History Attractions in Banff

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  • Banff has a lot of museums for a town its size. These museums are a major attraction for tourists and visitors to Banff. Each museum helps tell a unique part of Banff story and history. The Banff Park Museum tells the story of Banff's natural history. Inside, visitors can walk past life size models of the wildlife in Banff National Park and learn all about the plants and animals that call Banff home. The Luxton Museum keeps the stories and history of the First Nations people alive. The Bow Valley has been populated by humans for over 10,000 years. It is at this fort-like museum that you can learn the about the traditions that sustained these cultures. The Whyte Museum covers the story of European settlement and celebrates the artistic life of Western Canada, particularly that of the Rocky Mountains. The Whyte Museum holds the archive for the town of Banff, as well.

    Cave and Basin is a fun place to explore. This is the original Banff hot springs, the initial draw for tourists to journey to Banff. It no longer is a natural hot pool, but the site is an important historical area. Brewster Adventures is Banff's oldest tour guide company. It has been in business for over 100 years, and it would have brought many of the first visitors to the Banff Springs Hotel and the Cave and Basin by horseback. Brewster still offers back-country horseback vacations.

    Archeological artifacts have been uncovered along many of the lake shores in Banff, such as Lake Minnewanka and the Vermilion Lakes. These Bow Valley area lakes have been home to First Nations people for thousands of years, and remains of obsidian arrows and stone tools can be found in these areas.

    The Banff Springs Golf Course is one of Canada's most famous, and oldest, golf courses. It is host to a number of significant tournaments, and is a historical landmark to the game of golf in Canada.

    Banff Park Museum

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    91 Banff Avenue

    Banff's wildlife museum... read more

    Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies

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    111 Bear Street

    Beautiful Mountain Museum... read more

    Buffalo Nations Luxton Museum

    1 Birch Avenue

    Glimpse of Native Canadian culture... read more

    Cave and Basin National Historic Site

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    The original hot springs in Banff... read more

    Canadian Ski Museum West

    317 Banff Avenue
    Cascade Plaza

    Follow the history of skiing at this museum...
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    Lake Louise

    Famous lake with dog sled rides, hikes, and cross-country trails... read more

    Canada Place

    101 Mountain Ave

    The Cascades of Time Garden and Park Administration Building... read more

    Brewster Adventures

    PO Box 370

    Trail rides, sleigh rides, and back-country-by-horseback... read more

    Bow Lake

    A small lake that's great for hiking and fishing...
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    Vermillion Lakes

    Top bird-watching spot in Banff National Park...
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