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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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5 Amazing Birds of Banff National Park

Joel Hagen
Apr 23, 2018

Learn more with Master Interpretive Guide Joel Hagen

Journey Into Luxury With The Rocky Mountaineer

Jonny Bierman
Apr 16, 2018

With new routes through Banff & Lake Louise.

Your Guide To Getting Around Banff National Park

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
Apr 13, 2018

Planning tips to make your trip easy!

The Beginner's Guide to Heli-Hiking

Whitney Arnott
Apr 12, 2018

Experience adventure from a different perspective by heli-hiking in the Rockies.

You Can Hike 365 Days A Year In Banff National Park

Jonny Bierman
Mar 29, 2018

Here's your guide to hiking Banff & Lake Louise

5 Cross-Country Ski Trails In Banff National Park

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
Feb 28, 2018

Find yourself a piece of solitude in the woods.

Explore The Mt Norquay Via Ferrata

Jonny Bierman
Feb 28, 2018

An adventure that anyone capable of hiking can do!

5 Adventure + Food Pairings in Banff National Park

Tera Swanson
Feb 26, 2018

Ski + Curry? Backpacking + Burgers? Check out some of our favourites!

Explore Johnston Canyon in 360 Degrees

Devaan Ingraham
Feb 22, 2018

The next best thing to hiking it in real life!

Top 10 Selfie Spots in Banff and Lake Louise

Jonny Bierman
Feb 12, 2018

Here's how to take your Instagram feed to the next level!

72 hours for families in Banff and Lake Louise

Jonny Bierman
Feb 5, 2018

Everything you need to have the perfect family getaway in Banff and Lake Louise.

Your Guide To Winter Hiking in Banff National Park

Meghan J. Ward
Jan 26, 2018

Don't let the snow slow down your hiking adventures!

Ice Magic That Lasts

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
Jan 23, 2018

Meet the couple who have been coming to ice magic for more than 15 years.

Gearing Up For Winter Activities in Banff National Park

Meghan J. Ward
Jan 16, 2018

Take some time to gear up with the right stuff.

How to Cook Drool-Worthy Meals While Camping

Whitney Arnott
Jan 16, 2018

Four recipes that are perfect for cooking around the campfire.

Your Guide to Dog Sledding in Banff and Lake Louise

Devon Murphy
Jan 15, 2018

Everything you need to take a dog sled tour in Banff and Lake Louise.

Your Guide To Backcountry Skiing & Snowboarding in Banff National Park

Michael Hall
Jan 9, 2018

Here's how you can safely explore the backcountry of Banff National Park

8 Memorable Places to Skate in Banff National Park

Meghan J. Ward
Jan 9, 2018

We've compiled a list of some of our favourite places to skate in Banff National Park

oTENTik camping in Banff National Park

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
Jan 9, 2018

A perfect introduction for those looking to explore the wonders of Banff.

9 Places to Après in Banff and Lake Louise 

Jonny Bierman
Jan 5, 2018

The perfect pairing for an adventure is a cold beverage best enjoyed by a fire.

Your 72-hour Romantic Mountain Getaway

Whitney Arnott
Dec 13, 2017

The mountains are everything you expected and more.

5 Ice Adventures in Banff and Lake Louise 

Jonny Bierman
Dec 5, 2017

There's no better place to enjoy the icy adventures than in Banff and Lake Louise.

6 Reasons To Visit Ice Magic Festival

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
Nov 30, 2017

The beauty of Lake Louise in winter is undeniable. Don't miss Ice Magic - Jan. 18-28

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.