Discovery Tour | Banff Winter Carnival Returns | Capote Making Workshop | Events

Discovery Tour

Experience nature, culture and history just minutes from Banff Avenue. Impressive architecture, bubbling mineral waters, and an accessible underground cave gave rise to a huge idea, the birthplace of Canada’s national parks—one of Canada’s most treasured icons.

Tours are included with your site entry fee and available October to April Saturdays and Sundays at 2:30 p.m. and twice daily in the summer at 11:00 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.

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The Banff Winter Carnival Returns

Immerse yourself in the magic of winter and let the snow fly!

Just over a century ago (1917), the first Banff Winter Carnival kicked off with great fanfare and enthusiasm, much to the delight of locals and visitors alike. There were competitions in curling, hockey and ski jumping, along with more unusual spectacles like snow-shoe obstacle races, broom-ball tournaments, swim races and fancy diving in the Cave and Basin hot pool. The Winter Carnival quickly became a must-see annual festival that helped to establish Banff as one of the world's premier winter sports destinations. The original Winter Carnival faded into memory long ago, but in Banff the spirit of winter fun lives on!

The Banff Winter Carnival Returns to the Cave and Basin National Historic Site this year with fun activities for all ages. Try your hand at curling, challenge family and friends to wild and wacky outdoor games, and check out vintage films and media from the Banff Winter Carnival’s glory days in the Roaring Twenties.

The Banff Winter Carnival Returns is a featured program running from December 15th, 2018 to March 31st, 2019, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesdays through Sundays at Cave and Basin National Historic Site.

Capote Making Workshop

Two day workshop: Saturday February 16 9:00am – 5:00pm and Sunday February 17 9:00am – 2:00pm $200 per person.

Enjoy a two day workshop transforming a Hudson’s Bay blanket into a beautiful and functional capote coat at Cave and Basin National Historic Site. Workshop cost includes lunch and snacks both days, experienced instructors, all materials and your completed capote. There is a maximum registration of 15 participants. Pre-registration required For more information or to register please call 403-845-3524 or email (Payment is required over the phone and a confirmation will be sent to you via email).

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