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 & Nancy Pauw Foundation.

Where to Find Information 

To register for a program or class:

Upcoming Programs

Social Programs

Basecamp
Basecamp is a free drop-in social program for young adults living/working in Banff. This program is the best place in town to connect and meet new friends in a welcoming and inclusive space. Join BanffLIFE for bi-weekly events. These events are drop-in (no registration required) and free! Held at WildFlour.

Every other Tuesday
Oct 3, 2023 - Mar 19, 2024, 
5:30-7:30 p.m.

Newcomer Town Walking Tour
The 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 others new to the area. Every participant on this tour will receive a swag bag with a variety of community resources.

Wednesday, March 6, 2024, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. Register Online

Whyte Museum Tour
Join BanffLIFE as we learn about the history of this beautiful place and how it has inspired so many people over the years. The Whyte Museum is home to photographs, paintings, and archives from throughout Banff’s history. 

Wednesday, March 13, 2024, 12 – 3 p.m. Register Online

Mountain Adventure Programs

Backcountry Skiing & Riding Day
Backcountry skiing & riding day is for those who want to continue to build beginner to intermediate backcountry skills with an experienced guide following an Avalanche Safety Training 1 course. A local ACMG guide will lead you on a fun, safe day of backcountry riding with the day’s location chosen to take advantage of the best conditions. This program is being generously supported by the Wim and Nancy Pauw Foundation.

Monday, February 12, 2024, 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Register Online
Thursday, March 14, 2024, 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Register Online

Bow Hut - Glacier Adventure
On this three-day (overnight) guided trip you will experience the awe of the Wapta Icefield. Led by an ACMG guide you will tour into one of the most iconic backcountry huts in the Canadian Rockies before exploring the Wapta glacier in winter conditions. Learn and practice glacier travel techniques before travelling onto the glacier. Most technical equipment is provided. Transportation and hut fees are included. This program is generously supported by the Wim and Nancy Pauw Foundation.

March 18 - 20, 2024, 7:30 am. – 5 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. This is a hands-on course where 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. Technical climbing equipment and group transportation provided. This program is being generously supported by the Wim and Nancy Pauw Foundation.

Tuesday, February 13, 2024, 7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. Register Online
Wednesday, March 27, 2024, 7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. Register Online

Ice Climbing Weekend
In this two-day overnight course, you will learn the basics of ice climbing with the help of an ACMG certified guide in a small group setting. Spend a night on the scenic Icefields Parkway at Rampart Creek, and experience two different ice climbing venues. Transportation, most equipment, and accommodation included. Technical climbing equipment and group transportation provided. This program is being generously supported by the Wim and Nancy Pauw Foundation.

March 9 – 10, 2024, 7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. Register Online

Indoor Climbing
Want to try climbing but don’t know where to start? This is the perfect introduction to your local climbing gym in Banff. You will meet new climbing friends, try out various boulders, auto belay climbs and more. No official instruction provided. All equipment is included. This program is being generously supported by the Wim and Nancy Pauw Foundation.

Wednesday, February 21, 2024, 12:30 – 2:30 p.m. Register Online