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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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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 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.

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

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