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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 Gear Up For Hiking in Banff National Park

Meghan J. Ward
Jun 6, 2017

Here’s what to load into your pack the next time you venture out on the trail.

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

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
Jun 6, 2017

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

Perfecting the Classic Mountain Picnic in Banff National Park

Tanya Koob
May 31, 2017

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

9 Bucket List Hikes in Banff National Park

Meghan J. Ward
May 24, 2017

With over 1,600 kilometres of trails, Banff offers adventurers some of the best hiking on the planet.

10 Early Season Hikes in Banff National Park

Meghan J. Ward
May 19, 2017

Some hikes to get you out on the trail.

Car-Free Banff and Lake Louise: Getting Around on Public Transit

Meghan J. Ward
May 1, 2017

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

Exploring Banff and Lake Louise on Your Own Two Feet

Meghan J. Ward
Apr 23, 2017

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

7 Alpine Runs in Banff National Park

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
Apr 13, 2017

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

7 Summer Adventures in Banff and Lake Louise

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
Apr 11, 2017

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

Guide to scenic drives in Banff National Park

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
Apr 7, 2017

Hit the open road and visit these three classic drives for yourself.

5 Ways To Feel "Hygge" in Banff and Lake Louise

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
Mar 31, 2017

There is no shortage of the Danish art of cozy in Banff National Park

April Arts in Banff and Lake Louise

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
Mar 23, 2017

As spring rolls into Banff National Park, it brings with it a bloom of arts events in Banff & Lake Louise

9 Ways To Eat Healthy In Banff

Davida Kugelmass
Mar 20, 2017

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

Your Guide To Yoga in Banff & Lake Louise

Kristen Stuart
Mar 9, 2017

Discover 5 sweet spots to practice yoga in Banff & Lake Louise.

Your complete guide to hot springs and spas in Banff National Park

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
Mar 3, 2017

Take advantage of the spas and hot springs in Banff & Lake Louise to refresh your mind and body!

Get Fit In Banff National Park

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
Feb 26, 2017

Just because you’re taking the vacation of your dreams doesn’t mean that you can’t squeeze in some exercise.

Ice Magic Festival 2017 Recap

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
Feb 10, 2017

A look back at another incredible year of competition in Lake Louise.

The 5 Most Extreme Ski Runs in Banff National Park

Michael Hall
Feb 7, 2017

The three ski resorts in Banff National Park offer unparalleled access to some heart-pounding terrain!

A Life With Dogs - Megan Routley, Kingmik Dog Sled Tours

Devaan Ingraham
Jan 19, 2017

Learn about how Megan Routley lives her life with dogs in Banff National Park

Backcountry Music: Sundance Lodge

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
Jan 13, 2017

The first instalment of "Backcountry Music" in Banff National Park with Alanna J Brown.

3 cozy ways to stay in the Backcountry of Banff National Park

Jonny Bierman
Dec 15, 2016

A guide to discovering the backcountry lodges of Banff National Park

6 Winter Adventures To Try in Banff & Lake Louise

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
Dec 5, 2016

Winter in Banff & Lake Louise is full of adventure! Here's a guide to favourite Canadian winter activities

Banff named a must-see destination by National Geographic Traveller

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
Nov 17, 2016

National Geographic Traveller has named Banff and Lake Louise one of its “Best of the World” for 2017.

3 Unique Ways To Stay in Banff and Lake Louise

Jonny Bierman
Nov 8, 2016

A Guide to Discovering the Front-Country Lodges of Banff National Park

Three Banff Restaurants Make OpenTable Top 100

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
Nov 3, 2016

Three Banff Restaurants Make OpenTable Top 100 restaurants to visit in Canada

5 easy runs for new skiers in Banff and Lake Louise

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
Nov 3, 2016

The complete guide to beginner ski runs in Banff and Lake Louise.

Canada - The best place to visit in 2017

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
Oct 26, 2016

Congrats, Canada!

Chasing Waterfalls in Banff

Tanya Koob
Aug 29, 2016

Learn about four unique trips featuring spectacular waterfalls.

Take in the Beauty of Lake Minnewanka by Canoe

Molly Segal
Jul 11, 2016

Canoeing and camping on Banff's Lake Minnewanka.

5 Reasons to fish in banff national park

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
Jul 5, 2016

We looked at what inspires Banff’s anglers to head out and fish on the lakes and rivers