The Essential Local's Guide to Banff

Register for Active Living & Wellness Programs 

Register for any of these upcoming programs at, or by calling 403.762.1251, or by stopping by Banff Town Hall, 110 Bear Street,

Find out more about these, and other upcoming programs, in The Essential Local’s Guide to Banff.

First Aid

Standard First Aid

Learn life support skills for the emergency responder. Great for those who may experience delay times prior to the arrival of emergency services, or who work in an industrial or high-risk setting. Occupational Health & Safety approved. Ages 16+.
$130 | 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
$65 | Access Price
The Fenlands
AC-FI-ST-10 | Saturday & Sunday, October 19, 20
AC-FI-ST-11 | Saturday & Sunday, November 16, 17
AC-FI-ST-01 | Tuesday & Wednesday, January 7, 8
AC-FI-ST-02 | Saturday & Sunday, February 22, 23
AC-FI-ST-03 | Tuesday & Wednesday, March 3, 4

Emergency First Aid & First Aid Recertification

Learn basic life support skills you can use while you wait for emergency responders. Focus is on casualty assessment, airway management, bleeding control and injury prevention. First Aid recertification for Standard First Aid course runs at the same time. Both programs are Occupational Health & Safety approved. Ages 16+.
$100 | 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
$50 | Access Price
The Fenlands
AC-FI-EM-10 | Saturday, October 19
AC-FI-EM-11 | Saturday, November 16
AC-FI-EM-01 | Tuesday, January 7
AC-FI-EM-02 | Saturday, February 22
AC-FI-EM-03 | Tuesday, March 3
AC-FI-RE-10 | Saturday, October 19
AC-FI-RE-11 | Saturday, November 16
AC-FI-RE-01 | Tuesday, January 7
AC-FI-RE-02 | Saturday, February 22
AC-FI-RE-03 | Tuesday, March 3

Hockey Stick

Power Skating for Adults

Improve your skating skills to better your hockey game. Learn and review forward and backward skating, turns, stops and agility. Full equipment and stick required. We’ll cover the basics and build up to complex turns, stops and skills used in games. Ages 16+.
$72 | Wednesdays, 7:45 – 8:45 p.m.
$36 | Access Price
The Fenlands
AC-FI-PO-09 | October 2 – October 30
AC-FI-PO-11 | November 6 – December 11
AC-FI-PO-01 | January 15 – February 19
AC-FI-PO-02 | February 26 – April 1

Healing Yoga

Healing Yoga

Have the feeling of the never-ending week or wish to have some me time before the weekend? Healing Yoga will guide you through gentle movements to support the joints, mindful breath awareness, deep relaxation and bring you to a place where being selfish is OK, and laughter is welcome. Ages 16+.
$68 | Thursdays, 6:15 – 7:30 p.m.
$34 | Access Price
The Fenlands
AC-YO-HE-09 | September 19 – October 24
AC-YO-HE-11 | November 7 – December 12
AC-YO-HE-01 | January 16 – February 20
AC-YO-HE-02 | February 27 – April 2

Ballroom Dancing

This seven-week course will feature two weeks each of Foxtrot, Waltz and East Coast Swing with a final week of review. No experience necessary. Classes will be taught at the absolute beginner level in a fun and relaxed way. Registering with a partner is encouraged. Singles will be paired with another dancer if possible.

$75 | Thursdays, 6:15 – 7:30 p.m.

$37.50 | Wednesdays, 6:30 – 7:45 p.m.
AC-FI-BA-09 | September 25 – November 13 (no class Nov. 6)
The Fenlands

Mountain Madness Relay

Mountain Madness is a fun, multi-sport race with teams of five competing in a five-leg relay from the top of Mount Norquay to the finish line in town. Entry includes an awards function, and food & drink tickets for each team member. Deadline to register is January 10, 2020.
$75 | Grades 4 – 6 (per team)
$100 | Grades 7 – 12 (per team)
$125 | 18+ Women, Men or Co-Ed (per team)
EV-MO-MA-01 | Friday, January 24, 1 – 3 p.m.

Ice Climbing

MountainLIFE Programs

The following MountainLIFE programs are designed for adults 30+ who want to connect with their peers in the community, get outdoors and enjoy mountain life to the fullest.

AST Level 1

Avalanche Skills Training Level 1 is a must for everyone heading into the backcountry. Learn about avalanche formation and release, how to identify avalanche terrain, the basics of trip planning, how to use avalanche for ecasts, travel techniques in avalanche terrain and an intro to companion rescue. This course requires an intermediate level skiing or snowboarding ability.
$230 | Saturday & Sunday
AC-MO-AS-12 | December 7 – 8
The Fenlands

AST Level 2

For those who have taken Avalanche Skills Training Level 1 and have solid experience in the backcountry. In AST Level 2 you will learn progressive planning and travel techniques required to travel safely through various types of terrain, how to use the Danger Rating on a local scale, how to apply the Avalanche Terrain Exposure Scale model to develop terrain ratings and proficiently carry out a companion rescue. This course includes one day in the classroom and three days in the backcountry (Golden area).
$635 *includes course book
Saturday & Sunday
AC-MO-AS-22 | December 21 – 22

Bow Hut Overnighter

Go for an overnight ski tour to the famous Bow Hut! It will take about six hours to get to the hut (6.5 km, 525 m of elevation gain). After a night in the hut, we will do a short tour up the Bow Glacier and onto the icefield before we ski back to the road in the afternoon. Some previous ski touring and avalanche safety experience is required for this trip.
$295 | Saturday & Sunday
AC-MO-BO-04 | April 4 – 5

Intro to Ice Climbing

Learn the basics of ice 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, ice movement, rope work, belaying, and lowering on top climbs.
$105 | 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
AC-MO-IN-12 | Tuesday, December 10
AC-MO-IN-01 | Sunday, January 5
AC-MO-IN-02 | Tuesday, February 4
AC-MO-IN-03 | Wednesday, March 11
AC-MO-IN-04 | Wednesday, April 8

Intro to Ice Climbing Weekend

Learn the basics of ice climbing at two different spots in the Canadian Rockies. This is an overnight trip at the Mosquito Creek Hostel along the Icefields Parkway. Topics covered include appropriate gear, safety procedures, hazard identification, ice movement, rope work, belaying and lowering on top climbs. You will have the opportunity to try steeper ice and climb different ice flows.
AC-MO-CL-01 | January 25 & 26

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