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Top 10 Cultural Activities in Banff

Cascades of Time Gardens courtesy Parks Canada

Cascades of Time Gardens courtesy Parks Canada

1 “Take the waters,” soak in the history and admire the Mt Rundle view at Banff Upper Hot Springs.

2 Grab a brochure/map and take a self-guided Banff Culture Walk, Cultural Heritage Tour of Lake Louise or Walking through Banff’s History tour. A Canmore Historic Walking Tour pamphlet is also available.

3 Join an interpretive event at the Cave & Basin, birthplace of Canada’s National Park system.

4 Pose for a photo with the bronze likeness of William Cornelius van Horne, CP Railway and hotel builder, outside The Fairmont Banff Springs.

5 Ask to hear a grizzly bear story above the stairs at the Banff Park Museum National Historic Site.

6 Wander through Cascades of Time Garden’s blooms, gazebos, bridges and stone paths.

7 Drive the Bow Valley Parkway. Look for wildlife, and discover award-winning interpretive displays.

8 Attend Banff Culture Weekend Aug 8 and 9 and see the 1953 film A River of No Return with Marilyn Monroe.

9 Discover the history of Banff pioneer families at the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies.

10 Stroll 1.1 km (.7 mi) Lower Bankhead mining ghost town interpretive trail. — Grant Canning

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