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Noel Hendrickson
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The Real Banff Blog / Published: Fri, 06/30/2017 - 10:19

Introducing the Banff and Lake Louise Mountain Institute

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Anyone who has walked the shores of an alpine lake or watched the clouds roll over the top of a craggy peak will tell you that Banff National Park is a special place.  

It’s a place that commands both our reverence and our respect. 

Our ability to perceive quality in nature begins, as in art, with the pretty. It expands through successive stages of the beautiful to values as yet uncaptured by language.Ecologist Aldo Leopold

As a visitor to Banff National Park, you will certainly be given the opportunity to view “the pretty,” but more importantly you will be given the opportunity to have life-changing moments.  

A quiet moment at the edge of the Bow River. A hard-fought summit of a mountain peak. Undoubtedly, you'll find yourself awestruck and reconsidering everything that preceded this moment.

Each one of these moments will take shape differently for each of us. For some it may be a chance to relax and escape the hum of an urban living. For others, it might awaken a sense of adventure buried deep in the recesses of your soul.

Regardless of your reaction, we ask that you savour every moment. Take pictures, write a journal, but most importantly, hold these memories dear as you make your way through the natural world.

We’ve developed the Banff and Lake Louise Mountain Institute to help visitors connect with Banff National Park on a deeper level. It was created to showcase the values that we hold sacred and to help new visitors experience the park in a responsible way so that it may be enjoyed by the generations to come. 

Take the Mountain Institute Challenge Now!

Take the Mountain Institute Challenge Now!