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The Real Banff

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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Ice Magic Festival 2017 Recap

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
Feb 10, 2017

A look back at another incredible year of competition in Lake Louise.

The 5 Most Extreme Ski Runs in Banff National Park

Michael Hall
Feb 7, 2017

The three ski resorts in Banff National Park offer unparalleled access to some heart-pounding terrain!

5 excuses to visit Banff & Lake Louise in February

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
Feb 1, 2017

A quick guide to must-visit events in Banff National Park in February 2017.

A Life With Dogs - Megan Routley, Kingmik Dog Sled Tours

Devaan Ingraham
Jan 19, 2017

Learn about how Megan Routley lives her life with dogs in Banff National Park

Your Complete Guide to A Free 2017 Parks Canada Discovery Pass

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
Jan 18, 2017

A look at some FAQs about the 2017 Parks Canada Discovery Pass from Parks Canada

Backcountry Music: Sundance Lodge

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
Jan 13, 2017

The first instalment of "Backcountry Music" in Banff National Park with Alanna J Brown.

5 Must-TASTE Events During Banff’s Big Taste

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
Jan 11, 2017

Your complete guide to Banff's most delicious culinary festival of 2017!

Ice Magic That Lasts

Molly Segal
Dec 22, 2016

Meet the couple who have been coming to ice magic for more than 15 years.

3 cozy ways to stay in the Backcountry of Banff National Park

Jonny Bierman
Dec 15, 2016

A guide to discovering the backcountry lodges of Banff National Park

Experience the magic of SnowDays

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
Dec 13, 2016

By combining the culture and adventure of a Canadian Winter - experience SnowDays.

6 Winter Adventures To Try in Banff & Lake Louise

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
Dec 5, 2016

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

The world’s fastest skiers come to Lake Louise

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
Nov 29, 2016

A brief summary of events during the Lake Louise Alpine World Cup on December 2nd, 3rd and 4th

9 Excuses To Visit Banff & Lake Louise in December

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
Nov 28, 2016

A quick look at events in Banff and Lake Louise for December 2016.

Banff named a must-see destination by National Geographic Traveller

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
Nov 17, 2016

National Geographic Traveller has named Banff and Lake Louise one of its “Best of the World” for 2017.

3 Unique Ways To Stay in Banff and Lake Louise

Jonny Bierman
Nov 8, 2016

A Guide to Discovering the Front-Country Lodges of Banff National Park

Three Banff Restaurants Make OpenTable Top 100

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
Nov 3, 2016

Three Banff Restaurants Make OpenTable Top 100 restaurants to visit in Canada

5 easy runs for new skiers in Banff and Lake Louise

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
Nov 3, 2016

The complete guide to beginner ski runs in Banff and Lake Louise.

Canada - The best place to visit in 2017

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
Oct 26, 2016

Congrats, Canada!

Tour The New Banff Summit Gondola

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
Oct 20, 2016

Now that the $26 million renovation is complete, you will be able to see Banff like never before.

7 Excuses To Visit Banff In November

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
Oct 17, 2016

The complete guide to 7 must-visit even for November in Banff & Lake Louise.

Chasing Waterfalls in Banff

Tanya Koob
Aug 29, 2016

Learn about four unique trips featuring spectacular waterfalls.

#TREKBANFF Contest

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
Aug 22, 2016

This summer, Banff & Lake Louise Tourism has partnered with Google to map scenic hiking trails in BNP.

Take in the Beauty of Lake Minnewanka by Canoe

Molly Segal
Jul 11, 2016

Canoeing and camping on Banff's Lake Minnewanka.

5 Reasons to fish in banff national park

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
Jul 5, 2016

We looked at what inspires Banff’s anglers to head out and fish on the lakes and rivers

Merman Monster Legend of Lake Minnewanka Banff, Alberta

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
Jun 16, 2016

For centuries, Banff’s Lake Minnewanka has been home to some unnerving legends such as the Merman and Bigfoot

8 Jaw-Dropping Paddles to Explore in Banff National Park

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
Jun 8, 2016

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

Adventures along the Minnewanka Loop Road - Banff National Park

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
Jun 7, 2016

We share our favourite day use areas on the Minnewanka Loop with activities for the upcoming summer season

12 Things To Do On A Rainy Day In Banff National Park

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
Jun 5, 2016

Here are just some of the options available for you if the rain is coming down in our Canadian Rockies

Volunteering with Parks Canada In Banff National Park

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
May 30, 2016

Giving back to this incredible park I call home

Wild Water Rafting Adventures on the Kicking Horse River!

The Real Banff
May 26, 2016

See what a day on the river looks like and how fun (and skilled) the guides are