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

Bike & Hike Sundance Canyon
Discover one of Banff’s most stunning trails on this local adventure that will have you learning a bit of Banff’s history and about our local flora and fauna. The trip will have you cycling 3.5 kilometers past the iconic Cave and Basin and along the beautiful Bow River to the day use shelter. Once there you will park your bike and enjoy a 1.6 kilometer guided hike up and around the canyon. This program is being generously supported by the Wim and Nancy Pauw Foundation.
May 17: https://app.bookking.ca/banffpub/courses/index.asp?CRS=2693
June 30: https://app.bookking.ca/banffpub/courses/index.asp?CRS=2694

C-Level Cirque Hike
On this 8-kilometer guided hike you will travel past an historic mine site in Old Bankhead.  Hiking out of the forest you and other Banffites will enjoy views of the large basin on the side of Cascade Mountain and get wonderful views of Lake Minnewanka. Transportation is provided. This program is being generously supported by the Wim and Nancy Pauw Foundation.
July 28: https://app.bookking.ca/banffpub/courses/index.asp?CRS=2722

Glacier Travel Skills
On this two-day guided course you will experience and learn how to travel safely on glaciers. Topics will include roping up for glacier travel, route finding, leadership in the mountains and crevasse rescue techniques. On the first day you will meet your guide at the Wilcox Campground near the Columbia Icefields. You will need to check in and setup at your campsite (campsite not included in the trip and are first come first serve), complete a gear check and then head out to a crevasse rescue practice site. On day two you will travel up and onto the North Glacier of Mt Athabasca.  Equipment is provided. This program is being generously supported by the Wim and Nancy Pauw Foundation.
June 27-28: https://app.bookking.ca/banffpub/courses/index.asp?CRS=2718

Lake Canoeing
Introduction to lake canoeing has local experts leading you through all the basics of canoeing including, how to get your canoe in and out of the water, paddle strokes, self-rescue and more. Equipment is provided. Open to all genders and abilities. This program is being generously supported by the Wim and Nancy Pauw Foundation.
August 4: https://app.bookking.ca/banffpub/courses/index.asp?CRS=2735

Learn to Lead Rock Climbing
In this two-day course you will gain the knowledge, experience, and confidence to head out and lead climb your favorite routes. Some of the topics you will cover are route selection, route-finding and planning, building anchors, cleaning anchors and routes, lead climbing techniques and more.  Technical equipment is provided. This program is being generously supported by the Wim and Nancy Pauw Foundation. 
July 18-19: https://app.bookking.ca/banffpub/courses/index.asp?CRS=2719

Mt Temple Scramble
Heading out early for this strenuous full day scramble trip you, other locals and a certified guide will attempt summit one of the highest peaks in the area. The day starts with a hike along Moraine Lake followed by some inclines up and into the Larch Valley, then up again to Sentinel Pass. From there you will make your way to the summit of Mount Temple where your efforts will be rewarded with breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains, valleys and lakes far below. This program is being generously supported by the Wim and Nancy Pauw Foundation.
September 6: https://app.bookking.ca/banffpub/courses/index.asp?CRS=2721

Mt Temple Scramble
Heading out early for this strenuous full day scramble trip you, other locals and a certified guide will attempt summit one of the highest peaks in the area. The day starts with a hike along Moraine Lake followed by some inclines up and into the Larch Valley, then up again to Sentinel Pass. From there you will make your way to the summit of Mount Temple where your efforts will be rewarded with breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains, valleys and lakes far below. This program is being generously supported by the Wim and Nancy Pauw Foundation.
August 9: https://app.bookking.ca/banffpub/courses/index.asp?CRS=2720

Rock Climbing
In this one-day course you will learn the basics of outdoor rock 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 rock climbing gear, ropes and belay systems. With the help of your guide you will try various beginner level top rope rock climbs at the day’s destination. You will experience an amazing day full of learning, fun and adventure! Technical equipment and transportation provided. This program is being generously supported by the Wim and Nancy Pauw Foundation.
June 13: https://app.bookking.ca/banffpub/courses/index.asp?CRS=2697
July 7: https://app.bookking.ca/banffpub/courses/index.asp?CRS=2698
August 25: https://app.bookking.ca/banffpub/courses/index.asp?CRS=2699
May 30: https://app.bookking.ca/banffpub/courses/index.asp?CRS=2696

Rock Rescue for Climbing
In this two-day course you will develop essential skills required to carry out simple rock rescues on climbs. You will learn how to deal with the many hazards and problems that can arise when out climbing in the mountains. You will get the skills needed to help yourself, your partner or another climbing party on a route. Technical equipment and transportation provided. This program is being generously supported by the Wim and Nancy Pauw Foundation.
May 24-25: https://app.bookking.ca/banffpub/courses/index.asp?CRS=2700

Scrambling Skills
On this two-day course you will gain the skills you need to safely climb mountains. You will learn route finding, group management, hazard assessment, movement on step, loose terrain, and rope skills for peak scrambles. On the second day you will climb a peak using your new skills. Technical equipment and transportation provided. This program is being generously supported by the Wim and Nancy Pauw Foundation. 
June 6-7: https://app.bookking.ca/banffpub/courses/index.asp?CRS=2701

Standup Paddleboarding
Join a Paddle Canada certified instructor in an introduction to stand-up paddleboarding (SUP) session. The class will cover all the basics of getting on and off the water, controlling your board, paddle strokes, required safety equipment and more. Equipment is provided. Open to all genders and abilities. This program is being generously supported by the Wim and Nancy Pauw Foundation.
June 16: https://app.bookking.ca/banffpub/courses/index.asp?CRS=2723

Via Ferrata
With a guide, you and other Banffites will harness up and climb the 180 m Via Ferrata on Mt. Stelfox in the David Thompson Corridor. As you climb you will be safely attached to the iron cable and rock bolts on this beautiful route! This trip is a fun way to safely explore the mountains and it has spectacular views of Abraham Lake. Technical equipment provided. This program is being generously supported by the Wim and Nancy Pauw Foundation.
June 20: https://app.bookking.ca/banffpub/courses/index.asp?CRS=2709
July 20: https://app.bookking.ca/banffpub/courses/index.asp?CRS=2711
August 24: https://app.bookking.ca/banffpub/courses/index.asp?CRS=2710
September 19: https://app.bookking.ca/banffpub/courses/index.asp?CRS=2712

3 on 3 Basketball Tournament
Love basketball and want to compete?  Gather your team and join BanffLIFE for our first ever outdoor 3 on 3 basketball tournament.  The format is fun and simple with one hoop, half a court and teams of 3 + 1 substitute. The daylong round robin tournament includes a guarantee of four games with four teams advancing to the playoffs. Registration is per team. Open to all genders and abilities.
August 11: https://app.bookking.ca/banffpub/courses/index.asp?CRS=2730

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 and more! Love Sushi? Gather around and chow down on some local sushi favorites. Sushi provided at no cost for Basecamp participants.  
May 10, 31, June 14, 21, July 5, 12, 26, August 9, 16, September 13, 27: https://app.bookking.ca/banffpub/courses/index.asp?CRS=5282

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.
May 4: https://app.bookking.ca/banffpub/courses/index.asp?CRS=2695
June 1: https://app.bookking.ca/banffpub/courses/index.asp?CRS=2726
July 6: https://app.bookking.ca/banffpub/courses/index.asp?CRS=2727
August 3: https://app.bookking.ca/banffpub/courses/index.asp?CRS=2728
September 7: https://app.bookking.ca/banffpub/courses/index.asp?CRS=2729