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A Look at Banff & Lake Louise

A Look at Banff & Lake Louise
The finest blend of heaven and earth you’ll find anywhere View Hotels, Restaurants and Activities for Banff & Lake Louise! Banff National Park’s infrastructure enables people of all walks of life, despite age or physical abilities, to see and touch a natural environment that has been an inspiration to generations of travellers. It is this infrastructure that also places additional responsibility on those who manage and live in the park to...

A Taste of Banff Recipes

A Taste of Banff Recipes
The chefs and fine restaurants of Banff and Lake Louise aim to surprise, delight and fulfill your culinary adventures—they will impress you with dining experiences you won’t soon forget. Banff and Lake Louise are home to chefs from all over the world, so you can expect different styles and perhaps even learn a bit about their well-kept secrets through some of the recipes we’ve shared with...

Accommodations, Hotels & Motels in Banff

Accommodations, Hotels & Motels in Banff
Choose from an array of hotels, motels, cabins and lodges. Sophisticated, simple, refine and rustic are words descriptive of the various accommodations in Banff and Lake Louise. The area seems torn between the desire to provide a first-class experience for its visitors and an obsession with retaining its small town, wilderness feeling. Banff and Lake Louise offer an array of places to stay that can please the most discriminating traveler or the budget...

Activities in Banff & Lake Louise

Banff Lake Cruise on Lake Minnewanka
Each season brings new scenery and new things to see and do. Whether you are looking for a relaxing getaway or an adrenaline rush, Banff and Lake Louise are great places to visit. Wintertime offers an exciting array of mountain adventures and experiences. Skiing, snowboarding, skating, tobogganing, ice fishing, dog sledding and ice climbing top the lists of things to do.  Wintertime in...

Art Galleries in Banff

Art Galleries in Banff
Banff has many excellent art galleries. The Mountain Galleries at the Fairmont is a favourite stop for collectors of Canadian fine art. The Gallery features leading and mid-career Canadian artists with original paintings by Canadian landscape icon, Doris McCarthy. Rocky Mountain Culture & History The area First Nations community has the wonderful Buffalo Nations Luxton Museum....

Attractions in Banff & Lake Louise

Attractions in Banff & Lake Louise
For such a small and quaint area, Banff and Lake Louise offer too many attractions to properly list. Natural attractions includes the beauty of our mountains such as Cascade and Rundle in Banff; Castle Mountain and Valley of Ten Peaks near Lake Louise; and of course Victoria Glacier at Lake Louise itself. Lakes which are close by include Lake Minnewanka, just outside Banff, Moraine Lake outside...

Dining & Restaurants in Banff

Dining in Banff
Experience dining at its finest in the majestic setting of the Canadian Rockies. Banff and Lake Louise have attracted restauranteurs from around the world so our visitors are in for an epicurean delight. What's more is that many of the restaurants have been delighting taste buds for more than 30 years and to survive that long means one has to be quite good. This area is well-known for its...

Fishing in Banff

Fishing along the Bow River in Banff National Park.
There is a tour operator or guide to suit every kind of fisherman. All persons fishing in the Banff National Park, who are 16 years or older, must obtain a fishing permit. Ask a tour operator for information on purchasing fishing permits. Fly Fishers Paradise Most of the area’s tour operators offer fly fishing on gorgeous mountain rivers and streams. A variety of tours and guided trips are...

Golfing in Banff

Golfing in Banff
Spectacular scenery may be hazardous to your handicap Set in some of the most gorgeous and rugged locations, the golf courses of the Canadian Rockies should almost come with a warning: Spectacular scenery may be hazardous to your handicap. Focused golfers will find much to love in the challenging terrain, meticulous greens, and outstanding facilities. It's no wonder the courses here routinely make lists of the top golf experiences anywhere in the...

Gondolas in Banff & Lake Louise

Summer view at the top of Lake Louise Summer Sightseeing Lift.
Gondola rides in Banff and Lake Louise are spectacular year-round attractions for visitors to Banff National Park, providing a quick lift to awe-inspiring views of the Canadian Rockies. Sulphur Mountain Reveals Banff's Beauty The town of Banff lies in the shadow of Sulphur Mountain, and there is no better way to take in the breathtaking beauty of Banff and the surrounding mountain landscape...

Hiking in Banff & Lake Louise

Moraine Lake and the Valley of the Ten Peaks
Banff National Park offers hikers a dizzy variety of trails and adventures. Here are just a few of the more than 1,000 kilometres of hiking trails to get you started. HIKES IN & AROUND BANFF BANKHEADTime: 30-45 min Distance: 1.1-km loop  Difficulty: Easy Starting Point: Parking lot on the east side of the Lake Minnewanka loop road. Trail Description: With...

Horseback Riding in the Rocky Mountains

Horseback Riding in the Rocky Mountains
View Banff Activity Listings Ride the trails through the Rocky Mountains, enjoy home-style BBQ cookouts and camp in the rugged outdoors. Banff Adventures Horseback riding tours, trail guides and riding clubs in the Banff area can help you experience the mountains as you sit tall in the saddle, just as folks have for generations. It’s a glorious Rockies tradition that goes back to...

Nightlife in Banff & Lake Louise

Nightlife in Banff & Lake Louise
Have a quiet drink or dance the night away! If you’d like to get your night off to a running start before heading out dancing why not try one of the local pubs or eateries for a few rounds to kickoff the night? Banff and Lake Louise have some fantastic spots to get the evening rolling: Divas at The Rimrock Resort Hotel  > 300 Mountain Avenue, 403.762.3356If you want a little relaxed elegance during your getaway, visit Divas...

River Rafting in Banff National Park

River Rafting in Banff National Park
Scenic floats and exciting white water rafting await! The Canadian Rocky Mountains offer exciting whitewater rafting adventures for beginners and experienced rafters alike. The navigability of a river is divided into five different classes for river rafting. Class 1 is the mildest of rivers, in which raft occupants float from launch to shore. Class 2 involves some bumps and jolts, but is still safe for most family situations. Class 3 is starting...

Shopping & Services in Banff & Lake Louise

Shopping & Services in Banff & Lake Louise
Shop fashion, jewellery, art, delicacies and more Shopping in Banff is one of the most enjoyable ways to spend a day or two as there is an outstanding selection of stores which are located in our town. Fashion Well-being is a state of mind that signifies a lively, loving nature and Lolë Banff nurtures the body and the mind with their fun, feminine and beautifully designed activewear that's designed for outdoor activities throughout the four...

Sightseeing Tours in Banff & Lake Louise

Explore Rockies Sightseeing Tours
Banff and Lake Louise offers the greatest opportunities of places to see and the diversity of tours is endless. See the magnificent Canadian Rockies with a guided excursion from Banff’s most experienced sightseeing company, Explore Rockies Sightseeing Tours with daily departures from many downtown hotels, there are a variety of excursions available and these range in length from 3 hours to...

Skiing & Snowboarding in Banff & Lake Louise

Skiing & Snowboarding in Banff & Lake Louise
The mountain resorts around Banff & Lake Louise offer thousands of acres of open glades, bowls, steeps and runs for skiers and snowboarders of all abilities. And every one of them is blanketed with champagne powder and situated amid the most stunning scenery you could imagine. Mount Norquay is minutes away from downtown Banff, and its unique location, at the bottom of a steep valley,...

Spa & Massage in Banff

Spa & Massage in Banff
Rejuvinate your mind and body at one of Banff's incredible spas! After a heart-pounding day spent in the Rockies, there's nothing like a visit to the spa to rejuvenate your mind and body. Massages, facials, body scrubs, manicures and pedicures—it's all here, along with a few offerings unique to the Rockies. Filled with natural light and stunning mountain views, Banff’s newest spa, Meadow Spa & Pools (in The Moose Hotel & Suites), offers...

Top Ten Activities in Banff National Park

Top ten activities in Banff & Lake Louise
BANFF’S ONLY VIA FERRATA  The Via Ferrata is an assisted climbing experience along 3 breathtaking routes on cliffs above the Norquay ski area. Led by a certified ACMG guide, participants climb ladders, cross a 30-metre suspension bridge and experience views of Banff rarely seen. No climbing experience is necessary, if you can climb a ladder, you can climb the Via Ferrata....

Top Ten Family Activities in Banff National Park

Top Ten Family Activities in Banff National Park
ATV TOURING Experience the beauty of the backwoods from an ATV. Toby Creek Adventures offers guided tours. Great fun for you and your teenage kids! BANFF RECREATION GROUNDS If getting together with friends and family for a game and a cookout is on your list, then the Banff Recreation Grounds is the place to be. The Rec Grounds features three ball diamonds, a rugby/soccer field, three...

Top Ten Rainy Day Activities in Banff

Top Ten Rainy Day Activities in Banff
BANFF UPPER HOT SPRINGS Let the snow fall while you soak in the view from soothing 40°C (104°F) mineral waters. The heritage bath house contains a gift shop, spa, restaurants and interpretive exhibits. BOWLING The Fairmont Banff Springs Bowling Centre features four lanes of 5-pin bowling, a licensed lounge and games room. Neon Blacklight Bowling is on certain days....

Top Ten Winter Activities in Banff National Park

Top ten winter activities in Banff & Lake Louise
DOGSLEDDING You will never forget the thrilling experience of being pulled across the frozen landscape by a team of baying huskies. ICE SKATING The Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel operates the Waldhaus Rink, accessed from the Bow Falls parking lot. There’s also the Snow Days Skating Rink in downtown Banff (Dec to Feb). The Fenlands, Banff's recreation centre, features two indoor ice sheets...

Touring Around Banff & Lake Louise

Moraine Lake and Valley of the Ten Peaks in Lake Louise.
For more than a century, explorers have been dazzled by the magnificent Rocky Mountains. BANFF A few hours or a few days to spend? No matter. The sights, sounds and smells of the wilderness are at your doorstep. Watch for the elk that stroll through town parks and alleyways. South of the Bow River Bridge, behind the Park Administration Building, you’ll find Mountain Avenue, the road to...

Touring Icefields Parkway

Touring Icefields Parkway
The Icefields Parkway is often called the most scenic highway in the world. The Icefields Parkway is often called the most scenic highway in the world. Named for its tremendous glaciers, which flank its westward side, the 230-kilometre Icefields Parkway weaves up and around the mountains between Banff and Jasper National Parks as it parallels the Great Divide. Although the route can be travelled safely in 3.5 hours, most visitors take a full day or more to fully...

Weddings in Banff & Lake Louise

Weddings in Banff and Lake Louise
Celebrate life's memories in spectacular fashion The Canadian Rockies is about as inspiring as it gets in terms of wedding venues. Perhaps you’ve already committed to having your big day amidst its glittering glaciers and crystal clear lakes, or you may be considering where the best spot is for your big day. Look no further: the Canadian Rockies has something for everyone and will ensure your weddings is anything but average, with luxury...

Wildlife in Banff

Wildlife in Banff National Park.
Most animals are more active in the early morning hours and at dusk. Deer, elk and big horn sheep are often seen in the middle of the day. You may hear the howl of coyotes in the nearby forests at night, but not be able to find one of the animals during daylight hours. The Park is home to both grizzly and black bears. Although not often seen, you should be aware of their possible presence...

Winter Activities in Banff & Lake Louise

Winter Activities in Banff & Lake Louise
Wintertime offers an exciting array of mountain adventures and experiences: skiing, snowboarding, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, telemarking, skating, curling, toboganning, ice fishing, dog sledding and much more. Whether you’ve never touched skis or a snowboard, or just want to try something different, snow tubing is a unique way to enjoy the slopes. Mt. Norquay Snow Tube Park also has...