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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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Backpacking Banff: A Fall Trip On The Skoki Loop

Devaan Ingraham
Aug 23, 2019

This golden wonderland is exactly why The Skoki Loop is one of the most beloved three-day backpacking trips.

Things To Do In Banff and Lake Louise in September

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
Jul 30, 2019

Your guide to exploring Banff National Park in September!

Things To Do In Banff and Lake Louise in August

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
Jul 17, 2019

Your guide to exploring Banff National Park in August!

7 Days in Banff National Park

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
Jul 9, 2019

A seven-day summer itinerary for Banff National Park.

How To Spend 72 Hours in Banff National Park

Tera Swanson
Jun 25, 2019

A three-day summer itinerary for Banff National Park

Tea House Hikes in Banff National Park

Summerthought Publishing
Jun 18, 2019

Here's how you can visit the iconic tea houses of Lake Louise!

Locals' Favourite Hikes In Banff National Park

Summerthought Publishing
Jun 13, 2019

Here are five hikes that showcase the best of Banff & Lake Louise!

5 Things To Do In Banff and Lake Louise in July

Tera Swanson
Jun 10, 2019

Your guide to exploring Banff National Park in July!

How To Spend a Summer Day in Banff

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
Jun 5, 2019

Your guide to 24 hours in Banff

How To Spend a Summer Day in Lake Louise

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
Jun 3, 2019

It’s easy to see why Lake Louise is one of the most popular stops in North America.

Gearing up for summer activities in Banff National Park

Meghan J. Ward
May 27, 2019

Discover where to rent bikes, cars, sports equipment, and gear for your adventures in Banff and Lake Louise.

Things To Do In Banff and Lake Louise in June

Meghan J. Ward
May 21, 2019

Your guide to exploring Banff National Park in June!

Explore Banff National Park Car-free

Meghan J. Ward
May 1, 2019

Your complete guide to navigating the public transit services in Banff and Lake Louise.

Things To Do in Banff and Lake Louise in May

Meghan J. Ward
Apr 29, 2019

Your guide to exploring Banff National Park in May!

A Local's Guide To Summer In Banff National Park

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
Apr 26, 2019

Tips and tricks for a great summer trip!

Exploring Banff and Lake Louise on Your Own Two Feet

Meghan J. Ward
Apr 23, 2019

Here are the best ways to take these destinations in stride!

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

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
Apr 22, 2019

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

16 Unique Experiences in Banff and Lake Louise

Meghan J. Ward
Apr 19, 2019

Something for everyone in this mountain paradise.

7 Summer Adventures in Banff and Lake Louise

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
Apr 11, 2019

Here's your guide to bucket list summer adventures in Banff National Park.

Best of Brunch in Banff National Park

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
Apr 10, 2019

Hungry? Brunch in the Canadian Rockies can’t be beat!

7 Alpine Runs in Banff National Park

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
Apr 1, 2019

Join @Scree_Dust as he guides you through his favourite alpine runs in Banff and Lake Louise.

Perfecting the Classic Mountain Picnic in Banff National Park

Tanya Koob
Mar 31, 2019

Enjoy a lunch in the great outdoors - your complete guide to the perfect picnic in Banff National Park

9 Ways To Eat Healthy In Banff

Davida Kugelmass
Mar 20, 2019

The Banff culinary scene isn’t just for the average foodie - It’s also for the healthy foodie.

11 Things To Do On A Rainy Day in Banff National Park

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
Mar 16, 2019

Don't let a little rain slow you down! Here is your guide to a rainy day in Banff National Park!

72-Hour Romantic Spring Getaway

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
Feb 19, 2019

See how you can turn 72 hours into the perfect romantic spring getaway.

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!

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

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!