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Lake Louise: 3 Ways to Enjoy a Ski Resort in Summer + Fall

Ski resorts are more than just sliding on snow these days, and Lake Louise has a great set-up for sightseeing, grizzly bear viewing and accessible outdoors activities. Here are three insider tips on some hidden gem activities you'll find in Lake Louise during the off-season. [...]

Announcing the 2016 Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival Headliners

Rock climbing has never seen the likes of these women. Both are known for their trailblazing ascents of The Nose, the Eiger, and the Matterhorn; for establishing record-breaking speed climbs, for possessing a steely dedication to their craft; and, for helping to shape the world of rock climbing. The Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival is proud to announce Lynn Hill and Catherine Destivelle as headline presenters for the 2016 Festival. [...]

Climbing Camp Celebrates Kain’s Epic Season of 1916

When the 1916 climbing season ended, Conrad Kain had led ascents of 15 virgin peaks, including some of the most difficult ever attempted in Canada. In celebration of the 100th anniversary of his most successful and ambitious season, 10 students from Invermere, Cranbrook and Kimberley travelled to Bugaboo Provincial Park on July 22 to participate in the annual Conrad Kain Bugaboos Teens Climbing Camp. [...]

Trip Report: Skoki Region, Banff National Park

If you’ve ever been to Lake Louise Ski Resort, you may have wondered what lies out of sight just beyond the slopes. Whatever you’re picturing, it’s all that and more. The Skoki Region offers some of Banff's premier multi-day hiking, backpacking and camping experiences. [...]

What To Do When You Encounter a Bear

Bear spray easy to access on the outside of your pack? Check. Hiking with friends and making noise? Check. Dog on a leash? Check. You’re well-prepared for recreating in bear country. But, what will you do if you actually encounter a bear? A bear biologist gives us her best pointers. [...]

Get to Know the Canadian Rockies Annual

In a digital age, where people value the fast pace of information and 'quick fix' content, it may seem crazy we even set out to print a publication in the first place. More than a few times we asked ourselves if the altitude was getting to us. But printing a magazine isn't crazy; it's our way of reclaiming an important medium and introducing a new publishing style to the Canadian Rockies. Here's a bit more "behind the scenes" with the magazine. [...]

Anthill Films Not2Bad to Premiere in Banff

The premiere of Anthill Films 'Not 2 Bad' is coming to Banff Ave Brewing co. on June 21st. It's time to get together to celebrate mountain biking and support our local trail crew the Bow Valley Mountain Bike Alliance! [...]

Life Lessons in Ski Touring: A Day with “Bucky”

When you have an opportunity to join mountain man Jim Buckingham in the outdoors (or anywhere), you take it. Writer Nathan Jones spends a day on skis with the Banff legend, and comes away with some great turns – and wisdom to go with them. Turns out, the only way to have the good days is to get out every day... [...]

Three Things I’ve Learned: Eddie Hunter

At 90 years old, Eddie Hunter is still skiing harder than most people half his age. People can't seem to get enough of this "Wise Man," so prominently featured in the Sherpas Cinema Sculpted in Time series back in 2015. The spotlight keeps shining and Eddie can't seem to figure out why. Kevin Hjertaas sat down with Eddie to find out what he thinks of his own 'celebrity' status, and what a lifetime in the mountains has taught him. [...]

The Gathering: The Best of Bands and Brands in Banff

Organizers behind The Gathering, an annual two-day summit of world class cult brands, have added a third day to the Festival dedicated to celebrating the relationship between music and marketing. This year, The Gathering // Music will introduce 10 up-and-coming musical acts and four industry experts at two venues in Banff on Friday, February 5. [...]

Don’t Miss Avalanche Awareness Night at The Banff Centre

Touring gear: check. Ski buds: check. Thirst for powder: check. Avy awareness? Here's a chance to learn about avalanche risks associated with backcountry and out-of-bounds travel - featuring presentations by snow safety experts, films from the Banff Mountain Film & Book Festival, door prizes and a trade show! Presented in partnership with Avalanche Canada Foundation and Canadian Pacific. [...]

Top 10 of 2015: Our Most-Read Articles of the Year

Call it our 'best of' if you like, but what this list really represents is the collection of stories that resonated the most with our community this past year. They are the most-read on the website and the most-shared on social media, but more importantly, in these articles we are proud to have featured the people, places and projects that are truly elevating mountain culture here in the Canadian Rockies. Read them now or bookmark them for later when you need a good dose of mountain inspiration. [...]

The Ultimate Timeline of Ski History in Banff National Park

From its first introduction to the Banff area by Scandinavian Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) workers and Swiss mountaineering guides, skiing has grown to be the very heartbeat and pulse of Canadian Rockies culture. Skiers may have traded in their pea coats and wooden skis for Gore Tex shells and the perfect camber, but the spirit of the sport remains in Canada’s first national park. [...]

8 Mountain Culture Books to Add to Your Reading List

While gripping films and skilled speakers attract the die-hard adventurers and inspiration-seekers to the Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival, it is also the stories expressed through the written word that carry this spirit beyond the end of the fest. This year, 139 books were entered into the Banff Mountain Book Competition, and 26 made it to the list of category finalists. Here are this year's winners, which are sure to keep your mountain soul satiated well into the new year. Feature photograph by Jon Griffith. [...]

Winterstoke 2015 Recap + See the Films You Missed!

Our first-ever Winterstoke event descended on The North Face Banff on Thursday, October 22, complete with local ski 'n snowboard films, a winter trade show, cash bar, popcorn, swag bags and plenty of giveaways. The weather might be fooling us these days, but our crowd sure left pretty stoked for the snowy season to come. Here's what went down, in case you missed it! [...]

Banff in Black and White: Q&A with Photographer Jamieson Caskenette

Like many people, photographer Jamieson Caskenette spent a season in the Rockies and was eventually lured back to put down his roots in the mountains. In this Q&A, we find out how he got started in photography, where he likes to get off the beaten path, and what he thinks black and white images convey about such a dramatic landscape. [...]

Pierre Lemire Receives 2015 Summit of Excellence Award

Presented at the Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival each year since 1987, the annual Summit of Excellence Award recognizes an individual who has made a significant contribution to mountain life in the Canadian Rockies. Mountain guide and photographer, Pierre Lemire, is this year's deserving winner. [...]

Cascade, Rundle, Sulphur: Athletes Take on Three Peaks Challenge

For most mountain enthusiasts, ascending a single peak in a day is a worthy undertaking. But endurance athletes have set their sights on three peaks accessible from the town of Banff for a multi-peak challenge, using their muscle and willpower to run and climb from trailhead to summit, and everywhere in between. [...]

Go Wild: 4 Reasons to Explore Banff’s Backcountry

It’s no secret that in the Canadian Rockies we find one of lower Canada’s largest and unfettered wilderness areas. It’s also right at our fingertips. Outdoor aficionado, Andrew Hardingham, gives us four great reasons to lace up our hiking boots, and his best recommendations for wilderness experiences in Banff National Park. [...]

Trip Report: Egypt Lake, Banff National Park

Anyone willing to put in some mileage on their hiking boots should consider a multi-day trip into Egypt Lake in Banff National Park. Forested valleys, striking pinnacles, clusters of small lakes, and exciting alpine passes distinguish this area from its other backcountry counterparts. Hit it up in July to enjoy carpets of wildflowers, and warm weather that'll make you eager to jump into one of the many lakes along the way. [...]

Banff to Baffin: Local Adventurers Ski the Polar Star Couloir

Every adventure starts with the seed of an idea. Whether that seed sprouts into a full-fledged expedition depends on the willingness of a team to accept the unknowns and dream big. For 17 days this past spring, Banff locals, Dan Evans and Michelle Brazier, did just that - skiing into the white, wide-open wilderness of Sam Ford Fjord in northeast Baffin Island. Happy to go home having explored the region and ticking off a few couloirs, halfway through their trip Evans and Brazier set their sights on a prized couloir. [...]

In the News: 10 Fascinating Clips from Banff’s History

Start clicking around in the Encyclopedia of Banff History and you'll quickly get lost in a sea of fascinating clips and images that cover the intriguing history of Banff National Park. Mostly chronicled from the Crag and Canyon and any materials available in the public domain, the Encyclopedia provides a window into our heritage, reminds us of pivotal moments in the development of this region, and highlights fascinating snapshots of a bygone era. Here are ten such moments we've handpicked from the lot. [...]

The Encyclopedia of Banff History: Interview with Founder David Fleming

History is easily forgotten unless we can find creative ways of keeping it fresh, accessible and interesting for people. With the Encyclopedia of Banff History, old stories are brought to life in a modern-day format. Founder David Fleming has created a Facebook Group, where he is archiving digitized newspaper clippings and images from Banff's history into categorized albums. In this Q&A, Tera Swanson finds out what compelled him to start this project, and what he's learned through the process. [...]

Spindrift Sessions Bring Adventurers and Hot Topics to Banff

Join Crowfoot Media for Spindrift Sessions, a two-part speaker series hitting The North Face store in Banff this June. Each session (one for $25/two for $40) will feature a different topic and an incredible line-up of athletes, adventurers and industry experts to discuss it. [...]

Mountain, River, Fairway: The Annual Spring Trifecta

Held in Banff each year on the Friday before Victoria Day, the Annual Spring Trifecta has participants skiing every lift at Sunshine Village, paddling the Bow River from 5-Mile Bridge to the Banff Canoe Docks, and playing nine holes at the Banff Springs Golf Club. In this Q and A, The Trifecta’s founders, Alan Hogg and Mark Zanetti, give us the inside scoop on this popular - and usually hilarious - event. [...]