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DECEMBER

Bears, Bears Bears
Saturday and Sunday, December 3-4, 2016
11 am to 3 pm. FREE
Lake Louise Ski Resort
 
Chat with a Parks Canada Interpreter about bears during the Ladies World Cup event at the Lake Louise Ski Resort. Look for the Parks Canada banner on Saturday and Sunday, December 3-4 from 11:00 am until 3:00 PM. FREE.

New Year’s Eve, Voyageur Style
Banff Avenue Square
Saturday December 31st, 2016
7 p.m. to 11:30 p.m
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Celebrate with fur traders and Métis trappers from Rocky Mountain House National Historic Site. Share bannock over a fire and learn about the Canada 150 Voyageur Rendezvous Canoe Race from Rocky Mountain House, Alberta, to The Pas, Manitoba.
Crawl inside a tipi. Lie on a bed of bison fur and wake up your imagination. While in Banff Avenue Square, learn about Parks Canada's 2017 program offer during Canada's 150th and take your photo with Parka!

Banff Park Museum Open 
Banff Park Museum National Historic Site
Saturday December 31st, 2016
7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Visit this classic Victorian-era natural history museum where you are guaranteed to see hundreds of animals in a one-hour visit. Even a bear, even in winter.

January

New Year’s Day–Voyageurs at the Cave 
Cave and Basin National Historic Site
Sunday January 1st, 2017
Noon to 4 p.m.
Start your year in voyageur style, with fur traders and Métis trappers from Rocky Mountain House National Historic Site. Share bannock over a fire and learn about the Canada 150 Voyageur Rendezvous Canoe Race from Rocky Mountain House, Alberta, to The Pas, Manitoba.

Banff Snow Days Festival - January 13 to February 5, 2017

Winter Carnival at the Cave 
Cave and Basin National Historic Site
Daily
From its earliest days the Cave and Basin was a hotspot for the wild and wacky Banff Winter Carnival. This year we mark the Carnival’s 100th birthday with old time movies and music, an ice palace and slide, bonfires, curling activities and other winter games and stories, plus a photo exhibit in collaboration with the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies. For details: www.pc.gc.ca/cave or 403-762-1566

Chocolate—A Taste of the Past 
Cave and Basin National Historic Site
Saturday January 21, 2017
Noon to 5 p.m.

Discover the distinctive flavours of a hot chocolate recipe dating to the mid-1700s. Learn how to make chocolate from cocoa beans. Join chocolate experts from the HERITAGE® Division of Mars Canada Inc. for a chocolatey-sweet family-friendly event.

Heritage Hockey
Cheer on a shinny hockey game between local Banff celebs and players representing the legendary 1930s Clear Lake All Stars hockey team from Riding Mountain National Park, Manitoba.

Whiskey and Chocolate 
Cave and Basin National Historic Site
Saturday, January 21, 2017
7 to 9 p.m.

Join CBC’s culinary expert, John Gilchrist, in raising a glass to Canada’s 150th. Sip on a stellar line-up of Canada’s finest whiskeys perfectly paired with exquisite chocolates and an evening of entertainment. In proud collaboration with award-winning Cococo Chocolatiers and the Banff Hospitality Collective. Free Roam shuttle bus to/from Banff Information Centre, departing 6:15pm, returning 9pm.
$40

Learn to Snowshoe
Saturday and Sunday, January 21-22 and 28-29, 2017
11 am to 3 pm. FREE

Lake Louise lakeshore
Bring the whole family and try snowshoeing and discover how animals use snowshoes. Look for the Parks Canada banner at the Lake Louise shoreline. Offered as part of the Ice Magic Festival on Saturday and Sunday, January 21-22 and 28-29, from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM. FREE


Hands-on Bison Exhibit 
Banff Park Museum National Historic Site
January 14 and 15, 21 and 22, 2017
Saturdays and Sundays, 12 noon to 3 p.m.

Find out how Parks Canada plans to bring Plains Bison back to Banff National Park. Discover the stories of the bison through a special interactive exhibit, presented by Parks Canada's own theatre troupe, Mountain WIT.

Bison on the Horizon
Fridays – January 20th, 27th and February 3rd, 2017
4:00- 5:30 p.m.

Banff Avenue Square
Attend this dynamic, interactive program to find out more about the plan for Plains Bison to return to Banff National Park.

Banff...by the light of the moon: a free guided evening walk for all
Fridays – January 20th, 27th and February 3rd, 2017 
Saturdays - January 14th, 21st, 28th and February 4th, 2017 
6:30 – 8:00 p.m
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Meet at Banff Train Station then walk along the Fenland Trail
Bundle up and venture outside with Parks Canada into the silent, star-strewn wilderness just beyond the streetlights. Come prepared to experience the wonder (and cold) of winter after dark.
Group size is limited to 12, so participants are asked to register in person with Banff Visitor Centre staff by NOON on the day of the walk.

Winter Walk on the Wild Side
Saturdays - January 14th, 21st, 28th and February 4th, 2017 
2:30 – 4:00 p.m.
Meet at the Banff Train Station then walk along the Fenland Trail
What wildlife shares the winter landscape with us? Discover tracks and reveal stories of survival as you take part in a guided walk of the Fenland Trail with a Parks Canada interpreter.
Group size is limited to 12, so participants are asked to register in person with Banff Visitor Centre staff by NOON on the day of the walk.

Subalpine Stories on Sulphur
Saturdays - January 14th, 21st, 28th and February 4th, 2017 from 12:30 – 2:30 p.m.
Sundays – January 15th, 22nd, 29th and February 5th, 2017 from 12:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Sulphur Mountain Boardwalk Trail
Meet Parks Canada interpreters on top of Sulphur Mountain to hear stories of the life and times of Norman Sanson as well as the survival of whitebark pine on this subalpine summit.

Tales of Toes and Trails
Saturdays - January 14th, 21st, 28th and February 4th, 2017 from 4:30 – 6:00 p.m.
Sundays – January 15th, 22nd, 29thand February 5th, 2017 from 3:30 – 5:00 p.m.
Banff Avenue Square

Enjoy some family fun! Join a Parks Canada interpreter to find out more about tracks that reveal animal activity in the park.

Gadgets and Grizzlies
Sundays - January 15th, 22nd, 29th and February 5th, 2017 
11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Lake Minnewanka Day-use Area

Gain hands on experience with the latest technology and techniques used to understand the lives of grizzly bears in Banff National Park.

Learn to Snowshoe
Saturdays – January 28th and February 4th, 2017 
1:00 p.m-4:00 p.m
Central Park
Free
Have you ever tried snowshoeing? Join a local expert who will share the basic skills of this authentic Canadian sport. This free drop-in program is great for individuals, couples or families – no experience necessary. Presented in partnership with MEC. Snowshoes are provided.

FEBRUARY

Celebrating Night Skies at the Cave
Cave and Basin National Historic Site
Daily
Throughout the month of February, discover the magic of the night sky with photo exhibits, films and special weekend programming including an inflatable planetarium, stargazing and night photography workshops. For details: www.pc.gc.ca/cave or 403-762-1566

Bison on the Horizon
Fridays – January 20th, 27th and February 3rd, 2017 
4:00- 5:30 p.m.

Banff Avenue Square
Attend this dynamic, interactive program to find out more about the plan for Plains Bison to return to Banff National Park.

Banff...by the light of the moon: a free guided evening walk for all
Fridays – January 20th, 27th and February 3rd, 2017
Saturdays - January 14th, 21st, 28th and February 4th, 2017 
6:30 – 8:00 p.m
.
Meet at Banff Train Station then walk along the Fenland Trail
Bundle up and venture outside with Parks Canada into the silent, star-strewn wilderness just beyond the streetlights. Come prepared to experience the wonder (and cold) of winter after dark.
Group size is limited to 12, so participants are asked to register in person with Banff Visitor Centre staff by NOON on the day of the walk.

Winter Walk on the Wild Side
Saturdays - January 14th, 21st, 28th and February 4th, 2017 
2:30 – 4:00 p.m.
Meet at the Banff Train Station then walk along the Fenland Trail
What wildlife shares the winter landscape with us? Discover tracks and reveal stories of survival as you take part in a guided walk of the Fenland Trail with a Parks Canada interpreter.
Group size is limited to 12, so participants are asked to register in person with Banff Visitor Centre staff by NOON on the day of the walk.

Subalpine Stories on Sulphur
Saturdays - January 14th, 21st, 28th and February 4th, 2017 from 12:30 – 2:30 p.m.
Sundays – January 15th, 22nd, 29th and February 5th, 2017 from 12:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Sulphur Mountain Boardwalk Trail
Meet Parks Canada interpreters on top of Sulphur Mountain to hear stories of the life and times of Norman Sanson as well as the survival of whitebark pine on this subalpine summit.

Tales of Toes and Trails
Saturdays - January 14th, 21st, 28th and February 4th, 2017 from 4:30 – 6:00 p.m.
Sundays – January 15th, 22nd, 29thand February 5th, 2017 from 3:30 – 5:00 p.m.
Banff Avenue Square

Enjoy some family fun! Join a Parks Canada interpreter to find out more about tracks that reveal animal activity in the park.

Gadgets and Grizzlies
Sundays - January 15th, 22nd, 29th and February 5th, 2017 
11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Lake Minnewanka Day-use Area

Gain hands on experience with the latest technology and techniques used to understand the lives of grizzly bears in Banff National Park.

Learn to Snowshoe
Saturdays – January 28th and February 4th, 2017 
1:00 p.m-4:00 p.m
Central Park
Free
Have you ever tried snowshoeing? Join a local expert who will share the basic skills of this authentic Canadian sport. This free drop-in program is great for individuals, couples or families – no experience necessary. Presented in partnership with MEC. Snowshoes are provided.

Photo Moments with Amar 
Cave and Basin National Historic Site
Saturday, February 11, 2017 
7 to 9 p.m.

Join local nature and wildlife photographer Amar Athwal as he re-visits some of his favourite photographic “moments”” of the past year. Hear stories about how he “got the shot”. Bring your sweetheart to a special Valentine’s edition of this favourite annual program at the Cave.
$3.90 per person, payable at the door.

Star Search at the Cave 
Cave and Basin National Historic Site
February 25, 2017
Join us under the stars at the Cave and Basin. Step inside an inflatable planetarium for a 180° night sky view. Then head outside with interpreters from the Royal Alberta Astronomical Society and their top notch telescopes to view the wonders of the world above.
Doors/planetarium open 7 p.m., 8:30 to 11 p.m.–outdoor viewing with telescopes
$10.80 per person, payable at the door.

MARCH

ParticipACTION 150 Play List—Curling at the Cave  
Cave and Basin National Historic Site
March 25, 2017
Noon to 4 p.m.

Take part in some quintessential Canadian fun with curling activities on the historic pool deck.

Drawn to Nature 
Banff Park Museum National Historic Site
March 24, 2017
7 to 9 p.m.

Be part of a special artistic and cultural collaboration in an outdoor painting session. Work alongside a painting instructor and an indigenous knowledge keeper to learn new ways of seeing and interpreting the natural world. In collaboration with Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity’s Walter Phillips Gallery. All ages and levels of experience are welcome. Materials will be provided. Advance registration is required through the Walter Phillips Gallery, 403-762-6281 or walter_phillips_gallery@banffcentre.ca.

APRIL

National Canadian Film Day (Canada 150 Signature Experience, led by REEL Canada) 
Cave and Basin National Historic Site
Wednesday April 19, 2017
On April 19, 2017, great Canadian movies will be available via broadcast, online and at over 600 screenings in cinemas, libraries, public squares and anywhere you can show a film. With free events happening across every province and territory, many involving Canadian film talent, NCFD 150 — a Canada 150 Signature Project — promises to be the largest film festival in the world.

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism presents Concert at the Cave 
Cave and Basin National Historic Site
Friday April 28, 2107
6 to 8 p.m.


Banff BioBlitz 150
Bioblitz Headquarters at Cave and Basin National Historic Site
Saturday April 22, 2017
8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Join knowledgeable leaders to help conduct amphibian surveys in the lower Bow Valley of Banff National Park.

MAY

Trains Trains Trains  
Cave and Basin National Historic Site
May to October, 2017
Daily offer, launching on May long weekend, May 20 to 22, 2017
Pull into the Cave and Basin for a season of celebrating trains. Journey back to the 1880s to a rough-and-tumble railway labour camp. Discover how the hot springs put Banff on the map for train passengers from across the country and around the world. Ride the rails on a hand car, test your strength on a High “Spiker”, and so much more.

Model Trains at the Cave 
Cave and Basin National Historic Site
May 27 and 28, 2017
Bring the family for a weekend of mini trains and maxi fun. Dozens of model railway enthusiasts showcase tiny trains from the steam era. Hop aboard the ¼ scale CP train, the Puffer Belly Express (Saturday only).

JUNE

Cave Lantern Tours 
Cave and Basin National Historic Site
Saturday nights, June 3, 10, 17, 24, 2017. Two tours/night, 7 p.m. and 8 p.m.
It’s after hours at the Cave and Basin, but we’re letting you in. Your senses awaken as lanterns cast shadows on ancient grotto walls. Mysterious sounds and voices are a reminder that others, like you, have journeyed to these thermal waters for centuries. We’ll supply the lanterns; you supply the imagination.
A family-friendly 40-minute program. $10.80 per person. Registration required, call 403- 845-3524.

Performance in the Park
Cascades of Time Garden at Parks Canada’s Banff Administration Grounds
June 9th and 10th, 2017

Celebrate the arrival of summer at Banff National Park’s Performance in the Park. The spectacular outdoor venue and lineup of award-winning Canadian artists make Banff the place to be in June.
2017 will be a special year for this recurring festival, organized in partnership with Parks Canada, The Banff Centre, and Banff & Lake Louise Tourism.

Drawn to Nature 
Cave and Basin National Historic Site
June 10, 2017
10 a.m. to noon

Be part of a special artistic and cultural collaboration in an outdoor painting session. Work alongside a painting instructor and an indigenous knowledge keeper to learn new ways of seeing and interpreting the natural world. In collaboration with Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity’s Walter Phillips Gallery. All ages and levels of experience are welcome. Materials will be provided. Advance registration is required through the Walter Phillips Gallery, 403-762-6281 or walter_phillips_gallery@banffcentre.ca.

Landmarks 2017 (Canada 150 Signature Initiative, led Partners in Art)
June 10, 2017 -  Launch Ceremony
June 10 - 25, 2017 -  enhanced on site interpretation offered by Partners in Art

Rebecca Belmore’s project is about listening to the land. The sculptures that she is creating will be temporarily installed on a rock adjacent to Lake Minnewanka. The sculpture will remain in place until Aug 31, 2017. The sculptures is an open invitation for people to explore the possibilities of sound in relationship to the land. Visitors can experience the work in multiple ways, as sculpture, listening device, or microphone.

Join Parks Canada’s team of interpreters as they share cool stories about Banff National Park’s wildlife, history and all things that make this place special… including celebrating Canada’s 150th birthday!
Interpretive programs and activities are offered at campground theatres. day-use areas and around the Town of Banff. The full program listing will be available in June 2017 at a Parks Canada Visitor Centre, or online at: www.parkscanada.gc.ca/banff-interpretation

JULY

Hobo Campfire Singalong 
Cave and Basin National Historic Site
Saturdays, 1:30-2 p.m. and 2:30-3 p.m.
Rest your bones by the side of the tracks and enjoy catchy train tunes and comic sketches, presented by Parks Canada's own theatre troupe, Mountain WIT.

Cave Lantern Tours 
Cave and Basin National Historic Site
Saturday nights, July 8, 15, 22, 29, 2017. Two tours/night, 7 p.m. and 8 p.m.
It’s after hours at the Cave and Basin, but we’re letting you in. Your senses awaken as lanterns cast shadows on ancient grotto walls. Mysterious sounds and voices are a reminder that others, like you, have journeyed to these thermal waters for centuries. We’ll supply the lanterns; you supply the imagination.
A family-friendly 40-minute program. $10.80 per person. Registration required, call 403- 845-3524.

Iron Horses and Lego Trains 
Cave and Basin National Historic Site
July 7 and 8, 2017
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Join special guests from Iron Horse Park (Airdrie) and climb aboard a 1/8th scale steam locomotive to ride the mini rails along the historic pool deck at the Cave and Basin. Check out dozens of lego miniature model train sets, and try making one of your own.

Drawn to Nature 
Cave and Basin National Historic Site
July 22, 2017
10 a.m. to noon

Be part of a special artistic and cultural collaboration in an outdoor painting session. Work alongside a painting instructor and an indigenous knowledge keeper to learn new ways of seeing and interpreting the natural world. In collaboration with Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity’s Walter Phillips Gallery. All ages and levels of experience are welcome. Materials will be provided. Advance registration is required through the Walter Phillips Gallery, 403-762-6281 or walter_phillips_gallery@banffcentre.ca.

AUGUST

Hobo Campfire Singalong 
Cave and Basin National Historic Site
Saturdays, 1:30-2 p.m. and 2:30-3 p.m.
Rest your bones by the side of the tracks and enjoy catchy train tunes and comic sketches, presented by Parks Canada's own theatre troupe, Mountain WIT.

Cave Lantern Tours 
Cave and Basin National Historic Site
Saturday nights, August 5, 12, 19, 26, 2017. Two tours/night, 7 p.m. and 8 p.m.
It’s after hours at the Cave and Basin, but we’re letting you in. Your senses awaken as lanterns cast shadows on ancient grotto walls. Mysterious sounds and voices are a reminder that others, like you, have journeyed to these thermal waters for centuries. We’ll supply the lanterns; you supply the imagination.
A family-friendly 40-minute program. $10.80 per person. Registration required, call 403- 845-3524.


Drawn to Nature 
Cave and Basin National Historic Site
August 19, 2017
10 a.m. to noon

Be part of a special artistic and cultural collaboration in an outdoor painting session. Work alongside a painting instructor and an indigenous knowledge keeper to learn new ways of seeing and interpreting the natural world. In collaboration with Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity’s Walter Phillips Gallery. All ages and levels of experience are welcome. Materials will be provided. Advance registration is required through the Walter Phillips Gallery, 403-762-6281 or walter_phillips_gallery@banffcentre.ca.

Stoney Nakoda Family Camp
Banff Indian Grounds
Open to the public. Everyone welcome!

SEPTEMBER

Commonwealth Walkways (Collaborative project led by Banff Canmore Community Foundation)
Sept 17 - 18, 2017
Launch celebration. Existing paths and trails will be enhanced with new interpretation accessible via mobile device. Trail hub located at Museum Corner (Buffalo and Banff Ave). Potential international walking Summit hosted by Banff Centre and royal visit.

Songs and Spirits of Canada
(Alberta Culture Days event) 
Cave and Basin National Historic Site
September 30, 2017
8 p.m. to 10 p.m. (Doors open at 7:30 p.m.)

Journey across Canada in song. Live music, a platter of Canadian fare and a cash bar featuring all Canadian spirits.
For tickets, call 403- 845-3524.

OCTOBER

Illuminations (Canada 150 Signature Initiative, led Banff Centre)
Illuminations and projection in the Lake Minnewanka DUA and film projections on the water. Featured artists, Sarah Fuller and Moment Factory. This will be a 3 day event open to the public. The event can be accessed by car and the Banff Centre is organising a transportation partner.

Drawn to Nature 
Banff Park Museum National Historic Site
October 13, 2017
7 to 9 p.m.

Be part of a special artistic and cultural collaboration in an outdoor painting session. Work alongside a painting instructor and an indigenous knowledge keeper to learn new ways of seeing and interpreting the natural world. In collaboration with Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity’s Walter Phillips Gallery. All ages and levels of experience are welcome. Materials will be provided. Advance registration is required through the Walter Phillips Gallery, 403-762-6281 or walter_phillips_gallery@banffcentre.ca.

Songs and Spirits of Canada 
Cave and Basin National Historic Site
October 28, 2017
8 p.m. to 10 p.m. (Doors open at 7:30 p.m.)
Journey across Canada in song. Live music, a platter of Canadian nibbles, and a cash bar featuring all Canadian spirits.
For tickets, call 403- 845-3524.

NOVEMBER

Hometown Heroes 
Cave and Basin National Historic Site
November 8 - 19, 2017
Noon to 5 p.m.

Get to know the stories of Banff’s own First World War Hometown Heroes.
Photo exhibits, historical movies, recruitment activities and more.

Banff Craft Beer Festival (in partnership with Banff & Lake Louise Tourism) 
Cave and Basin National Historic Site
Last weekend of November

DECEMBER

Bow Valley Chorus at the Cave 
Cave and Basin National Historic Site
Sunday, December 3, 2017
Doors open at 4:30 pm, concert 5 to 6 pm

Sing along to Handel’s Messiah and favourite carols under the full moon on the historic pool deck. Songbooks provided. Dress for the weather.
Cash ($3.90, $3.40 Seniors, $1.90 Youth) or toy donations to Santa’s Anonymous