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

BanffLIFEBanffLIFE is the best resource for young adults aged 18 to 30 to get started in Banff. Check out the BanffLIFE Calendar for programs, including:

BanffLIFE is dedicated to promoting healthy, balanced lifestyles for young adults living and working in Banff and Lake Louise. We help nurture a sense of community through accessible activities, educational workshops and connecting to resources

Intro to Ice.jpgMountain Adventure Program
These programs are specifically and exclusively for local young adults (18 to 30 years old). You must be living in Banff National Park to participate in any of these programs. Special equipment is typically provided, most trips are introductory and no prior experience is necessary.


Visit or call 403.762.1251. These programs are  generously supported by the Wim and Nancy Pauw Foundation

Upcoming Programs

Avalanche Safety Training Level 1 
The AST 1 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 included.

Ages 18 - 30
Saturday & Sunday
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

BA-MO-AS-11 November 25 & 26 $15
BA-MO-AS-12 December 16 & 17 $15

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 2 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 included.

Ages 18 - 30
Thursday - Sunday, March 4 -7, 2021
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Cost: $370

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. Equipment and transportation included. Boots can be rented for $18 per day

Ages 18 - 30
8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Cost: $135

BA-MO-IC-12 December 22, 2020
BA-MO-IC-01 January 13, 2021
BA-MO-IC-02 February 8, 2021
BA-MO-IC-03 March 22, 2021 

BanffLIFE programs are for Banff residents only.

Volunteering with BanffLIFE is an awesome way to connect with the community and meet new friends. We’re always looking for volunteers!