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.  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). Special equipment is typically provided, most trips are introductory and no prior experience is necessary. Mountain Adventure Programs are for Banff and Lake Louise residents only. 


To register please email The Wim and Nancy Pauw Foundation generously supports Banff resident registration fees for Mountain Adventure Programs. 

All COVID-19 protocols for outdoor recreation will be adhered to including physical distancing and limiting participant numbers.

Intro to Rock Climbing
Learn the basics of rock climbing in the Canadian Rockies from some of the best climbers and guides in the Bow Valley. The course will provide the gear you need, safety procedures, hazard identification, rock movement, rope work, belaying, and lowering on top climbs.  No previous experience required.

BA-MO-RO-08 Tuesday, August 31
BA-MO-RO-09 Tuesday September 14
8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Cost: $35 Banff Resident
ID 9 Rate: $90 

Via Ferrata
Italian for “iron road,” via ferrata is an easy way to safely explore the mountains. A guide will lead you along and up the 180m rock face on Mount Stelfox, while you are attached to the iron cable and bolts fixed into the side of a mountain. This trip is a fun way to try out climbing. No previous experience required

BA-MO-VI-08 Monday, August 9
BA-MO-VI-09 Wednesday, September 29
8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Cost: $35 Banff Resident
ID 9 Rate: $90

Scramble, Summit Mount Temple
Certified Association of Canadian Mountain Guides will lead us as we travel to the top of Mount Temple Distance: 14.6 km Elevation Gain: 1,682 m

BA-MO-TE-08 Tuesday,  August 3
BA-MO-TE-09 Tuesday, September 14
5 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Cost: $35 Banff Resident
ID 9 Rate: $80

Bourgeau Lake: Wildflowers galore in Banff National Park!
Distance: 15 km, Elevation Gain: 725 m.  A beautiful bowl lake is our destination as we travel and learn about Banff’s abundant wildflowers!  

Wednesday, July 28
8 a.m -5 p.m.
Cost: $15 Banff Resident Rate
$45 Non-Resident Rate 

Iceline Trail: Wildflowers and Glaciers in Yoho National Park!
Distance: 20 km, Elevation Gain: 685 m. Prime for wildflowers, glaciers and fabulous views in Yoho National Park, the gem that few visit! This is a long day hike, so make sure you have being doing some hiking through the summer before signing up. Driving time to get to the trailhead is 1.25 hours.                 

Wednesday, August 11
7 a.m - 5:30 p.m.
Cost: $15 Banff Resident Rate
$45 Non-Resident Rate

 Healy Pass: Wildflower Mecca in Banff National Park
Distance: 20.4 km, Elevation Gain: 655 m. Wildflowers galore!  And the view is magnificent! Another long day hike, so make sure you have been hiking through the summer prior to signing up.  

Wednesday, August 25
8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Cost: $15 Banff Resident Rate
$45 Non-Resident Rate

Boom Lake: The Berry Trail in Kootenay National Park. 
Distance: 10.2 km, Elevation Gain: 175 m.  In the fall, strawberries, grouse berries, buffalo berries and blueberries line the trail en route to a beautiful glacier fed lake.  We will be going to the Continental Divide at the end, then walking the short interpretive trail to learn about wildfires. 

Wednesday, September 15
8 a.m. -5 p.m.
Cost: $15 Banff Resident Rate
$45 Non-Resident Rate 

Rockbound Lake: Golden Larches in Banff National Park
Distance: 16.8 km, Elevation Gain: 760 mThis is one of those secret areas in the fall, where golden larches are abound!  Shhhhhh….don’t tell anyone! 

Wednesday, September 29
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Cost: $15 Banff Resident Rate
$45 Non-Resident Rate