all mediums while upholding the aesthetic message of historical artists.

The gallery opens their doors to welcome Gallery & Wine Hop visitors interested in historical and contemporary works by artists mainly from across Western Canada.  This June, as part of a year-long celebration of Canada 150, the gallery features FLOW by Robin DuPont, woodfired porcelain vessels that teem with surface texture and pattern. Also featured is  SPRING REFRESH, new funky jewellery pieces by Jackie Anderson and BLUE SKY, pastel paintings by Dean Tatam Reeves who roams the backroads, foothills, coulees, and prairies to paint from vantage points that evoke his sense of freedom. Enjoy wine and food while listening to the soft sounds of an acoustic guitarist.

210 Bear Street, Banff
(403) 762-2214

Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies

The Whyte Museum is a place that inspires, shares stories and allows visitors to explore the culture shaped by this mountain landscape. The museum has exhibitions, events, heritage homes, archives, a library and a museum shop for you to explore.  

In a place were local artists and philanthropists are encouraged to gather, the sounds of local fiddlers will fill the halls during the Gallery & Wine Hop.

111 Bear Street, Banff
(403) 762-2291

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