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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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4 Reasons To Visit Lake Louise Alpine World Cup

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
Nov 14, 2017

World Cup festivities make for an unforgettable weekend in Lake Louise.

Have The Perfect Family Christmas in Banff National Park

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
Nov 14, 2017

Family guide to spending Christmas in Banff & Lake Louise.

Finish Your Christmas Shopping in Banff and Lake Louise

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
Nov 8, 2017

Find something perfect for everyone on your list.

3 Reasons To Visit The Banff Craft Beer Festival

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
Nov 5, 2017

“The World’s Most Beautiful Beer Festival” will be returning to Banff National Park again this Fall. 

The World's Fastest Skiers Come to Lake Louise

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
Nov 1, 2017

Experience the high-speed action of world-class alpine ski racing at the Lake Louise World Cup, Canada’s pr

Guide To Christmas Events in Banff and Lake Louise

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
Nov 1, 2017

All of the must-see events happening this holiday in Banff National Park.

7 Excuses To Visit Banff In November

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
Oct 29, 2017

The complete guide to 7 must-visit events for November in Banff and Lake Louise.

Discovering the Aurora Borealis above Banff National Park

Faye Baldock
Oct 24, 2017

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

Backpacking Banff: A Fall Trip On The Skoki Loop

Devaan Ingraham
Oct 23, 2017

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

From Summit to City Street: The Banff-Calgary Experience

Meghan J. Ward
Oct 20, 2017

A 1 hour and 30 minute drive is all that separates these world-renowned destinations.

Four Ways to Plan a Transformational Trip in Calgary and Banff & Lake Louise

Meghan J. Ward
Oct 20, 2017

There’s no such thing as an ordinary trip to Calgary and Banff & Lake Louise.

Explore The Banff Christmas Market

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
Oct 20, 2017

A weekend-long celebration featuring unique art, jewelry, and handcrafted gifts.

7 Great After-Dark Adventures in Banff and Lake Louise

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
Oct 19, 2017

Just because the sun has set doesn’t mean your adventure needs to be over!

7 Scenic Restaurants in Banff and Lake Louise

Jonny Bierman
Oct 18, 2017

Insiders tips on the best restaurants with a view in Banff National Park.

Your guide to amazing cocktails in Banff National Park

Whitney Arnott
Oct 12, 2017

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

15 Excuses to visit Banff and Lake Louise this October

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
Oct 2, 2017

The complete guide to must-visit events for October in Banff & Lake Louise.

Experience Farm To Table Cuisine in Banff and Lake Louise

Julie Van Rosendaal
Sep 24, 2017

Food connects people in a way nothing else does, creating roots that run even deeper than dinner.

Experience Authentic Canadian Cuisine in Banff and Lake Louise

Julie Van Rosendaal
Sep 18, 2017

Enjoy the best of Alberta on a single plate.

Best of Brunch in Banff National Park

Whitney Arnott
Sep 10, 2017

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

Enjoy Craft Beer in Banff National Park

Jonny Bierman
Sep 10, 2017

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

Explore Communal Dining In The Mountains

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
Sep 10, 2017

Your guide to communal dining experiences in Banff and Lake Louise

Explore the waters of Banff and Lake Louise

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
Aug 7, 2017

Here's your guide to paddling, rafting and floating the turquoise waters of Banff National Park.

7 great indoor adventures in Banff and Lake Louise

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
Jul 27, 2017

The sun can't shine every day in Banff National Park, but don't let that slow you down!

7 reasons to ski Banff National Park in 2017

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
Jul 26, 2017

Your guide to the skiing the protected slopes of Banff and Lake Louise.

Mountain biking in Banff and Lake Louise

John Smits
Jul 18, 2017

From fun and flowing single track, to river-side cruisers, there is something to challenge every rider.

Your guide to getting the best shot in Banff National Park

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
Jul 14, 2017

Read about the best way to capture Northern Lights, Wildlife shots and more during your trip to Banff.

4 places to connect with the heritage of Banff National Park

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
Jul 11, 2017

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

Introducing the Banff and Lake Louise Mountain Institute

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
Jun 30, 2017

This special place comes with special responsibilities: this is no ordinary vacation.

The best ways to enjoy a coffee or tea in BNP

Tera Swanson
Jun 15, 2017

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

The Outdoor Classroom: Guided Hikes in Banff and Lake Louise

Meghan Ward
Jun 6, 2017

for those who see the outdoors as their classroom, Banff is one of the best places to learn while you hike