The Banff Centre
The Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity is one of Canada’s most recognized art and cultural institutions. It is home to galleries and theatres which host contemporary art exhibitions, art classes, and workshops, as well as many performances such as theatre, music, dance, opera, and films. The centre is open year-round, and is a must-visit for cultural aficionados.
Music and Theatre
In addition to The Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, there are a variety of other music and theatre events held in Banff and Lake Louise. The Shaw Amphitheatre at the Banff Centre hosts live concerts in the summer and many restaurants showcase live music performed by local musicians. See the full schedule of events happening in Banff and Lake Louise.
First Nations have for centuries lived on and celebrated the land that became Banff National Park. Their rich history and connection with the Rocky Mountains continues, and is recognized in Banff and Lake Louise. The Buffalo Nations Luxton Museum, for example, hosts cultural performances and an outstanding collection of First Nations artwork.
Visit galleries featuring talented local artists to peruse and maybe purchase an artwork. You can also explore the historical work of iconic artists in collections held at the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies and the Willock & Sax Gallery.
Historic Sites and Museums
As Canada’s oldest national park, Banff National Park has preserved its classic historic and cultural sites for visitors to discover. Immerse yourself in a history as rich and complex as the landscapes of Banff and Lake Louise by visiting historic sites and museums, including the Banff Park Museum National Historic Site of Canada, the Cave & Basin National Historic Site and the Whyte Museum of the Candian Rockies.