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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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A Festive Weekend in Banff and Lake Louise

Meghan J. Ward
Sep 4, 2019

Here's your guide to kicking-off the holiday season!

5 Reasons To Visit The Banff Craft Beer Festival

Tera Swanson
Aug 29, 2019

“The World’s Most Beautiful Beer Festival” will be returning to Banff National Park again this Fall. 

7 Christmas Traditions To Discover in Banff and Lake Louise

Meghan J. Ward
Aug 29, 2019

Make memories in Banff National Park.

How To Spend Christmas Day in Banff and Lake Louise

Meghan J. Ward
Aug 29, 2019

Your guide to Christmas day in Banff National Park.

8 Reasons To Try The Banff Marathon

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
Aug 27, 2019

Here's why you'll want to consider lacing up for the Banff Marathon this year!

Things To Do In Banff and Lake Louise in September

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
Jul 30, 2019

Your guide to exploring Banff National Park in September!

Things To Do In Banff and Lake Louise in August

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
Jul 17, 2019

Your guide to exploring Banff National Park in August!

7 Days in Banff National Park

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
Jul 9, 2019

A seven-day summer itinerary for Banff National Park.

How To Spend 72 Hours in Banff National Park

Tera Swanson
Jun 25, 2019

A three-day summer itinerary for Banff National Park

Tea House Hikes in Banff National Park

Summerthought Publishing
Jun 18, 2019

Here's how you can visit the iconic tea houses of Lake Louise!

Locals' Favourite Hikes In Banff National Park

Summerthought Publishing
Jun 13, 2019

Here are five hikes that showcase the best of Banff & Lake Louise!

5 Things To Do In Banff and Lake Louise in July

Tera Swanson
Jun 10, 2019

Your guide to exploring Banff National Park in July!

How To Spend a Summer Day in Banff

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
Jun 5, 2019

Your guide to 24 hours in Banff

How To Spend a Summer Day in Lake Louise

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
Jun 3, 2019

It’s easy to see why Lake Louise is one of the most popular stops in North America.

Gearing up for summer activities in Banff National Park

Meghan J. Ward
May 27, 2019

Discover where to rent bikes, cars, sports equipment, and gear for your adventures in Banff and Lake Louise.

6 Things To Do In Banff and Lake Louise in June

Meghan J. Ward
May 21, 2019

Your guide to exploring Banff National Park in June!

Explore Banff National Park Car-free

Meghan J. Ward
May 1, 2019

Your complete guide to navigating the public transit services in Banff and Lake Louise.

6 Things To Do in Banff and Lake Louise in May

Meghan J. Ward
Apr 29, 2019

Your guide to exploring Banff National Park in May!

Exploring Banff and Lake Louise on Your Own Two Feet

Meghan J. Ward
Apr 23, 2019

Here are the best ways to take these destinations in stride!

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

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
Apr 22, 2019

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

16 Unique Experiences in Banff and Lake Louise

Meghan J. Ward
Apr 19, 2019

Something for everyone in this mountain paradise.

7 Summer Adventures in Banff and Lake Louise

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
Apr 11, 2019

Here's your guide to bucket list summer adventures in Banff National Park.

Best of Brunch in Banff National Park

Whitney Arnott
Apr 10, 2019

Hungry? Brunch in the Canadian Rockies can’t be beat!

Perfecting the Classic Mountain Picnic in Banff National Park

Tanya Koob
Mar 31, 2019

Enjoy a lunch in the great outdoors - your complete guide to the perfect picnic in Banff National Park

7 Scenic Restaurants in Banff and Lake Louise

Jonny Bierman
Mar 18, 2019

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

11 Things To Do On A Rainy Day in Banff National Park

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
Mar 16, 2019

Don't let a little rain slow you down! Here is your guide to a rainy day in Banff National Park!

13 Summer Attractions in Banff National Park

Jonny Bierman
Mar 13, 2019

Guide to opening dates and more!

7 Spring Events In Banff & Lake Louise

Jonny Bierman
Mar 2, 2019

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

9 Bucket List Hikes in Banff National Park

Meghan J. Ward
Feb 24, 2019

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

72-Hour Romantic Spring Getaway

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
Feb 19, 2019

See how you can turn 72 hours into the perfect romantic spring getaway.