The Town of Banff has declared a State of Local Emergency as of 5 p.m. November 25, 2020. Learn more

In efforts to help stop the spread of COVID-19, starting November 27th, The Fenlands, 101 Bear and Town Hall will be closed to the public and in-person recreational programs have also been postponed, including those offered by our community partners at those sites. The Town had re-activated the webpage which has up-to-date information and resources for the Banff Public Library, local online classes, ideas and activities to do outdoors with your family and more. 

The Town of Banff’s Out of School Club and Into the Wild afterschool childcare programs continue and are strictly adhering to provincial and municipal COVID-19 safety guidance.  In addition, our Settlement Services team continues to provide online and phone support for clients. To register for afterschool care or to speak to someone from our Settlement team, e-mail or call 403.762.1251.

For information and resources for essential services such as food, shelter and mental well-being, please visit

For any other questions or concerns, please e-mail

Connect, explore and play in Banff’s MountainLIFE programs. MountainLIFE is designed for adults aged 31 and up that want to connect with their peers, get outdoors and enjoy mountain life to the fullest. 


To register, call 403.762.1251, Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. or visit

Via Ferrata at Mt Norquay

Avalanche Safety Training Level 1 
The AST 1 course will provide an entry-level decision-making framework for those wanting to travel in the mountains in winter. We focus on understanding avalanche bulletins, making good observations in the field, and recognizing avalanche terrain.

This course is for skiers, snowboarders and snowshoers. If you plan to ski you will need touring equipment. Snowboarders may use a splitboard or snowshoes. Transportation not included. Ages 31+

Saturday & Sunday, November 28 & 29
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Cost: $15

This program is being generously supported by the Wim and Nancy PAUW Foundation  

Companion Rescue Skills (CRS)
Hone your rescue skills—this is what keeps you and your partners alive! A Companion Rescue Skills (CRS) course is a must-have for all backcountry recreationists in any sport because it teaches life-saving search and rescue techniques. The CRS course is an important refresher for those with previous training and a great way to improve the rescue skills you learned in your AST 1. This hands-on, one-day course takes place in the field. Transportation not included. Ages 31+.

November 30, 2020
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Cost: $15

This program is being generously supported by the Wim and Nancy PAUW Foundation

Avalanche Safety Training Level 2
The AST 2 is an advanced course that is an excellent resource for more experienced skiers, snowboarders and climbers. It is the recreational user’s equivalent to the Canadian Avalanche Association Level 1 professional level program. 

The instructor focuses on students creating a decision-making framework for themselves that is based on correctly interpreting avalanche bulletins, understanding weather, making fact-based weather and snow observations while in the field, and working together as a team. Finally, we learn about risk - how to determine what risk you are exposing yourself to, whether that risk falls within levels acceptable to you, and how to reduce risk through the terrain you select for your routes both on ascent and descent.

If you are a strong intermediate backcountry skier or split-boarder, have at least two seasons of backcountry experience where you have traveled in avalanche terrain, and read the avalanche bulletin regularly, then this is the course for you. Transportation not included. Ages 31+

Saturday & Sunday
AC-MO-AS-22  December 19 - 20, 2020 & January 2 - 3, 2021
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Cost: $635
Banff Access Program Tier 2: $476.25
Banff Access Program Tier 1: $317.50


Intro to Ice Climbing
You can learn how to ice climb in one day, and spend years mastering the sport! Gain the skills and knowledge you need to have confidence to move forward with the sport of ice climbing. This program is good for beginners or anyone looking for a refresher.  In a small group lead by some of the best climbers/ACMG guides in the Bow Valley you will learn the basics of ice climbing.

Topics covered:

  • Fitting your gear
  • Discussion of safety procedures and climbing area hazards
  • Basic ice movements
  • Basic rope work

Most equipment provided. Boots can be rented for $18 per day. Transportation is not included. Ages 31+

8 am - 4:30 p.m.

Cost: $135.00
Banff Access Program Tier 2: $101.25
Banff Access Program Tier 1: $67.50

AC-MO-IC-12     December 13, 2020
AC-MO-IC-01     January 9, 2021
AC-MO-IC-02     February 8, 2021
AC-MO-IC-03     March 27, 2021