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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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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

Jeff Mitchell
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

Jeff Mitchell
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

Faye Baldock
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

Concert At The Cave, April 23rd Free Outdoor Concert with with Natalie MacMaster

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
Apr 13, 2016

The Concert at the Cave returns to welcome springtime in the Canadian Rockies

Banff National Park Animals Meet the Pika

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
Mar 23, 2016

We introduce you to one of the cutest animals in the park, the pika

How To Banff, Episode #20 Spring Skiing

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
Mar 22, 2016

Bruno the bear teaches us how to make the most of spring skiing

The Best of Backcountry Lodging in Banff National Park

Meghan Ward
Mar 9, 2016

March 8, 2016 By Meghan J. Ward

Ski & Dine under the Full Moon’s Shine at Mount Norquay Ski Resort

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
Mar 8, 2016

Make moonlit turns before changing ski boots for dining shoes and poles for a welcome glass of champagne

Snowshoeing in Banff's Sunshine Meadows...On Top Of The World!

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
Feb 15, 2016

Real Banff's Jeff slaps on some snowshoes and walks into this magical world of deep snow

Sleigh Rides In Lake Louise With Brewster Adventures

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
Jan 16, 2016

Real Banff takes a look at the Brewster Adventures Sleigh Ride at Lake Louise

Interview with an Ice Carver Burr 'Buddy' Rasmussen at Ice Magic

Helena Cox
Jan 14, 2016

We learn more about what it really takes to be a successful ice carver

A Banff and Lake Louise Winter Vacation It’s the People that Make it Memorable By The Planet D

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
Jan 11, 2016

While the adventures are memorable, it’s the people that make each experience unforgettable

Earning Your Turns Backcountry Skiing in Banff National Park

Tera Swanson
Dec 30, 2015

Take a backcountry ski trip with Real Banff blogger Tera Swanson

A Wild Year 2015 #MyBanff Wildlife Photos

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
Dec 28, 2015

Take a look at some of the best #mybanff wildlife photos of the year

8 Memorable Places to Skate in Banff National Park

Meghan Ward
Dec 22, 2015

We've compiled a list of some of our favourite places to skate in Banff National Park

Not a Skier? Not a Problem 6 “Other” Winter Activities in Banff

Meghan Ward
Nov 9, 2015

We explore some of the other winter activities available, from dogsledding to cross country skiing

10 Beautiful Banff Moments And The Photographer's Stories Behind Them

Jeff Mitchell
Nov 9, 2015

A local photographer shares the stories behind some of his favourite images

10 Reasons Why I Love Banff National Park by Meghan J. Ward

Meghan Ward
Nov 6, 2015

Writer Meghan J. Ward celebrates 10 years of living in Banff with her 10 reasons why she loves being here

Real Banff Interview: Tao Werner, 16-Year-Old Filmmaker Featured At Banff Mountain Film & Book Festival

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
Nov 5, 2015

We catch up with filmmaker Tao Werner about why he is inspired to get outside

Wildlife Watching In Banff National Park

Faye Baldock
Oct 22, 2015

What we have learned from watching wildlife in Banff National Park

Discovering the Aurora Borealis above Banff National Park

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
Oct 7, 2015

Watching the northern lights above the skies of Banff National Park is a once in a lifetime experience

Like Mom, Like Daughter Alpine Adventurers Together

Kymberley Hill
Oct 6, 2015

A mother describes her special moments in Banff National Park with her daughter

Air Masaki Defying Gravity In Banff

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
Sep 18, 2015

Take a look at these creative photographs by Banff local and gravity defier Masaki Yokota

Beautiful #MyBanff Instagram Moments For August, 2015

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
Sep 4, 2015

We share moments from Banff National Park, posted this August on Instagram with the #mybanff hashtag

Best Backcountry Larch Hikes in Banff National Park

Meghan Ward
Aug 27, 2015

Explore some of local writer Meghan J. Ward's favourite hikes to see the brilliant golden larch forests