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The Real Banff

Noel Hendrickson

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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How to be a responsible visitor in Banff National Park

Alyssa Friesen
Apr 13, 2018

It is our responsibility to treat the park with the care it deserves.

The Beginner's Guide to Heli-Hiking

Whitney Arnott
Apr 12, 2018

Experience adventure from a different perspective by heli-hiking in the Rockies.

Wildlife of Banff National Park

Alyssa Friesen
Apr 12, 2018

Big and small - this place is alive!

Cochon555 Banff: A Destination Guide

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
Apr 11, 2018

Make the most of your Cochon555 weekend!

You Can Hike 365 Days A Year In Banff National Park

Jonny Bierman
Mar 29, 2018

Here's your guide to hiking Banff & Lake Louise

5 Reasons To Visit Cochon555 Banff

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
Mar 15, 2018

5 Chefs. 5 Pigs. 5 Winemakers

6 Great Summer Events At Banff Centre

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
Mar 13, 2018

Banff Centre's summer line-up is official and it's a blockbuster year.

7 Spring Events In Banff & Lake Louise

Jonny Bierman
Mar 2, 2018

Warm weather brings some of the best events of the year!

5 Cross-Country Ski Trails In Banff National Park

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
Feb 28, 2018

Find yourself a piece of solitude in the woods.

Explore The Mt Norquay Via Ferrata

Jonny Bierman
Feb 28, 2018

An adventure that anyone capable of hiking can do!

Four Ways to Pamper Yourself in Banff and Lake Louise

Devon Murphy
Feb 27, 2018

Relax and reset. You deserve it.

7 Off The Beaten Path Adventures in Banff National Park

Devon Murphy
Feb 27, 2018

Get away from everyone and find your perfect slice of wilderness.

5 Adventure + Food Pairings in Banff National Park

Tera Swanson
Feb 26, 2018

Ski + Curry? Backpacking + Burgers? Check out some of our favourites!

Explore Johnston Canyon in 360 Degrees

Devaan Ingraham
Feb 22, 2018

The next best thing to hiking it in real life!

5 Ways to Find Silence in Banff National Park

Tera Swanson
Feb 22, 2018

Banff National Park is home to pristine landscapes and beauty that beckon to inspire, calm and reconnect

10 Great Winter Adventures For Families In Banff and Lake Louise

Jonny Bierman
Feb 20, 2018

Fun for the whole family in Banff National Park

Wellness Retreats and Events in Banff and Lake Louise

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
Feb 20, 2018

Here's your guide to wellness events in Banff National Park!

Top 10 Selfie Spots in Banff and Lake Louise

Jonny Bierman
Feb 12, 2018

Here's how to take your Instagram feed to the next level!

72 hours for families in Banff and Lake Louise

Jonny Bierman
Feb 5, 2018

Everything you need to have the perfect family getaway in Banff and Lake Louise.

Your Guide To Winter Hiking in Banff National Park

Meghan J. Ward
Jan 26, 2018

Don't let the snow slow down your hiking adventures!

Ice Magic That Lasts

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
Jan 23, 2018

Meet the couple who have been coming to ice magic for more than 15 years.

Gearing Up For Winter Activities in Banff National Park

Meghan J. Ward
Jan 16, 2018

Take some time to gear up with the right stuff.

How to Cook Drool-Worthy Meals While Camping

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
Jan 16, 2018

Four recipes that are perfect for cooking around the campfire.

Your Guide to Dog Sledding in Banff and Lake Louise

Devon Murphy
Jan 15, 2018

Everything you need to take a dog sled tour in Banff and Lake Louise.

Your Guide To Backcountry Skiing & Snowboarding in Banff National Park

Michael Hall
Jan 9, 2018

Here's how you can safely explore the backcountry of Banff National Park

8 Memorable Places to Skate in Banff National Park

Meghan J. Ward
Jan 9, 2018

We've compiled a list of some of our favourite places to skate in Banff National Park

oTENTik camping in Banff National Park

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
Jan 9, 2018

A perfect introduction for those looking to explore the wonders of Banff.

Banff National Park’s Best Ski Resort Bites

Tera Swanson
Jan 8, 2018

Here are cozy options to help you refuel and get back out on the mountain.

6 reasons to visit Banff SnowDays

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
Jan 7, 2018

Downtown Banff comes alive with the new SnowDays festival.

10 Places to Après in Banff and Lake Louise 

Jonny Bierman
Jan 5, 2018

The perfect pairing for an adventure is a cold beverage best enjoyed by a fire.