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The Real Banff

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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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.

5 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.

Things To Do in Banff and Lake Louise in November

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
Oct 29, 2017

The complete guide to 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.

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!

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.

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 2019

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.

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 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

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.

10 Early Season Hikes in Banff National Park

Meghan J. Ward
May 19, 2017

Some hikes to get you out on the trail.

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.

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

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!