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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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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!  

Your Guide To Amazing Cocktails in Banff National Park

Whitney Arnott
Oct 12, 2018

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

The Perfect Weekend at the Lake Louise World Cup

Meghan J. Ward
Sep 27, 2018

The Ultimate Weekend Itinerary for the Lake Louise World Cup.

Enjoy Craft Beer in Banff National Park

Jonny Bierman
Sep 10, 2018

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

Glacier Water: The Secret Ingredient

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
Sep 6, 2018

It is the purity of the water that defines the craft beverage movement in Banff National Park

Experience Banff National Park - The Amazing Race Canada Style

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
Sep 3, 2018

Have your own Amazing Race Canada adventure in Banff and Lake Louise. 

Family Guide to Resort Skiing in Banff National Park

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
Aug 27, 2018

Everything you need to know to hit the slopes!

5 Must-try Food Experiences in Banff & Lake Louise

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
Aug 19, 2018

Your guide to five amazing food experiences in Banff National Park.

8 Must-Visit Stops On The Bow Valley Parkway

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
Jul 16, 2018

Something for every visitor to Banff National Park

The Perfect Getaway: Calgary To Banff With On-It Regional Transit

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
Jul 14, 2018

This is the perfect weekend to visit the mountains.

Explore The Lake Minnewanka Loop in Banff National Park

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
Jul 14, 2018

Have a full-day of adventure and let us do the driving!

The best ways to enjoy a coffee or tea in BNP

Tera Swanson
Jun 15, 2018

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

Getting to Banff is Easier Than You Think

Meghan J. Ward
Jun 12, 2018

Once that airplane hits the tarmac, you’re just a short drive away from it all: Banff & Lake Louise.

4 Horseback Adventures In Banff National Park

Whitney Arnott
May 31, 2018

Explore the untouched wilderness by horseback.

Grab & Go Restaurants In Banff and Lake Louise

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
May 17, 2018

Great options that will get you on the trail early!

Mountaintop Dining In Banff and Lake Louise

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
May 16, 2018

Explore the best of dining above the clouds!

Your Guide to Camping in Banff National Park

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
May 9, 2018

Banff National Park comes alive in the summer.

Banff Marathon: A Destination Guide

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
May 1, 2018

The perfect time to experience everything Banff National Park has to offer.

Banff Yoga Festival: A Destination Guide

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
May 1, 2018

You won’t find a more stunning setting to celebrate everything yoga.

6 Essential Stops On Your RV Road Trip

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
Apr 30, 2018

See the best of Banff National Park!

Rock Climbing For All Levels In Banff National Park

Meghan J. Ward
Apr 26, 2018

Here's your guide to hitting the crag!

Your Guide To The Performing Arts In Banff National Park

Whitney Arnott
Apr 26, 2018

Dance, theatre, talks, and musical stylings take the stage!

The Pubs Of Banff National Park

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
Apr 25, 2018

6 places to raise a glass in Banff and Lake Louise