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The Real Banff

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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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7 Winter Adventures To Try in Banff & Lake Louise

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
Aug 19, 2020

Winter in Banff and Lake Louise is full of adventure! Here's a guide to favourite Canadian winter activities

Eat Your Way Through the Mountains – Top Banff and Lake Louise Restaurants for Foodies

Emma Mulheran
Aug 11, 2020

How to get the most out of the thriving food scene of Banff National Park and its regional cuisine.

This is How Long you Need to Stay in Banff and Lake Louise

Emma Mulheran
Aug 6, 2020

How much time is needed to take in all that Banff National Park has to offer?

The Bear Street Beat: Exploring one of Banff’s Most Vibrant Streets

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
Aug 5, 2020

Dining, Shopping, Galleries and more can be found on the vibrant Bear Street.

Your Guide to New Banff Restaurants in 2020

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
Jul 29, 2020

The ever evolving food scene in Banff National Park continues with four new restaurants this summer

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

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
Jul 22, 2020

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

21 Reasons why Banff National Park is the place to find the ultimate Canadian escape

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
Jun 24, 2020

If you type “Canada travel” into Google image search, guess what you’ll find?

Local Expert Jess

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
Jun 15, 2020

Tips from local expert Jess from the Banff and Lake Louise Visitor Centres

Local Expert Delaney

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
May 10, 2020

Tips from local expert Delaney from the Banff and Lake Louise Visitor Centres

Local Expert Sam

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
Apr 1, 2020

Tips from local expert Sam from the Banff and Lake Louise Visitor Centres

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.

Local Expert Kat C

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
Mar 4, 2020

Tips from local expert Kat C from the Banff and Lake Louise Visitor Centres

Local Expert Mel B

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
Mar 3, 2020

Tips from local expert Mel B from the Banff and Lake Louise Visitor Centres

7 Scenic Restaurants in Banff and Lake Louise

Jonny Bierman
Mar 2, 2020

Insider 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

Local Expert Jose

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
Mar 1, 2020

Tips from local expert Jose from the Banff and Lake Louise Visitor Centres

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.

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.

Best of Brunch in Banff National Park

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
Jan 23, 2020

Is all that fresh mountain air making you feel hungry? Brunch in the Canadian Rockies can’t be beaten!

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.