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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

By JMitchell | Jul 11, 2016

Canoeing and camping on Banff's Lake Minnewanka.

5 Reasons to fish in banff national park

By JMitchell | 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

By Real Banff | 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

By Real Banff | 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

By Real Banff | 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

By Real Banff | 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

By Faye Baldock | May 30, 2016

Giving back to this incredible park I call home

Wild Water Rafting Adventures on the Kicking Horse River!

By Real Banff | May 26, 2016

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

The Best of Backcountry Lodging in Banff National Park

By Real Banff | May 20, 2016

Find silence, solitude, and simplicity at the backcountry lodges of Banff National Park

Ski & Golf In Banff… In The Same Day!

By Real Banff | May 13, 2016

Every May here in Banff National Park, there is a short window where you can golf 18 and ski in the same day

Hiking to Lake Agnes & The Big Beehive In Lake Louise

By Real Banff | May 5, 2016

The Big Beehive offers one of the most incredible views of Lake Louise that you can find

Celebrate Mother’s Day in Banff this Year

By Real Banff | Apr 29, 2016

There is no shortage of activities to do in Banff & Lake Louise this year as you plan an amazing day for your mom

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

By Real Banff | Apr 13, 2016

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

Bird Watching soon must be ‘mutually agreed upon’ with birds of Banff National Park.

By Real Banff | Apr 1, 2016

Learn about the new bird watching etiquette that locals are using in Banff and Lake Louise

Banff National Park Animals Meet the Pika

By Real Banff | Mar 23, 2016

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

How To Banff, Episode #20 Spring Skiing

By Real Banff | 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

By Meghan J. Ward | Mar 9, 2016

March 8, 2016 By Meghan J. Ward Silence. Solitude. Simplicity.

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

By Real Banff | Mar 8, 2016

Get a few moonlit turns in 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!

By Real Banff | Feb 15, 2016

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

Valentine's Day on the Ski Hills Love in the Canadian Rockies

By Real Banff | Feb 12, 2016

Love is easy to find, from ski lift speed dating, to Cupid on the slopes, to love chairs and bonfire bashes

The Big Bear Terrain Park & Street Party In Banff! Fri/Sat, Feb 5th/6th, 2016

By Real Banff | Feb 2, 2016

Take a closer look at the Big Bear Freestyle ski competition & Street Party

Sleigh Rides In Lake Louise With Brewster Adventures

By Real Banff | 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

By 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

By Real Banff | 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

By Tera Swanson | Dec 30, 2015

Take a backcountry ski trip with Real Banff blogger Tera Swanson

A Wild Year 2015 #MyBanff Wildlife Photos

By Real Banff | 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

By Meghan J. 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

By Meghan J. 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

By Real Banff | 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

By Meghan J. Ward | Nov 6, 2015

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