Banff, Canada


Iconic images of Banff always seem to stick out in travelers' minds: craggy, snow-covered mountains, historic lodges, and a lake of almost startling blue. Banff's visceral experiences go well beyond the scenics along the highway. Dive into the stunning wilderness and a whole alpine world opens up. Thin, pine-scented air fills your lungs with each step or handhold as you summit many of the nearby peaks. Thudding hoofbeats rise from a herd of elk moving across a hillside or the snapping of twigs from a bear eating berries in an open meadow. Snow wets your face as you make turn after turn. Banff has long had the reputation for outdoor adventure. The articles below may make it easier to explore this hotspot.

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20 photos that’ll put the Canadian Rockies at the top of your bucket list

Banff and Lake Louise might be the most gorgeous places to ski on the planet. Here’s proof.

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14 unforgettable moments you’ll have skiing Banff and Lake Louise

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15 things only someone who’s skied Banff National Park will understand

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A beer drinker’s guide to Banff, Alberta

Photo essay: On the road from Banff to Jasper

North America’s 5 best ski highways and byways

[Daily dispatch] “give us more tourism!”

15 images that prove Lake Louise has the most insane fall colors

9 undeniable reasons your next ski destination needs to be Banff

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How I joined a wolf pack in Banff National Park, Alberta

6 of the world’s most ingenious wildlife overpasses [PICs]

Drinking a Trashcan at The Eddie Burger + Bar

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