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Gallery & Wine Hop

Whitney Arnott

Experience Art & Culture in the park

October 7, 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. 

Whitney Arnott


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 a.m. Some venues, such as the museums, may charge a nominal entrance fee.

By 2 p.m., the main event starts and entrance to the venues is free (excluding some museums), lite-bite food is complimentary, and wine tastings will be offered for a $1 per 2 oz tasting until 5 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, the Buffalo Nations Luxton Museum, and the Walter Phillips Gallery at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity. To get directly to the Fairmont, catch the #2 ROAM bus on the west side of Caribou Street for $2 a ride and you will be at the hotel in no time. For the same fee catch the #4 ROAM bus from west side of Caribou Street to Cave Avenue and complete the short 5-minute walk to the museum. The Banff Centre is a 20-minute walk from town or 7-minute drive, where parking is free. 

Your map will also double as a passport. Visit five of the ten 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 ten 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.

All in the Wild Gallery

All in the Wild Gallery showcases the images of Jason Leo Bantle. Rooted in his interest of biological research, Jason captures images of animals from all over Canada. 

Admission: Free
Address: 105 Banff Avenue, Banff
Phone: 403-760-3141

Banff Park Museum National Historic Site

Join us at the Banff Park Museum, Western Canada's oldest natural history museum with over 5,000 natural history specimens collected from the park around the early 1900s. Admire the gorgeous architecture of this 1903 log masterpiece that was built with huge logs of Douglas Fir, large windows and lofty ceilings. This landmark building is the largest and most elaborate example of the early phase of park design utilising decorative cross-log construction. The Banff Park Museum National Historic Site is also the oldest surviving federal building in any Canadian National Park.

Learn more about the incredible historic architecture, pressed glass display cases, and how to design a museum before electricity with a free 15-minute tour led by a Parks Canada Interpreter. Parks Canada Mountain WIT interpreters will also be on site cooking bannock over a fire (weather/fireban permitted).

*Please note that this venue will not have wine samplings available. Non-alcoholic beverages and delicious food samplings will provided by local restaurants. 

Admission: Admission is free for 2017
Address: 91 Banff Avenue, Banff
Phone: 403-762-1558

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.

You are invited to enrich yourself in Indigenous history and culture where you can see a performance by Stoney Nakoda's Koskanuba group. 

*Please note that this venue will not have wine samplings available. Non-alcoholic beverages and delicious food samplings will provided by local restaurants. 

Admission: $10 adults, $9 seniors, $5 youth, and children under 7 are free.
Address: 1 Birch Avenue, Banff
Phone: 403-762-2388

Canada House Gallery

Dealing exclusively in Canadian art since 1974, Canada House Gallery features an incredibly diverse collection of paintings and sculptures by notable Canadian artists.

Artist Paul Reimer is a blacksmith who will forge and hammer steel rods into sculptures and K. Neil Swanson will create oil paintings inspired by the Canadian Rockies during this artist demonstration. Sounds of moody music with an artistic flare by DJ Toshinki Kakiuchi will fill the gallery.

Admission: Free
Address: 201 Bear Street, Banff
Phone: 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. 

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

Admission: Free
Address: 229 Bear Street, Banff
Phone: 403-985-5556

Historic Luxton Home Museum

The Historic Luxton Home 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.

Tour the home and the Luxton family’s fine array of Canadiana artwork with guest art curator. 

Admission: Free
Address: 206 Beaver Street, Banff
Phone: 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, sculptures, and unique Inuit carvings. 

Acoustic-finger style guitarist, Kyle Pullan, will be playing during the event. Jake Vandenbrink, artist in residence at the Fairmont Banff Springs will be featured from October 4-11, 2017. 

Admission: Free
Address: 405 Spray Avenue, Banff
Phone: 403-760-2382

Walter Phillips Gallery at Banff Centre

The Walter Phillps Gallery located at the Banff Centre of Arts and Creativity displays and collects contemporary art guided by the research the centre facilitates. 

Admission: Free
Address: 107 Tunnel Mountain Drive, Banff
Phone: 403-762-6281

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. Enjoy the sounds of the viola played by Jane Russel. 

Admission: Free
Address: 210 Bear Street, Banff
Phone: 403-762-2214

Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies

The Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies 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.  

The Whyte Museum is a place were local artists and philanthropists are encouraged to gather. Join Cellist Elizabeth Sorochan and guitarist Lars Backman for a performance during the event. 

Admission: $10 adults, $9 seniors, $4 locals from Lake Louise to Morley, and children under 12 are free. 
Address: 111 Bear Street, Banff
Phone: 403-762-2291

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