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Banff's Christmas Market

Settle in to the spirit of the season by combining preparation and relaxation with the Banff Christmas Market in late November. Whether you’re searching for the perfect unique gift for the person in your life who has everything, or want a great weekend getaway to cross Christmas shopping off your to-do list, the Banff Christmas Market is the perfect way to make it happen. With personal hand-made gifts, live entertainment, and tasty culinary creations, it’ll be easy to feel good about indulging in yourself and your loved ones.

  • Check out the weekend schedule here - complete with sleigh rides, informational walks, Christmas tree decorating, and a barista competition
  • Take the classic Banff Ave walk and visit to pick up any extra gifts you might have missed at the market

Top Ten Backcountry Must-Haves

Exploring the more remote corners of Banff National Park can be a life-changing experience. Relatively few people venture off the beaten track, so those who do wander into the backcountry can enjoy the peacefulness of a crowd-free environment and reconnect with nature. But the experience will be that much more enjoyable if you’re prepared and well equipped. Why not write a story about the Top 10 Backcountry Must-Haves? 

Bring this story to life:
  • Visit one of Banff’s outdoor gear shops and learn the basics from a knowledgeable gear salesperson
  • Take a guided overnight hike with a guide certified by the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides

The Tradition of Outfitting

Mountain terrain calls for mountain gear. There is a long-standing tradition of “outfitting” in Banff National Park as travelers and locals gear up for their mountain adventures. Some of the first – Bill Peyto, Tom Wilson and the Brewster family – outfitted expeditions that were headed to explore uncharted territory. Nowadays, technology has been updated, but it is used for exactly the same purpose: pursuits and adventures in a rugged land.

Bring this story to life:
  • Bring out your inner cowboy with some Western wear
  • Hang out with the Brewster family 
  • Get decked out in the latest apparel at one of Banff’s outdoor gear shops
  • Visit the Whyte Museum archives looking at old photos of Banff’s famous outfitters