BanffLIFE

BanffLIFE

BanffLIFE is dedicated to promoting healthy, balanced lifestyles for young adults living in Banff. We help nurture a sense of community through activities, events, and social connection.

BanffLIFE provides new and long-term young adult residents, whether permanent or temporary (those between the ages of 18 – 30), with social and recreational activities that are fun and help connect to the community. Mountain Adventure programs are generously supported by the Wim and Nancy Pauw Foundation.

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Upcoming Programs

Mountain Adventure Programs

Avalanche Skills Training Level 1
The Avalanche Skills Level 1 course will provide you, a passionate skier or snowboarder who wants to start exploring backcountry terrain, with the entry-level skills and decision-making tools necessary to keep yourself and your group members safe. In the course you will learn how to read and understand avalanche bulletins and weather conditions, learn how to use avalanche recovery equipment and assess various terrain and slope types. This program is being generously supported by the Wim and Nancy Pauw Foundation.

Monday,  November 21, 2022 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Tuesday,  November 22, 2022 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
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Monday, January 30, 2023 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Tuesday, January 31, 2023 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
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Monday, February 27, 2023 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Tuesday, February 28, 2023 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
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Avalanche Skills Training Level 2
The Avalanche Skills Training 2 is the perfect course for advanced skiers, snowboarders and climbers. This course starts in the classroom where you will review the basics and be introduce to advanced avalanche safety concepts and decision making for various weather, snowpack and terrain conditions. On day two you will begin by having a pre-trip meeting to assess conditions such as weather and then you will head out into the field to practice your skills. Days three and four will include ski tours with skill application all in a group setting. This program is generously supported by the Wim and Nancy Pauw foundation.

Wednesday, February 22, 2023 7 a.m.-6 p.m.
Thursday, February 23, 2023 7 a.m.-6 p.m.
Friday, February 24, 2023 7 a.m.-6 p.m.
Tuesday, February 21, 2023 8:30a.m.-5 p.m.
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Backcountry Skiing & Riding Day
Backcountry skiing & riding day is the perfect day for those who want to continue to build beginner to intermediate backcountry skills with an experienced guide following an Avalanche Safety Training 1. A local ACMG guide will lead you on a fun, safe day of backcountry riding with the date's location chosen to take advantage of the best conditions.

Friday, December 16, 2022 7:30a.m.-4 p.m. Register Online
Tuesday, January 3, 2023 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Register Online
Tuesday, March 14, 2023 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m.  Register Online

Canmore Cave Tour
Join us and Canmore Cave Tours for the explorer tour! Your guide will introduce you to the amazing world of caves, spending approximately 2 hours underground crawling past prehistoric bones, investigating our ancient cave formations and even squeezing into places like the warm-up and challenge squeezes (if you so choose of course!). Transportation provided. All necessary caving gear, including coveralls and a backpack to carry it in provided.

Wednesday, October 19, 2022 10:15 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Register Online

Avalanche Rescue Skills
Avalanche Rescue Skills is a perfect choice for those who want to refresh and update their avalanche search and rescue skills. If you recreate or work around avalanche terrain this is the course for you. Every year outdoor enthusiasts face the challenge of moving safely in avalanche terrain. This rescue skills course will enhance and expand your skills providing you with the necessary tools and approaches to perform effective companion rescue should the need arise.

Monday, December 5, 2022 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Register Online

Guided Snowshoe
Experience snowshoeing in one of the most beautiful settings in the Rockies with a local certified guide. On this trip you will experience the beautiful scenery and dramatic landscape in your backyard, the Rocky Mountains. This trip is suitable for individuals of all levels of ability. All snowshoeing equipment will be provided. Transportation provided.

Wednesday, January 25, 2023 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Register Online
Thursday, March 9, 2023 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Register Online

Ice Climbing
In this one-day course you will learn the basics of ice climbing with the help of an ACMG certified guide in a small group setting. In the hands-on course you will learn how to use various ice climbing gear such as a harness, ice axes and crampons, ropes and belay systems. With the help of your guide you will try various beginner level top rope ice climbs at the day's destination. You will experience an amazing day full of learning, fun and adventure! Technical equipment and group transportation provided. This program is being generously supported by the Wim and Nancy Pauw Foundation.

Tuesday, November 29, 2022 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.  Register Online
Wednesday, December 21, 2022 7:25 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Register Online
Wednesday, January 11, 2023 7:25 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Register Online
Tuesday, February 21, 2023 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.  Register Online
Monday, March 27, 2023 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.  Register Online

Indoor Climbing
The perfect introduction to your local climbing gym in Banff. In this two hour instructor led session you will learn some of the basics of indoor top rope climbing including, tips and tricks for climbing, how to wear a harness, belay and more. Open to all genders and abilities. All equipment is included.

Wednesday, October 12, 2022 12:30-2:30 p.m.  Register Online
Wednesday, November 9, 2022 12:30-2:30 p.m.  Register Online
Wednesday, December 14, 2022 12:30-2:30 p.m.  Register Online
Wednesday, January 18, 2023 12:30-2:30 p.m.  Register Online
Wednesday, February 15, 2023 12:30-2:30 p.m.  Register Online
Wednesday, March 8, 2023 12:30-2:30 p.m. Register Online

Intermediate Ice Climbing
Intermediate Ice Climbing is the next step for those who have ice climbed a few times and want to improve their skills. In this one-day course you get a refresher of the basics of ice climbing with the help of an ACMG certified guide in a small group setting. You will try various beginner and some intermediate top rope ice climbs at the day's destination. You will experience an amazing day full of learning, movement skills coaching and technical instruction. Technical equipment and group transportation provided. This program is being generously supported by the Wim and Nancy Pauw Foundation.

Wednesday, February 1, 2023 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Register Online

Tunnel Mountain Hike
Join us for a guided hike up a local favorite, Tunnel Mountain. Accessible from downtown Banff, this moderate trail switchbacks to a low summit. Tunnel Mountain offers spectacular views of the bow valley and panoramas over the Town of Banff. The hike is 2.4 km one way gaining, 260m of elevation.

Tuesday, October 11, 2022 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Register Online

Social Programs

Basecamp
BanffLIFE Basecamp is a drop-in social program for young adults between the ages of 18 and 30. This is the best place in town to hangout with friends in a welcoming space that is inclusive to all. Meet and connect with new or longtime locals, play games such as table tennis, billiards, foosball, board games, Mario kart and more! Love Sushi? Gather around and chow down on some local sushi favorites. Sushi provided at no cost for Basecamp participants.

Tuesdays, Oct 4, 2022 - March 21 2023 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.

Mario Kart Tournament
Recreational Mario Kart tournament on Nintendo Switch! New to the game or seasoned veteran, come out and play in our round robin tournament. Everyone will be guaranteed at least thre races. This fun, competitive atmosphere is the perfect fit for first time players or those aiming for first place! What's not to love about this iconic and world renowned game. All controllers will be provided.

Monday, January 16, 2023 5-8 p.m. Register Online

Movie Night
Movie night at the Lux Cinema in Banff. Join us for a fun, free movie night watching a feature film. The movie will be selected and announced the week beforehand!

Thursday, January 12, 2023 6-9 p.m. Register Online

Newcomer Town Walking Tour
The Banff Newcomer Walking Tour provides young adult residents, whether permanent or temporary, with everything you need to know to live in Banff. You will learn about essential programs and services including, how to register for a post office box, a free recreation pass, parking passes and more. You will also learn about our local history and meet other young adults new to the area. Every participant on this tour will receive a BanffLIFE swag bag with a variety of community resources.

Thursday, October 6, 2022 12:30-1:30 p.m. Register Online
Wednesday, November 2, 2022 12:30-1:30 p.m.  Register Online
Wednesday, December 7, 2022 12:30-1:30 p.m.  Register Online
Wednesday, January 4, 2023 12:30-1:30 p.m.  Register Online
Wednesday, February 8, 2023 12:30-1:30 p.m.  Register Online
Wednesday, March 1, 2023 12:30-1:30 p.m.  Register Online

Paint Night with Mindy
Join local Artist Mindy Johnstone to create your own painting. This paint class is a great place to connect with new friends and create your own work of art! Ideal for students who would like to reference an image or join a themed paint night experience. This is a guided paint night where Mindy is painting the same image alongside of you. Supplies included.

Thursday, December 8, 2022 5:30-7:30 p.m. Register Online

Sunset & Night Sky Photography Workshop
This 5 Hour Sunset & Night Sky workshop/photo tour in the Banff area will help you understand your camera and help you learn to control your camera to get the photographs you want! We will visit 2-3 locations within a 30 minute drive of the Town of Banff. This workshop/photo tour will focus heavily on composition and night sky photography. You will learn valuable skills that you can practice and built on after the workshop. Transportation provided.

Wednesday, Nov 16, 2022 3-8 p.m. Register Online

Super Smash Bros Tournament
Recreational Super Smash Bros. tournament on Nintendo Switch! New to the game or seasoned veteran, come out and play in our round robin tournament. Everyone will be guaranteed at least 3 games. This fun, competitive atmosphere is the perfect fit for first time players or those aiming for first place! What's not to love about this iconic and world renowned game. All controllers will be provided.

Tuesday, December 13, 2022 5-8 p.m. Register Online
Wednesday, March 15, 2023 5-8 p.m. Register Online

Try It Out: Wheel Throwing
Have you ever wanted to know what it feels like to work on a pottery wheel? Here’s your chance! Try different techniques to move clay on the wheel at artsPlace Canmore. Practice centering, and even making a cylinder. This class is about experiencing the fun of working with clay so no pieces will be fired or kept. No experience necessary. Materials included. Transportation from Banff included.

Tuesday, October 25, 2022 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Register Online