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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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Banff National Park’s Best Ski Resort Bites

Tera Swanson
Nov 19, 2019

Here are cozy options to help you refuel and get back out on the mountain.

5 Ways to Find Silence in Banff National Park

Tera Swanson
Sep 30, 2019

Banff National Park is home to pristine landscapes and beauty that beckon to inspire, calm and reconnect

4 Reasons To Visit The 2019 Banff Centre Mountain Film Festival

Meghan J. Ward
Sep 26, 2019

Nine epic days of adventure in Banff National Park!

Explore Communal Dining In The Mountains

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
Sep 23, 2019

Your guide to communal dining experiences in Banff and Lake Louise

5 Hikes To Lakes in Banff National Park

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
Sep 20, 2019

Experience the thrill of exploring a high-alpine lake in the mountains.

Have the Ultimate Canadian Mountain Christmas

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
Sep 18, 2019

The perfect way to take a step back and take in the moment.

The Perfect Family Christmas in Banff National Park

Tanya Koob
Sep 13, 2019

Family guide to spending Christmas in Banff and Lake Louise.

A Festive Weekend in Banff and Lake Louise

Meghan J. Ward
Sep 4, 2019

Here's your guide to kicking-off the holiday season!

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 2022 in Banff

Tera Swanson
Aug 29, 2019

“The World’s Most Beautiful Beer Festival” is in Banff National Park, featuring all Alberta beers

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.

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!

15 Unique Experiences in Banff and Lake Louise

Meghan J. Ward
Apr 19, 2019

There's something for everyone in this mountain paradise.

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

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.

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!