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The Real Banff

Banff bridge
Noel Hendrikson

Real People, Real Stories, Real Banff

Real Banff is an inside look at the events and activities around the park, brought to you by Banff & Lake Louise Tourism. Our mission is to have a post on pretty much everything that is available for you to do in Banff, Lake Louise and beyond.

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3 Days of Solo Rejuvenation in Banff and Lake Louise

Meghan Ward
Sep 15, 2020

Leave schedules and demands behind for a solo self-care getaway.

8 Larch Hikes in Banff National Park that are Local Favourites

Tera Swanson
Sep 14, 2020

Embrace autumn in Banff National Park with these beautiful hikes.

8 Gorgeous Lakes That Aren't Lake Louise

The World Pursuit
Sep 11, 2020

Your guide to beautiful lakes in Banff National Park

Why you want to take a tour in Banff National Park and you don't even know it yet

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
Sep 3, 2020

The more local secrets you learn in a destination, the more you’ll get from your

How to be a cowgirl: Horseback riding in Banff

Emma Mulheran
Sep 2, 2020

The Wild West is in Banff National Park and I never even knew it.

Things To Do In Banff and Lake Louise in September

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
Sep 1, 2020

Your guide to exploring Banff National Park in September!

6 Winter Adventures To Try in Banff & Lake Louise

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
Aug 19, 2020

Winter in Banff & Lake Louise is full of adventure! Here's a guide to favourite Canadian winter activities

Eat Your Way Through the Mountains – Top Banff and Lake Louise Restaurants for Foodies

Emma Mulheran
Aug 11, 2020

How to get the most out of the thriving food scene of Banff National Park and its regional cuisine.

This is How Long you Need to Stay in Banff and Lake Louise

Emma Mulheran
Aug 6, 2020

How much time is needed to take in all that Banff National Park has to offer?

The Bear Street Beat: Exploring one of Banff’s Most Vibrant Streets

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
Aug 5, 2020

Dining, Shopping, Galleries and more can be found on the vibrant Bear Street.

Your Guide to New Banff Restaurants in 2020

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
Jul 29, 2020

The ever evolving food scene in Banff National Park continues with four new restaurants this summer

11 patios you need to try this summer in Banff & Lake Louise

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
Jul 22, 2020

Your guide to the perfect patio day in Banff National Park.

23 Reasons why Banff National Park is the place to find the ultimate Canadian escape

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
Jun 24, 2020

If you type “Canada travel” into Google image search, guess what you’ll find?

Local Expert Jess

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
Jun 15, 2020

Tips from local expert Jess from the Banff and Lake Louise Visitor Centres

New Experiences in Banff National Park

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
Jun 4, 2020

The beauty of Banff National Park

Shop Banff Online

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
May 11, 2020

Browse a selection of authentic Banff souvenirs from a range of local retailers

Local Expert Delaney

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
May 10, 2020

Tips from local expert Delaney from the Banff and Lake Louise Visitor Centres

Local Expert Sam

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
Apr 1, 2020

Tips from local expert Sam from the Banff and Lake Louise Visitor Centres

Guide to scenic drives in Banff National Park

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
Mar 12, 2020

Hit the open road and visit these three classic drives for yourself.

10 Early Season Hikes in Banff National Park

Meghan J. Ward
Mar 10, 2020

Some hikes to get you out on the trail.

7 Off-The-Beaten-Path Adventures in Banff National Park

Devon Murphy
Mar 6, 2020

Get away from everyone and find your perfect slice of wilderness.

9 Bucket List Hikes in Banff National Park

Meghan J. Ward
Mar 5, 2020

With over 1,600 kilometres of trails, Banff offers adventurers some of the best hiking on the planet.

8 Jaw-Dropping Paddles to Explore in Banff National Park

Molly Segal
Mar 4, 2020

These breathtaking canoe destinations in Banff National Park will wow all, from the novice to the expert

13 Summer Attractions in Banff National Park

Jonny Bierman
Mar 4, 2020

Guide to opening dates and more!

Five Ways to Pamper Yourself in Banff and Lake Louise

Devon Murphy
Mar 4, 2020

Relax and reset. You deserve it.

Local Expert Kat C

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
Mar 4, 2020

Tips from local expert Kat C from the Banff and Lake Louise Visitor Centres

Local Expert Mel B

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
Mar 3, 2020

Tips from local expert Mel B from the Banff and Lake Louise Visitor Centres

7 Scenic Restaurants in Banff and Lake Louise

Jonny Bierman
Mar 2, 2020

Insider tips on the best restaurants with a view in Banff National Park.

Reasons Why Locals Love Spring Skiing in Banff National Park

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
Mar 1, 2020

Locals Love Spring Skiing in Banff National Park. Spring Dumps, Après, patios and more time on the mountain

Local Expert Jose

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
Mar 1, 2020

Tips from local expert Jose from the Banff and Lake Louise Visitor Centres