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The Real Banff

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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Exploring Banff and Lake Louise on Your Own Two Feet

Meghan J. Ward
Apr 23, 2017

Here are the best ways to take these destinations in stride!

Getting to Banff is Easier Than You Think

Meghan J. Ward
Apr 18, 2017

Once that airplane hits the tarmac, you’re just a short drive away from it all: Banff & Lake Louise.

7 Alpine Runs in Banff National Park

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
Apr 13, 2017

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

7 Summer Adventures in Banff and Lake Louise

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
Apr 11, 2017

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

Guide to scenic drives in Banff National Park

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
Apr 7, 2017

Hit the open road and visit these three classic drives for yourself.

9 Reasons To Try The Banff Marathon in 2017

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
Apr 6, 2017

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

Banff concert a homecoming for Jill Barber

Scott Lilwall
Apr 3, 2017

Jill Barber and Great Lake Swimmers headline 2017 Concert at the Cave in Banff National Park

5 Ways To Feel "Hygge" in Banff and Lake Louise

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
Mar 31, 2017

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

April Arts in Banff and Lake Louise

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
Mar 23, 2017

As spring rolls into Banff National Park, it brings with it a bloom of arts events in Banff & Lake Louise

9 Ways To Eat Healthy In Banff

Davida Kugelmass
Mar 20, 2017

The Banff culinary scene isn’t just for the average foodie - It’s also for the healthy foodie.

5 Ways to Find Silence in Banff National Park

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
Mar 10, 2017

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

5 places to say Namaste in Banff & Lake Louise

Kristen Stuart
Mar 9, 2017

Discover 5 sweet spots to get your yoga on 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!

Finding Fitness 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 a workout of sorts.

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!

5 excuses to visit Banff & Lake Louise in February

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
Feb 1, 2017

A quick guide to must-visit events in Banff National Park in February 2017.

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.

5 Must-TASTE Events During Banff’s Big Taste

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
Jan 11, 2017

Your complete guide to Banff's most delicious culinary festival of 2017!

Ice Magic That Lasts

Molly Segal
Dec 22, 2016

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

3 cozy ways to stay in the Backcountry of Banff National Park

Jonny Bierman
Dec 15, 2016

A guide to discovering the backcountry lodges of Banff National Park

Experience the magic of SnowDays

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
Dec 13, 2016

By combining the culture and adventure of a Canadian Winter - experience SnowDays.

6 Winter Adventures To Try in Banff & Lake Louise

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
Dec 5, 2016

Winter in Banff & Lake Louise is full of adventure! Here's a guide to favourite Canadian winter activities

The world’s fastest skiers come to Lake Louise

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
Nov 29, 2016

A brief summary of events during the Lake Louise Alpine World Cup on December 2nd, 3rd and 4th

9 Excuses To Visit Banff & Lake Louise in December

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
Nov 28, 2016

A quick look at events in Banff and Lake Louise for December 2016.

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.

3 Unique Ways To Stay in Banff and Lake Louise

Jonny Bierman
Nov 8, 2016

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

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