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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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Shop Banff Online

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
May 11, 2020

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

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.

7 Scenic Restaurants in Banff and Lake Louise

Jonny Bierman
Mar 2, 2020

Insiders 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

8 Family-Friendly Spring Activities in Banff and Lake Louise

Meghan Ward
Mar 1, 2020

Make this Spring Break a trip to remember with these activity ideas.

Solo Rejuvenation in Banff and Lake Louise

Meghan Ward
Feb 14, 2020

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

Trip-Worthy Spring Experiences in Banff and Lake Louise

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
Jan 31, 2020

Discover what events are worth travelling for this spring.

7 Spring Events In Banff & Lake Louise

Jonny Bierman
Jan 27, 2020

Warm weather brings some of the best events of the year!

Things to do in March in Banff and Lake Louise

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
Jan 24, 2020

The longer, warmer days of March offer the perfect opportunity for spring adventures.

5 Reasons To Visit During Fall and Spring in Banff National park

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
Jan 22, 2020

Colours, deals and amazing events!

Wildlife of Banff National Park

Alyssa Friesen
Jan 20, 2020

Big and small - this place is alive!

How to be a responsible visitor in Banff National Park

Alyssa Friesen
Jan 17, 2020

It is our responsibility to treat the park with the care it deserves.

Things To Do In Banff and Lake Louise in February

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
Jan 15, 2020

Embrace the great outdoors in Banff National Park this February.

Things To Do In Banff and Lake Louise in January

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
Jan 10, 2020

A winter wonderland awaits you in Banff National Park this January.

6 reasons to visit SnowDays

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
Jan 2, 2020

Banff National Park comes alive with the SnowDays festival.

5 ways to live your New Year's resolutions in Banff and Lake Louise

Jonny Bierman
Dec 20, 2019

Your guide to a better life in the mountains of Banff and Lake Louise.

12 Free Things To Do At SnowDays

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
Dec 17, 2019

Embrace winter with these free outdoor events at SnowDays in January.

Where to Eat For Christmas in Banff and Lake Louise

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
Nov 26, 2019

We’ve got you covered for a belt-loosening meal, without the cleanup!

Follow Banff's Hot Chocolate Trail

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
Nov 26, 2019

Sipping on a steaming cup of hot chocolate is a must this Christmas season! 

Your Guide to Resort Skiing in Banff National Park

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
Nov 21, 2019

Enjoy the best of fresh, dry powder in The Canadian Rockies!

7 reasons to ski Banff National Park in 2019

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
Nov 20, 2019

Your guide to the skiing the protected slopes of Banff and Lake Louise.

Banff National Park’s Best Ski Resort Bites

Tera Swanson
Nov 19, 2019

Here are cozy options to help you refuel and get back out on the mountain.

The World's Fastest Skiers Come to Lake Louise

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
Nov 1, 2019

Experience the high-speed action of world-class alpine ski racing at the Lake Louise World Cup, Canada’s pr

4 Reasons To Visit Lake Louise Alpine World Cup

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
Oct 14, 2019

World Cup festivities make for an unforgettable weekend in Lake Louise.