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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 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.

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

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.

Canada - The best place to visit in 2017

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
Oct 26, 2016

Congrats, Canada!

Chasing Waterfalls in Banff

Tanya Koob
Aug 29, 2016

Learn about four unique trips featuring spectacular waterfalls.

Take in the Beauty of Lake Minnewanka by Canoe

Molly Segal
Jul 11, 2016

Canoeing and camping on Banff's Lake Minnewanka.

5 Reasons to fish in Banff national park

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
Jul 5, 2016

We looked at what inspires Banff’s anglers to head out and fish on the lakes and rivers