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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 Ways To Feel "Hygge" in Banff and Lake Louise

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
Sep 1, 2019

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

5 Ways to Soothe the Soul in Lake Louise

Meghan J. Ward
Sep 1, 2019

Your guide to breaking free from the hustle at Canada's most iconic lake.

5 Reasons To Visit The Banff Craft Beer Festival 2019

Tera Swanson
Aug 29, 2019

“The World’s Most Beautiful Beer Festival” will be returning to Banff National Park again this Fall. 

7 Places to Meet with Santa in the Mountains

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
Aug 28, 2019

Even Santa himself wants to partake in this special Canadian Mountain Christmas.

8 Reasons To Try The Banff Marathon

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
Aug 27, 2019

Here's why you'll want to consider lacing up for the Banff Marathon this year!

Backpacking Banff: A Fall Trip On The Skoki Loop

Devaan Ingraham
Aug 23, 2019

This golden wonderland is exactly why The Skoki Loop is one of the most beloved three-day backpacking trips.

7 Days in Banff National Park

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
Jul 9, 2019

A seven-day summer itinerary for Banff National Park.

How To Spend 72 Hours in Banff National Park

Tera Swanson
Jun 25, 2019

A three-day summer itinerary for Banff National Park

Tea House Hikes in Banff National Park

Summerthought Publishing
Jun 18, 2019

Here's how you can visit the iconic tea houses of Lake Louise!

Locals' Favourite Hikes In Banff National Park

Summerthought Publishing
Jun 13, 2019

Here are five hikes that showcase the best of Banff & Lake Louise!

5 Things To Do In Banff and Lake Louise in July

Tera Swanson
Jun 10, 2019

Your guide to exploring Banff National Park in July!

How To Spend a Summer Day in Banff

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
Jun 5, 2019

Your guide to 24 hours in Banff

How To Spend a Summer Day in Lake Louise

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
Jun 3, 2019

It’s easy to see why Lake Louise is one of the most popular stops in North America.

Gearing up for summer activities in Banff National Park

Meghan J. Ward
May 27, 2019

Discover where to rent bikes, cars, sports equipment, and gear for your adventures in Banff and Lake Louise.

A Local's Guide To Summer In Banff National Park

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
Apr 26, 2019

Tips and tricks for a great summer trip!

16 Unique Experiences in Banff and Lake Louise

Meghan J. Ward
Apr 19, 2019

Something for everyone in this mountain paradise.

7 Summer Adventures in Banff and Lake Louise

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
Apr 11, 2019

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

7 Alpine Runs in Banff National Park

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
Apr 1, 2019

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

Perfecting the Classic Mountain Picnic in Banff National Park

Tanya Koob
Mar 31, 2019

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

11 Things To Do On A Rainy Day in Banff National Park

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
Mar 16, 2019

Don't let a little rain slow you down! Here is your guide to a rainy day in Banff National Park!

72-Hour Romantic Spring Getaway

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
Feb 19, 2019

See how you can turn 72 hours into the perfect romantic spring getaway.

8 Ways to Stargaze in Banff and Lake Louise

Meghan Ward
Jan 25, 2019

Experience stargazing like you never have before with these 8 ideas.

Ice Magic Festival 2019 Recap

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
Jan 21, 2019

See the best of the 2019 Ice Magic Competition in Lake Louise!

4 places to connect with the heritage of Banff National Park

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
Jan 11, 2019

Discover the rich heritage of Banff & Lake Louise with these must-visit locations!

3 Unique Ways To Stay in Banff and Lake Louise

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
Nov 8, 2018

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

8 Must-Visit Events in Banff and Lake Louise

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
Nov 4, 2018

Make 2019 the year you visit these iconic Banff and Lake Louise events!  

Your Guide To Amazing Cocktails in Banff National Park

Whitney Arnott
Oct 12, 2018

From mountain classics to signature cocktails, the drink menu in Banff and Lake Louise will never disappoint.

The Perfect Weekend at the Lake Louise World Cup

Meghan J. Ward
Sep 27, 2018

The Ultimate Weekend Itinerary for the Lake Louise World Cup.

Local’s Favourite Christmas Traditions

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
Sep 18, 2018

We interviewed five local families to find out their favourite Christmas traditions.

Enjoy Craft Beer in Banff National Park

Jonny Bierman
Sep 10, 2018

A day of adventure deserves a cold brew fresh from Banff National Park.