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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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Trip-Worthy Spring Events in Banff and Lake Louise

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
Feb 19, 2019

Discover what events are worth travelling for this spring.

8 Family-Friendly Spring Break Activities in Banff and Lake Louise

Meghan Ward
Feb 19, 2019

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

Solo Rejuvenation in Banff and Lake Louise

Meghan Ward
Feb 14, 2019

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

The Ultimate Foodie Weekend at Cochon555

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
Feb 11, 2019

Cochon555 returns to Banff for a three-day culinary celebration.

5 Reasons To Visit Cochon555 Banff

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
Feb 1, 2019

5 Chefs. 5 Pigs. 5 Winemakers

8 Ways to Stargaze in Banff and Lake Louise

Meghan Ward
Jan 25, 2019

Experience stargazing like you never have before with these 8 ideas.

Ice Magic Festival 2019 Recap

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
Jan 21, 2019

See the best of the 2019 Ice Magic Competition in Lake Louise!

4 places to connect with the heritage of Banff National Park

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
Jan 11, 2019

Discover the rich heritage of Banff & Lake Louise with these must-visit locations!

4 Spring Wellness Retreats in Lake Louise

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
Dec 20, 2018

Take some time for yourself to relax and unwind. You've earned it.

3 Unique Ways To Stay in Banff and Lake Louise

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
Nov 8, 2018

A Guide to Discovering the Front-Country Lodges of Banff National Park

Lake Louise Welcomes The World

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
Nov 4, 2018

Check out these 10 great offers and experiences to kick-off the winter season!

8 Must-Visit Events in Banff and Lake Louise

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
Nov 4, 2018

Make 2019 the year you visit these iconic Banff and Lake Louise events!  

Your Guide To Amazing Cocktails in Banff National Park

Whitney Arnott
Oct 12, 2018

From mountain classics to signature cocktails, the drink menu in Banff and Lake Louise will never disappoint.

The Perfect Weekend at the Lake Louise World Cup

Meghan J. Ward
Sep 27, 2018

The Ultimate Weekend Itinerary for the Lake Louise World Cup.

Enjoy Craft Beer in Banff National Park

Jonny Bierman
Sep 10, 2018

A day of adventure deserves a cold brew fresh from Banff National Park.

Glacier Water: The Secret Ingredient

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
Sep 6, 2018

It is the purity of the water that defines the craft beverage movement in Banff National Park

Experience Banff National Park - The Amazing Race Canada Style

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
Sep 3, 2018

Have your own Amazing Race Canada adventure in Banff and Lake Louise. 

5 Ways to Soothe the Soul in Lake Louise

Meghan J. Ward
Sep 1, 2018

Your guide to breaking free from the hustle at Canada's most iconic lake.

5 Reasons to Attend Banff Centre Mountain Film and Book Festival

Meghan J. Ward
Sep 1, 2018

Nine epic days that bring mountain culture to life right in the heart of Banff!

Your Guide to Resort Skiing in Banff National Park

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
Aug 27, 2018

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

Family Guide to Resort Skiing in Banff National Park

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
Aug 27, 2018

Everything you need to know to hit the slopes!

5 Must-try Food Experiences in Banff & Lake Louise

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
Aug 19, 2018

Your guide to five amazing food experiences in Banff National Park.

8 Must-Visit Stops On The Bow Valley Parkway

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
Jul 16, 2018

Something for every visitor to Banff National Park

The Perfect Getaway: Calgary To Banff With On-It Regional Transit

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
Jul 14, 2018

This is the perfect weekend to visit the mountains.

Explore The Lake Minnewanka Loop in Banff National Park

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
Jul 14, 2018

Have a full-day of adventure and let us do the driving!

The best ways to enjoy a coffee or tea in BNP

Tera Swanson
Jun 15, 2018

If there’s one thing that’s easy to agree on, it’s this: coffee and tea taste better in nature.

Getting to Banff is Easier Than You Think

Meghan J. Ward
Jun 12, 2018

Once that airplane hits the tarmac, you’re just a short drive away from it all: Banff & Lake Louise.

4 Horseback Adventures In Banff National Park

Whitney Arnott
May 31, 2018

Explore the untouched wilderness by horseback.

Grab & Go Restaurants In Banff and Lake Louise

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
May 17, 2018

Great options that will get you on the trail early!

Mountaintop Dining In Banff and Lake Louise

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
May 16, 2018

Explore the best of dining above the clouds!