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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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Finish Your Christmas Shopping in Banff and Lake Louise

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
Nov 8, 2017

Find something perfect for everyone on your list.

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

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 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.

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.

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

Your Complete Guide to A Free 2017 Parks Canada Discovery Pass

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
Jan 18, 2017

A look at some FAQs about the 2017 Parks Canada Discovery Pass from Parks Canada

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

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
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.

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.