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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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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.

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!

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.

Your Guide To Yoga in Banff & Lake Louise

Kristen Stuart
Mar 9, 2017

Discover 5 sweet spots to practice yoga in Banff & Lake Louise.