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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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8 Jaw-Dropping Paddles to Explore in Banff National Park

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
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

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
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

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
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

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
May 30, 2016

Giving back to this incredible park I call home

The Best of Backcountry Lodging in Banff National Park

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
Mar 9, 2016

March 8, 2016 By Meghan J. Ward

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

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
Mar 8, 2016

Make moonlit turns before changing ski boots for dining shoes and poles for a welcome glass of champagne

Interview with an Ice Carver Burr 'Buddy' Rasmussen at Ice Magic

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
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

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
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

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
Dec 30, 2015

Take a backcountry ski trip with Real Banff blogger Tera Swanson

A Wild Year 2015 #MyBanff Wildlife Photos

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
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

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

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
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

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
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

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
Nov 6, 2015

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

Wildlife Watching In Banff National Park

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
Oct 22, 2015

What we have learned from watching wildlife in Banff National Park

Discovering the Aurora Borealis above Banff National Park

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
Oct 7, 2015

Watching the northern lights above the skies of Banff National Park is a once in a lifetime experience

Like Mom, Like Daughter Alpine Adventurers Together

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
Oct 6, 2015

A mother describes her special moments in Banff National Park with her daughter

Best Backcountry Larch Hikes in Banff National Park

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
Aug 27, 2015

Explore some of local writer Meghan J. Ward's favourite hikes to see the brilliant golden larch forests

Food Bloggers Of Canada Get A Taste Of Banff

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
Aug 11, 2015

This summer, we invited a few of the Food Bloggers of Canada to get a little taste of Banff

5 Hikeable Peaks in Banff National Park By Meghan J. Ward

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
Jul 13, 2015

There are many peaks in Banff National Park that can be reached without the use of ropes or climbing gear

Favourite Alpine Runs in Banff Summits By Sneaker By Tom Amaral

Tom Amaral
Jul 6, 2015

Tom Amaral takes us along some of his favourite alpine runs and hikes in Banff

11 Unforgettable Stops On The Icefields Parkway

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
Jun 1, 2015

Flanked by forested valleys and towering peaks, this stretch of road takes you into the heart of the mountains

Glacier Skywalk Icefields Parkway

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
May 17, 2015

With the help of Banff local Jennifer McNally, take a look at this new attraction along the Icefields Parkway

A look at Banff...in 1962!

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
May 16, 2015

Step back in time with this classic video on travel in Alberta, circa 1962

Camping at Two Jack Lake In An oTENTik

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
May 13, 2015

Jeff from Real Banff takes a look at the oTENTiks and the Two Jack Lakeside campground in Banff

Q & A With Photographer John E Marriott Tips And Wildlife Stories

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
May 6, 2015

We are thrilled to be sharing some of John E Marriot's amazing Banff National Park moments this summer

Banff's Sweet Trek My Top 5 Candy & Chocolate Shops In Town By John Reid

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
Apr 24, 2015

If you really want to know; the sweetest hike around Banff is right in the middle of town

5 Baby Friendly Bike Routes Near the Town of Banff By Meghan J. Ward

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
Apr 18, 2015

Biking in Banff National Park is one of the best ways to explore the area with a bambino

Cave & Basin National Historic Site In Banff

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
Apr 1, 2015

Take a closer look at the history and evolution of the Cave & Basin National Historic Site in Banff

11 Things To Do On A Rainy Day

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
Mar 16, 2015

Here are just some of the options available for you if the rain is coming down in our Canadian Rockies